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:

  • Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano
    Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano

    Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull in the south of the country, could disrupt transatlantic and northern European air traffic. On Tuesday, police announced that they had "decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajokull as a result of seismic activity on the Bardarbunga". It is not known how many people have been moved as the area is remote, but emergency services in Iceland have been placed on "alert".

  • Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video
    Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video

    With Shark Week on the Discovery Channel just ending, it's understandable that you may have the carnivorous fish on the mind and think that such a dangerous predator should be avoided at all costs. A certain grouper clearly didn't think so. In this video, which was featured on the front page of Reddit, we see the two fish circling each other right before the 4-foot shark gets caught on a fisherman's line.

  • Leaked video all but confirms an incredibly cool iPhone 6 feature
    Leaked video all but confirms an incredibly cool iPhone 6 feature

    Following a series of reports detailing the imminent arrival of a new iPhone accessory that’s supposed to be even better than its predecessor – i.e., a Lighting-to-USB cable that’s reversible at both ends – insider Sonny Dickson published a short video on his YouTube channel showing the cable in action. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed The video, available below, reveals how easily the reversible USB cable can be used when connecting an iPhone to a laptop or charger, and should be a welcomed addition to the iPhone accessory lineup. Assuming Apple is ready to start selling these reversible USB cables, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the iPhone 6 ship with such a cable

  • Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard
    Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

  • Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe
    Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. Under the agreement signed Tuesday with New York's attorney ...

  • Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff
    Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

    HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

  • U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting
    U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

    Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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