2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Business Highlights

    ___ Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse named after a fabled, poor woodsman who discovers a thieves' den full of treasures, is ready to strike it rich on the ...

  • Washington says quit over infidelity
    Washington says quit over infidelity

    Dallas (AFP) - Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that his resignation earlier this month was the result of him "not being true to his wife."

  • Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia
    Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia

    El Carmen de Bolivar (Colombia) (AFP) - A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.

  • Undersea 'Asteroid Mission' Wraps Up Off Florida Coast
    Undersea 'Asteroid Mission' Wraps Up Off Florida Coast

    The crew of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 19 (NEEMO 19) lived in the Aquarius lab, which is located 62 feet (19 meters) beneath the waves off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. NEEMO 19 commander Randy Bresnik, a veteran of the STS-129 space shuttle mission in 2009, observed that a fish swimming by is actually not all that different from the distractions that may present themselves during a real spacewalk (also known as an extravehicular activity, or EVA). You certainly admire the beauty of it, but you don't want to get too distracted," Bresnik told Space.com Friday (Sept. 12) from the Aquarius lab. NASA is trying out a procedure in which astronauts would complete a circuit of the sites they need to visit on the asteroid, sending the information back to Earth.

  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant
    From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its 'cool' factor

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less ”original” than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs. She's one of the 16 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years. By comparison, some 11 percent of respondents said that Android had lost some sheen in the same time frame. ...

  • "The Retiree Next Door": How successful retirees stretch their savings
    "The Retiree Next Door": How successful retirees stretch their savings

    In a new ebook, MoneyTips.com asks retirees how they managed to retire successfully.

  • Scots spurn independence in historic vote but demand new powers
    Scots spurn independence in historic vote but demand new powers

    By Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom's separation. Opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent with all 3. ...

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