2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Apple wants to make it even easier for you to buy an iPhone 6 in its retail stores
    Apple wants to make it even easier for you to buy an iPhone 6 in its retail stores

    Apple will reportedly offer potential iPhone buyers a new way of acquiring iPhones in its retail stores, in addition to on-contract, prepaid and full price purchases, 9to5Mac has learned. The company will apparently test drive iPhone purchases via carriers’ early upgrade programs, including AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump and Verizon Edge. It’s not known whether Sprint’s One Up plan will also be supported. FROM EARLIER: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and new iPads reportedly heading to production in September Following the test phase, the new iPhone purchase option could be rolled out to all Apple retail stores in the U.S., likely in time for the iPhone 6 launch, which is expected to be the biggest iPhone launch in Apple’s history. With either AT&T’s, T-Mobile’s

  • Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance
    Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.

  • These Facial Features Matter Most to First Impressions

    You may think you can judge a person you just met based on his or her facial expressions. First impressions of people — such as whether they are trustworthy, dominant or attractive — can develop from a glimpse as brief as 100 milliseconds or less. Because first impressions can affect people's future behavior and can be difficult to overturn, "it's useful to know how we're being judged on our appearance, especially since these judgments might not be accurate — think of effects on court cases or democratic elections, for example," said study co-author Tom Hartley, a cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of York in England. Although some previous research has suggested that there may be a kernel of truth in some first impressions, Hartley noted that people typically go too far with the judgments they develop from first impressions.

  • Britain's Prince Harry joins photobomb craze
    Britain's Prince Harry joins photobomb craze

    Britain's Prince Harry has followed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II into the photobomb craze, giving the thumbs up in an image of acclaimed New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens at the Commonwealth Games. Just days after the queen was snapped beaming in the background as Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris took a selfie, the 29-year-old prince popped up as Tietjens was being photographed at the swimming pool. Tietjens, New Zealand deputy chef de mission Trevor Shailer and sports psychologist Gary Hermansson were photographed as they sat a few rows in front of the prince, his brother Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Mixed Martial Arts Champion Jumps Into Action to Stop Would-Be Robbers
    Mixed Martial Arts Champion Jumps Into Action to Stop Would-Be Robbers

    Mayura Dissanyake is a gas station clerk at a Fuel Depot in Houston. He is also a five-time consecutive Mixed Martial Arts national champion. His two worlds came together when several men tried to rob his co-worker right in front of him. Dissanyake's co-worker had just pulled into a parking space after returning from the bank, when two men jumped out of an SUV and attempted to grab the bank bag he was carrying, according to Houston's KPRC. The store's surveillance cameras were recording as Dissanyake jumped out from behind the counter and took matters into his own hands.

  • Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US
    Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

    The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday, calling the matter "very serious." The announcement adds a new dispute at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, with western countries accusing Russia of arming Ukrainian separatists and destabilizing the country. The US concluded in a 2014 report that Russia had violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the official told AFP.

  • Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming
    Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

  • Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition
    Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

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