2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Teekay Shipping Corp. rose 13.7 percent to $66.36. OCI Partners LP rose 7.5 percent to $21.48. Heritage Insurance ...

  • 35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska
    35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

  • Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

    By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists. Ashin Wirathu, who once called himself "the Burmese bin Laden" said the agreement with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", was the first step in a broad alliance against conversions by Islamists in the region. ...

  • Former Hong Kong governor Patten calls for 'genuine consultation': BBC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten called on Wednesday for a new period of genuine consultation over demands for greater democracy in the former British colony which is witnessing its worst protests since China resumed its rule 17 years ago. "I think we've got to see dialogue replacing tear gas and pepper sprays," Patten, the last British governor before the 1997 handover of the territory to China, told BBC radio. ...

  • Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings
    Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings

    When dinosaurs evolved into birds, they had to adapt their arms into wings in order to take flight — a process that altered their skeletal structure. The pisiform, a crumb of bone that helps keeps birds' wings rigid on the upstroke, had vanished in the birdlike dinosaurs that were modern birds' closest ancestors, the researchers report today (Sept. 30) in the journal PLOS Biology. "It is rare," study researcher Alexander Vargas, who leads the ontology and phylogeny lab at the University of Chile in Santiago, told Live Science. Of the few accepted cases of such a disappearing trick, the bird pisiform is among the clearest cases, Vargas said.

  • New Polish premier wants more US military presence
    New Polish premier wants more US military presence

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job
    Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
    Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

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