2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: On Assignment Inc. fell 22.6 percent to $27.01. A10 Networks fell 16.5 percent to $10.80. hhgregg Inc. ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: VistaPrint Ltd. rose 30.6 percent to $49.26. LivePerson Inc. rose 15.9 percent to $11.78. Open Text Corp. rose 14.9 percent ...

  • Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce
    Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term. The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group dominant in Gaza, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the truce as long as Israel holds its fire. Officials in Israel were not available for immediate comment.

  • Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China's Ex-Leader
    Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China's Ex-Leader

    People Compared the Floating Frog to Jiang Zemin

  • Divided House abandons vote on border bill
    Divided House abandons vote on border bill

    The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea partyers withdrew their support in a dispute over a separate measure on deportations.

  • Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
    Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

    BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.

  • EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks

    By Barbara Lewis and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU member states on Tuesday, as "destructive and short-sighted", while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev forces and the pro-Russian separatists. EU officials say the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the EU. "We will for sure have an effect and a very substantial and concrete effect on Russia," one EU official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

  • ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home
    ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home

    A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.

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