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Watergate Figure Death, John Edwards Trial, Doughnut Vault: What’s Spiking (Monday)

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The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
Yahoo! and across the Web for Monday April 23, 2012.

Research by Search editor Liz Streng

The so-called "hatchet man" for President Richard Nixon died over the weekend, less than two months before the 40th anniversary of the notorious Watergate break-in. Among many instances of modern-day political notoriety is the trial of a man who tried to be president, twice. Luckily, for those of us who seek solace from bad news in sweets, there lies salvation in Chicago. Below, today's roundup of the good, the bad, and the edible that buzzed online.

STANDOUT SPIKES


NEWS & POLITICS
NATURE & SCIENCE
BUSINESS & FINANCE
  • Viddy: Potential investors such as Twitter's Biz Stone, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, and Shakira are circling the video-sharing app, which lets users upload 15-second videos and throw in special effects.
  • Wal-Mart Mexico Bribe: Shares dropped 4.7% after the New York Times reported Wal-Mart made $24 million in bribes to get building permits, and the company's internal investigations were delayed.
  • DIJA: The Dow Jones Industrial Average will be pumping up the annual dividend payout by 8.40% year-over-year and 2.18% from the previous quarter.

ENTERTAINMENT
CELEBRITIES
  • Jennifer Hudson: The singer and Oscar-winner cried Monday while testifying at the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew four years ago.
  • Giuliana Rancic: The red-carpet hostess and Bill Rancic are having a baby through a gestational surrogate. The television personality and reality TV show star had a very public struggle to be pregnant: She suffered a miscarriage and underwent treatment for breast cancer. Related search: giuliana and bill
  • Justin Bieber: The singer mocked his alleged baby momma Mariah Yeater on Twitter over the weekend. The 20-year-old claimed she was carrying his child and soon after withdrew the claim. On Saturday, Bieber Tweeted whatever came to his mind during "Random Twitter Hour" and wrote: "Dear mariah yeeter…we have never met…so from the heart i just wanted to say…" He then linked to a YouTube clip of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character repeating, "You will never get this. You will never get this. La la la la la…"
  • Susan Sarandon: During a Tribeca Film Festival talk, the actress revealed that she had recently been denied security clearance to visit the White House.
  • Taylor Hicks: The season 5 "American Idol" winner will do an eight-week show at Bally's Las Vegas, starting June 26.
  • Teresa Giudice: The housewife brought the drama on the premiere of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and told brother Joe Gorga that his wife would leave him if a "richer man came along." Gorga plans to adopt his sister so that he can disinherit her. (OK, we made that one up, but it's a good idea.) Related searches: dina manzo, rhonj, joe giudice
  • Valeria Lukyanova: The 21-year-old Ukranian model went Barbie with $800,000 worth of cosmetic surgery and zero self-esteem.
  • Veena Malik: Veena Malik, a Bollywood actress and model who raised controversy last year with a supposed nude cover for FHM magazine, said "she would pose in nude photos for $1 million."
  • Katy Perry: The recently divorced singer was locking lips with Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd at Coachella. Ain't no hologram, girl.
  • Mariah Carey: The pop songstress described how she lost her baby weight using Jenny Craig and doing aquatic exercises for 45 minutes three or four days per week, details in the May issue of Shape magazine.
  • Lindsay Lohan: The actress is gainfully employed! She will play Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic, "Liz & Dick." Of the honor, Lohan states, "I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well."
  • Dick Clark: Dick Clark has been cremated, according to representatives, and TMZ obtained his death certificate, which noted that the entertainment mogul underwent prostate surgery the day before his death.
  • Lady Gaga: Conservative South Koreans have protested the singer for "spreading unhealthy sexual culture" through "lewd lyrics and performances," in advance of her "Born This Way" tour. Officials won't allow anyone under 18 to her concert.
  • Neil Diamond: The 71-year-old crooner wed manager Katie McNeil, 42, on Saturday, his third trip down the aisle.
  • Robin Gibb: The Bee Gees singer woke from a week-long coma after contracting pneumonia. He has colorectal cancer and remains in ICU because he is "exhausted, extremely weak, and malnourished." Related searches: barry gibb death, maurice gibb, andy gibb

SPORTS
  • UFC 145 Results: Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans, although the match went the full five rounds, the first time for Jones.
  • Metta World Peace: The Lakers forward (aka Ron Artest) didn't live up to his name Sunday when he threw an"unintentional elbow" to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden, who may have suffered a concussion. Peace was ejected and faces a possible suspension.
  • Kevin Love: The Timberwolves have opted to keep the forward out of action for the rest of the season due to a concussion suffered on April 11.
  • Brian Dawkins: The former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins tweeted his retirement Monday morning, "I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos 4 believing in me. I would like 2 thank all my teammates & Coaches that I have been blessed 2 go to battle with. Along with u, the fans 4 helping make my career 1 that I have enjoyed tremendously. In other words. I am announcing my retirement from the NFL #BBTB"
  • Marian Hossa: The Blackhawks forward visited teammates for the first time Monday after a concussion in game 3 of the quarterfinal series. Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres received a 25-game suspension for the hit.
  • Boston Bruins: The hockey team won 4-3 against the Washington Capitals in overtime. Game 7 of the playoffs comes Wednesday.
  • Derek Fisher: Despite an 8-0 no-confidence vote by NBA players' executives, Fisher will not resign as president.
  • Lizzy Musi: The daughter of drag racer Pat Musi spun out in the third round of qualifying at the ADRL and took out a stationary camera

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