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:

  • Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach
    Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs. This was Frankie's Bikinis' debut show for the 19-year-old designer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, but Aiello is a pro when it comes to social media.

  • 12 Habits of Phenomenally Frugal Families

    Families with young children often feel financially squeezed from every direction: monthly mortgage or rent payments, food, clothes, activities, college and retirement savings -- the list is endless. These ideas from our Frugal Shopper bloggers, including Karen Cordaway, Lisa Koivu, Jon Lal, Joshua Rodriguez, Amber Sager, Michelle Stinson Ross, John Schmoll, Jennifer Saranow Schultz and Susan Yoo-Lee, offer plenty of creative strategies.

  • Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

    LONDON (AP) — A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization.

  • Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts
    Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts

    A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague, but this way of trying to contain the disease is puzzling to infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme given the information released about the case. Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis that is carried by rodents, and can be transmitted to people through flea bites or by direct contact with the tissues or fluids of an animal with plague, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today the illness is treatable with antibiotics, the CDC says.

  • A velociraptor lurks in new 'Jurassic World' poster
    A velociraptor lurks in new 'Jurassic World' poster

    On Twitter, director Colin Trevorrow revealed the first official poster for the next movie in the "Jurassic Park" franchise. After sharing a harrowing image of a dinosaur's shadow and one of a bloody handprint, the director has unveiled the first poster for "Jurassic World," showing a velociraptor on the prowl. Created by the artist Mark Englert, who later posted an alternate version, the poster will be handed out to a few lucky fans at Comic-Con, which opens in San Diego on July 24. Slated to hit US theaters on June 10, 2015, "Jurassic World" is still somewhat shrouded in secrecy.

  • Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School
    Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School

    We're officially through the looking glass here with rockets and United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools in Gaza. For the second time in a week, the United Nations agency disclosed that rockets were discovered in one of their vacant schools. Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.

  • I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan
    I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday.

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