2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $.04 or .1 percent, to $35.44. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.53 or .8 percent, to $69.91. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $.72 ...

  • Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues
    Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body. The study published Wednesday is based on data gathered from 106 patients diagnosed with Ebola at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone from May 25 to July 18. Some of the data on this group was incinerated because of fears that the nurses' station where the records were kept became contaminated. ...

  • Would Disney spin off Disneyland? Corporate breakup talk 'jumps the shark'
    Would Disney spin off Disneyland? Corporate breakup talk 'jumps the shark'

    The suggestion that Disney spin off its theme parks says more about the lengths investment pros are now going to promote financial engineering feats than about any shortcoming of Disney itself.

  • Brandy Melville: Hottest teen retailer sells only to “skinny girls”
    Brandy Melville: Hottest teen retailer sells only to “skinny girls”

    Brandy Melville is the most popular teen brand you’ve never heard of. The Italian clothing-line opened its first store in the U.S. five years ago in California—it has since expanded to 18 stores around the country. The trendy, beach-casual clothing retails between $20 and $40 and mostly comes in one size: small.

  • British jets intercept Latvian plane over southern England

    LONDON (Reuters) - Two British Royal Air Force Typhoon jets were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a Latvian cargo aircraft over southern England and escort it in to land at Stansted airport, but no security threat was found, officials said. Britain raised its terrorism alert in August to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying that Islamic State militants operating in Syria and Iraq posed the greatest threat to the country's security risk. ...

  • Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow
    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road.

  • On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola
    On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

    Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

  • Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain
    Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

    The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London.

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