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:

  • Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest
    Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest

    BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

  • Justin Bieber Resumes Timeless Love Affair with Selena Gomez
    Justin Bieber Resumes Timeless Love Affair with Selena Gomez

    Today in celebrity gossip: Everybody's favorite on-again, off-again romance is back on, plus Jennifer Lawrence is dating Chris Martin, and Lindsay Lohan denies James Franco's claims about her character. Their seemingly neverending on-again-off-again relationship has suddenly flipped back to the "ON" position as TMZ reports the two spent this past weekend together. See, their stony mutual silence had ended last week when the two up and went to church together, and then went on to do other "wholesome things like hiking and hanging out at home." TMZ also adds that the pair have "already started calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend again." You're probably already asking yourself, "Is this the time it finally clicks? Will Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez be together forever from now on?" At the risk of being too presumptuous, yes.

  • Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions
    Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star.

  • UK 'urgently investigates' suspected British executioner in Foley video
    UK 'urgently investigates' suspected British executioner in Foley video

    British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is "urgently investigating" the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as "James Wright Foley, an American citizen." In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has "been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State," before killing Foley. Foley went missing in Syria in November 2012, after militants stopped his car, reports Foster's Daily Democrat, a newspaper covering his hometown of Rochester, N.H. He had reported from several conflict zones in the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq, and Libya, where he was also briefly held by kidnappers. Foley was freelancing for Agence France-Presse and the GlobalPost when he was taken in Syria.

  • Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust
    Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

    BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan's actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

  • Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami: study
    Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami: study

    An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said Tuesday. The small, but growing, island appeared last year and quickly engulfed the already-existing island of Nishinoshima, around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of Tokyo. It now covers 1.26 square kilometres (0.5 square miles). "If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island's slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami," warned Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo.

  • Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    By Ludwig Burger MUENSTER Germany (Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it. Global tire makers such as industry leader Bridgestone Corp and No.4 player Continental AG believe they are in for rich pickings and are backing such research to the tune of millions of dollars.

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