2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Final Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies were mixed at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.07 or .5 percent, to $13.52. Gold Fields rose $.02 or .6 percent, to $3.63. GoldCorp. fell $.08 or .4 percent, ...

  • Canada's Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

    By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week. The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa's skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday's attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers. ...

  • Marseille's cultural clash: Will a tide of Islamophobia produce more jihadis?

    France, like much of Europe these days, is in a period of social tumult. Far-right parties like the National Front are gaining ground and influencing local governments. Muslims face worsening Islamophobia. And the outrage that many Muslims feel about Western and Israeli policies in the Mideast is fostering a very old problem: anti-Semitism. Marseille, a multicultural city on the Mediterranean, offers a vantage point onto these related issues. 

  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror
    NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

  • WHO: Mali case put many at risk for Ebola
    WHO: Mali case put many at risk for Ebola

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.

  • Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media
    Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media

    Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.

  • Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs
    Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs

    Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million ...

  • Racquet-smashing Serena earns shot at title and revenge
    Racquet-smashing Serena earns shot at title and revenge

    Racquet-smashing Serena Williams fought back from a set down to beat Caroline Wozniacki Saturday and set up a chance for revenge against Simona Halep in the WTA Finals title match. Halep continued her brilliant run in Singapore with a 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska as the Singapore tournament's surprise package made it to the final on debut. While Halep cruised, Williams' fourth win over Wozniacki this year, including the US Open final, was tough and it was the third time this season that she has been pushed to three sets by the resurgent Dane. The American pushed "reset" after the first set but when Wozniacki brilliantly saved a match point in the third, Williams needed a net cord to get into the third-set tie-breaker after slipping to 1-4 down.

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