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Calif. mine owner told he's operating illegally

California's Gold Rush was more than a century-and-a-half ago, but its Wild West spirit lives on in a dispute between government agencies and a landowner in the Sierra Nevada foothills.Full story

Squawk Roadmap: Euro, Gold & Groupon

  The Squawk on the Street new team gathers today's market moving headlines, including the euro falling below $1.30, the end of the gold rush, Avon's call for a new CEO, and Wall Street's first Groupon calls.

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A rush to mine for gold has taken over throughout the world, fueled by an economic downturn, high gold prices and improved mining technologies. Full story

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, the waters of Weber Creek are seen flowing near in Placerville, Calif. The creek runs near the Big Cut MIne, whose owner, Joseph Hardesty, is in a legal battle with authorities. Hardesty has been charged with multiple violations of environmental laws,