2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Final Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies were down at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.32 or 1.9 percent, to $16.25. Gold Fields fell $.15 or 3.4 percent, to $4.30. GoldCorp. fell $.47 or 1.9 percent, ...

  • Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
    Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy

    Astronomers have just discovered the smallest known galaxy that harbors a huge, supermassive black hole at its core. The relatively nearby dwarf galaxy may house a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns. The discovery suggests that supermassive black holes may be far more common than previously thought. A supermassive black hole millions to billions of times the mass of the sun lies at the heart of nearly every large galaxy like the Milky Way.

  • Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
    Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.

  • Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
    Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.

  • Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge
    Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences. From remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow, people were almost equally divided over a vote watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad. Pre-voting opinion polls gave the "No" campaign - those in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom - a slight edge. ...

  • Egypt recovers stolen fragments of Cheops pyramid
    Egypt recovers stolen fragments of Cheops pyramid

    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh it was named after, state media reported Wednesday.

  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet
    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military, but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight against Russian-backed separatists.

  • Independence would hit Scotland's key whisky sector: bank
    Independence would hit Scotland's key whisky sector: bank

    London (AFP) - Independence will likely have a negative short-term impact on Scotland's emblematic whisky industry, according to a study by Dutch lender Rabobank released on the eve of Thursday's crucial vote.

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