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 ...

  • Final Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies were mixed at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.09 or .6 percent, to $14.75. Gold Fields rose $.09 or 2.3 percent, to $3.99. GoldCorp. rose $.18 or .8 percent, ...

  • Putin says 'foolish' sanctions will not hold back Russia

    By Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin dismissed Western sanctions as "utter foolishness" on Thursday and said they would not stop Russia developing into a stronger economic power. Attempting to take the higher ground in a speech to foreign and Russian investors, Putin said he was relaxed about the measures imposed on his country over Ukraine even though they had broken the fundamental principles of the global economy. ...

  • U.S. jobless claims drop, point to stronger labor market

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, a sign the labor market may be tightening. Still, other data on Thursday showed weaker factory orders in August even after stripping out volatile transportation figures, a darker signal for future growth in manufacturing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Sept. 27, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a rise in new claims. ...

  • Tesla's Musk says 'about time to unveil the D and something else'

    (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk sent out a cryptic tweet on Wednesday, saying it is "about time to unveil the D and something else", with an accompanying photo which mentioned a date, Oct. 9. (http://bit.ly/ZtvoeG) It was unclear what the "D" or "something else" entails, but the image suggested a new model the electric carmaker might unveil on that day. Musk did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. ...

  • Second U.S. university cuts ties with China's Confucius Institute

    By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A second major U.S. university in a week is severing ties with China's government-funded Confucius Institute, which critics call a propaganda arm wrapped in culture and language education. Pennsylvania State University said Wednesday it would end its five-year relationship with the institute at the end of this year, citing differences with the Chinese government agency that controls and funds them. ...

  • Coin star: Man donates $21,495 in loose change to charity
    Coin star: Man donates $21,495 in loose change to charity

    A Florida man who has collected more than $21,000 in loose change over the last 10 years has donated it to a local animal rescue group.

  • Protesters to pack meeting on education changes
    Protesters to pack meeting on education changes

    DENVER (AP) — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses are expected to pack a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote.

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