2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: ITT Educational Services Inc. rose 38.0 percent to $12.68. Wayfair Inc. rose 11.7 percent to $30.02. Cleco ...

  • Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves. Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's visit to Moscow in 2008 - although he later said some of the interview had been "overinterpreted". "He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine ... ...

  • Maui surfer fends off shark with fist, board

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a weekend shark attack in waters off Maui.

  • Dozens hurt in riots near New Hampshire pumpkin festival
    Dozens hurt in riots near New Hampshire pumpkin festival

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - More than two dozen people were treated at a New Hampshire hospital for injuries resulting from rioting that erupted near the site of an annual pumpkin festival in Keene, a hospital official said on Sunday. Hundreds of mostly young people descended on neighborhoods around the pumpkin festival on Saturday, setting bonfires, throwing bottles and flipping some vehicles as police in riot gear tried to keep control, according to local news coverage. ...

  • Comet Flies By Mars Today in Rare Encounter: Watch It Online
    Comet Flies By Mars Today in Rare Encounter: Watch It Online

    Editor's Update for 4 p.m. ET: Comet Siding Spring has completed its close Mars flyby. The Slooh Community Observatory will host two Comet Siding Spring webcasts on its website (http://www.slooh.com/) at 2:15 p.m. EDT and 8:30 p.m. EDT (1815 GMT and 0030 Oct. 20 GMT). "The uncertainty in how Comet Siding Spring will look, including the length and shape of its tail or tails, and its behavior during this extremely close encounter with Mars, provides plenty of excitement for Slooh members who have been tracking the comet for months," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement. "But the general public will also have the opportunity to get a first look of Comet Siding Springs live from Slooh as it nears Mars." 

  • Kerry urges stepped-up Asian effort against Islamic State
    Kerry urges stepped-up Asian effort against Islamic State

    By David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Asia-Pacific leaders on Monday to do more to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State in the Middle East and choke off finance to the militants. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Kerry also met the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia's prime minister and the foreign minister of the Philippines. ...

  • NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues
    NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

    NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor.

  • Daughter of Larry Flynt in critical condition after car crash

    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The adult daughter of Hustler Magazine founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt was in critical condition in a Ohio hospital on Monday after a car accident last week left her pinned beneath a vehicle, police said. Lisa Flynt, 47, of Dayton was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile owned by another area woman when she hit a commercial tractor-trailer at about 5 p.m. Friday night, Riverside Police Department said in a statement.  "Flynt was ejected from the vehicle and was found trapped under it," Sergeant David Crigler said. ...

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