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: QLT Inc. fell 13.1 percent to $5.39. PDL BioPharma Inc. fell 12.1 percent to $8.48. Repros Therapeutics Inc. fell 10.5 percent ...

  • Texas set to execute woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a nine-year-old boy is scheduled to die on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, would be the second woman executed in the United States this year and the 15th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Coleman is scheduled to be put to death after 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. EDT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. She would also be the 517th prisoner put to death in Texas, the most of any state since 1976. ...

  • Poroshenko asks Canada to support Ukraine-NATO tie-up
    Poroshenko asks Canada to support Ukraine-NATO tie-up

    Ottawa (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko went to Canada on Wednesday where he sought support for his country's bid to ally with NATO in a speech to parliament.

  • Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
    Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.

  • Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet
    Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet

    Israel's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right. Gideon Sa'ar, 47, widely viewed as a favorite to one day challenge Netanyahu for the leadership of the ruling Likud, told party faithful that he would step down from both the cabinet and parliament after the Jewish New Year later this month.

  • Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'
    Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'

    Moscow (AFP) - The arrest of a top billionaire sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Wednesday and prompted fears of a state-orchestrated asset grab similar to the prosecution of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

  • Strong quake hits Japan
    Strong quake hits Japan

    Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.

  • Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.

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