2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.22 or .7 percent, to $31.31. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.68 or 1.0 percent, to $68.98. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing
    Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing

    The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone, images released by NASA this week show.

  • ISIS on the trail: New Mexico Senate candidate stands by web video showing James Foley’s killer
    ISIS on the trail: New Mexico Senate candidate stands by web video showing James Foley’s killer

    Republican Allen Weh makes military experience and foreign policy central issues in campaign

  • Facebook changes real-name policy, allows aliases

    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network, following outrage over the locking of hundreds of accounts, including a number belonging to drag queens using their stage names. Facebook's product chief, Christopher Cox, apologized in a post on Wednesday and said the affected users could go back to using their aliases. The world's largest social media network had locked scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds belonging to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...

  • China tells US to back off over Hong Kong
    China tells US to back off over Hong Kong

    Washington (AFP) - The US and China openly clashed over the pro-democracy protests sweeping Hong Kong, with Beijing warning Washington to back off and saying it would not tolerate "illegal acts."

  • Two drivers hit 10-year-old girl in Seattle, speed away

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police said on Tuesday they were searching for two drivers who gravely injured a 10-year-old girl in back-to-back collisions and then "sped away" with her "still on the ground". Witnesses said the girl was struck in the early evening by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle as she crossed the street south of downtown, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. She fell to the ground and was then hit by an Acura sedan. "Witnesses said that both vehicles sped away while they tended to the girl," the statement said. ...

  • Global stocks slump as ECB disappoints; U.S. down for fourth day

    By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks worldwide slumped on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi failed to provide jittery markets with a specific stimulus program for the euro zone's flagging recovery, and U.S. markets slid for a fourth straight day. Although Draghi again said that the ECB remained ready to use further unconventional policy tools if needed, a lack of specifics on the bank's plan to buy secured debt left investors unimpressed. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 sank to its lowest level since Aug. 8, stung by declines in energy shares. ...

  • AP Exclusive: Complaints at problem prison shelved
    AP Exclusive: Complaints at problem prison shelved

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When inmates at a notorious Alabama women's prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended the matters be closed without further action, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press.

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