2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at 1 p.m.: Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA fell 17.3 percent to $78.38. Rent-A-Center Inc. fell 8.6 percent to $28.92. Aquasition Corp. fell 8.3 ...

  • Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

    By Alistair Scrutton and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller -- an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters. Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden's biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in the Baltic Sea ...

  • Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday. Swedish forces have been scouring the sea off Stockholm since Friday, after what the military called three credible reports of activity by foreign submarines or divers using an underwater vehicle. The vessels were unidentified, but during the 1980s the Swedish navy from time to time hunted suspected Soviet submarines in its waters. ...

  • Total CEO's plane crashed in bad visibility: Russian transport watchdog

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's transportation watchdog said on Tuesday that the plane in which the head of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in a Moscow airport late on Monday crashed in "bad visibility". Rostransnadzor also said it had started investigating the accident at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, where the private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)

  • 35 Astounding Facts About McDonald’s
    35 Astounding Facts About McDonald’s

    McDonald’s serves up about 75 hamburgers a second and some 2.36 billion hamburgers a year — the rough equivalent of a million cows. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the head-spinning ...

  • 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered
    6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered

    A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]

  • The Scariest Man in Boxing Can't Find Any Worthy Opponents
    The Scariest Man in Boxing Can't Find Any Worthy Opponents

    It happened again on Saturday night. Gennady Golovkin knocked out his challenger. It was his 18th straight knock out. And that is as amazing as it is a problem.

  • Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others
    Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others

    By Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government and later died from Ebola herself. ...

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