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, ...

  • Man films himself swimming with millions of jellyfish
    Man films himself swimming with millions of jellyfish

    An English teacher from Canada recently visited the 100-foot-deep lake, capturing his snorkel session among the slow-moving golden jellies.

  • Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought. Ancient people from Siberia who were related to the first humans to enter the Americas during the Ice Age also mingled with prehistoric populations in Europe and left their mark on the DNA of today's Europeans, scientists said on Wednesday. Their study, published in the journal Nature, is the latest to use sophisticated genetic research to clarify the ancestry of modern populations. Experts had thought today's Europeans descended from two other groups of people. ...

  • Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

  • Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest
    Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest

    Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he has participated in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — and tiniest — yet.

  • Fed, Yellen keep ‘considerable time,’ miss great opportunity
    Fed, Yellen keep ‘considerable time,’ miss great opportunity

    The FOMC statement, released Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm, was a considerable disappointment to Fed watchers who were hoping for an indication of when Fed Chair Janet Yellen would raise short-term interest rates, which are currently near 0%. The language that would indicate a change boiled down to two words, “considerable time,” which the Fed decided to retain. Under current guidance, most Federal Reserve heads believe the first rate hikes won’t begin until 2015.

  • China sentences four for explosives, bid for 'jihad': report

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has sentenced four people to up to 20 years in jail for "plotting terror attacks", state media said, the latest in a wave of rulings as the government accelerates a crackdown on what it says is violence fueled by Islamist militants. The sentences came as the separate trial of a prominent Muslim academic began in the western region of Xinjiang. Economics professor Ilham Tohti, who has championed the rights of the region's Muslim Uighur people, has been charged with separatism. ...

  • How to see through opaque health care costs
    How to see through opaque health care costs

    For people with high-deductible health plans, it makes sense to shop around to find the most affordable health care. But it can be next to impossible to comparison shop.

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