2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX fell $.81 or 2.9 percent, to $27.48. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.50 or .9 percent, to $55.96. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again
    Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

    By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said. While a massive air and sea search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is continuing almost 2,000 km (1,200 miles) off the coast of Perth, hopes have been pinned on the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle finding the first concrete sign of the plane in more than six weeks of hunting.

  • Vibrant colors for latest Giorgio Armani makeup collection
    Vibrant colors for latest Giorgio Armani makeup collection

    The Italian luxury brand is preparing for the arrival of summer with the bold and intense shades of its new makeup collection, Bright Ribbon. For the new line, Giorgio Armani Beauty's international makeup artist Linda Cantello created a palette of bright hues ranging from orange to dark purple, with plenty of pinks in between. Altogether, the collection includes six new colors. Armani's Rouge Sheer lip color, based on a translucent formula, and Nail Lacquer, a gel-textured polish, are both available in coral, mandarine, soft pink, electric pink and dark purple.

  • Stradivarius viola could sell for $45 million
    Stradivarius viola could sell for $45 million

    A rare Stradivarius viola valued at $45 million (32.6 million euros) could become the most expensive musical instrument ever sold when it is auctioned later this year. Auction house Sotheby's has invited sealed bids to be received by June 26 for the nearly 300 year-old instrument made by the Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1719. Musical instrument expert Tim Ingles described the sale of the instrument, one of only 10 Stradivarius violas still in existence, as a "once in a lifetime" event. Known as the "Macdonald" viola in a reference to a previous owner -- Baron Macdonald who purchased it in around 1820 -- it is said to be in perfect condition and has never been restored.

  • Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?
    Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

  • Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?

    When Russian attack aircraft buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the international waters of the Black Sea, even as tensions in the region ratchet up, Pentagon officials decried the move as “provocative.” How big a deal are these “provocative” actions on the part of the Russian military – or were these just a couple of rogue Russian pilots out for a joy ride? During the cold war, these sorts of flybys “happened all the time,” says Christopher Harmer, a retired Navy officer who served as deputy director of future operations for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. In fact, these kinds of incidents happen more often than ever makes it into the press, says Mr. Harmer, now a senior naval analyst with the Institute for the Study of War in Washington.

  • Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance
    Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance

    Suspect Could Face the Death Penalty For Shooting Rampage, Prosecutor Says

  • Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria: spokesman

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels. A Jordanian security source said the targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking refugee from fighting with government forces in southern Syria. "What was targeted by the Jordanian air force does not belong to the Syrian army," a military source was quoted by SANA as saying. "There was an attempt to infiltrate across the border from Syria by a number of vehicles," said Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani, also a cabinet minister.

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