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: Conn's Inc. fell 30.8 percent to $31.00. RiceBran Tech fell 20.0 percent to $5.32. Alder BioPharm fell 13.1 percent to $14.80. ...
- Arming Ukraine could lead to nuclear war: Lech Walesa
- Putin orders building hastened at new Russian spaceport
By Vladimir Soldatkin VOSTOCHNY Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars. Putin flew in a helicopter over the sprawling building site in Vostochny at a time when conflict with Ukraine, maker of Zenit and Dnepr rockets, is highlighting the fragility of Russia's dependence on former Soviet republics in defense and space. Building a new launchpad on its own soil is central to Putin's effort to reform a once-pioneering space industry hobbled by years of budget cuts and a brain drain in the 1990s. "Our own space infrastructure and modern network of cosmodromes ... will allow Russia to strengthen its standing as a leading space superpower and guarantee the independence of space activities," Putin said at Vostochny, near Russia's border with China.
- It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat
- 350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad
- Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors
- Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts
- U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader
The United States launched Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions to destroy an al Shabaab encampment in south-central Somalia late on Monday, the Pentagon said. After the Westgate mall attack, Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe, where a regional official said the latest air strike was also launched, but they failed to capture or kill their target.