2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at 1 p.m.: Unisys Corp. rose 22.8 percent to $23.80. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. rose 14.0 percent to $39.32. Cliffs Natural Resources ...

  • UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court
    UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

    LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

  • Oil prices slide as US crude reserves surge
    Oil prices slide as US crude reserves surge

    London (AFP) - World oil prices hit reverse Wednesday following news of surging stockpiles in top consumer the United States, with additional selling pressure from the stronger dollar.

  • Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler
    Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler

    If you’ve been to Thailand, done Bali and bought the T-shirt in Vietnam, consider Palawan, one of 7,107 islands belonging to the Philippines that’s just been named the world’s top island by readers of CN Traveler magazine.

  • U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...

  • In Steenkamp family's bar, mixed feelings over Pistorius sentence

    By Ed Stoddard PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Reuters) - As Judge Thokolize Masipa told track star Oscar Pistorius he would go to jail for killing Reeva Steenkamp, customers at the bar owned by her parents held up their palms to signify "five years" and murmured approval. The gathering of half a dozen of Steenkamp's family friends sat glued to the television at the "Barking Spider", smoking and drinking beer despite the early workday hour. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. ...

  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
    Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

  • Pyongyang races to complete new airport
    Pyongyang races to complete new airport

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang isn't exactly an international travel hub. But attracting more tourists is one of North Korea's top agenda items, so thousands of soldier-builders are working feverishly these days to give the capital a fancy new airport.

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