2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Well Water May Contain Earthquake Warning Signs
    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."

  • Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'
    Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

    Moscow (AFP) - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

  • 32 structures destroyed in California wildfire
    32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures helped firefighters makes advances Sunday against a huge Northern California wildfire that has destroyed nearly three-dozen structures.

  • 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. ...

  • Actress detained by police refuses to apologize
    Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders.

  • AP PHOTOS: Pole dancing being used for fitness
    AP PHOTOS: Pole dancing being used for fitness

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills.

  • Syrian Kurds in Turkey recount Islamic State terror
    Syrian Kurds in Turkey recount Islamic State terror

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - They look like mere shadows under the trees, but then the red dust clears and the huddled shapes reveal themselves as a handful of the tens of thousands of Kurds fleeing the Islamic State group in Syria.

  • More US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source
    More US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source

    Monrovia (AFP) - A second deployment of United States troops arrived in Liberia on Sunday as part of an eventual mission of 3,000 soldiers helping its beleaguered health services battle the Ebola outbreak.

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