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.: ITT Educational Services Inc. rose 21.7 percent to $11.18. Cleco Corp. rose 10.6 percent to $53.37. Intrawest Resorts rose ...

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers
    New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

    JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They're not just gazing at foliage — they're looking at cold, hard cash.

  • Uruguay's roll-out of marijuana experiment faces election risk

    By Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay is struggling to roll out the commercial production and sale of marijuana and its ground-breaking experiment could be dropped or watered down if an opposition candidate wins this month's presidential election. The South American country is the world's first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while at the same regulating and even taxing its consumption. ...

  • Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns
    Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns

    Béthune (France) (AFP) - The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

  • Ebola worries end for dozens on U.S. watch lists

    DALLAS (Reuters) - Weeks of worries about a possible Ebola infection ended for dozens of people on watch lists in the United States on Monday but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said. Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after 21 days of showing no symptoms, the state health department said, while another 120 were still on watch lists. ...

  • Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS
    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and "morally very difficult" not to support them.

  • In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama
    In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama

    CHICAGO (AP) — They say you can never truly go home again, but for Barack Obama, perhaps the old adage doesn't apply.

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
    Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, themselves fighting Islamic State in Iraq. He stopped short of saying whether Ankara backed the U.S. air-drop of weapons. ...

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