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 ...
- A Frame by Frame Analysis of George W. Bush and the Ice Bucket
George W. Bush, 43rd POTUS, biographer of 41st POTUS, and painter of Google images portraits, joined in on the Ice Bucket Challenge with a Facebook video Wednesday. Nominated by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, pro golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and daughter Jenna Bush Hager (where you at, Barbara?), Bush recorded a 48-second video to join in on the cause that's raising awareness and millions in donations for ALS research. After all, we're not getting an Obama Ice Bucket Challenge video.) Bush begins his video by rejecting the Challenge, opting instead to write a check. He's proud of his move. The billowing American flag in the background agrees.
- Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases
Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they tried to evacuate a state official and her family from the quarantined quarter. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world are scrambling to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, with the latest official toll jumping 106 in two days to 1,350 dead. Liberia, with 576 deaths from 972 diagnosed cases, is the worst hit of the four affected west African countries, with the numbers of deaths and infections rising dramatically.
- 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.
- Here’s how to make sure you get Android L before everyone else
Google has recently published its Android distribution numbers for early August in which it revealed that KitKat has reached almost 21% market share of all Android phones now in use. While that’s an important milestone for Google, the road was rather long and tedious, as software updates still depend on OEMs and carriers. The same thing will likely happen with Android L adoption as well and Android fans looking to buy a new Android handset should check out Ars Technica’s massive guide on the state of the Android ecosystem and Android updates in the U.S. that reveals “who’s fast, who’s slow, and why.” When it comes to unlocked flagship devices, the fastest handset to receive the latest KitKat builds was the Nexus 4
- ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy
Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this mission. The team is checking conditions of the road, and the general situation, and establishing contacts in preparation for the passage of the convoy," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told Reuters in Geneva.
- Rick Perry's mug shot inspires meme
- Climbers Paint Ukraine Colors and Plant Flag on Top of a Moscow Skyscraper
A Stalin-era Moscow skyscraper was defiled redecorated by a crew of intrepid alpinists-protestors who scaled to the top of a 580-foot building and painted it Ukrainian blue before hoisting up a Ukrainian flag. Someone climbed the Moscow skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya and put up a Ukrainian flag. Russian authorities were not amused by the prank in support of Ukraine, where government troops are battling pro-Russian separatists. "Obviously, the star was intended to be painted in the Ukrainian flag's colors," the source said."