2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Midday Glance: Specialty Retail companies

    Shares of some top specialty retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Autozone Inc. fell $.47 or .1 percent, to $525.78. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. fell $.09 or .1 percent, to $62.83. Best Buy rose $.17 or .7 ...

  • Jon Stewart Skewers Sean Hannity: "You're the Arby's of News"
    Jon Stewart Skewers Sean Hannity: "You're the Arby's of News"

    Jon Stewart's love of Sean Hannity is well documented. The two have a long, storied past together, but sometimes Hannity simply goes too far. "There is not much that I truly love in this world: my family, my country, my priceless collection of antique ceramic cats ... but above, all my heart belongs to my beloved," Stewart began the show, meaning, of course, Sean Hannity. But how does Stewart respond when Hannity calls him a "comedic hack" and one of the "chief apologists for the Obama administration"? 

  • China splurging on military as US pulls back
    China splurging on military as US pulls back

    QINGDAO, China (AP) — China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes.

  • New look, new role for Ronald McDonald
    New look, new role for Ronald McDonald

    One of the best-known corporate representatives of all time is getting a new look.

  • Japan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-court

    BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release of a ship seized by China over a dispute that dates back to the 1930s war between the countries, China's Supreme Court said on Thursday. The Chinese government has described the case as a simple business dispute unrelated to wartime compensation claims, but it has become a cause célèbre for activists in China seeking redress from Japan. Mitsui paid about 2.92 billion yen ($28.5 million) in leasing fees, including interest and damages, China's Supreme Court said, in a statement on its official microblog.

  • 100-Year-Old Woman Reflects on Her Late Husband
    100-Year-Old Woman Reflects on Her Late Husband

    A photographer is helping a 100-year-old woman tell the world about her late husband on YouTube. Brandon Stanton created "Humans of New York" in 2010. Referred to as HONY, the blog and subsequent Facebook and Twitter pages showcase photographs of everyday people in New York. In each post, the subject's story is told with a simple caption – sometimes just one line. The subjects themselves range from children to commuters to a couple in love.

  • Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o named People's most beautiful woman

    It's been a big year for Lupita Nyong'o. After winning an Oscar and a lucrative advertising deal the actress was named on Wednesday as the world's most beautiful woman for 2014 by People magazine. Nyong'o, who took home this year's Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as the slave Patsey in director Steve McQueen's acclaimed film "12 Years A Slave," said she "never dreamed" she would be praised for her looks and land on the cover of the weekly magazine. "It is exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o, 31, told People.

  • Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings
    Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings

    Rock giants Led Zeppelin on Wednesday unveiled two previously unheard recordings ahead of the re-issue of the band's first three albums in June. The two tracks -- an early version of their classic track "Whole Lotta Love", and a 1970 cover of blues standard "Key to the Highway" -- are among dozens of tracks which will be officially released along with the re-issued albums. Guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, chose the material after painstakingly searching through the tracks, which have been stored in the band's archive for decades. Singer Robert Plant said: "It was a particularly prolific time, where we were learning about each other's capabilities."

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