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December 20, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rudolph the fictional reindeer was famous for his oddly colored nose, but his true-life cousins have eyes that change color depending on the season. In the summer, an interior part of the eyes of Arctic reindeer appears gold, and around Christmas it turns a deep blue, biologists have discovered. It's not holiday magic, but rather a unique adaptation that helps these animals deal with the strange light conditions at the top of the world. The reindeer's world is one of extremes.
August 8, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The serve of April Ross kept on going and going, landing long on match point. Kerri Walsh Jennings watched it hit the sand and thrust her arms in the air, child-like delight on her face on this electric night. Three-peat achieved. The enduring duo of Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won gold for the third time, beating Ross and Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16, in the London Olympics women's beach volleyball final Wednesday. It was an all-American meeting, a volleyball finale that could have been played in Huntington Beach or Manhattan Beach, not London.
September 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When buying items on EBay, be careful how you type. A typing mistake caused a user to bid $10,100 for a gold iPhone 5s earlier this week -- more than 50 times the item's regular price of $200 with a two-year contract -- and got the person worldwide attention. But while the gadget is listed as sold on EBay, the item's seller said Friday that he has canceled the transaction at the request of the buyer, who apparently typed in one too many zeroes when bidding for the popular smartphone.
October 10, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
M23 rebels in the lawless eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo have built alliances with local gangs to gain control of lucrative gold mines and smuggle out $500 million a year of the precious metal to finance their brutal attacks, a Washington-based human rights group reported Thursday. Despite M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda's surrender to war crimes investigators in The Hague this year, his co-commander has succeeded in reviving a brisk trade in "conflict minerals," according to the report by Enough, which bills its mission as ending genocide and crimes against humanity.
February 13, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Wildly unpredictable weather, possible history on deck and one unhappy husband and wife. Yes, there won't be a shortage of potential intriguing potential story lines Saturday in the women's moguls competition at Cypress Mountain, one of the first medal events at the Games. First off: history. If all goes well, Calgary-raised Jennifer Heil will erase a bit of annoying Canadian lore, namely that a Canadian has never managed to win a gold medal when the Games have been on home ground.
February 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Tension gripped the finish area and, quite likely, an entire nation. Alex Bilodeau stood in the place where his Canadian countrywoman Jenn Heil watched her gold medal wind up in the hands of an American freestyler on the last run of the night. Less than 24 hours later, fate reversed field and, at the same time, reached out and touched an unheralded American on Sunday at Cypress Mountain just before 6:20 local time. Gold, Canada. Bilodeau, a 22-year-old from Montreal, won the men's moguls gold medal, which was the first ever for Canada when it was hosting the Olympics.
April 29, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Victoria Manalo Draves, the first woman to win two gold medals in diving in the same Olympics — in the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform competitions in London in 1948 — and the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal, has died. She was 85. Draves died April 11 from complications of pancreatic cancer at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, said her husband and former coach, Lyle Draves. A native of San Francisco whose father was Filipino and whose mother was English, Draves was the national platform diving champion for three years running and the reigning national indoor springboard champion when she arrived at the Olympics in 1948.
August 19, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
With Apple widely expect to make a bunch of iPhone-related announcements on Sept. 10, the rumor mill has kicked into overdrive regarding the company's plans. The biggest news over the weekend had to do with a story saying Apple would make a gold-colored iPhone. Yep. Gold. According to M.G. Siegler, a venture capitalist who blogs at TechCrunch, he confirmed the existence of the gold iPhone with "multiple sources. " The gold in this case would " not be a totally blinged-out gold.
November 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno and Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writers
Gold, the fashion accessory that became grossly out of style on Wall Street in the 1990s, passed a new milepost in its comeback Tuesday. The metal traded above $500 an ounce, a price last reached in 1987, extending a rally that has made it one of this decade's star investments. However, holiday jewelry shoppers may be insulated from the latest price surge, which has lifted gold from $460 an ounce at the start of the month.
December 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican denied that it received gold looted from Gypsy concentration camp victims and stood by its refusal to open archives covering the Nazi period. At a London conference on Nazi gold last week, a delegation of Gypsies, also known as Roma, said nearly $2 million was seized from Roma people killed in Croatian camps and sent to the Vatican. The group provided no evidence for its claim and did not say whether it believes that the Vatican still has the gold.
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