2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at 1 p.m.: On Assignment Inc. fell 23.4 percent to $26.75. hhgregg Inc. fell 15.6 percent to $7.17. L-3 Communications Holdings ...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Microsoft ordered by U.S. judge to submit customer's emails from abroad

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged the warrant, arguing it improperly extended the authority of federal prosecutors to seize customer information held in foreign countries. Following a two-hour court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said a search warrant approved by a federal magistrate judge required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored.

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    By Mark Heinrich LONDON (Reuters) - When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave. Israel kept expanding settlements in the West Bank where the Palestinians also seek a state. Hardline Islamists seized control of Gaza in 2007 and periodic U.S. efforts to broker a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority under secular President Mahmoud Abbas have proved fruitless. Israel sealed Gaza in an economically choking blockade and the territory's ruling Hamas movement and other militant factions fired rockets with increasing frequency and range, though not accuracy, into the Jewish state.

  • ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home
    ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home

    A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.

  • The economy is headed downhill from here: Peter Schiff
    The economy is headed downhill from here: Peter Schiff

    The government reported Wednesday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 4% last quarter. Euro Pacific Capital's Peter Schiff says that quarter will be the strongest quarter this year.

  • Inflation looks real this time
    Inflation looks real this time

    Labor costs are rising--which ought to get the Federal Reserve's attention.

  • Ebola fears send Liberia hand sanitiser prices soaring
    Ebola fears send Liberia hand sanitiser prices soaring

    London (AFP) - The struggle to contain the worst-ever Ebola epidemic in west Africa is being complicated by the soaring cost of hand sanitiser, a leading charity said on Thursday.

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