2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are down at 1 p.m.: CSX fell $.13 or .4 percent, to $31.93. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $1.14 or 1.6 percent, to $72.04. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell ...

  • White House vulnerability study in 1990s warned of fence jumpers: report
    White House vulnerability study in 1990s warned of fence jumpers: report

    The man who jumped the White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped by the Secret Service last week shocked security experts and lawmakers.

  • Exclusive: United States defends Syria airstrikes in letter to U.N. chief

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad's government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote, "The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these safe havens effectively itself. ...

  • Police deliver pie after Pizza Hut driver hurt
    Police deliver pie after Pizza Hut driver hurt

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they've been known to deliver a baby. Now, here comes pizza.

  • Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism
    Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

  • Meet Pakistan’s New Top Spy
    Meet Pakistan’s New Top Spy

    Pakistan’s new spy chief is set to take over an intelligence agency that specializes in thuggery and the sponsorship of terrorists.

  • Mars on Earth: How Utah's Fantastical Moqui Marbles Formed
    Mars on Earth: How Utah's Fantastical Moqui Marbles Formed

    Where the Navajo Sandstone loses its iconic peach, orange and red stripes, hundreds of round, iron-coated stones often litter the ground. The stony spheres are concretions — sandstone balls cemented by a hard shell of iron oxide minerals. Often called moqui marbles, acres of the chocolate-colored rocks are scattered across Utah and Arizona. The milestone — among the early evidence for water on Mars — boosted interest in Earth's iron baubles.

  • U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance 'inversion' deals

    By Kevin Drawbaugh and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted, while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. ...

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