2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says
    Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says

    With little fanfare, Iran has taken faster steps than required to comply with an interim nuclear deal that substantially limits its capacity to make a nuclear weapon. Today, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium – the material that is a few technical steps from bomb-grade – and is ahead of schedule to completely dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July. Iran has two incentives to move quickly on the terms of the deal, which took force on Jan. 20. It is eager to show it can abide by all its nuclear commitments, as Iran and world powers begin drafting a comprehensive nuclear deal after three rounds of talks, with a fourth due to begin on May 13.

  • PETA Enlists Kids To Tell First Lady Easter Egg Policy is Rotten

    While the annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration isn’t one typically embroiled in controversy, three young girls are letting First Lady Michelle Obama know they aren’t happy about it. Well, three young girls on behalf of PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment...

  • Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life
    Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life

    For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. "One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com.

  • Witness's risky tweeting gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefight
    Witness's risky tweeting gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefight

    It wasn’t until an explosion occurred a few minutes into the firefight that Andrew Kitzenberg realized he was witnessing the beginning of the end in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

  • Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut
    Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut

    Kim Jong-un’s distinctive haircut is no laughing matter for North Korea. A London hair salon that put up a promotional poster of the country’s leader, with the tag line “Bad Hair Day?” is at the center of a diplomatic dispute. The North Korean embassy has...

  • Putin fields question from U.S. fugitive Snowden
    Putin fields question from U.S. fugitive Snowden

    By Steve Gutterman and Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during a televised call-in show. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia granted the American asylum last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country. Snowden, who has been given refuge in Russia, was not in the studio where Putin was speaking. Snowden, wearing a jacket and open-collar shirt and speaking before a dark background, asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?" He also asked whether Putin believes improving the effectiveness of investigations justifies "placing societies .. under surveillance".

  • Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover
    Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation.

  • Mercury found in remote national park streams

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska.

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