2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers
Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.
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- Well Water May Contain Earthquake Warning Signs
Spikes in sodium and hydrogen in well water warned of mounting strain before two Iceland earthquakes, geologists say. "All we found is chemical changes before two earthquakes, and that's it," said lead study author Alasdair Skelton, a geochemist at Stockholm University in Sweden. On the other hand, Skelton did intend to prove that water chemistry foretells earthquakes. "We had reason to believe that groundwater may be an indicator of changes before earthquakes."
- Rep. Peter King on White House security breach: 'Absolutely inexcusable'
- 'Dancing': Mark Ballas On Sadie Robertson's Mirrorball Potential
- More US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source
- NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after a year
- Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal to end election dispute
By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. The announcement withheld the final election numbers, apparently as part of the political deal between Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who claimed the process was rigged against him. "The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan declares Dr. ...
- Exclusive: Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10 billion land bid - sources
By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters. Thursday's winning bid for the land sent shares in Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis plunging, wiping out $8 billion in shareholder value, and sparked howls of protest from investors, rekindling worries about corporate governance at South Korea's conglomerates, or chaebol. ...
- Syrian Kurds in Turkey recount Islamic State terror