2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Scandalous Behavior
Controversy rocked some of the world's largest institutions—from the military and the NFL to the Secret Service and the BBC. Some seemingly untouchable pillars of their profession were tarnished by the scandals of 2012.
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- U.S. parents who ferried children to Cuba agree to jail time
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. couple face a decade or longer in jail after pleading guilty this week to kidnapping their two young sons in Florida last year, then fleeing by sailboat to Cuba with the family dog. In a deal that spared them additional federal or state charges, Sharyn and Joshua Hakken, who had lost custody of their sons after a drug arrest in Louisiana, admitted on Tuesday to kidnapping the boys, then ages 4 and 2, their attorneys said. The couple, both engineers, believed they had uncovered a government conspiracy, attorneys said. ...
- 'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface
Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed. The Ocean of Storms, or Oceanus Procellarum, is the largest of the moon's maria, giant dark spots visible on the near side of the moon. Scientists had previously thought the Ocean of Storms was created by a giant cosmic impact that left a crater about 2,000 miles wide (3,200 kilometers) that filled with lava. Now, data from NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that Procellarum is not round, but instead is surrounded by a strange giant rectangle underneath the moon's surface.
- Hong Kong warns democracy protesters of firm response
By Donny Kwok and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities on Thursday urged thousands of pro-democracy protesters to immediately end their blockade of the city centre and said any attempt to occupy administrative buildings would be met with a resolute and firm response. The mostly young protesters have demanded Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, step down by the end of Thursday, threatening to occupy government buildings if he fails to do so. They have also called on China to introduce full democracy so the city can freely choose its own leader. ...
- Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished
- Lack of ice forces some 35,000 walruses to chill on Alaska shore
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced some 35,000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies said on Wednesday. Walruses are accomplished divers and frequently plunge hundreds of feet to the bottom of the continental shelf to feed. But they use sea ice as platforms to give birth, nurse their young and elude predators, and when it is scarce or non-existent they haul themselves up on land. ...
- U.S. orders airlines to replace cockpit displays on 1,300 Boeing airplanes
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to replace cockpit displays on more than 1,300 Boeing Co airplanes to avoid interference from Wi-Fi and cellular devices. Airlines will need to replace certain cockpit display units made by Honeywell International Inc used on Boeing's 737 and 777 jets within five years, according to an FAA document. (http://bit.ly/1qTpOYb) The FAA said the display units were susceptible to interference from Wi-Fi frequencies. ...
- Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Alexander Dziadosz SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. Kurdish militants warned that peace talks with the Turkish state would come to an end if the Islamist insurgents were allowed to carry out a massacre in the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani, pressuring Ankara to act. ...