2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Focus on UVa employee in student's disappearance
    Focus on UVa employee in student's disappearance

    A man authorities believe is the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving.

  • NFL 49ers' Colin Kaepernick used racial slur, report says

    (Reuters) - An $11,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct levied against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted from his use of a racial slur during a game last week, Fox Sports reported on Sunday. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, citing an unidentified National Football League referee, said Kaepernick slung the "N-word" at Chicago Bears' defender Lamarr Houston as the two exchanged insults after a play in the Sept. 14 game. Houston is black and Kaepernick is biracial. Kaepernick has denied using inappropriate language and said he would appeal the fine. ...

  • Frankfurt exchange's China dream turns to nightmare

    By Edward Taylor, Andreas Kröner, Christoph Steitz and John Ruwitch FRANKFURT/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When Deutsche Boerse set off eight years ago to lure Chinese companies to Germany with fast listings and low fees, it dreamed of one day landing a giant like Alibaba . In the latest and most bizarre case, Ultrasonic, a small Chinese shoemaker listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, announced last week that Wu Qingyong, the company's chief executive, and his son had disappeared, along with $60 million from the company's bank account. On Monday, Ultrasonic said Wu had contacted the group's finance chief to say he would return to the company, along with the money.

  • Homeowners Tap the Income in Their Homes
    Homeowners Tap the Income in Their Homes

    Home shoppers could buy bigger places than they'd otherwise be able to afford and cover the mortgage using rental income. If you have a room over the garage or other unused real estate, you definitely can turn it into a source of revenue," says Brian Ashcraft, operations director for tax preparer Liberty Tax Service. Have an empty room at home? WSJ CIO Journal deputy editor Steven Rosenbush joins the News Hub with Sara Murray.

  • China September factory activity edges up on stronger orders but employment shrinks

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a survey showed on Tuesday, a potential source of worry for Communist leaders who prize social stability above all else. The HSBC/Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50.5 in September from August's final reading of 50.2. ...

  • The FBI is watching U.S. nationals who may have joined the Islamic State
    The FBI is watching U.S. nationals who may have joined the Islamic State

    Some of the estimated 100 Americans who have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State have returned to the United States and are under FBI scrutiny, a top official told reporters on Monday.

  • St. Louis Police Academy offers 'highly entertaining' media training course on Ferguson shooting
    St. Louis Police Academy offers 'highly entertaining' media training course on Ferguson shooting

    The police response to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. — which included heavily armed militarized police clashing with protesters in the St. Louis suburb — is a case study for how not to manage a crisis. The St. Louis Police Academy seems to agree.

  • Australia says jets to help with air strikes against Islamic State
    Australia says jets to help with air strikes against Islamic State

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Johnston told reporters that up to eight Super Hornet aircraft will participate in a U.S.-led coalition "delivering air strikes to degrade, disrupt and ultimately seek to destroy ISIL (Islamic State)". Australian Special Forces will be serving as advisers to Iraqi forces, Johnston said after a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...

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