2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Paratek Pharm rose 29.1 percent to $16.00. WisdomTree Investments Inc. rose 26.0 percent to $14.75. Scientific Games Corp. ...

  • Canadian dollar slides on soft Canadian GDP, U.S. dollar flows

    By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar dropped to its weakest level in more than a week against its U.S. counterpart on Friday after data showed the country's economy unexpectedly shrank in August for the first time in eight months. The currency's weaker tone was set overnight after the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets around the world by expanding its massive stimulus spending. The move sent the yen plunging to a near seven-year low against the U.S. dollar. ...

  • Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
    Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, officials said Thursday, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is.

  • Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 42 months in jail in Denmark

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case. Gottfrid Warg, 30, also known under his hacker alias "Anakata", was found guilty of hacking into the mainframe of IT provider CSC in Denmark, accessing the Danish Civil Registration System and local police's criminal register in 2012. When sentencing, the Court of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen said the attack was systematic, intensive and took place over a long period of time. ...

  • Oil prices are dropping but the fracking revolution rolls on
    Oil prices are dropping but the fracking revolution rolls on

    $75 dollars a barrel – that’s the price crude oil would have to hit for frackers in North Dakota’s Bakken fields to feel pressure to slow new production, according to Greg Zuckerman, author of “The Frackers” and a special reporter at the Wall Street Journals. “All these guys have hedged. They’ve got production [and] they’ve already got the acreage. They’re not gonna stop but maybe they’ll slow kind of new stuff.”

  • Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine
    Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine

    By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...

  • California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, Riverside County prosecutors said. ...

  • UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups
    UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world faces a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

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