2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches
Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.
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- Final Glance: Railroad companies
Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX rose $.20 or .6 percent, to $31.49. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.18 or .2 percent, to $72.50. Canadian Pacific Railway ...
- Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases
A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Aquasition Corp. fell 16.8 percent to $7.07. NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell 16.6 percent to $27.29. SinoCoking Coal and Coke ...
- Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids
By Dr. Natasha Bhuyan Despite warnings from public health experts that overprescribing antibiotics could lead to difficult-to-treat “superbugs,” doctors are prescribing antibiotics to children about twice as often as they are actually needed, a new study found. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital examined past studies...
- Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News
When you throw a net into the ocean, you never know what you’ll pull out.
- Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State
By Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there. ...
- Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
- READERS TAKE ABBY TO TASK FOR ANSWER TO OBESE WOMAN
DEAR ABBY: Your response to "Offended Daughter" (Aug. 10), whose mother didn't like her lounging in a bikini top at her house because of her weight, was inconsiderate, irresponsible and, frankly, offensive. You started off well, advising her to consider her mother's preference because it's her house, but your second paragraph took a wrong turn. You used your column to imply she should not feel comfortable in her own skin. You assumed her doctor thinks she's unhealthy, knowing nothing about her other than the fact she's 60 to 70 pounds more than "average. ...
- Russia's Mail.Ru ends VKontakte dispute with $1.5 billion deal
By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mail.Ru Group , majority-owned by Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov, has resolved a shareholder dispute over the country's biggest social network VKontakte (VK), buying out a rival co-investor for $1.47 billion. The deal could clear the way for a revival of plans for a stock market listing of VKontakte, scrapped in 2012 because of poor market conditions. VK, known as Russia's answer to Facebook , has been the focus of an ownership battle since April 2013 when investment fund United Capital Partners (UCP) bought a 48 percent stake. ...