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: Boulder Brands Inc. fell 24.4 percent to $9.62. Angie's List Inc. fell 19.4 percent to $6.67. Altisource Ptfl Sol fell 18.2 ...

  • Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest
    Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers.

  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
    Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

  • Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane
    Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

    Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

  • Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia
    Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.

  • Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'
    Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

    (Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...

  • Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals
    Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals

    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa — 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
    Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.

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