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. fell $.21 or 1.1 percent, to $18.24. Gold Fields rose $.09 or 2.2 percent, to $4.25. GoldCorp. fell $.21 or .8 percent, ...

  • Russia keeps up pressure on McDonald's with new inspections
    Russia keeps up pressure on McDonald's with new inspections

    By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities extended their scrutiny of McDonald's to several regions on Friday, carrying out inspections at a number of restaurants run by the U.S. The inspections are viewed by many businessmen as retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and they fear the retribution could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism. A spokeswoman for the country's food safety agency, Rospotrebnadzor, said the inspections were not related to the standoff. Checks in Tatarstan were announced on Thursday.

  • Balotelli will not disrupt Anfield dressing room, says Rodgers
    Balotelli will not disrupt Anfield dressing room, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Friday no player would be allowed to disturb the "fantastic environment" at Anfield as the Reds appeared to close in on signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli. Reports in several British newspapers said the 24-year-old Italy international would have to agree to Liverpool's code of conduct if his proposed £16 million ($27 million, 20 million euros) transfer from AC Milan is to be completed, with the clubs having already agreed the fee. Rodgers, speaking at a scheduled press conference ahead of Monday's trip to Manchester City -- the team that just beat Liverpool to the Premier League title last season -- was coy when asked about the supposedly imminent arrival of Balotelli, whom Sky Sports subsequently reported was at the club's training ground.

  • Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
    Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.

  • 173 MH17 crash victims identified: The Hague
    173 MH17 crash victims identified: The Hague

    Forensic experts have identified 46 additional victims of the downed MH17 flight, bringing to 173 the total number of passengers killed whose identity has been verified, the Dutch justice ministry said Friday. "Among the 46 victims, 26 were of Dutch nationality," the ministry said in a statement. "The relatives of victims have been informed," it said, adding that the nationalities of non-Dutch fatalities would remain private "at the request of these countries' embassies". The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded over insurgent-held east Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board, with the West accusing Russia-backed separatists of shooting it down and Moscow blaming Kiev.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose

    She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development.

  • Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt
    Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."

  • Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk

    By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say. An increased risk of breast cancer among women with a “false positive” mammogram has been reported before. She told Reuters Health in a telephone interview that she could not explain most of the increased risk of later breast cancer in women with false-positive mammograms.

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