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: Barrett Business Services Inc. fell 58.9 percent to $18.28. Xoom Corp. fell 25.9 percent to $14.41. EPIQ Systems Inc. fell ...

  • Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the presidency in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood. ...

  • Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. ...

  • BRIDE'S BEST FRIEND HESITATES TO STAND UP AT HER WEDDING

    DEAR ABBY: My best friend is getting married. She left me a message asking me to be a bridesmaid. Of course I'm honored, but I don't know what to do. I dislike her fiance. He is disrespectful and mean to her and to their son.I can't stand up with them and pretend to be happy for her when I think she's making a terrible mistake. I want her to marry someone who will be nice to her. Help! -- CONFLICTED IN MINNESOTADEAR CONFLICTED: If standing up with her will make you feel like a hypocrite, then don't do it. But recognize that if you don't, it will distance you from her. ...

  • Brandy Melville: Hottest teen retailer sells only to “skinny girls”
    Brandy Melville: Hottest teen retailer sells only to “skinny girls”

    Brandy Melville is the most popular teen brand you’ve never heard of. The Italian clothing-line opened its first store in the U.S. five years ago in California—it has since expanded to 18 stores around the country. The trendy, beach-casual clothing retails between $20 and $40 and mostly comes in one size: small.

  • Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal
    Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy. EU-hosted talks were adjourned after running late into the night, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and the head of Russian gas firm Gazprom told Russian news agencies. They would resume later in the day if Ukraine and the EU had a firm financing deal in place, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said. ...

  • National Oilwell Varco beats Street 3Q forecasts

    On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said it had profit of $1.62. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $1.76 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate ...

  • NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace
    NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace

    NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were detected over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. NATO allies sent up aircraft to intercept and identify the Russian planes which were continually tracked on the ground as well, it said in a report from its SHAPE military headquarters in Mons, western Belgium.

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