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Acid Attack Victim, Earl Scruggs, ‘Anchorman’ Sequel: What’s Spiking (Thursday)

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The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
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Research by Search editor Mahlon Chute

The deaths of two icons prompted mourning across the Web and Twitter. A Pakistani acid attack victim took her own life after a decade of struggle. The passing of a bluegrass legend at age 88 renewed appreciation for his body of work. In the fictional realm, a comedy sequel in the making promises to resurrect a different kind of icon.  See what else is inspiring the world across the Web.

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    • 'Anchorman' Sequel: Will Ferrell confirmed in a Wednesday night interview with Conan O'Brien that "Anchorman 2" is now green-lit for production. Ferrell appeared on "Conan" in-character as Ron BurgundyRelated searches: anchorman, will ferrell on conan, anchorman 2, anchorman quotes, ron burgundy quotes

    NEWS & POLITICS

    • North Sea Gas Leak: Environmentalists fear that the North Sea offshore rig that has been leaking highly pressurized gas may trigger a massive oil spill.
    • Bobby Rush: The Illinois congressman called for an end to racial profiling on Wednesday in a House speech during which he donned a hoodie in protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Rush was reprimanded and escorted from the House. Related searches: bobby rush hoodie, congressman wears hoodie
    • Trayvon Martin: A grainy video from Sanford police headquarters appears to show an uninjured George Zimmerman in handcuffs. The video has raised doubts about Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon Martin beat him and that the shooting was in self-defense. Lawyers for Zimmerman claim that the video is not clear and does not necessarily refute Zimmerman's claim. Related searches: george zimmerman's father
    • Spike Lee: Lee recently tweeted a Florida address that he believed belonged to George Zimmerman, the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case; however, he had tweeted the wrong address and may now face a lawsuit. Lee has issued an apology for his mistweet.

    ELECTION 2012

    • Marco Rubio: The Florida senator has now issued an endorsement of Mitt Romney but has not directly addressed speculation that he may be a candidate for vice president on the GOP ticket.
    • George H. W. Bush: The former U.S. president is expected to formally endorse GOP hopeful Mitt Romney.

    CELEBRITIES

    • Anne Hathaway: The actress has been cast to play Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic, "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland." Hathaway is currently engaged to actor Adam Shulman.
    • Ashton Kutcher: Kutcher is in talks to return to "Two and a Half Men" for another season; rumor has it that he may enjoy a raise to approximately $1 million per episode. Meanwhile, rumors that Kutcher and Rihanna are dating have been dispelled by Rihanna.
    • Robin Gibb: The former Bee Gees member was admitted to the hospital for intestinal surgery and has canceled upcoming shows. Related searches: gibb brothers bee gees
    • Stevie Nicks: Made an appearance on "American Idol" to act as a mentor for the remaining contestants.
    • Duggars: The fifth season of "19 Kids and Counting" had its season finale on Tuesday. The episode dealt with the miscarriage of Michelle Duggar's 20th child, Jubilee.
    • Megan Fox: Rumors that Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are expecting their first child are building as an unnamed source has now told Star magazine that the rumors are true.
    • Kate Winslet: Winslet attended the world premiere of "Titanic 3D" on Tuesday and later admitted that she was too embarrassed to watch 3D nude scenes and knocked her American accent. Related searches:kate winslet titanic, james cameron titanic errors
    • Tami Roman Heart Attack: The reality star from "Basketball Wives" suffered a minor heart attack on Monday.

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    What's popular on Yahoo!, Twitter, Google Trends, CNN, BBC, Hollywood Reporter, and other sources.

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    CNN - Latest News
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    Bluegrass great Earl Scruggs dies
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    BBC
    Syria to dominate historic summit
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