2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $.23 or .8 percent, to $30.81. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.69 or 1.0 percent, to $69.26. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $2.00 ...

  • Harvard Researcher on Aging: There's no 'limit on the human lifespan'
    Harvard Researcher on Aging: There's no 'limit on the human lifespan'

    My peers of a certain age will remember an Oil of Olay commercial about deciding not to grow old gracefully, but rather to "fight it every step of the way." And while we spend billions trying to turn back time, the Fountain of Youth has yet to be found at the bottom of a lotion bottle. But one researcher from Harvard Medical School, David Sinclair, believes the secret to stopping the aging process is closer than we think.

  • Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow

    By Polina Devitt and Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine. The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald's in Russia, which opened in the last days of the Soviet Union, and which the company says is its most frequented in the world. On Wednesday evening, the lights were off inside the restaurant - which is usually crammed with diners - and a sign on the door said it was shut "for technical reasons." The watchdog, known in Russia as Rospotrebnadzor, said in a statement inspectors had found numerous sanitary violations. Asked if the decision was a retaliation for the United States and other countries imposing economic sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, the source declined to comment and referred to the statement about sanitary violations.

  • Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police officer
    Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police officer

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The father of the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and claimed his family's wealth was partially to blame has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, legal documents showed. Frederick Anthony Couch was arrested on Tuesday for an incident that occurred on July 28 in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills. An expert witness for the defense described the boy's condition as "affluenza." The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize "affluenza" as a diagnosis. Couch identified himself as a reserve officer with a police department in another Fort Worth area community.

  • Taco Bell makes smart bet on U.S. Taco Co.
    Taco Bell makes smart bet on U.S. Taco Co.

    It's not typical for nationwide buzz to accompany a Taco Bell restaurant opening. But when it's Taco Bell's new store called U.S. Taco Co., a higher-scale eatery whose first location is now operating, it starts to make some degree of sense.

  • Ukraine flag unfurled on top of Moscow skyscraper
    Ukraine flag unfurled on top of Moscow skyscraper

    A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties. The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre (half a mile) from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag. "The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP. Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have soared since Viktor Yanukovich was chased from power in Ukraine and replaced with a pro-Western government in February.

  • Obama: U.S. won't stop confronting Islamic State
    Obama: U.S. won't stop confronting Islamic State

    President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq, standing firm in the face of the militants' threats to kill another hostage unless the U.S. military changes course.

  • Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes
    Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

    PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped about more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters:

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