Molten gold signals revival in California's Mother Lode

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In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, Sutter Gold Mining Company mill superintendent Paul Skinner removes a crucible of glowing molten gold that will be poured into a mold, near Sutter Creek, Calif. The company announced Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, that it poured its first gold as it prepared to begin the first large scale Sierra Nevada underground gold mining operation in a half century. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)