the year 2012 as it happened

January 1, 2012

 

        January 2012

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Holidays and Observances: 1: New Year’s Day, 2: ‘New Year’s Day’ observed, 16: Martin Luther King Day

actual events:

Sunday January 1st, 2012:  Japan 7.0 earthquake.  Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 45-41.   17 year old Alisa Dmitrijeva found murdered on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

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Monday January 2nd, 2012:  Wisconsin Badgers lose 38-45 to the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl.  Arson suspect Harry Burkhart arrested.  Mount Rainier shooting suspect Benjamin Colton Barnes found dead.

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012:  Iowa caucuses results:

Rick Santorum   29,839   24.6%
Mitt Romney   29,805   24.5%
Ron Paul   26,036   21.4%
Newt Gingrich   16,163   13.3%
Rick Perry   12,557   10.3%
Michele Bachmann    6,046    5%
Jon Huntsman      739    0.6%

Dow 12,397.38 (+179.82), Nasdaq 2,648.72 (+43.57), S&P 1,277.06 (+19.46), light crude 102.81, gold 1,603.70

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Wednesday January 4th, 2012:  Michele Bachmann ends her presidential bid.  Casey Anthony Thursday October 13th, 2011 video diary surfaces online.  8th-grader Jaime Gonzalez fatally shot by police.  Yahoo hires Scott Thompson as its new CEO.

Dow 12,418.95 (+21.57), Nasdaq 2,648.36 (-0.36), S&P 1,277.30(+0.24), light crude 103.27, gold 1613.10

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Thursday January 5th, 2012:  Former Scott Walker aid Tim Russel arrested on felony charges.

Dow 12,415.70 (-2.72), Nasdaq 2,669.86 (+21.5), S&P 1,281.06 (+3.76), light crude 101.74, gold 1622.20

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Friday January 6th, 2012:  The Labor Department said that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5% in December, the lowest level in nearly three years.  Joran Van der Sloot confessed to a court in Peru that he killed 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores in Lima in 2010.

Dow 12,359.92 (-55.78), Nasdaq 2,674.22 (+4.36), S&P 1,277.81 (-3.25), light crude 101.76, gold 1617.70

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Saturday January 7th, 2012:  Beyoncé gave birth to a baby girl named Blue Ivy Carter.  After hitting power lines, a hot air balloon crash in New Zealand killed 11 people (the pilot and 10 passengers).

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Sunday January 8th, 2012:  One year remembrance of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.  Tebow, Thomas lift the Denver Broncos to a fast 29-23 OT victory over the stunned Steelers.

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Monday January 9th, 2012:  Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, was sentenced to death by an Iranian court after being convicted by the court as an American man of working for the CIA.  New Jersey Assembly minority leader Alex DeCroce died.  Jay-Z releases the song Glory featuring B.I.C.  Scott Thompson assumes the CEO post at Yahoo.

Dow 12,392.69 (+32.77), Nasdaq 2,676.56 (+2.34), S&P 1,280.70 (+2.89), light crude 101.40 , gold 1611.60

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Tuesday January 10th, 2012:  New Hampshire primary results:

Mitt Romney   97,043      39.3%
Ron Paul   56,403      22.8%
Jon Huntsman   41,669      16.9%
Newt Gingrich   23,271       9.4%
Rick Santorum   23,118       9.4%
Rick Perry
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Dow 12,462.47 (+69.78), Nasdaq 2,702.50(+25.94), S&P 1,292.08 (+11.38), light crude 102.20, gold 1633.70

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Wednesday January 11th, 2012:  French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier becomes the first Western journalist to die in Syria’s unrest, during a government-authorised trip to Homs.  Attackers riding on motorcycles are reported to have attached a magnetic bomb to a Peugeot 405 carrying Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old chemistry expert from Tehran’s Sharif University who held the position of a deputy director for commercial affairs at Natanz nuclear plant in central Iran.  A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video showing four men dressed in U.S. Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently dead bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them (the 5 marines were members of Scout Sniper Team 4, a US marine unit based in North Carolina that served in Afghanistan until last autumn).

Dow 12,449.45 (-13.02), Nasdaq 2,710.76 (+8.26), S&P 1,292.48 (+0.4), light crude 101.02, gold 1642.40

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Thursday January 12th, 2012:  Blue Ivy Carter is the youngest artist to hit the Billboard charts with the song Glory which debuted at #74 on Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop hit list.  The Pentagon said it has identified two of marines in the urination video which went viral yesterday.

Dow 12,471.02 (+21.57), Nasdaq 2,724.70 (+13.94), S&P 1,295.50 (+3.02), light crude 99.11, gold 1651

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Friday January 13th, 2012:  Standard & Poor’s said it has downgraded the credit ratings of France, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Italy.  Costa Concordia cruise liner ran aground on a sand bar off the tiny island of Giglio.  Joran van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Dow 12,422.06(-48.96), Nasdaq 2,710.67 (-14.03), S&P 1,289.09 (-6.41), light crude 98.70, gold 1630.80

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Saturday January 14th, 2012:  Patriots beat Broncos 45-10.  Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, a, 23-year-old singer from Kenosha, won the Miss America pageant.  Elizabeth Smart is engaged to be married.  23-year-old former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo has been named a suspect in the serial killings of four homeless men in Orange County.  Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou won re-election.  Captain Francesco Schettino and first officer Ciro Ambrosio are arrested.

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Sunday January 15th, 2012:  Phobos-Grunt crashes into Earth.

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Monday January 16th, 2012:  The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the EU bailout fund European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to AA+ from AAA.  Jon Huntsman drops out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.  Fitch Ratings cut the outlook on Russia’s triple-B rating to stable from positive.

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Tuesday January 17th, 2012:  Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang resigns.  Deadline for 540,208 valid signatures to be filed to recall Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch.  Hervey Medellin’s head found by a dog walker at Bronson Canyon Park in Hollywood.

Dow 12,482.07 (+60.01), Nasdaq 2,728.08 (+17.41), S&P 1,293.67 (+4.58), light crude 100.94, gold 1652.40

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Wednesday January 18th, 2012:  Wikipedia took its English-language site offline as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.  President Obama announced that he will deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  Kathleen Falk announced that she would run against Scott Walker in a recall election.

Dow 12,578.87 (+96.8), Nasdaq 2,769.71 (+41.63), S&P 1,308.01 (+14.34), light crude 100.77, gold 1660.40

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Thursday January 19th, 2012:  Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies at age 29.  Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race.  Eastman Kodak Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.  U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest in almost four years.  Federal prosecutors shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, on charges of violating piracy laws.

Dow 12,623.98 (+45.03), Nasdaq 2,788.33 (+18.62), S&P 1,314.50 (+6.46), light crude 100.38, gold 1655.80

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Friday January 20th, 2012:  Etta James dies.

Dow 12,720.48 (+96.5), Nasdaq 2,786.70 (-1.63), S&P 1,315.38 (+0.88), light crude 98.46, gold 1664

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Saturday January 21st, 2012:  16-year-old Laura Dekker glided into a Caribbean port to complete her historic voyage around the globe.  Islamists Win 70% of Seats in the Egyptian Parliament.  New Zealand police broke through electronic locks and cut their way into a mansion safe room to arrest the alleged kingpin, German national Kim Schmitz, of an international Internet copyright theft case and seize millions of dollars worth of cars, artwork and other goods.

South Carolina primary results:

Newt Gingrich   243,153    40.4%
Mitt Romney   167,279    27.8%
Rick Santorum   102,055    17%
Ron Paul    77,993    13%
Rick Perry     2,494     0.4%

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Sunday January 22nd, 2012:  Patriots beat Ravens 23-20.  Giants beat 49ers 20-17 in overtime.  Joe Paterno dies.  Croats voted by a two-to-one margin to join the European Union.  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion’s co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, announced they are stepping down.  Thorsten Heins named Research In Motion Ltd.’s new chief executive by the company’s board.  Heidi Klum and her husband, Seal, have confirmed reports the two are ending their marriage.  Flanked by British and French ships, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier moved through the Strait of Hormuz without incident.

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Monday January 23rd, 2012:  Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon).  European Union foreign ministers imposed fresh sanctions on Iran including an embargo on buying Iranian oil, as well as freezing the assets of Iran’s central bank and ban trade in gold and other precious metals with the bank and state bodies.  In Iran, one politician responded by renewing a threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, an oil exporting route vital to the global economy, and another said Tehran should cut off oil to the EU immediately.  Jury selection in R. Allen Stanford’s trial begins in Houston federal court.

Dow 12,708 (-11.66), Nasdaq 2784.17 (-2.53), S&P 1316 (+0.62), light crude 99.79, gold 1675.90

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012:  Peak of the biggest solar storm since 2005 (the coronal mass ejection that erupted is by far the fastest Earth-directed event of this solar cycle).  Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  Mitt Romney’s campaign released hundreds of pages of tax documents, posting them on Mitt’s website.  Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who pleaded guilty to a single count of negligent dereliction of duty, sentenced.  A woman walked into the 13th Precinct and claimed Greg Kelly (a local TV news anchor and son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly) raped her on October 8th, 2011 in her law office near South Street Seaport (she also claims she became pregnant as a result of the alleged sexual assault, sources told DNAinfo), leading to Greg Kelly being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Dow 12,675.75 (-33.07), Nasdaq 2,786.64 (+2.47), S&P 1,314.65 (-1.35), light crude 99.08, gold 1665.30

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Wednesday January 25th, 2012:  Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress.  U.S. forces rescue kidnapped aid workers Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted in Somalia.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued Standard & Poor’s, accusing the company of a “fraudulent role’” in assigning improperly high ratings to mortgage-backed securities.  Robin Tyler filed for divorce from Diane Olson.

Dow 12,758.85 (+83.1), Nasdaq 2,818.31 (+31.67), S&P 1,326.06 (+11.41), light crude 99.81, gold 1710.80

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Thursday January 26th, 2012:  The U.S. will cut almost 100,000 troops as part of its plans for a “smaller, leaner” military, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta announced.  A duo of 17-year-olds from Toronto attached a Lego man to a weather balloon, along with several cameras and a GPS tracker, and launched it into the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Dow 12,735.39 (-21.57), Nasdaq 2,805.28 (-13.03), S&P 1,318.49 (-7.57), light crude 99.72, gold 1720.50

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Friday January 27th, 2012:  A judge ordered Joshua Komisarjevsky to be executed this summer for the 2007 murders of a mother and her two daughters during a brutal home invasion in Connecticut.  “Barefoot Bandit” sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for his guilty plea.  Demi Moore 911 call released.  Jon Rubinstein leaves Hewlett-Packard.  The strongest solar flare so far this year (an X1.7-class) erupted at 1:37 p.m. EST.

Dow 12,660.46 (-74.17), Nasdaq 2,816.55 (+11.27), S&P 1,316.32 (-2.11), light crude 99.69, gold 1736.30

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Saturday January 28th, 2012:  Victoria Azarenka defeated Sharapova to win the Australian Open and take the #1 rank in women’s tennis.  Tiger Woods shot a 6-under 66 to grab a share of the lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.  Oakland City Hall vandalized after demonstrators broke into the building, smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag.

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Sunday January 29th, 2012:  Shaun White had an unprecedented perfect score of 100 in the superpipe final at the Winter X Games, winning his fifth consecutive gold medal.  Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open in longest Grand Slam final of Open Era (5 hours and 53 minutes).  Robert Rock wins Abu Dhabi Championship by 1 shot.  Interstate 75 pileup kills 10 near Gainesville, Florida.

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Monday January 30th, 2012:  A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down around 10:18 a.m. after losing power from an off-site source, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure at Unit 2 at the Byron Generating Station.  Occupy DC protesters remain after noon deadline.  Born To Die by Lana Del Rey released.

Dow 12,653.72 (-6.74), Nasdaq 2,811.94 (-4.61), S&P 1,313.01 (-3.32), light crude 98.95, gold 1731.40

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Tuesday January 31st, 2012:  Leslie Carter dies.  John Browett named senior vice president of retail at Apple.

Florida primary results:

Photo: Romney Romney 46.4%            771,842 votes
Photo: Gingrich Gingrich 31.9%            531,294 votes
Photo: Santorum Santorum 13.4%            222,248 votes
Photo: Paul Paul 7%                 116,776 votes

Dow 12,632.91 (-20.81), Nasdaq 2,813.84 (+1.9), S&P 1,312.41 (-0.6), light crude 98.39, gold 1739.80

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Holidays and Observances: 14: Valentine’s Day, 20: Presidents’ Day

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Wednesday February 1st, 2012:   Facebook filed for its initial public offering.  Don Cornelius, the founder of the “Soul Train” television show, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.  Egyptian soccer riot leaves 74 dead.  Pfizer recalls 1 million birth control packs.  Kazuo Hirai will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president of Sony effective April 1st, 2012.  David Letterman celebrated 30 years in post-prime-time television.  Muhammad Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee died.

Dow 12,716.46 (+83.55), Nasdaq 2,848.27 (+34.43), S&P 1,324.09 (+11.68), light crude 97.45, gold 1745.60

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Thursday February 2nd, 2012:  Donald trump endorsed Mitt Romney.  Swiss bank Wegelin charged in U.S. with aiding tax evasion.  Willow Smith shaved her head.

Dow 12,705.41 (-11.05), Nasdaq 2,859.68 (+11.41), S&P 1,325.54 (+1.45), light crude 96.60, gold 1762.40

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Friday February 3rd, 2012:  Neptune enters Pisces.  Madonna’s Give Me All You Luvin’ featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj debuts.  Big Miracle in theaters.  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3%.  Micron CEO Steve Appleton died in a Boise plane crash.

Dow 12,862.23 (+156.82), Nasdaq 2,905.66 (+45.98), S&P 1,344.90 (+19.36), light crude 97.74, gold 1727.90

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Saturday February 4th, 2012:  Aaron Rodgers named the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player.  Russia, China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

Nevada caucus results:

Mitt Romney    16,486    50.1%
Newt Gingrich     6,956    21.1%
Ron Paul     6,175    18.8%
Rick Santorum     3,277    10%

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Sunday February 5th, 2012:  Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XLVI, and Eli Manning named game MVP.  Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons by blowing up his home in Washington.

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Monday February 6th, 2012:  Russians drill into previously untouched Lake Vostok below Antarctica.  Mimi Alford reveals her affair with JFK.  Randy Travis arrested in a Dallas suburb on suspicion of public intoxication.

Dow 12,845.13 (-17.1), Nasdaq 2,901.99 (-3.67), S&P 1,344.33 (-0.57), light crude 97.21, gold 1724.40

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Tuesday February 7th, 2012:  Rick Santorum wins the caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado.  A federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled that California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned.  Exton Elias Downey born at 7:24 a.m. in Los Angeles, California.

Dow 12,878.73 (+33.6), Nasdaq 2,904.08 (+2.09), S&P 1,347.07 (+2.74), light crude 98.73, gold 1750.40

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Wednesday February 8th, 2012:  Half a million Israeli public and private sector workers went on general strike, shutting down government offices, banks and airport traffic over the rights of contract workers.  CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” tweets.

Dow 12,883.95 (+5.75), Nasdaq 2,915.86 (+11.78), S&P 1,349.96 (+2.91), light crude 98.95, gold 1736.50

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Thursday February 9th, 2012:  Federal officials announced a $25 billion settlement with the five largest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.  The first new US nuclear power plant in a generation won approval as federal regulators voted to grant a license for two new reactors in the southern state of Georgia.  Paul McCartney got Walk of Fame star.

Dow 12,890.46 (+6.51), Nasdaq 2,927.23 (+11.37), S&P 1,351.95 (+1.99), light crude 99.84, gold 1733

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Friday February 10th, 2012:  Navy announces the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Dow 12,801 (-89.46), Nasdaq 2,903.88 (-23.35), S&P 1,342.61 (-9.34), light crude 98.87, gold 1720.90

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Saturday February 11th, 2012:  Whitney Houston dies.  Powerball ticket worth $336.4 million was sold at a Stop & Shop in Newport, Rhode Island.

Maine caucus results:

Mitt Romney   2,190    39.2%
Ron Paul   1,996    35.7%
Rick Santorum      989    17.7%
Newt Gingrich      349     6.2%

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Sunday February 12th, 2012:  Central Athens burns as parliament passes austerity measures.  Grammys honor Whitney Houston.  Adele wins six Grammys.

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Monday February 13th, 2012:  Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility wins the approval of European antitrust regulators.  Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that legalizes gay marriage in Washington state.

Dow 12,874.04 (+72.81), Nasdaq 2,931.39 (+27.51), S&P 1,351.77 (+9.13), light crude 100.59, gold 1724.60

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Tuesday February 14th, 2012:  Empire State Building hosts first same-sex weddings.

Dow 12,878.28 (+4.24), Nasdaq 2,931.83 (+0.44), S&P 1,350.50 (-1.27), light crude 100.90, gold 1718.20

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Wednesday February 15th, 2012:  Honduras prison fire kills more than 350 inmates.  UFC:  Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger.

Dow 12,780.95 (-97.33), Nasdaq 2,915.83 (-16), S&P 1,343.23 (-7.27), light crude 101.93, gold 1729.60

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Thursday February 16th, 2012:  Dance On by Blush is the #1 song on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart.  Amanda Knox signs $4 million book deal with HarperCollins.  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab gets life sentence.

Dow 12,904.08 (+123.13), Nasdaq 2,959.85 (+44.02), S&P 1,358.04 (+14.81), light crude 102.36, gold 1729.80

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Friday February 17th, 2012:  A barge collision near New Orleans spilled oil into the Mississippi River, prompting authorities to close a five-mile stretch of the waterway.  German President Christian Wulff announces his resignation.

Dow 12,949.87 (+45.79), Nasdaq 2,951.78 (-8.07), S&P 1,361.23 (+3.19), light crude 103.49, gold 1724.50

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Saturday February 18th, 2012:  Whitney Houston’s funeral.  Vitali Klitschko unanimously outpointed Dereck Chisora to retain his WBC heavyweight belt.  Elizabeth Smart marries in Hawaii.

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Sunday February 19th, 2012:  Whitney Houston buried.  Skiers Johnny Brenan, Chris Rudolph and Jim Jack killed in an avalanche at a ski resort near Stevens Pass, Washington.

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Monday February 20th, 2012:  South Korea proceeds with live-fire drills near the disputed Korean sea border.

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Tuesday February 21st, 2012:  Adele claimed the first award at the BRITs in London.  The Supreme Court agreed to revisit affirmative action in state-college admissions.

Dow 12,965.69 (+15.82), Nasdaq 2,948.57 (-3.21), S&P 1,362.21 (+0.98), light crude 105.88, gold 1761.10

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Wednesday February 22nd, 2012:  Adele becomes first artist to go double platinum on iTunes.  7 Marines were killed during night training west of Yuma, Arizona when two helicopters collided.  Buenos Aires commuter train crash kills 49 and injures 460.

Dow 12,938.67 (-27.02), Nasdaq 2,933.17 (-15.4), S&P 1,357.66 (-4.55), light crude 106.07, gold 1778.40

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Thursday February 23rd, 2012:  Ryan Braun wins appeal, avoids 50-game suspension.  Bill Maher pledged a personal donation of $1 million dollars to Obama’s SuperPAC, Priorities USA Action.  A judge acquitted an Alabama man accused of killing his new wife on a honeymoon scuba dive trip in Australia.

Dow 12,984.46 (+45.79), Nasdaq 2,956.98 (+23.81), S&P 1,363.42 (+5.76), light crude 108.04, gold 1781.80

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Friday February 24th, 2012:  Attorneys General from 36 states concerned over potential implications of Google’s new privacy policy.  A section of a terminal at San Francisco International Airport evacuated because of suspicious package spotted during security screening.  Kathy Ireland named world’s richest model.

Dow 12,982.95 (-1.74), Nasdaq 2,963.75 (+6.77), S&P 1,365.74 (+2.28), light crude 109.70, gold 1773.80

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Saturday February 25th, 2012:  NATO recalls staff from Afghan ministries after shooting.  Yemen’s president Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi sworn in.  Syria set for constitution referendum amid unrest.  Osama Bin Laden’s house demolished by Pakistan authorities.

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Sunday February 26th, 2012:  Rain postpones Daytona 500 race to Monday for first time in history.

Oscars:

Picture: The Artist

Director: Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist

Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris

Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants

Cinematography: Hugo

Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Score: The Artist

Song: “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Visual Effects: Hugo

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Documentary Feature Film: Undefeated

Live Action Short Subject: The Shore

Animated Short Subject: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face

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Monday February 27th, 2012:  Chardon High school shooting by T.J. Lane left 3 students dead and 2 others wounded.  The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by 5 states who seek stronger measures for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Dow 12,981.51 (-1.44), Nasdaq 2,966.16 (+2.41), S&P 1,367.59 (+1.85), light crude 107.60, gold 1768

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Tuesday February 28th, 2012:  Matt Kenseth wins Daytona 500.

Michigan presidential primary results:

Mitt Romney 409,899  41.1%
Rick Santorum 377,521  37.9%
Ron Paul 115,712  11.6%
Newt Gingrich  65,016   6.5%

Arizona primary results:

Mitt Romney 216,805  47.3%
Rick Santorum 122,088  26.6%
Newt Gingrich  74,110  16.2%
Ron Paul 3 8,753   8.4%

Dow 13,005.12 (+23.61), Nasdaq 2,986.76 (+20.6), S&P 1,372.18 (+4.59), light crude 106.50, gold 1785.60

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Wednesday February 29th, 2012:  Davy Jones dies.  Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa engaged.

Dow 12,952.07 (-53.05), Nasdaq 2,966.89 (-19.87), S&P 1,365.68 (-6.5), light crude 106.87, gold 1698.20

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Thursday March 1st, 2012:  Andrew Breitbart dies.  The Senate rejected the challenge to birth control, proposed by Republican Roy Blunt, 51-48.

Dow 12,980.30 (+28.23), Nasdaq 2,988.97 (+22.08), S&P 2,988.97 (+8.41), light crude 109.34, gold 1721.80

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Friday March 2nd, 2012:  President Obama called Georgetown University Law School student Sandra Fluke to “offer his support to her,” after Rush Limbaugh bashed the student activist as a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she is pushing for employers to pay for contraception.

Dow 12,977.57 (-2.73), Nasdaq 2,976.19 (-12.78), S&P  1,369.63 (-4.46), light crude 106.58, gold 1712

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Saturday March 3rd, 2012:  Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke whom he had branded a “slut” and “prostitute” after fellow Republicans as well as Democrats criticized him and several advertisers left his program.

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Sunday March 4th, 2012:  Vladimir Putin elected Russian president.  Angel Babcock dies.

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Monday March 5th, 2012:  BP agreed to pay $7.8 billion to settle more than 100,000 individual and business claims filed against it for losses from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra sentenced to 3 years in state prison in a grand theft auto case.

Dow 12,962.81 (-14.76), Nasdaq  2,950.48 (-25.71), S&P 1,364.34 (-5.29), light crude 106.89, gold 1707

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Tuesday March 6th, 2012:  Allen Stanford convicted of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.  Super Tuesday results:

Date State Gingrich Paul Romney Santorum
03/06 AK 14.1% 24.0% 32.4% 29.2% 100%
03/06 GA 47.2% 6.5% 25.9% 19.6% 100%
03/06 ID 2.1% 18.1% 61.6% 18.2% 100%
03/06 MA 4.6% 9.5% 72.2% 12.0% 100%
03/06 ND 8.5% 28.1% 23.7% 39.7% 100%
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Dow 12,759.60 (-203.21), Nasdaq  2,910.32 (-40.16), S&P 1,343.38 (-20.95), light crude 104.83, gold 1671.70

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Wednesday March 7th, 2012:  Apple unveiled the third generation iPad.

Dow 12,837.33 (+78.18), Nasdaq 2,935.69 (+25.37), S&P 1,352.63 (+9.27), light crude 106.36, gold 1685.90

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Thursday March 8th, 2012:  Syria’s deputy oil minister says he is resigning and joining the anti-government revolt.

Dow 12,907.94 (+70.61), Nasdaq 2,970.42 (+34.73), S&P 1,365.91 (+13.28), light crude 106.83, gold 1700.10

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Friday March 9th, 2012:  South Carolina lieutenant governor Ken Ard resigns, pleads guilty to 7 counts of violating state ethics laws.

Dow 12,922.02 (+14.08), Nasdaq 2,988.34 (+17.92), S&P 1,370.87 (+4.96), light crude 107.43, gold 1712.30

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Saturday March 10th, 2012:  Apple has sold out of initial supplies of the new iPad in every country where it will launch the tablet on Friday, and is now telling buyers that orders will not ship for up to three weeks.  Distress signal from the 70-foot fishing vessel Lady Cecelia, which has a home port in Warrenton, Oregon.

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Sunday March 11th, 2012:  An American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages in southern Afghanistan killing 16 people.

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Monday March 12th, 2012:  Greece implemented the biggest debt writedown in history, swapping the bulk of its privately-held bonds with new ones worth less than half their original value.  “Kony 2012,” a 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, generated 112 million views as of today, making it the most viral video in history.

Dow 12,959.71 (+37.69), Nasdaq 2,983.66 (-4.68), S&P 1,371.09 (+0.22), light crude 106.39, gold 1700.60

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Tuesday March 13th, 2012:  Alabama Republican presidential primary results:

Rick Santorum 214,545 34.5%
Newt Gingrich 182,197 29.3%
Mitt Romney 180,250 29%
Ron Paul 30,892 5%

Missouri Republican presidential primary results:

Rick Santorum 94,981 32.8%
Newt Gingrich 90,409 31.2%
Mitt Romney 88,715 30.6%
Ron Paul 12,749 4.4%

Hawaii Republican presidential primary results:

Mitt Romney 4,548 44.5%
Rick Santorum 2,589 25.3%
Ron Paul 1,975 19.3%
Newt Gingrich 1,116 10.9%

Dow 13,177.68 (+217.97), Nasdaq 3,039.88 (+56.22), S&P 1,395.96 (+24.87), light crude 106.68, gold 1668.60

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Wednesday March 14th, 2012:  Goldman Sachs London-based vice president Greg Smith resigned from the firm in a New York Times opinion piece that assailed the firm’s culture as “toxic and destructive.”

Dow 13,194.10 (+16.42), Nasdaq 3,040.73 (+0.85), S&P 1,394.28 (-1.67), light crude 105.68, gold 1639

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Thursday March 15th, 2012:  Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States on a release of strategic oil stocks that is expected within months.

Dow 13,252.76 (+58.66), Nasdaq 3,056.37 (+15.64), S&P 1,402.60 (+8.32), light crude 105.38, gold 1656.50

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Friday March 16th, 2012:  New iPad for sale.  George Clooney arrest at Sudanese embassy.

Dow 13,233.91 (-18.85), Nasdaq 3,055.26 (-1.11), S&P 1,404.20 (+1.6), light crude 107.14, gold 1658.50

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Saturday March 17th, 2012:  Randy Michael released from captivity.

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Sunday March 18th, 2012:  Mitt Romney wins Puerto Rico.

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Monday March 19th, 2012:  Shooting in Toulouse, France.  UPS to Purchase TNT Express for $6.8 Billion.

Dow 13,239.13 (+6.51), Nasdaq 3,078.32 (+23.06), S&P 1,409.75 (+5.58), light crude 107.88,gold 1664.40

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Tuesday March 20th, 2012:  First day of Spring.  7.4 earthquake in Mexico.  Peyton Manning joins Denver Broncos.  Illinois primary results:

Mitt Romney 430,535 46.7%
Rick Santorum 322,831 35%
Ron Paul 85,872 9.3%
Newt Gingrich 73,362 8%

Dow 13,170.19 (-68.94), Nasdaq 3,074.15 (-4.17), S&P 1,405.52 (-4.23), light crude 105.68,gold 1647.90

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Wednesday March 21st, 2012:  Tim Tebow traded to the New York Jets.  New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton suspended without pay for the season and the team’s former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, banned indefinitely.

Dow 13,124.62 (-45.57), Nasdaq 3,075.32 (+1.17), S&P 3,075.32 (-2.63), light crude 106.98, gold 1650.90

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Thursday March 22nd, 2012:  Mohammed Merah dead.  NCAA sweet 16 begins.

Dow 13,046.14 (-78.48), Nasdaq 3,063.32 (-12), S&P 1,392.78 (-10.11), light crude 105.52, gold 1643.30

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Friday March 23rd, 2012:  The Hunger Games in theaters.

Dow 13,080.73 (+34.59), Nasdaq 3,067.92 (+4.6), S&P 1,397.11 (+4.33), light crude 106.87, gold 1662.70

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Saturday March 24th, 2012:  Black Panthers offer $10,000 reward for arrest of George Zimmerman.  Dick Cheney heart transplant.  Nelson Dellis won the USA Memory Championship for the second year in a row.  Louisiana primary results:

Rick Santorum 91,305 49%
Mitt Romney 49,749 26.7%
Newt Gingrich 29,655 15.9%
Ron Paul 11,460 6.1%

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Sunday March 25th, 2012:  James Cameron does Mariana Trench deep-sea dive.

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Monday March 26th, 2012:  The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing five and one-half hours of oral arguments in the lawsuits challenging the validity of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Dow 13,241.63 (+160.90), Nasdaq 3,122.57 (+54.65), S&P 1,416.51 (+19.40), light crude 107.06, gold 1692

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Tuesday March 27th, 2012:  Day two of U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Dow 13,197.73 (-43.90), Nasdaq 3,120.35 (-2.22), S&P 1,412.52 (-3.99), light crude 106.95, gold 1680.50

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Wednesday March 28th, 2012:  Final day of U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Dow 13,126.14 (-71.59), Nasdaq 3,104.96 (-15.39), S&P 1,405.54 (-6.98), light crude 105.31, gold 1659.80

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Thursday March 29th, 2012:  The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican budget.

Dow 13,145.82 (+19.61), Nasdaq 3,095.36 (-9.60), S&P 1,403.28 (-2.26), light crude 103.34, gold 1660.20

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Friday March 30th, 2012:  World-record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot winning numbers:  2, 4, 23, 38, 46, Mega Ball 23.

Dow 13,212.04 (+66.22), Nasdaq 3,091.57 (-3.79), S&P 1,408.47 (+5.19), light crude 103.12, gold 1667.80

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Saturday March 31st, 2012:  Winning Mega Millions tickets were sold for the record $640-million jackpot in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

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Sunday April 1st, 2012:  Aung San Suu Kyi  won a seat in Myanmar’s parliament.

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Monday April 2nd, 2012:  1940 U.S. census released.  Kentucky Wildcats win the NCAA championship.

Dow 13,264.49 (+52.45), Nasdaq 3,119.70 (+28.13), S&P 1,419.04 (+10.57), light crude 105.05, gold 1678.70

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Tuesday April 3rd, 2012:  James Murdoch resigned as chairman of BSkyB.  Mitt Romney wins Republican primaries in Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington.

Dow 13,199.55 (-64.94), Nasdaq 3,113.57 (-6.13), S&P 1,413.31 (-5.73), light crude 104.14, gold 1647.30

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Wednesday April 4th, 2012:  Five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Dow 13,074.75 (-124.80), Nasdaq 3,068.09 (-45.48), S&P 1,398.96 (-14.42), light crude 102.09, gold 1619.60

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Thursday April 5th, 2012:  Jerry Sandusky appears in court over Penn State sex abuse charges.

Dow 13,060.14 (-14.61), Nasdaq 3,080.50 (+12.41), S&P 1,398.08 (-0.88), light crude 103.12, gold 1631.60

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Friday April 6th, 2012:  A fighter jet that malfunctioned just after takeoff hurtled into a Virginia Beach apartment complex .

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Saturday April 7th, 2012:  Mike Wallace dies.

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Sunday April 8th, 2012:  Bubba Watson wins the Masters Tournament.  Jake England and Alvin Watts arrested in the Tulsa shootings.

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Monday April 9th, 2012:  AOL Inc. agreed to sell more than 800 patents and related applications, along with a non-exclusive license to its remaining portfolio of patents, to Microsoft Corp. for $1 billion.  Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion.

Dow 12,929.59 (-130.55), Nasdaq 3,047.08 (-33.42), S&P 1,382.20 (-15.88), light crude 102.43, gold 1643.30

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Tuesday April 10th, 2012:  Rick Santorum suspends bid for Republican presidential nomination.

Dow 12,715.93 (-213.66), Nasdaq 2,991.22 (-55.86), S&P 1,358.59 (-23.61), light crude 101.17, gold 1662.70

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Wednesday April 11th, 2012:  George Zimmerman arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  Earthquakes:  8.6 in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of Sumatra, 7.0 Mexico, and a 5.9 off of Oregon.

Dow 12,805.47 (+89.54), Nasdaq 3,016.46 (+25.24), S&P 1,368.72 (+10.13), light crude 102.65, gold 1658.20

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Thursday April 12th, 2012:  Earthquakes:  6.2 and a 6.9 off of Baja California.

Dow 12,986.58 (+181.19), Nasdaq 3,055.55 (+39.09), S&P 1,387.57 (+18.86), light crude 103.73, gold 1677.40

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Friday April 13th, 2012:  North Korea’s attempt to put a $1 billion satellite into orbit failed when its rocket booster exploded in mid-air 81 seconds after liftoff.  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged to marry according to a spokeswoman for Pitt.

Dow 12,849.59 (-136.99), Nasdaq 3,011.33 (-44.22), S&P 1,370.26 (-17.31), light crude 102.87, gold 1656.90

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Saturday April 14th, 2012:  Summit of the Americas marred by 5 members of the U.S. military possibly having taken part with Secret Service agents in misconduct involving prostitutes at a hotel in Cartagena.

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Sunday April 15th, 2012:  North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun told a crowd of soldiers and citizens that he will follow the legacy of his father and grandfather during his first public address at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square.

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Monday April 16th, 2012:  Anders Behring Breivik trial begins.

Dow 12,921.41 (+71.82), Nasdaq 2,988.40 (-22.93), S&P 1,369.57 (-0.69), light crude 103.10, gold 1652.40

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Tuesday April 17th, 2012:  Space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia and will be towed Thursday to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex near the airport.  Maynard James Keenan’s 48th birthday.

Dow 13,115.54 (+194.13), Nasdaq 3,042.82 (+54.42), S&P 1,390.78 (+21.21), light crude 104.25, gold 1651.40

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Wednesday April 18th, 2012:  Dick Clark dead.  Kenneth Lester Jr. now the judge in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case for the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida.

Dow 13,032.90 (-82.64), Nasdaq 3,031.45 (-11.37), S&P 1,385.15 (-5.63), light crude 102.67, gold 1639.90

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Thursday April 19th, 2012:  A twin-engine aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Dow 12,964.10 (-68.65), Nasdaq 3,007.56 (-23.89), S&P 1,376.92 (-8.22), light crude 102.58, gold 1642.90

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Friday April 20th, 2012:  George Zimmerman granted $150,000 bond.

Dow 13,029.26 (+65.16), Nasdaq 3000.45 (-7.11), S&P 1378.53 (+1.61), light crude 103.61, gold 1643.30

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Saturday April 21st, 2012:  Phil Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history.

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Sunday April 22nd, 2012:  George Zimmerman released from jail.

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Monday April 23rd, 2012:  First day of John Edwards trial.  Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee not allowed to resign.  Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, announced the resignation of his coalition government.

Dow 12,927.17 (-102.09), Nasdaq 2,970.45 (-30), S&P 1,366.94(-11.59), light crude 103.03, gold 1639.30

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Tuesday April 24th, 2012:  Metta World Peace suspended 7 games.  Kurt Mix arrested and charged with 2 counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence sought by federal authorities in the Deepwater Horizon incident.  Andrew Young, a former aide of presidential contender John Edwards, detailed in court the intricate system they allegedly created to funnel money to Edwards so he could pay expenses for his pregnant mistress and hide her existence.  Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Republican primaries.

Dow 13,001.56 (+74.39), Nasdaq 2,961.60 (-8.85), S&P 1,371.97 (+5.03), light crude 103.78, gold 1642.60

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Wednesday April 25th, 2012:  Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty.

Dow 13,090.72 (+89.16), Nasdaq 3,029.63 (+68.03), S&P 1,390.69 (+18.72), light crude 104.08, gold 1644.10

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Thursday April 26th, 2012:  Charles Taylor convicted.

Dow 13,204.62 (+113.90), Nasdaq 3,050.61 (+20.98), S&P 1,399.98 (+9.29), light crude 104.45, gold 1658.70

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Friday April 27th, 2012:  Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese lawyer-activist, escapes house arrest.

Dow 13,228.31 (+23.69), Nasdaq 3,069.20 (+18.59), S&P 1,403.36 (+3.38), light crude 104.73, gold 1663.10

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Saturday April 28th, 2012:  A magnitude 3.8 earthquake in southern California struck San Bernardino County near the San Andreas fault.  Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano continues spouting gases and hot rock fragments and is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash.

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Sunday April 29th, 2012:  7 die as S.U.V. drops 60 feet off Bronx Highway.

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Monday April 30th, 2012:   “Octomom” Nadya Suleman filed for bankruptcy.  SpaceX conducted a successful test firing of a Falcon 9 rocket’s engines on its Cape Canaveral launch pad.

Dow 13,213.63 (-14.68), Nasdaq 3,046.36 (-22.84), S&P 1,397.91 (-5.45), light crude 104.89, gold 1665.40

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actual events:

Tuesday May 1st, 2012:  Maxwell Drew Johnson born.  Barack Obama marked the 1st anniversary of the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Kabul, Afghanistan by speaking and signing a strategic agreement.  About 75 black-clad protesters in Seattle smashed plate glass windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painted cars and slashed tires.  Parliament rules Rupert Murdoch is not “a fit person” to run a major international corporation.  A federal judge ordered the city of Oakland and its police department to submit a plan within a week to address a backlog of complaints stemming from their handling of Occupy protests, threatening sanctions if they fail to do so.

Dow 13,279.32 (+65.69), Nasdaq 3,050.44 (+4.08), S&P 1,405.82 (+7.91), light crude 105.99, gold 1662.40

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012:  Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sworn into Myanmar’s parliament.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Beijing.  Junior Seau dead.  ICE agent Myron W. Chisem fatally shot.

Dow 13,268.65 (-10.67), Nasdaq 3,059.85 (+9.41), S&P 1,402.31 (-3.51), light crude 105.20, gold 1653.60

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012:  Chen Guangcheng makes direct appeal to Congress to come to United States.

Dow 13,206.59 (-61.98), Nasdaq 3,024.30 (-35.55), S&P 1,391.57 (-10.74), light crude 102.61, gold 1637

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Friday May 4th, 2012:  Adam Yauch dead.

Dow 13,038.27 (-168.32), Nasdaq 2,956.34 (-67.96), S&P 1,369.10 (-22.47), light crude 98.49, gold 1645.20

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Saturday May 5th, 2012:  Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation’s 50 nuclear reactors.

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Sunday May 6th, 2012:  François Hollande elected France’s next president.

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Monday May 7th, 2012:  Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office during his inauguration as Russia’s president.

Dow 13,008.53 (-29.74), Nasdaq 2,957.76 (+1.42), S&P 1,369.58 (+0.48), light crude 98.07, gold 1638.30

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012:  Maurice Sendak dies.

Dow 12,932.09 (-76.44), Nasdaq 2,946.27 (-11.49), S&P 1,363.72 (-5.86), light crude 97.31, gold 1606.20

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Wednesday May 9th, 2012:  Obama declares support for same-sex marriage.  Vidal Sassoon dead.

Dow 12,835.44 (-96.65), Nasdaq 2,934.71 (-11.56), S&P 1,354.62 (-9.10), light crude 96.54, gold 1590

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Thursday May 10th, 2012:  Prince Charles presented a special weather forecast during a visit to the BBC’s Scotland headquarters.

Dow 12,893.87 (+58.81), Nasdaq 2,940.48 (+5.77), S&P 1,362.68 (+8.10), light crude 96.83, gold 1594.50

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Friday May 11th, 2012:  Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounces U.S. citizenship.

Dow 12,819.58 (-35.46), Nasdaq 2,933.58 (-0.06), S&P 1,353.57 (-4.42), light crude 95.85, gold 1580.40

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Saturday May 12th, 2012:  Mitt Romney gives commencement speech at Virginia’s Liberty University.

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Sunday May 13th, 2012:  Manchester City wins premier league.

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Monday May 14th, 2012:  Ron Paul effectively ends presidential campaign.

Dow 12,695.35 (-125.25), Nasdaq 2,902.58 (-31.24), S&P 1,338.35 (-15.04), light crude 94.21, gold 1557.30

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Tuesday May 15th, 2012:  Francois Hollande inauguration, then his jet struck by lightning.  Tanya Thomas kills her 4 children then herself.  Carlos Fuentes dead.

Dow 12,638.51 (-56.84), Nasdaq 2,894.13 (-8.45), S&P 1,331.29 (-7.06), light crude 93.18, gold 1545.50

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Wednesday May 16th, 2012:  The Euro dropped to a 4 month low against the U. S. dollar.  Mary Richardson Kennedy hung herself.

Dow 12,598.55 (-33.45), Nasdaq 2,874.04(-19.72), S&P 1,324.81 (-5.85), light crude 92.74, gold 1539.80

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Thursday May 17th, 2012:  Donna Summer dead.

Dow 12,442.49 (-156.06), Nasdaq 2,813.69 (-60.35), S&P 1,304.86 (-19.94), light crude 92.59, gold 1573.20

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Friday May 18th, 2012:  Facebook IPO.  Daniel Jesus Elizondo (“El Loco”) arrested.

Dow 12,369.38 (-73.11), Nasdaq 2,778.79 (-34.90), S&P 1,295.22 (-9.64), light crude 91.08, gold 1593.70

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Saturday May 19th, 2012:  I’ll Have Another wins Preakness.  The rocket engines of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft fired, and then abruptly stopped as the countdown to launch reached zero.  Chen Guangcheng arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and was whisked to New York City, where he will be staying.  Mark Zuckerberg marries Priscilla Chan.

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Sunday May 20th, 2012:  6.0 earthquake Italy.  NATO Summit protest in Chicago.  Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi dead.  Pakistan blocks Twitter.  Robin Gibb dead.  Ring of fire solar eclipse in Gemini.  Tomislav Nikolić elected Serbian president.

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Monday May 21st, 2012:  NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko stepped down.  Man survives going over Niagara Falls.  Dharun Ravi 30 day jail sentence.  Bill Stewart dead.

Dow 12,504.48 (+135.10), Nasdaq 2,847.21 (+68.42), S&P 1,315.99 (+20.77), light crude 92.81, gold 1593.50

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2012:  Donald Driver wins Dancing With The Stars season 14.  SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried the unmanned Dragon capsule into space after a 3:44 am EDT launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Dow 12,502.81 (-1.67), Nasdaq 2,839.08 (-8.13), S&P 1,316.63 (+0.64), light crude 91.44, gold 1569.30

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012:  First day of voting in Egypt’s historic presidential election.

Dow 12,496.07 (-6.74), Nasdaq 2,850.12 (+11.04), S&P 1,318.85 (+2.22), light crude 90.38, gold 1562.10

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Thursday May 24th, 2012:  Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz.

Dow 12,529.75 (+33.60), Nasdaq 2,839.38 (-10.74), S&P 1,320.68 (+1.82), light crude 90.93, gold 1559.70

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Friday May 25th, 2012:  SpaceX’s Dragon capsule arrives at the International Space Station.  Keira Knightley engaged to James Righton.

Dow 12,454.83 (-74.92), Nasdaq 2,837.53 (-1.85), S&P 1,317.82 (-2.86), light crude 90.86, gold 1572.10

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Saturday May 26th, 2012:  Sweden’s Loreen wins Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit “Euphoria.”

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Sunday May 27th, 2012:  Dario Franchitti wins Indy 500.  Johnny Tapia dead.

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Monday May 28th, 2012:  Qatar shopping mall fire kills 19.  Presidential front-runner Ahmad Shafiq’s campaign office in Cairo torched.

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Tuesday May 29th, 2012:  5.8 earthquake northern Italy.  4.1 earthquake near Malibu.

Dow 12,580.69 (+125.86), Nasdaq 2,870.99 (+33.46), S&P 1,332.42 (+14.60), light crude 90.93, gold 1556.20

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Wednesday May 30th, 2012:  Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years.

Dow 12,419.86 (-160.83), Nasdaq 2,837.36 (-33.63), S&P 1,313.32 (-19.10), light crude 87.53, gold 1565.70

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Thursday May 31st, 2012:  Jury in the John Edwards case found him not guilty on one of the six counts against him, and the judge declared a mistrial on the others.  Liam Hemsworth proposed to Miley Cyrus.

Dow 12,393.45 (-26.41), Nasdaq 2,827.34 (-10.02), S&P 1,310.33 (-2.99), light crude 86.53, gold 1562.10

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Friday June 1st, 2012:  George Zimmerman bond revoked.

Dow 12,118.57 (-274.88), Nasdaq 2,747.48 (-79.86), S&P 1,278.04 (-32.29), light crude 83.19, gold 1624.80

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Saturday June 2nd, 2012:  Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in prison.

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Sunday June 3rd, 2012:  Richard Dawson dead.  Plane crash Lagos.  Tiger Woods wins 73rd PGA Tour event.

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Monday June 4th, 2012:  Sagittarius lunar eclipse.  Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Berlin.  Christopher Husbands turned himself in.  Abu Yahya al-Libi killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

Dow 12,101.46 (-17.11), Nasdaq 2,760.01 (+12.53), S&P 1,278.18 (+0.14), light crude 84.28, gold 1,621.60

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Tuesday June 5th, 2012:  Transit of Venus.  Scott Walker survives recall election.  Tommy Lasorda heart attack.

Dow 12,127.95 (+26.49), Nasdaq 2,778.11 (+18.10), S&P 1,285.50 (+7.32), light crude 84.18, gold 1,619.20

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Wednesday June 6th, 2012:  Ray Bradbury dead.

Dow 12,414.79 (+286.84), Nasdaq 2,844.72 (+66.61), S&P 1,315.13 (+29.63), light crude 85.09, gold 1,622.10

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Thursday June 7th, 2012:   People’s Bank of China lowered its benchmark interest rate.

Dow 12,460.96 (+46.17), Nasdaq 2,831.02 (-13.70), S&P 1,314.99 (-0.14), light crude 84.04, gold 1,591.30

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Friday June 8th, 2012:  I’ll Have Another retires.  Attorney General Eric Holder on assigned 2 United States attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into recent disclosures to the news media of national security secrets.

Dow 12,554.20 (+93.24), Nasdaq 2,858.42 (+27.40), S&P 1,325.66 (+10.67), light crude 84.35, gold 1,594.90

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Saturday June 9th, 2012:  Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani in the French Open final to become only the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam.  Union Rags wins Belmont Stakes.  Matthew McConaughey married Camila Alves.

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Sunday June 10th, 2012:  George Saitoti and Joshua Ojode dead.

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Monday June 11th, 2012:  Rafael Nadal wins French Open.

Dow 12,411.23 (-142.97), Nasdaq 2,809.73 (-48.69), S&P 1,308.93 (-16.73), light crude 81.54, gold 1600.10

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Tuesday June 12th, 2012:  Jupiter enters Gemini.  Shellie Zimmerman arrested and charged with perjury.  Henry Hill dead.

Dow 12,573.80 (+162.57), Nasdaq 2,843.07 (+33.34), S&P 1,324.18 (+15.25), light crude 83.45, gold 1,611.40

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012:  World Boxing Organization assigns 5 judges to re-score Manny Pacquiao’s controversial loss by decision to Timothy Bradley.

Dow 12,496.38 (-77.42), Nasdaq 2,818.61 (-24.46), S&P 1,314.89 (-9.29), light crude 82.43, gold 1,618.50

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Thursday June 14th, 2012:  Egypt’s highest court says recent election was unconstitutional; also allows Ahmed Shafik to run for presidency.

Dow 12,651.91 (+155.53), Nasdaq 2,836.33 (+17.72), S&P 1,329.10 (+14.22), light crude 84.37, gold 1,625.50

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Friday June 15th, 2012:  Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants.

Dow 12,767.17 (+115.26), Nasdaq 2,872.80 (+36.47), S&P 1,342.84 (+13.74), light crude 84.03, gold 1626

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Saturday June 16th, 2012:  Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dead.

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Sunday June 17th, 2012:  Rodney King dead.  Antonis Samaras wins election in Greece.  Webb Simpson wins U. S. Open.

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Monday June 18th, 2012:  Tom Maynard dead.  Prince Salman named heir to Saudi throne.

Dow 12,741.82 (-25.35), Nasdaq 2,895.33 (+22.53), S&P 1,344.78 (+1.94), light crude 83.12, gold 1,628.70

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Tuesday June 19th, 2012:  Julian Assange seeking asylum at the Ecuador Embassy in London.  Luka Magnotta pleads not guilty at arraignment.

Dow 12,837.33 (+95.51), Nasdaq 2,929.76 (+34.43), S&P 1,357.98 (+13.20), light crude 84.04, gold 1,621.10

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Wednesday June 20th, 2012:  Summer solstice.  The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to find Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case.

Dow 12,824.31 (-13.02), Nasdaq 2,930.45 (+0.69), S&P 1,355.70 (-2.28), light crude 81.06, gold 1,605.10

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Thursday June 21st, 2012:  Syrian pilot defects to Jordan.  Miami Heat NBA champions.

Dow 12,573.57 (-250.82), Nasdaq 2,859.09 (-71.36), S&P 1,325.51 (-30.18), light crude 78.43, gold 1,566.60

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Friday June 22nd, 2012:  Jerry Sandusky guilty.  William Lynn guilty.  Turkish warplane shot down by Syria.

Dow 12,640.78 (+67.21), Nasdaq 2,892.42 (+33.33), S&P 1,335.02 (+9.51), light crude 80.19, gold 1,572.90

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Saturday June 23rd, 2012:  Ashton Eaton sets decathlon world record.  Waldo Canyon Fire starts.

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Sunday June 24th, 2012:  Uranus square Pluto.  Mohamed Morsi named president of Egypt.

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Monday June 25th, 2012:  Jupiter square Neptune.  Saturn goes direct.  Greek Finance Minister Vassilis Rapanos resigned.

Dow 12,502.66 (-138.12), Nasdaq 2,836.16 (-56.26), S&P 1,313.72 (-21.30), light crude 79.36, gold 1,584.80

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Tuesday June 26th, 2012:  Nora Ephron dead.

Dow 12,534.67 (+32.01), Nasdaq 2,854.06 (+17.90), S&P 1,319.99 (+6.27), light crude 79.41, gold 1,572.40

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Wednesday June 27th, 2012:  Gunmen storm Syrian Ikhbariya TV.

Dow 12,627.01 (+92.34), Nasdaq 2,875.32 (+21.26), S&P 1,331.85 (+11.86), light crude 80.51, gold 1,574.70

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Thursday June 28th, 2012:  Supreme Court upholds healthcare law.

Dow 12,602.26 (-24.75), Nasdaq 2,849.49 (-25.83), S&P 1,329.04 (-2.81), light crude 78.43, gold 1,555.60

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Friday June 29th, 2012:  Deadly U.S. storms knock out power for a couple million during record heat.  The Justice Department moved to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.  Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise.  Peter Madoff pleads guilty in NYC.

Dow 12,880.09 (+277.83), Nasdaq 2,935.05 (+85.56), S&P 1,362.16 (+33.12), light crude 84.74, gold 1600.20

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Saturday June 30th, 2012:  Yitzhak Shamir dead.  Mohammed Mursi sworn in as Egyptian president.  Alec Baldwin marries Hilaria Thomas.  Jade Jagger weds Adrian Fillary.  Timbuktu shrines damaged.

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Sunday July 1st, 2012:  Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying sworn in; mass protest.  Ohi nuclear plant’s reactor #3 returned to operation in Japan.  Enrique Peña Nieto elected president of Mexico.  Canada Day.

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Monday July 2nd, 2012:  Barclays Plc chairman Marcus Agius quits.  Ichiro Ozawa resigns from Democratic Party of Japan.  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) agrees to pay $3 billion in criminal and civil fines.  Anderson Cooper out as gay.

Dow 12,871.39 (-8.70), Nasdaq 2,951.23 (+16.18), S&P 1,365.51 (+3.35), light crude 83.63, gold 1,598.60

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Tuesday July 3rd, 2012:  Andy Griffith dead.

Dow 12,943.82 (+72.43), Nasdaq 2,976.08 (+24.85), S&P 1,374.02 (+8.51), light crude 87.52, gold 1,619.40

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Wednesday July 4th, 2012:  Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.  Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas ate 45 hot dogs.

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Thursday July 5th, 2012:  George Zimmerman bail set at $1 million.

Dow 12,896.67 (-47.15), Nasdaq 2,976.12 (+0.04), S&P 1,367.58 (-6.44), light crude 87.39, gold 1617

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Friday July 6th, 2012:  George Zimmerman left Florida jail.  Justin Bieber stopped and cited for driving in a “reckless manner” on the 101 Freeway.

Dow 12,772.47 (-124.20), Nasdaq 2,937.33 (-38.79), S&P 1,354.68 (-12.90), light crude 84.45, gold 1,578.90

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Saturday July 7th, 2012:  Libya election.  Serena Williams wins 5th Wimbledon.

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Sunday July 8th, 2012:  Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon.  Ernest Borgnine dead.

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Monday July 9th, 2012:  Barack Obama proposes one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.  Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reached a divorce settlement.

Dow 12,736.44 (-36.03), Nasdaq 2,931.77 (-5.56), S&P 1,352.46 (-2.22), light crude 85.79, gold 1590.80

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Tuesday July 10th, 2012:  Thomas Lubanga sentenced to 14 years in jail.  San Bernardino City Council votes to file for bankruptcy.  National League defeats American League, 8-0, in All-Star game.

Dow 12,653.12 (-83.17), Nasdaq 2,902.33 (-29.44), S&P 1,341.47 (-10.99), light crude 84.04, gold 1566.90

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Wednesday July 11th, 2012:  House lawmakers voted to repeal the federal health care overhaul. Vera Wang and husband separate.

Dow 12,604.53 (-48.59), Nasdaq 2,887.98 (-14.35), S&P 1,341.45 (-0.02), light crude 85.05, gold 1576

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Thursday July 12th, 2012:  Louis Freeh report holds Joe Paterno and Penn State accountable.  Steven Tyler stepping down as American Idol judge.

Dow 12,573.27 (-31.26), Nasdaq 2,866.19 (-21.79), S&P 1,334.76 (-6.69), light crude 85.80, gold 1,571.50

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Friday July 13th, 2012:  Sage Stallone found dead.  Jennifer Lopez steps down as American Idol judge.  Peregrine CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. arrested.

Dow 12,777.09 (+203.82), Nasdaq 2,908.47 (+42.28), S&P 1,356.78 (+22.02), light crude 87.17, gold 1,588.60

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Saturday July 14th, 2012:  Afghanistan suicide bomb kills prominent MP at wedding.

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Sunday July 15th, 2012:  Roger Chapman wins U.S. Senior Open.

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Monday July 16th, 2012:  Kitty Wells dead.

Dow 12,727.21 (-49.88 ), Nasdaq 2,896.94 (-11.53), S&P 1,353.64 (-3.14), light crude 88.22, gold 1591.60

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Tuesday July 17th, 2012:  Frank Schleck exits Tour de France after he failed a doping test.

Dow 12,805.54 (+78.33), Nasdaq 2,910.04 (+13.10), S&P 1,363.67 (+10.03), light crude 88.86, gold 1584.40

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Wednesday July 18th, 2012:  Rajesh Khanna dead.

Dow 12,908.70 (+103.16), Nasdaq 2,942.60 (+32.56), S&P 1,372.78 (+9.11), light crude 89.88, gold 1576.90

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Thursday July 19th, 2012:  Russia and China again vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad’s government to end the escalating civil war in Syria.

Dow 12,943.36 (+34.66), Nasdaq 2,965.90 (+23.30), S&P 1,376.51 (+3.73), light crude 92.25, gold 1581

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Friday July 20th, 2012:  James Holmes opened fire at The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colorado.

Dow 12,822.57 (-120.79), Nasdaq 2,925.30 (-40.60), S&P 1,362.66 (-13.85), light crude 91.44, gold 1,582.80

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Saturday July 21st, 2012:  James Holmes’ apartment disarmed.

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Sunday July 22nd, 2012:  Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France.  Barack Obama meets with families in Aurora, Colorado.  Joe Paterno’s statue outside of Beaver Stadium removed.

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Monday July 23rd, 2012:  James Holmes makes his first court appearance.  Penn State fined $60 million, Paterno’s wins vacated from 1998-2011.  Mariah Carey will be joining “American Idol” as a judge next season.

Dow 12,721.46 (-101.11), Nasdaq 2,890.15 (-35.15), S&P 1,350.52 (-12.14), light crude 88.31, gold 1,576.20

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Tuesday July 24th, 2012:  Sherman Hemsley dead.  Ghana president John Atta Mills dead.  John Dramani Mahama sworn in as Ghana’s new president.  Tim Devine suicide.

Dow 12,617.32 (-104.14), Nasdaq 2,862.99 (-27.16), S&P 1,338.31 (-12.21), light crude 88.31, gold 1,579.70

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Wednesday July 25th, 2012:  Announced Kim Jong-un married to Ri Sol-ju.  U.S. women’s soccer 4-2 win over France.  Voula Papachristou became the first athlete to be banned from the Olympics for a message that she posted on Twitter.

Dow 12,676.05 (+58.73), Nasdaq 2,854.24 (-8.75), S&P 1,337.89 (-0.42), light crude 88.92, gold 1,603.30

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Thursday July 26th, 2012:  Ivica Dacic sworn in as Serbian prime minister.  Mary Tamm dead.  Gu Kailai charged with murder.

Dow 12,887.93 (+211.88), Nasdaq 2,893.25 (+39.01), S&P 1,360.02 (+22.13), light crude 89.58, gold 1,614.80

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Friday July 27th, 2012:  Im Dong-hyun sets first world record at London olympics.  Chick-fil-A spokesman Don Perry dead.

Dow 13,075.66 (+187.73), Nasdaq 2,958.09 (+64.84), S&P 1,385.97 (+25.95), light crude 90.12, gold 1623

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Saturday July 28th, 2012:  Yi Siling wins first gold medal at London olympics.

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Sunday July 29th, 2012:  North Korea’s Om Yun Chol wins gold medal lifting an Olympic-record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk (more than three times his body weight).  Dana Vollmer wins gold medal and set a new world record in the 100m butterfly.

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Monday July 30th, 2012:  Rūta Meilutytė wins Lithuania’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke.  O.J. Murdock suicide.

Dow 13,073.01 (-2.65), Nasdaq 2,945.84 (-12.25), S&P 1,385.30( ), light crude 89.52, gold 1,621.80

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Tuesday July 31st, 2012:  Michael Phelps wins record 19th Olympic medal.  About 600 million people lost power in India when the country’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed.  Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion.  Gore Vidal dead.

Dow 13,008.68 (-64.33), Nasdaq 2,939.52 (-6.32), S&P 1,379.32 (-5.98), light crude 87.53, gold 1613.70

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Wednesday August 1st, 2012:  Kōhei Uchimura wins men’s individual all-around gymnastics event.  4 badminton teams (from China, South Korea and Indonesia) kicked out of the women’s doubles for trying to lose on purpose.

Dow 12,976.13 (-32.55), Nasdaq 2,920.21 (-19.31), S&P 1,375.32 (-4), light crude 88.90, gold 1602.80

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Thursday August 2nd, 2012:  Michael Phelps wins record 16th Olympic gold.  Kayla Harrison wins women’s Olympic judo gold.  United States wins women’s eight rowing gold medal.  Kofi Annan resigns as Syria peace envoy.

Dow 12,878.88 (-92.18), Nasdaq 2,909.77 (-10.44), S&P 1365 (-10.32), light crude 87.32, gold 1591.90

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Friday August 3rd, 2012:  Michael Phelps wins 17th gold medal.  Jessica Ennis sets heptathlon 100m hurdles world record.

Dow 13,096.17 (+217.29), Nasdaq 2,967.90 (+58.13), S&P 1,390.99 (+25.99), light crude 91.35, gold 1,605.90

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Saturday August 4th, 2012:  Michael Phelps ends career with 18 gold medals and 22 medals total.  Serena Williams wins gold.

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Sunday August 5th, 2012:  World’s fastest man Usain Bolt runs 100 meters in Olympic record 9.63 seconds to win the gold medal.  New Orleans Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10, in the Hall of Fame game.  Wade Michael Page opened fire on Sikh temple.

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Monday August 6th, 2012:  NASA’s rover Curiosity lands safely on Mars.  Aliya Mustafina wins gold on the uneven bars.  Felix Sanchez won his second Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold, and the Dominican Republic’s first medal of the 2012 games.  Mount Tongariro erupts in Turangi, New Zealand.

Dow 13,117.51 (+21.34), Nasdaq 2,989.91 (+22.01), S&P 1,394.23 (+3.24), light crude 92.17, gold 1614.10

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Tuesday August 7th, 2012:  Venus enters Cancer.  Jared Loughner pled guilty.  Aly Raisman floor exercise gold medal and balance beam bronze medal.

Dow 13,168.60 (+51.09), Nasdaq 3,015.86 (+25.95), S&P 1,401.35 (+7.12), light crude 93.29, gold 1614

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Wednesday August 8th, 2012:  Allyson Felix wins women’s 200 meters.  Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings win 3rd consecutive beach volleyball gold medal.

Dow 13,175.64 (+7.04), Nasdaq 3,011.25 (-4.61), S&P 1,402.22 (+0.87), light crude 93.37, gold 1,615.20

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Thursday August 9th, 2012:  Usain Bolt wins 200 meters gold medal.  United States women’s soccer gold medal win 2-1 over Japan.

Dow 13,165.19 (-10.45), Nasdaq 3,018.64 (+7.39), S&P 1,402.79 (+0.57), light crude 93.47, gold 1,619.50

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Friday August 10th, 2012:  Americans Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison set a new world record of 40.82 with their gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay.

Dow 13,207.95 (+42.76), Nasdaq 3,020.86 (+2.22), S&P 1,405.87 (+3.07), light crude 93.34, gold 1,623.20

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Saturday August 11th, 2012:  Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate.  Oribe Peralta scored twice to give Mexico a 2-1 win over Brazil and its first gold in Olympic soccer.  Twin earthquakes northwest Iran.

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Sunday August 12th, 2012:  United States men’s basketball gold medal 100-107 win over Spain.  Stephen Kiprotich’s marathon victory provided Uganda’s first gold medal at the London Games.  Rory McIlroy wins PGA Championship.

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Monday August 13th, 2012:  Helen Gurley Brown and Johnny Pesky dead.

Dow 13,169.43 (-38.52), Nasdaq 3,022.52 (+1.66), S&P 1,404.11 (-1.76), light crude 92.84, gold 1611.90

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Tuesday August 14th, 2012:  Standard Chartered $340 million settlement over charges that the British bank laundered hundreds of billions of dollars in tainted money with Iran and deliberately lied to regulators.  Avi Dichter appointed new Israeli homeland security minister.  Ron Palillo dead.

Dow 13,172.14 (+2.71), Nasdaq 3,016.98 (-5.54), S&P 1,403.93 (-0.18), light crude 93.41, gold 1,601.60

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Wednesday August 15th, 2012:  Robert Pattinson Good Morning America interview.  Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone.  Lone winning ticket in the $337 million Powerball drawing sold at a Michigan gas station (winning numbers:  6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21).

Dow 13,164.78 (-7.36), Nasdaq 3,030.93 (+13.95), S&P 1,405.53 (+1.60), light crude 94.27, gold 1,605.80

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Thursday August 16th, 2012:  Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Dow 13,250.11 (+85.33), Nasdaq 3,062.39 (+31.46), S&P 1,415.51 (+9.98), light crude 95.44, gold 1,617.20

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Friday August 17th, 2012:  Pussy Riot members 2 year jail sentence.  Joey Kovar dead.

Dow 13,275.20 (+25.09), Nasdaq 3,076.59 (+14.20), S&P 1,418.16 (+2.65), light crude 96.16, gold 1,618.40

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Saturday August 18th, 2012:  The body of freediver Rebecca Weiss found.

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Sunday August 19th, 2012:  Beyoncé releases “I Was Here” video for World Humanitarian Day.  Tony Scott dead.

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Monday August 20th, 2012:  Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.  Phyllis Diller dead.

Dow 13,271.64 (-3.56), Nasdaq 3,076.21 (-0.38), S&P 1,418.13 (-0.03), light crude 95.90, gold 1,623.70

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Tuesday August 21st, 2012:  Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dead.

Dow 13,203.58 (-68.06), Nasdaq 3,067.26 (-8.95), S&P 1,413.17 (-4.76), light crude 96.55, gold 1,639.30

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Wednesday August 22nd, 2012:  Tony Nicklinson dead.  Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.

Dow 13,172.76 (-30.82), Nasdaq 3,073.67 (+6.41), S&P 1,413.49 (+0.32), light crude 97.36, gold 1,657.40

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Thursday August 23rd, 2012:  Jordan pulled three squad members accused of sexual assault in Northern Ireland out of the 2012 London Paralympics.

Dow 13,057.46 (-115.30), Nasdaq 3053.40 (-20.27), S&P 1402.08 (-11.41), light crude 96.27, gold 1671

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Friday August 24th, 2012:  Lance Armstrong decides not to contest USADA doping charges.  Anders Behring Breivik deemed sane and sentenced to “preventive detention.”  Jeffrey Johnson shooting near Empire State Building.  Apple $1 billion Samsung verdict.

Dow 13,157.97 (+100.51), Nasdaq 3,069.79 (+16.39), S&P 1,411.13 (+9.05), light crude 95.84, gold 1,672.60

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Saturday August 25th, 2012:  Neil Armstrong dead.  Blast at Venezuela’s largest oil refinery kills at least 24 people.

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Sunday August 26th, 2012:  Snooki gives birth to Lorenzo Dominic LaValle.  Lydia Ko wins Canadian Women’s Open

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Monday August 27th, 2012:  Aboud Rogo Mohammed shot dead.  Perry Hall High School student shot.

Dow 13,124.67 (-33.30), Nasdaq 3,073.19 (+3.40), S&P 1,410.44 (-0.69), light crude 95.70, gold 1666.90

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Tuesday August 28th, 2012:  French prosecutors open murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Dow 13,102.99 (-21.68), Nasdaq 3,077.14 (+3.95), S&P 1,409.30 (-1.14), light crude 96.30, gold 1,669.20

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Wednesday August 29th, 2012:  Hurricane Isaac to tropical storm but continues to pound Louisiana with heavy rains and damaging winds.

Dow 13,115.23 (+12.24), Nasdaq 3,078.97 (+1.83), S&P 1,410.96 (+1.66), light crude 94.94, gold 1,660.90

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Thursday August 30th, 2012:  Chris Lighty dead.  Mitt Romney RNC speech.

Dow 13,000.71 (-106.77), Nasdaq 3,048.71 (-32.48), S&P 1,399.48 (-11.01), light crude 94.68, gold 1,658.20

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Friday August 31st, 2012:  Michigan’s Donald Lawson claims $337 million Powerball prize.

Dow 13,090.84 (+90.13), Nasdaq 3,066.96 (+18.25), S&P 1,406.58 (+7.10), light crude 96.47, gold 1,687.60

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Saturday September 1st, 2012:  A senior Iranian nuclear official says the sole reactor at the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has reached full capacity.  Hal David dead.

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Sunday September 2nd, 2012:  South African prosecutors have provisionally dropped murder charges against 270 miners whose colleagues were shot dead by police.

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Monday September 3rd, 2012:  Michael Clarke Duncan dead.

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Tuesday September 4th, 2012:  San Antonio mayor Julian Castro first Latino keynote speaker in Democratic convention history.

Dow 13,035.94 (-54.90), Nasdaq 3,075.06 (+8.10), S&P 1,404.94 (-1.64), light crude 95.50, gold 1,698.10

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Wednesday September 5th, 2012:  7.6 earthquake Costa Rica.  Bill Clinton DNC speech.

Dow 13,047 (+11.54), Nasdaq 3069.27 (-5.79), S&P 1403.44 (-1.50), light crude 95.84, gold 1695.60

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Thursday September 6th, 2012:  Barack Obama DNC speech.  Amazon announces Kindle Paperwhite.  Venus enters Leo.

Dow 13,292 (+244.52), Nasdaq 3,135.81 (+66.54), S&P 1,432.12 (+28.68), light crude 94.86, gold 1,703.80

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Friday September 7th, 2012:  Twin 5.6-magnitude earthquakes kill 64 people in China.

Dow 13,306.64 (+14.64), Nasdaq 3,136.42 (+0.61), S&P 1,437.92 (+5.80), light crude 96.38, gold 1,738.80

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Saturday September 8th, 2012:  Coney Island tornado.

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Sunday September 9th, 2012:  Iraq’s Sunni vice president Tariq al-Hashemi sentenced to death.  Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds marry.

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Monday September 10th, 2012:  Chicago teachers strike.  United States hands control of Bagram prison and its 3000 suspected Taliban inmates to Afghan authorities.  Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected Somalian president.

Dow 13,254.29 (-52.35), Nasdaq 3,104.02 (-32.40), S&P 1,429.08 (-8.84), light crude 96.26, gold 1,727.90

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Tuesday September 11th, 2012:  US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi.

Dow 13,323.36 (+69.07), Nasdaq 3,104.53 (+0.51), S&P 1,433.56 (+4.48), light crude 96.82, gold 1,734.30

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Wednesday September 12th, 2012:  Court rules Germany can ratify ESM funds with conditions. Apple unveils iPhone 5.

Dow 13,333.35 (+9.99), Nasdaq 3,114.31 (+9.78), S&P 1,436.56 (+3), light crude 96.79, gold 1,733.70

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Thursday September 13th, 2012:  The Federal Reserve announced it would purchase mortgage backed bonds at a rate of $40 billion per month.

Dow 13,539.86 (+206.51), Nasdaq 3,155.83 (+41.52), S&P 1,459.99 (+23.43), light crude 98.11, gold 1,767.80

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Friday September 14th, 2012:  Facebook has 1 billion active users worldwide.  Pope Benedict XVI in Lebanon.

Dow 13,593.37 (+53.51), Nasdaq 3,183.95 (+28.12), S&P 1,465.77 (+5.78), light crude 99, gold 1772.70

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Saturday September 15th, 2012:  Anti-Putin protest draws tens of thousands.

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Sunday September 16th, 2012:  Pope Benedict XVI concludes trip to Lebanon.

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Monday September 17th, 2012:  Occupy Wall Street one year anniversary.

Dow 13,553.10 (-40.27), Nasdaq 3,178.67 (-5.28), S&P 1,461.19 (-4.58), light crude 96.01, gold 1,758.60

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Tuesday September 18th, 2012:  A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of Kate Middleton and blocked further publication.

Dow 13,564.64 (+11.54), Nasdaq 3,177.80 (-0.87), S&P 1,459.32 (-1.87), light crude 95.48, gold 1,773.50

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Wednesday September 19th, 2012:  Eric Holder cleared in gunwalking probe.

Dow 13,577.96 (+13.32), Nasdaq 3,182.62 (+4.82), S&P 1,461.05 (+1.73), light crude 91.93, gold 1,773.10

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Thursday September 20th, 2012:  Tim Pawlenty resigns from Mitt Romney’s campaign to become bank lobbyist.

Dow 13,596.93 (+18.97), Nasdaq 3,175.96 (-6.66), S&P 1,460.26 (-0.79), light crude 92.14, gold 1,770.40

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Friday September 21st, 2012:  iPhone 5 retails.

Dow 13,579.47 (-17.46), Nasdaq 3179.96 (+4), S&P 1460.15 (-0.11), light crude 92.89, gold 1778

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Saturday September 22nd, 2012:  A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair inside a group home.

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Sunday September 23rd, 2012:  Jimmy Kimmel hosts Emmy awards.  Nepal avalanche.

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Monday September 24th, 2012:  Disputed NFL call gives Seattle 14-12 victory over Green Bay.  Dancing with the Stars all-star cast premiere (season 15).

Dow 13,558.92 (-20.55), Nasdaq 3,160.78 (-19.18), S&P 1,456.89 (-3.26), light crude 92.03, gold 1,767.10

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Tuesday September 25th, 2012:  China commissioned its first aircraft carrier amid an escalating tussle with Japan over ownership of disputed islands.  Andy Williams dead.

Dow 13,457.55 (-101.37), Nasdaq 3,117.73 (-43.05), S&P 1,441.59 (-15.30), light crude 91.18, gold 1764

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Wednesday September 26th, 2012:  Alexander Lebedev charged with hooliganism for a fist fight last year in which he punched a real estate tycoon during a televised debate.  Olive Barrymore Kopelman born.

Dow 13,413.51 (-44.04), Nasdaq 3,093.70 (-24.03), S&P 1,433.32 (-8.27), light crude 90.04, gold 1,754.10

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Thursday September 27th, 2012:  Lil Wayne breaks Elvis’ Billboard record.  Johnny Lewis dead.  Tennessee James Toth and Noah Shannon Green born.

Dow 13,485.97 (+72.46), Nasdaq 3,136.60 (+42.90), S&P 1,447.15 (+13.83), light crude 92.25, gold 1,779.90

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Friday September 28th, 2012:  Bo Xilai expelled from the Communist Party.

Dow 13,437.13 (-48.84), Nasdaq 3,116.23 (-20.37), S&P 1,440.67 (-6.48), light crude 92.19, gold 1,773.90

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Saturday September 29th, 2012:  Last Western detainee Omar Khadr held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned to Canada.

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Sunday September 30th, 2012:  Los Angeles survives Carmageddon II.

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Monday October 1st, 2012:  California the first state to ban a form of therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of minors.

Dow 13,515.11 (+77.98), Nasdaq 3,113.53 (-2.70), S&P 1,444.49 (+3.82), light crude 92.28, gold 1,776.70

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Tuesday October 2nd, 2012:  US Border Patrol agent fatally shot in Arizona.  Pennsylvania judge blocked the state’s voter-identification law from taking effect in time for the November election.

Dow 13,482.36 (-32.75), Nasdaq 3,120.04 (+6.51), S&P 1,445.75 (+1.26), light crude 91.77, gold 1,777.30

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012:  First presidential debate.

Dow 13,494.61 (+12.25), Nasdaq 3,135.23 (+15.19), S&P 1,450.99 (+5.24), light crude 88.02, gold 1,780.70

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Thursday October 4th, 2012:   Google and the American Association of Publishers settled a long-running lawsuit over the company’s digital library project.

Dow 13,575.36 (+80.75), Nasdaq 3,149.46 (+14.23), S&P 1,461.40 (+10.41), light crude 91.58, gold 1,793.60

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Friday October 5th, 2012:  Saturn enters Scorpio.  U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in September.

Dow 13,610.15 (+34.79), Nasdaq 3,136.19 (-13.27), S&P 1,460.93 (-0.47), light crude 89.95, gold 1783

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Saturday October 6th, 2012:  Israeli air force shot down an unarmed and unidentified drone after it entered the country’s airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Sunday October 7th, 2012:  Hugo Chavez re-elected president of Venezuela.  Drew Brees record 48th consecutive regular season game with a touchdown.

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Monday October 8th, 2012:  President Obama declared the California home of César Chávez a national monument.

Dow 13,583.65 (-26.50), Nasdaq 3,112.35 (-23.84), S&P 1,455.88 (-5.05), light crude 89.76, gold 1,777.90

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Tuesday October 9th, 2012:  Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys.

Dow 13,473.53 (-110.12), Nasdaq 3,065.02 (-47.33), S&P 1,441.48 (-14.40), light crude 92.20, gold 1,765.90

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Wednesday October 10th, 2012:  Moscow court frees Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot.

Dow 13,344.97 (-128.56), Nasdaq 3,051.78 (-13.24), S&P 1,432.56 (-8.92), light crude 91.36, gold 1,764.50

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Thursday October 11th, 2012:  Vice Presidential debate.  Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Dow 13,326.39 (-18.58), Nasdaq 3,049.41 (-2.37), S&P 1,432.84 (+0.28), light crude 92.48, gold  1,769.20

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Friday October 12th, 2012:  European Union awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Dow 13,328.85 (+2.46), Nasdaq 3,044.11 (-5.30), S&P 1,428.59 (-4.25), light crude 91.76, gold 1,757.40

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Saturday October 13th, 2012:  Gary Collins dead.

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Sunday October 14th, 2012:  Arlen Specter dead.  Felix Baumgartner record skydive.

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Monday October 15th, 2012:  Professors Lloyd Shapley and Alvin Roth win Nobel prize for economics.

Dow 13,424.23 (+95.38), Nasdaq 3,064.18 (+20.07), S&P 1,440.13 (+11.54), light crude 91.70, gold 1,737.80

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Tuesday October 16th, 2012:  Presidential debate.  Valuable paintings stolen from a Rotterdam gallery.  Vikram Pandit exits Citigroup.

Dow 13,551.78 (+127.55), Nasdaq 3,101.17 (+36.99), S&P 1,454.92 (+14.79), light crude 92.07, gold 1,748.90

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Wednesday October 17th, 2012:  Lance Armstrong steps down from charity and Nike drops him.  Sylvia Kristel dead.

Dow 13,557 (+5.22), Nasdaq 3,104.12 (+2.95), S&P 1,460.91 (+5.99), light crude 91.99, gold 1,750.70

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Thursday October 18th, 2012:  Anti-austerity protests turn violent in Athens.  Stan Ovshinsky dead.

Dow 13,548.94 (-8.06), Nasdaq 3,072.87 (-31.25), S&P 1,457.34 (-3.57), light crude 92.06, gold 1,743.80

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Friday October 19th, 2012:  Beirut bomb blast.  Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel wed.

Dow 13,343.51 (-205.43), Nasdaq 3,005.62 (-67.25), S&P 1,433.19 (-24.15), light crude 90.06, gold 1,722.70

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Saturday October 20th, 2012:  Israeli troops commandeered a Gaza-bound ship.

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Sunday October 21st, 2012:  George McGovern dead.  Radcliffe Haughton Milwaukee spa shooting.

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Monday October 22nd, 2012:  Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France wins and banned from the tournament for life.  Final presidential debate.

Dow 13,345.89 (+2.38), Nasdaq 3,016.96 (+11.34), S&P 1,433.81 (+0.62), light crude 88.30, gold 1,728.60

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Tuesday October 23rd, 2012:  Apple unveils iPad mini.

Dow 13,102.53 (-243.36), Nasdaq 2,990.46 (-26.50), S&P 1,413.11 (-20.71), light crude 86.34, gold 1,707.30

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Wednesday October 24th, 2012:   Facebook Inc’s shares biggest one-day jump.  World Changers Church International shooting.  Gilberto Valle arrested in cannibal plot.

Dow 13,077.34 (-25.19), Nasdaq 2,981.70 (-8.76), S&P 1,408.75 (-4.36), light crude 85.76, gold 1,702.40

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Thursday October 25th, 2012:  Emanuel Steward dead.

Dow 13,103.68 (+26.34), Nasdaq 2,986.12 (+4.42), S&P 1,412.97 (+4.22), light crude 86.05, gold 1,713.60

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Friday October 26th, 2012:   Windows 8 available and iPad mini available for pre-order.  Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison on charges of tax fraud.

Dow 13,107.21 (+3.53), Nasdaq 2,987.95 (+1.83), S&P 1,411.94 (-1.03), light crude 86.05, gold 1,712.90

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Saturday October 27th, 2012:   7.7 earthquake hit Canada’s Pacific coast province of British Columbia.  Google cancelled Monday Android event in New York City.

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Sunday October 28th, 2012:  New York City shuts down transit system.  San Francisco Giants sweep World Series.

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Monday October 29th, 2012:  Hurricane Sandy hits eastern seaboard.

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Tuesday October 30th, 2012:  Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi wins Kabul’s first pro match.

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Wednesday October 31st, 2012:  Wall Street reopens.  Obama visits New Jersey.

Dow 13,096.46 (-10.75), Nasdaq 2,977.23 (-10.72), S&P 1,412.16 (+0.22), light crude 86.02, gold 1,721.20

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Thursday November 1st, 2012:  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney resume campaign.  Mayor Bloomberg endorses Barack Obama.

Dow 13,231.32 (+134.86), Nasdaq 3,020.06 (+42.83), S&P 1,427.55 (+15.39), light crude 86.94, gold 1,716.60

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Friday November 2nd, 2012:  NYC marathon canceled.  A judge dismissed the jury in Sam Lutfi’s defamation case against Britney Spears.

Dow 13,093.16 (-139.46), Nasdaq 2,982.13 (-37.93), S&P 1,414.20 (-13.39), light crude 84.87, gold 1,678.40

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Saturday November 3rd, 2012:  Million puppet march in Washington D.C.

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Sunday November 4th, 2012:  Zac Vawter climbs Chicago’s Willis Tower in 53 minutes, 9 seconds.  Jim Durham dead.

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Monday November 5th, 2012:  Nate Silver gives odds of Obama winning re-election:  86%.

Dow 13,112.44 (+19.28), Nasdaq 2,999.66 (+17.53), S&P 1,417.26 (+3.06), light crude 85.85, gold 1,683.60

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Tuesday November 6th, 2012:  United States presidential election:  Barack Obama re-elected.

Dow 13,245.68 (+133.24), Nasdaq 3,011.93 (+12.27), S&P 1,428.39 (+11.13), light crude 88.38, gold 1,715.30  

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Wednesday November 7th, 2012:  7.4 earthquake off Guatemala.

Dow 12,940.95 (-304.73), Nasdaq 2,939.87 (-72.06), S&P 1,395.44 (-32.95), light crude 84.74, gold 1,719.40 

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Thursday November 8th, 2012:  Jared Loughner sentenced to life in prison.

Dow 12,811.32 (-121.41), Nasdaq 2,895.58 (-41.71), S&P 1,377.51 (-17.02), light crude 85.04, gold 1,731.80

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Friday November 9th, 2012:  CIA director David Petraeus resigns.

Dow 12,815.39 (+4.07), Nasdaq 2,904.87 (+9.29), S&P 1,379.85 (+2.34), light crude 86.07, gold 1,730.90

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Saturday November 10th, 2012:   4.3-magnitude 8 miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky.  BBC’s top executive George Entwistle resigns.  Explosion killed 2 people and damaged more than a dozen homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision in Indianapolis.

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Sunday November 11th, 2012:  6.8 earthquake struck northern Myanmar.  Skyfall has a franchise-record $87.8 million in ticket sales.  Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni.

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Monday November 12th, 2012:  Kyrsten Sinema has won the U.S. House seat in Arizona’s newly created 9th Congressional District.

Dow 12,816.70 (+1.31), Nasdaq 2,904.26 (-0.61), S&P 1,380 (+0.15), light crude 85.62, gold 1,727.30

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Tuesday November 13th, 2012:  Call of Duty: Black Ops II released.

Dow 12,756.18 (-58.90), Nasdaq 2,883.89 (-20.37), S&P 1,374.53 (-5.50), light crude 85.18, gold 1,724.80

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Wednesday November 14th, 2012:  FBI agent linked to Petraeus scandal identified as Frederick Humphries.

Dow 12,570.95 (-185.23), Nasdaq 2,846.81 (-37.08), S&P 1,355.49 (-19.04), light crude 86.37, gold 1,725.80

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Thursday November 15th, 2012: BP to pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the United States government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.

Dow 12,542.38 (-28.57), Nasdaq 2,836.94 (-9.87), S&P 1,353.33 (-2.16), light crude 85.36, gold 1,715.70

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Friday November 16th, 2012:   David Petraeus testifies.  Thousands of people protested in Egyptian cities on Friday against Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Dow 12,588.31 (+45.93), Nasdaq 2,853.13 (+16.19), S&P 1,359.88 (+6.55), light crude 86.62, gold 1,713.30

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Saturday November 17th, 2012:  Ron Barber has won a full term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Sunday November 18th, 2012:  Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II enthroned in Cairo.

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Monday November 19th, 2012:  President Barack Obama makes first visit by an American leader to Myanmar and Cambodia.

Dow 12,795.96 (+207.65), Nasdaq 2,916.07 (+62.94), S&P 1,386.89 (+27.01), light crude 89.15, gold 1,731.30

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Tuesday November 20th, 2012:  Kevin Clash resigns from Sesame Street.

Dow 12,788.51 (-7.45), Nasdaq 2,916.68 (+0.61), S&P 1,387.82 (+0.93), light crude 87.04, gold 1,727.10

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Wednesday November 21st, 2012:  Israel/Gaza cease fire.  Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns.  Salvatore Perrone murder charges.

Dow 12,837.35 (+48.84), Nasdaq 2,926.55 (+9.87), S&P 1,391.03 (+3.22), light crude 87.66, gold 1,728.20

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Thursday November 22nd, 2012:  Hamas declares November 22 a public holiday in Gaza.  Hector “Macho” Camacho clinically brain dead.

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Friday November 23rd, 2012:  Cairo protests over Mohamed Morsi’s presidential decree.  Larry Hagman dead.

Dow 13,009.68 (+172.79), Nasdaq 2,966.85 (+40.30), S&P 1,409.15 (+18.12), light crude 88.28, gold 1,751.40

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Saturday November 24th, 2012:  Hector “Macho” Camacho dead.  Alexandra McHale dead.

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Sunday November 25th, 2012:  China announces it has landed a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time.

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Monday November 26th, 2012:  Ehud Barak to quit politics.

Dow 12,967.37 (-42.31), Nasdaq 2,976.78 (+9.93), S&P 1,406.29 (-2.86), light crude 87.74, gold 1,749.10

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Tuesday November 27th, 2012:  Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot raised to $500 million.  “My Life” video premiere.  Melissa Rycroft wins season 15 of Dancing With The Stars.

Dow 12,878.90 (-88.47), Nasdaq 2,967.79 (-8.99), S&P 1,399.02 (-7.27), light crude 87.28, gold 1,741.50

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Wednesday November 28th, 2012:  Powerball jackpot at a record high of $588 million (winning numbers: 05, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 6).  Zig Ziglar dead.

Dow 12,985.11 (+106.98), Nasdaq 2,991.78 (+23.99), S&P 1,409.93 (+10.99), light crude 86.70, gold 1,718.40

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Thursday November 29th, 2012:  Leveson report.  Internet down in Syria.  Jeff Zucker named head of CNN Worldwide.

Dow 13,021.82 (+36.71), Nasdaq 3,012.03 (+20.25), S&P 1,415.95 (+6.02), light crude 87.84, gold 1726

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Friday November 30th, 2012:  Mark and Cindy Hill announced Powerball winners.

Dow 13,025.58 (+3.76), Nasdaq 3,010.24 (-1.79), S&P 1,416.18 (+0.23), light crude 88.91, gold 1,712.70

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           December 2012

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Phases of the moon: 6:3Q 13:N 20:1Q 28:F
Holidays and Observances: 24: Christmas Eve, 25: Christmas Day

actual events:

Saturday December 1st, 2012:  Thousands of supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rally outside Cairo University.  Jovan Belcher dead in murder-suicide.

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Sunday December 2nd, 2012:  Sasago tunnel collapse in Japan.

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Monday December 3rd, 2012:  Kate Middleton pregnant announcement.  5.8 earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska.  Robert Thomson will become CEO of the new News Corp.

Dow 12,966.14 (-59.44), Nasdaq 3,002.20 (-8.04), S&P 1,409.47 (-6.71), light crude 88.96, gold 1,718.70

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Tuesday December 4th, 2012:  Egyptian President Morsi leaves presidential palace as protests turn violent.

Dow 12,951.78 (-13.82), Nasdaq 2,996.69 (-5.51), S&P 1,407.05 (-2.41), light crude 88.36, gold 1,698.50

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Wednesday December 5th, 2012:  Dave Brubeck dead.

Dow 13,034.49 (+82.71), Nasdaq 2,973.70 (-22.99), S&P 1,409.28 (+2.23), light crude 87.83, gold 1,694.90

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Thursday December 6th, 2012:  Jim DeMint is leaving the US Senate for the presidency of the Heritage Foundation think tank.

Dow 13,074.04 (+39.55), Nasdaq 2,989.27 (+15.57), S&P 1,413.94 (+4.66), light crude 86.36, gold 1,700.90

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Friday December 7th, 2012:  7.3 earthquake 245km SE of Kamaishi, Japan.

Dow 13,155.13 (+81.09), Nasdaq 2,978.04 (-11.23), S&P 1,418.07 (+4.13), light crude 85.99, gold 1,704.80

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Saturday December 8th, 2012:  Josh Brent arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after flipping his car in Irving, Texas, in an accident that left Jerry Brown dead.  Mario Monti said he would resign as Prime Minister of Italy after passing Italy’s 2013 budget.

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Sunday December 9th, 2012:  Jenni Rivera dead.

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Monday December 10th, 2012:  Matthew Good announced as Arizona Powerball winner.  Brandon Woodward killed.

Dow 13,169.88 (+14.75), Nasdaq 2,986.96 (+8.92), S&P 1,418.55 (+0.48), light crude 85.65, gold 1,714.10

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Tuesday December 11th, 2012:  Ravi Shankar dead.  Jacon Tyler Roberts wounds Kristina Shevchenko; fatally shoots Cindy Yuille, Steven Forsyth, and himself.  Skylar Grey releases Don’t Look Down.  Manuel Pardo executed.

Dow 13,248.44 (+78.56), Nasdaq 3,022.30 (+35.34), S&P 1,427.84 (+9.29), light crude 85.88, gold 1,711.20

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Wednesday December 12th, 2012:  North Korea successfully launched a rocket.  Aaron Rodgers day in Wisconsin.  Pope Benedict XVI sent out the first tweet from @pontifex.

Dow 13,245.45 (-2.99), Nasdaq 3,013.82 (-8.48), S&P 1,428.48 (+0.64), light crude 86.76, gold 1,714.10

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Thursday December 13th, 2012:  President Barack Obama accepted U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s withdrawal from consideration as secretary of state.

Dow 13,170.72 (-74.73), Nasdaq 2,992.16 (-21.66), S&P 1,419.45 (-9.03), light crude 86.26, gold 1,697.90

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Friday December 14th, 2012:  Adam Lanza opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school leaving 27 people dead, including 18 children.

Dow 13,135.01 (-35.71), Nasdaq 2,971.34 (-20.82), S&P 1,413.58 (-5.87), light crude 86.85, gold 1,697.20

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Saturday December 15th, 2012:  Egyptians vote on a new constitution.  Voting has begun in Japanese parliamentary elections.

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Sunday December 16th, 2012:  A narrow majority of Egyptians who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document, according to unofficial tallies compiled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Monday December 17th, 2012:  First funerals being held for victims of Friday’s Sandy Hook shootings.  Daniel Inouye dead.

Dow 13,235.39 (+100.38), Nasdaq 3,010.60 (+39.26), S&P 1,430.36 (+16.78), light crude 87.37, gold 1,698.30

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Tuesday December 18th, 2012:  Johnny Manziel AP Player of the Year.

Dow 13,350.96 (+115.57), Nasdaq 3,054.53 (+43.93), S&P 1,446.79 (+16.43), light crude 87.99, gold 1,673.10

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Wednesday December 19th, 2012:  South Korea elected its first female president Park Geun-Hye.  Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe.

Dow 13,251.97 (-98.99), Nasdaq 3,044.37 (-10.16), S&P 1,435.81 (-10.98), light crude 89.42, gold 1,670.50

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Thursday December 20th, 2012:  NYSE to be sold to IntercontinentalExchange.  Daniel Inouye lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Dow 13,311.72 (+59.75), Nasdaq 3,050.39 (+6.02), S&P 1,443.69 (+7.88), light crude 89.90, gold 1,648.80

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Friday December 21st, 2012:  NRA calls for armed guards at all schools.  Gabby Douglas named AP’s female athlete of the year.

Dow 13,190.84 (-120.88), Nasdaq 3,021.01 (-29.38), S&P 1,430.15 (-13.54), light crude 88.79, gold 1,655.70

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Saturday December 22nd, 2012:  Pope Benedict XVI pardoned his former butler.

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Sunday December 23rd, 2012:  Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day international cricket.

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Monday December 24th, 2012:  Jack Klugman dead.  William Spengler murder-suicide.

Dow 13,139.08 (-51.76), Nasdaq 3,012.60 (-8.41), S&P 1,426.66 (-3.49), light crude 88.61, gold 1,659.50

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Tuesday December 25th, 2012:  China on alert after Japan dispatched fighter jets over the East China Sea.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2012:  The commander of Syria’s military police Abulaziz al-Shalal has defected and reportedly fled to Turkey.  China launches world’s longest high-speed rail line.

Dow 13,114.59 (-24.49), Nasdaq 2,990.16 (-22.44), S&P 1,419.83 (-6.83), light crude 91.09, gold 1,660.80

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Thursday December 27th, 2012:  Norman Schwarzkopf dead.

Dow 13,096.31 (-18.28), Nasdaq 2,985.91 (-4.25), S&P 1,418.09 (-1.74), light crude 91.17, gold 1,665.10

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Friday December 28th, 2012:  Jyoti Singh Pandey dead.  Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens.

Dow 12,938.11 (-158.20), Nasdaq 2,960.31 (-25.60), S&P 1,402.43 (-15.67), light crude 90.68, gold 1656

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Saturday December 29th, 2012:  India mourns Delhi rape victim with candlelit vigils; 6 men charged with her murder.

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Sunday December 30th, 2012:  Rita Levi Montalcini and Mike Hopkins dead.

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Monday December 31st, 2012:  U.S. goes over fiscal cliff.  Kanye West announced he and reality TV star Kim Kardashian are expecting a child.  Paris Apple store robbed at gunpoint.  Hugh Hefner marries Crystal Harris.  Psy says Gangnam Style, which he’ll perform on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’, will “end.”

Dow 13,104.14 (+166.03), Nasdaq 3,019.51 (+59.20), S&P 1,426.19 (+23.76), light crude 91.79, gold 1,675.60

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while you browse this site at your leisure, enjoy listening to the January 1st, 2012 radio episode with astrologer Debra Clement with predictions for the year 2012 (where Ed correctly predicted that Friday October 19th, 2012 would be a down day on the stock market (the Dow Jones did fall 205 points (-1.5%) on Friday October 19th, 2012)):

http://contacttalkradio.soundwaves2000.com:8080/ctr/debraclement010112.mp3

to schedule a private consultation with Debra:

http://debraclementastrologer.com/consultations/astrology-readings

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learn numerology from numerologist to the world, Ed Peterson:

https://www.createspace.com/3411561

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predictions for the year 2013 are at:

http://predictionsyear2013.com/

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