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: Aldeyra Therapeut fell 23.2 percent to $7.50. Broadwind Energy Inc. fell 18.3 percent to $6.50. Parexel International Corp. ...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay," makes him the highest-profile business executive in the nation to publicly acknowledge ...

  • Skinnier seats on more crowded planes
    Skinnier seats on more crowded planes

    Slimmed-down seating can feel more like a park bench, especially on longer flights.

  • Dow hits record high; BOJ ramps up stimulus

    By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose sharply on Friday, with the Dow hitting an intraday record high as the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its years-long package of incentives. The S&P 500 came within 0.1 percent of its record high, after the December e-minis contract hit an intraday record earlier. Gains were broad, with the benchmark S&P 500 index posting 124 new 52-week highs and two new lows; and the Nasdaq Composite recording 214 new highs and 31 new lows. ...

  • More Than Half Country Bans Controversial Guardrail
    More Than Half Country Bans Controversial Guardrail

    30 States Put a Hold on Installing Guardrail Blamed for Deaths; 1 State Plans to Yank Them Out

  • Samsung Electronics seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. Samsung's smartphone woes began late last year and persisted through July-September, with its global market share down on year for the third straight quarter and its profit scraping at a three-year low. ...

  • Slow-motion disaster: Key facts about Hawaii lava
    Slow-motion disaster: Key facts about Hawaii lava

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown.

  • Pope Francis Speaks Out on Evolution (And Why It's No Surprise)

    When Pope Francis told a gathering of scientists this week that the Big Bang and evolution were real, he set off a firestorm of media coverage. For instance, Roger Bacon was a Franciscan friar and early proponent of the scientific method, and Gregor Mendel, whose work with pea pods elucidated the genetics of inheritance, was a Catholic monk.

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