2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.79 or 2.3 percent, to $34.77. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $1.08 or 1.6 percent, to $67.89. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless
    For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

    PARIS (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.

  • Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service
    Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

  • Schumacher will need years to recover says doctor

    A French doctor treating stricken former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said Thursday that the German ace was making progress, but will need years to recover. Jean-Francois Payen also praised Schumacher's wife Corinna for the devotion she has shown to the racing driver since his devastating ski accident in December, in which he suffered life-threatening brain injuries. "I have noticed some progress but I would say we will have to give him time," Payen, who treated Schumacher at the Grenoble hospital where Schumacher was taken after the accident, told RTL radio. The doctor said that Corinna Schumacher had played a key role in her husband's progress.

  • East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...

  • Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack
    Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

    By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters from the spot where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country," Harper said. ...

  • Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack
    Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack

    Israel on Thursday pledged a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods a day after a Palestinian car attack killed a baby. It was the second deadly incident involving a Palestinian driving a vehicle in three months and prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the eternal capital of Israel. The driver, 21-year-old Abdelrahman Shaludi from Silwan in east Jerusalem, was shot while trying to flee the car on foot and later died of his injuries.

  • Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions
    Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions

    Known as magnetic flux ropes, coronal loops and solar prominences, these structures possess spiraling magnetic field lines, as if a huge bar magnet had been twisted into a corkscrew. Scientists have long thought magnetic flux ropes drive powerful solar explosions such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which can spawn geomagnetic storms that damage satellites in space and disrupt power grids on Earth. Two models for how magnetic flux ropes are involved have emerged. In the first model, a magnetic flux rope exists before the eruption.

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