2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX rose $.05 or .2 percent, to $32.39. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.96 or 1.3 percent, to $74.89. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State
    Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have driven many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border to Turkey. Several thousand Kurds began crossing the frontier on Friday fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, after Islamic State (IS) fighters seized dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

  • The Musk Family Plan for Transforming the World's Energy

    Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, have always been close. "We've known each other for as long as we've been conscious," said Mr. Musk, speaking at a panel this week at a private conference in New York. Mr. Musk says Mr. Rive "is an awesome guy and really hardworking and driven, and you can trust him with anything." Mr. Rive recounts the drive to Burning Man in 2004 when Mr. Musk told him his next venture should be in solar power—and Mr. Rive says that when Mr. Musk tells you what area to get into next, you get into it. The companies the two men run—Tesla Motors Inc. and solar energy system provider SolarCity Corp.—are uniquely compatible.

  • France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq
    France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

  • Special Report: Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change

    By Alistair Smout, Kylie MacLellan and Kate Holton EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country? But for a time some politicians on both sides of the debate wanted to include a third choice on the ballot: maximum devolution of powers to Scotland within Britain, or so-called devo-max. ...

  • 'Magic Mike' Sequel: Who's Not Returning?
    'Magic Mike' Sequel: Who's Not Returning?

    "Magic Mike's" Dallas appears to have danced his last dance!

  • Larry Ellison leaves lasting impact on Silicon Valley
    Larry Ellison leaves lasting impact on Silicon Valley

    As Larry Ellison steps down from Oracle, Yahoo Finance takes a look back the the mark he's leaving on the tech world

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its 'cool' factor

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less ”original” than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs. She's one of the 16 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years. By comparison, some 11 percent of respondents said that Android had lost some sheen in the same time frame. ...

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