2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: On Assignment Inc. fell 22.6 percent to $27.01. A10 Networks fell 16.5 percent to $10.80. hhgregg Inc. ...

  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are down at 10 a.m.: CSX fell $.33 or 1.1 percent, to $30.13. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.39 or .6 percent, to $67.29. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: VistaPrint Ltd. rose 30.6 percent to $49.26. LivePerson Inc. rose 15.9 percent to $11.78. Open Text Corp. rose 14.9 percent ...

  • ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home
    ‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home

    A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.

  • Despite concerns, US restocks Israel with ammunition
    Despite concerns, US restocks Israel with ammunition

    The United States confirmed it had restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza. "Obviously nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians seeking shelter in a UN facility," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf acknowledged, in some of the toughest US comments since the start of the 23-day fighting in the Gaza Strip.

  • NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner
    NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

    Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.

  • EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks

    By Barbara Lewis and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU member states on Tuesday, as "destructive and short-sighted", while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev forces and the pro-Russian separatists. EU officials say the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the EU. "We will for sure have an effect and a very substantial and concrete effect on Russia," one EU official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

  • S&P500 index posts worst fall since April; indexes down for July

    By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. S&P500 stock index posted its worst daily fall since April and its first monthly drop since January on Thursday, as economic data sparked concern the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than some have expected. Data showing that U.S. labor costs recorded their biggest gain in more than 5-1/2 years in the second quarter this year came a day after the Fed upgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy while reiterating it was in no hurry to raise rates.

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