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 the close of trading: Barrett Business Services Inc. fell 58.9 percent to $18.28. Xoom Corp. fell 25.9 percent to $14.41. EPIQ Systems Inc. fell ...
- 'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled in Holland
A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an "ambulance drone", a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). "Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive," Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University. "The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes," he said in a statement.
- Fast Traders Are Getting Data From SEC Seconds Early
Two separate groups of academic researchers have documented a lag time between the moment paying subscribers, including trading firms, newswires and others, receive the filings via a direct feed from an SEC contractor and when the documents are publicly available on the agency’s website. The ability to get the information before it is on the SEC site can give traders precious seconds to act on the news. When documents carrying good or bad news reach the subscribers early, trading volume often surges in the relevant stocks and prices move, the researchers found. “These results raise questions about whether the SEC dissemination process is really a level playing field for all investors,” wrote Jonathan Rogers of the University of Colorado, who co-authored an Oct. 22 study that analyzed the SEC’s distribution system.
- Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied
By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...
- American couple held in Qatar speaks: 'We are being kidnapped'
An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Gloria's passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
- Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system. A state of the art ventilation system has also been installed to protect the frescoes from humidity, enabling up to 2,000 people at a time to safely visit one of the world's top tourist attractions, which draws over six million people a year. The venture was funded in part by European Union funds, with the rest donated to the Vatican in expertise, technology and man hours by the various companies taking part. "The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended," said Marco Frascarolo, who works for Fabertechnica, one of the companies behind the new system.
- IS frees remaining Kurdish child hostages in Syria: monitor
The Islamic State group on Wednesday freed 25 Kurdish schoolchildren kidnapped by its fighters in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. In September, IS released 70 of the pupils, with the Observatory saying around 30 more remained in the group's custody over allegations their relatives were linked to a Kurdish group fighting the jihadist organisation. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP several children had been released individually since the group of 70 was freed in September, and that Wednesday's release represented the last of the child hostages.
- Iraqi Kurdish leader says prepared to send more forces to Kobani if asked
ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdistan is prepared to deploy more forces to the Syrian border town of Kobani if asked, the region's President Masoud Barzani said in a statement on Thursday. The first 10 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Alison Williams)