2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- 'The Americans' renewed for third season
- Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
- Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall
- U.S., EU say still at loggerheads with Russia over Crimea
The United States and European Union still have a significant difference with Russia over the status of Crimea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday, as they reached a deal at the end of talks with Russia on measures to stabilize Ukraine. Both Kerry and Ashton said it was "crystal clear" that such differences remained, and Kerry said Russia had "illegally" taken over the peninsula from Ukraine last month and the United States had not given up on it.
- Rare Video Shows People Riding Infamous New Jersey Looped Water Slide
Rare footage has New Jersey residents recollecting memories from a time when summer debauchery was far from limited to just the Jersey Shore.The Cannonball Loop was as talked about by New Jersey residents as the theme park it could be found in. Now, rare footage of the slide has park-goers recollecting memories of past visits. Visitors to the theme park referred to the place by a litany of nicknames: Friction Park, Class Action Park, and Accident Park to name a few. Chances are if you grew up in northern New Jersey, you have heard of or paid a visit to Action Park. The Vernon, N.J., attraction was one of America's first water parks. Welcoming patrons from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it opened its doors in 1978 and first closed in 1996.
- Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'
In a disturbing reminder of an era that's supposed to be bygone, an image has been circulating of what appears to be a leaflet asking all Jews over the age of 16 in Donetsk, Ukraine, to "register" with separatist militants. The leaflet, reported by Ynet and picked up by USA Today, bears the signature of the head of Donetsk's temporary pro-Russia "government" Denis Pushilin. However, the Ukranians attempting to bring the region under Russian control have denied any involvement with the flyer. Secretary of State John Kerry declined to assign blame for the leaflets in a Thursday statement. According to Ynet's English report, the leaflet, written in Russian, reads:
- Old-timey car pitched as replacement for NYC's horse-drawn carriages
- Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages