2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
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- Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks 'Ultron' & 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': 'I'm Super Proud' …
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is married to "Fifty Shades of Grey" director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" star said he was impressed by Sam's work in the "Fifty Shades" trailer that was released this week. "I loved it, man," Aaron told Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz at Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The 24-year-old star said the movie (starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan) isn't completely finished, but it's getting there.
- APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform
- UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
- Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site
- Egypt army destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels
Egypt's army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to. Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave. Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels.
- Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston
HOUSTON — The countdown is on for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Thursday, Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's full-size space shuttle replica, named the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. "The free event 'Rise of Independence' will mark another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston's future world-class exhibit," Space Center Houston officials said Wednesday (July 23). On Friday, the center's president and CEO Richard Allen, assisted by shuttle astronaut Clay Anderson, revealed the "Independence" decal affixed on the side of the vehicle as one of the final touches to be done before the Aug. 14 lift.
- Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was "very, very shocked" to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during Sunday's tumultuous Hungarian Grand Prix. The incident, one of at least two in which Mercedes tried to persuade Hamilton to help Rosberg, came after 47 laps of a 70-laps race won by Australian Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull.
- Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing
Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.