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 $.05 or .2 percent, to $31.54. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.29 or .4 percent, to $72.79. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war
    Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

  • Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
    Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

  • Betfair pays up early to gamblers backing Scottish 'No'

    LONDON (Reuters) - Polls say the outcome of the Scottish independence vote is too close to call but gambling company Betfair is already paying out more than 100,000 pounds ($162,000) to customers who backed a "No" vote. Bookmakers sometimes pay out early on sports events when they consider the result a foregone conclusion, judging that the publicity they generate is worth the risk should there be a surprise turnaround. "We've decided that 'No' is most likely to be the winning vote in 3 days' time, so we've put our money where our mouth is," online betting specialist Betfair said on Tuesday. ...

  • Receipt showing LeSean McCoy's 20-cent tip gets $99,000 bid on eBay
    Receipt showing LeSean McCoy's 20-cent tip gets $99,000 bid on eBay

    The receipt showing the 20-cent tip Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left on a $61.56 bill at a Philadelphia burger joint last week is up for sale on eBay. Current bid: $99,900.

  • South Sudan bans foreign workers despite looming famine
    South Sudan bans foreign workers despite looming famine

    Juba (AFP) - Authorities in war-torn South Sudan announced Tuesday a ban on foreign workers, including aid agency staff, and ordered their jobs to be given to locals.

  • Western sanctions are testing Russia's strength: Medvedev

    Russia's strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country's ruling party, United Russia, on Monday. "When a series of our partners, if they can be called that, test Russia's strength through sanctions and all kinds of threats, it is important not to succumb to the temptation of so-called easy solutions and to preserve and continue the development of democratic processes in our society, our state," Medvedev said in a televised speech. The European Union and the United States imposed late last week a fresh set of sanctions against Moscow for its policy on Ukraine, further limiting access for some of Russia's key companies to foreign capital markets.

  • Toddler Freaks Out After Dad Shaves Off His Beard
    Toddler Freaks Out After Dad Shaves Off His Beard

    Never in the history of peekaboo has the outcome been so dramatic. One toddler learned the hard way that the fun game does not always end well.

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