2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor
    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

  • Four protesters fly Ukrainian flag from Stalin-era Moscow landmark

    Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper on Wednesday and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and may face three years in jail. The protesters also managed to paint half a massive yellow star at the top of the spire with blue paint, so it resembled the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine. Kiev says that Russia, which annexed Crimea in March, is arming separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies this, and says Ukraine is persecuting Russian-speaking citizens.

  • Your Top Plays for Today
    Your Top Plays for Today

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

  • This might be the perfect obituary for Windows 8
    This might be the perfect obituary for Windows 8

    We know from well-connected Microsoft reporters and even directly from Microsoft employees that Microsoft knows it stumbled badly with Windows 8. Indeed, the Windows 8 brand has become so toxic that the company’s employees have reportedly dubbed it “the new Vista.”  While Microsoft did its best to make significant improvements to the platform with its subsequent Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update releases, the company is mostly now ready to move on from Windows 8 by releasing Windows 9, which will reportedly bring back many of the key desktop features that PC owners say they sorely missed with Microsoft’s first touch-centric OS. With Windows 8 soon to be on its way out, it’s worth examining just what Microsoft did that was such a mistake. There

  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges
    Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he was booked on abuse of power charges Tuesday, saying he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

  • Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey
    Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

    HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

  • Palestinian president due in Doha to meet Emir and Hamas leader

    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will meet the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Gaza and more aid for Palestinians, diplomatic sources told Reuters. A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes.

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