2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Top 5 Olympic moments of 2012
Every four years, a city steps forth to host the world in the Summer Olympic Games, and this year, London did not disappoint. Triumph, heartbreak, legendary victory, scandal … as always, every story gets magnified when viewed through an Olympic prism. These were five of the Games' most notable moments, ones we'll remember years from now when we think of these Olympics. And we were all very impressed. – Jay Busbee
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- New look, new role for Ronald McDonald
- Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive
- Jon Stewart Skewers Sean Hannity: "You're the Arby's of News"
Jon Stewart's love of Sean Hannity is well documented. The two have a long, storied past together, but sometimes Hannity simply goes too far. "There is not much that I truly love in this world: my family, my country, my priceless collection of antique ceramic cats ... but above, all my heart belongs to my beloved," Stewart began the show, meaning, of course, Sean Hannity. But how does Stewart respond when Hannity calls him a "comedic hack" and one of the "chief apologists for the Obama administration"?
- Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend
Spring 2014 has been a quiet tornado season thus far, but that's about to change this weekend, if the predicted forecasts that meteorologists are looking at hold true. Weather experts say conditions are lining up for a series of powerful tornadoes to hit an area ranging between Tennessee and Texas from Saturday through Monday. That will cause the creation of supercell thunderstorms, Slate's Eric Holthaus explains, all kept in place in the South-Southwest by a high-pressure system in Canada. That makes the area ripe for a "big severe threat" this weekend, according to The Weather Channel, an extra level on top of today's "severe threat." That includes the April 26, 1991, stretch of tornadoes from Texas to Iowa that caused a billion dollars in damage and included a rare F5-strength tornado.
- Fatah and Hamas Reconcile, Agree To Recognize Israel (Which Then Walks Out of Peace Talks)
The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are going about as well as usual. Israel walked out of talks today after the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that his Fatah party, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which oversees the Gaza Strip, were going to form a unity government in the next five weeks. Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist group, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling the BBC that Fatah can "have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas - he can't have both"
- Canada, France face off again over island claims
A longstanding feud over two French islands near Canada's Atlantic Coast was rekindled Wednesday, when Ottawa contested Paris's request that the UN recognize its control of waters around Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon. France had filed an application with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf last week, seeking a vast economic zone around the islands' coastlines. France's claim aimed "to assert its rights, in compliance with international law," foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said last week. But Canada had already filed an overlapping claim, and on Wednesday it vowed to fight France's efforts to extend its territory in North America.
- FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
- 'HIMYM' spin-off picks up Meg Ryan
The actress has agreed to be the narrator of "How I Met Your Dad," the spin-off on CBS's hit show "How I Met Your Mother," Deadline.com reports. Meg Ryan will provide the off-screen narration in one of the most anticipated pilots of the coming season. This means that the Hollywood actress will voice an older version of Sally, the central character of the spin-off, played by Greta Gerwig. Like Bob Saget, who provided the voice of the future version of Ted in the original series, Ryan will not appear on screen.