2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Ahead of the Bell: US durable goods
    Ahead of the Bell: US durable goods

    The Commerce Department reports business orders for durable goods in March. The report will be issued at 8:30 a.m. EDT Thursday. ORDERS UP: The expectation is that orders rose 1.9 percent in March, according ...

  • Is Warren really Hillary's nightmare? Hardly.
    Is Warren really Hillary's nightmare? Hardly.

    Let's talk about Elizabeth Warren and her political ambitions. Because, you know, somebody has to.

  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers
    Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

  • Why Apple Can't Quit Steve Jobs
    Why Apple Can't Quit Steve Jobs

    Industry Watchers Still Waiting for Next Breakthrough Product

  • Wal-Mart cuts CEO's pay 73 percent in 2013

    The pay of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s outgoing CEO fell 73 percent in 2013 because he didn't get stock awards that are given in anticipation of future performance as well as a lower performance-based bonus. ...

  • Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
    Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.

  • Mystery of Bizarre Duck-Like Ocean Sound Solved
    Mystery of Bizarre Duck-Like Ocean Sound Solved

    A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say. "In the beginning, no one really knew what it was," said Denise Risch, a marine biologist at NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. Because the sound was so repetitive, scientists first thought it might be human-made, possibly coming from submarines. The noises also occur seasonally, and have been heard simultaneously in the Eastern Weddell Sea off Antarctica and Western Australia. In February 2013, during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, Risch's colleagues tagged two Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) off of Western Antarctica with suction-cup tags.

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
    Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.

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