2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Heavy Fog Enshrouds London (Photo)
An impenetrable fog rolled into London Wednesday morning (Dec. 11), which caused some travel woes, and also produced rare views of the city's skyline from above, with only the tallest buildings poking above the mist. While many planes at London's major airports were grounded, a team of officers with the city's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) flew above the fog in a helicopter. One of the members of this Air Support Unit snapped this amazing photo with an iPhone and posted it to Twitter. Radiation fogs often dissipate in the morning, when the sun comes out again and warms the ground, according to the Met Office, the United Kingdom's national weather service.
- N. Korea announces execution of leader's 'traitor' uncle
North Korea said Friday it had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un, branding the once-powerful Jang Song-Thaek as a "traitor for all ages", as the United States and South Korea expressed concern at the shock purge in the one-party state. In a stunning downfall, Jang -- who had been seen as Kim's political regent and the country's unofficial number two -- was executed on Thursday immediately after a special military trial, state news agency KCNA reported in a viciously worded attack. He committed such a "hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state", it said, while also making the rare admission that North Korea is experiencing economic strife. Jang, 67, played a key role in cementing the leadership of the inexperienced Kim when he succeeded his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011, but analysts said his power and influence had become increasingly resented.
- Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
- There Really Is a Global War on Santa
On Wednesday Megyn Kelly brought our attention to the War on Santa Claus, waged by people who care about things like being "inclusive" or whatever. "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," Kelly said on Fox News on Wednesday night. The P.C. liberal fight against Santa pales in comparison to the horrific war on Santa being waged around the globe. Kelly was reacting to Aisha Harris's suggestion that Santa should be represented as an animal — perhaps a penguin — to spare non-white kids the "insecurity and shame" she experienced as a child.
- Why Texas just became 2014's biggest sideshow
Move over, Todd Akin: Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is 2014's version of the Republican most likely to say something crazy on the campaign trail. Stockman this week announced his candidacy in the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. 1. He compared Obama to Saddam Hussein In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, President Obama indicated that he would use executive actions to implement gun control reforms.
- Why James Bond Wanted Martinis 'Shaken, Not Stirred'
James Bond's famous catchphrase "shaken, not stirred" may have stemmed from his inability to stir his drinks due to an alcohol-induced tremor affecting his hands, researchers reveal in a new, tongue-in-cheek medical report. For their report, the researchers read all 14 books of the fictional British Secret Service agent, noting every alcoholic drink, and used standard alcohol unit levels to calculate Bond's alcohol consumption — all in an effort to determine whether 007 was a martini connoisseur or a chronic alcoholic.
- Country star Ray Price leaves hospital for hospice
- Kim Kardashian's Post-Baby Weight Loss Secret! (Healthy Hollywood)