2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were up at the close of trading: CSX rose $.69 or 2.1 percent, to $34.20. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $1.85 or 2.8 percent, to $67.42. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Omeros Corp. fell 12.3 percent to $12.12. Altisource Ptfl Sol fell 10.9 percent to $84.51. Enanta Pharma fell 10.2 percent ...

  • Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler
    Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler

    If you’ve been to Thailand, done Bali and bought the T-shirt in Vietnam, consider Palawan, one of 7,107 islands belonging to the Philippines that’s just been named the world’s top island by readers of CN Traveler magazine.

  • Israelis question care of Hamas leader's daughter
    Israelis question care of Hamas leader's daughter

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care.

  • Idaho pastors opposed to gay marriage sue city over law
    Idaho pastors opposed to gay marriage sue city over law

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Two pastors in Idaho, who fear they could be penalized for refusing to perform newly legal gay marriages at their private wedding chapel, have filed a lawsuit, saying an Idaho anti-discrimination law violates their right to free speech and religious liberty. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who run the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, are asking a federal judge to temporarily bar the city from enforcing a local ordinance that bans discrimination tied to sexual orientation in businesses that are used by the public, their attorney said on Monday. ...

  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. "Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution," Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. ...

  • U.S. involved in seven air strikes on Islamic State targets

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said. Fighter, bomber and attack aircraft were used in the raids and all returned safely, the Central Command statement said. The strikes near Kobani, Syria, destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, a building and an Islamic State unit. ...

  • Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday. The tomb on the Amphipolis site, about 100 km (65 miles) from Greece's second-biggest city Thessaloniki, has been hailed by archaeologists as a major discovery from the era of Alexander the Great. They say it appears to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece. ...

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