December 20, 2012 It's been 80 years since Britain's royal family began broadcasting a Christmas message. Now, the monarch will deliver her holiday address in 3-D. It's a medium in which she's been filmed before — 59 years ago, her coronation and other events were captured by 3-D cameras.
December 20, 2012 Friday marks the end of the Mayan calendar — and the end of the world if you believe doomsayers. But a rumor circulating online says the village of Bugarach, population 200, will be spared. That has the village bracing for an influx of believers.
December 19, 2012 The Swiss bank, along with others, manipulated a key interest rate that in turn influences what borrowers around the world pay. Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti says UBS was "disappointed to discover what happened."
December 18, 2012 Starting in January, the French government will provide contraceptives for girls ages 15 to 18 — without charge and without parental notification. The measure, which passed parliament without debate, aims to reduce teen pregnancies by increasing access to birth control and education.
December 15, 2012 There's no place for chronic misplacers of keys at the 21st World Memory Championships under way in London. About 75 competitors from some two dozen countries are vying to see who can memorize the most numbers, faces, playing cards or random words in a set amount of time in this "mnemonic Olympiad."
December 14, 2012 More than 1,000 people have gone to court hoping to track down sons and daughters or brothers and sisters they were told died in childbirth during the Franco dictatorship. The mothers were often poor and had Marxist leanings. Some estimates put the total number of stolen babies as high as 300,000.
December 13, 2012 Jacintha Saldanha was found dead last week. She answered the phone when two Australian radio hosts called a London hospital. They pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and got another nurse to divulge details about the Dutchess of Cambridge. The hoax was a huge embarrassment.