2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.79 or 2.3 percent, to $34.77. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $1.08 or 1.6 percent, to $67.89. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance
    At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance

    As McDonald's business faces headwinds, its much smaller rival Chipotle is challenging the fast food dominance of the old guard.

  • Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals
    Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals

    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa — 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.

  • Ebola becomes a workplace concern
    Ebola becomes a workplace concern

    Employers face thorny issues when trying to figure out how to deal with the deadly virus.

  • Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
    Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.

  • Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service
    Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

  • Dancing priests become Internet sensation
    Dancing priests become Internet sensation

    ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

  • Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas. Sunday's poll is the first parliamentary election since street protests last winter drove Moscow-backed leader Victor Yanukovich from office and ushered in a pro-Western leadership. ...

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