2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.22 or .7 percent, to $31.31. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.68 or 1.0 percent, to $68.98. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'
    Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

    San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its "real names" policy that prompted drag queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond.

  • Hong Kong leader offers talks with protesters
    Hong Kong leader offers talks with protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader offered Thursday to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but said he will not accept their demand that he resign.

  • Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said. On the patient's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting “non-specific symptoms” and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. ...

  • Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
    Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...

  • O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'
    O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'

    Bill O'Reilly's plan to defeat the Islamic State militants with a 25,000-person mercenary army has been widely mocked since he introduced it last week. But the Fox News host is not backing down.

  • U.S. jobless claims drop, point to stronger labor market
    U.S. jobless claims drop, point to stronger labor market

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, a sign the labor market may be tightening. Still, other data on Thursday showed weaker factory orders in August even after stripping out volatile transportation figures, a darker signal for future growth in manufacturing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Sept. 27, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a rise in new claims. ...

  • 'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraud
    'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraud

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.

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