2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Man’s soda refill costs him $525 and gets him slapped with a federal charge
    Man’s soda refill costs him $525 and gets him slapped with a federal charge

    A Charleston, South Carolina man is speaking out after receiving a $525 ticket following his soda refill at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.

  • Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days
    Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days

    Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate, intellectually disabled black man named Jerry Hartfield. Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years — without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried. It's the fact that 10 months have passed since the state courts in Texas (after many years of prodding) first acknowledged the terrible mistake that was made in this case.

  • Putin says impossible for Europe to stop buying Russian gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its reliance on Russian energy, to completely stop buying Russian gas. Putin also said that the transit via Ukraine is the most dangerous element in Europe's gas supply system, and that he was hopeful a deal could be reached with Ukraine on gas supplies. Russia meets around 30 percent of Europe's natural gas needs.

  • Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash
    Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

  • Freedom of religion? Yes. Freedom from religion? No.
    Freedom of religion? Yes. Freedom from religion? No.

    Warren, Michigan is not a city with complete separation of church and state as is evident at city hall.

  • Video: Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding train
    Video: Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding train

    No, you probably shouldn’t take selfies when standing in close proximity to large vehicles that are hurtling toward you. Gawker points us to a new video posted this week by someone named Jared Michael, who says that he recently “tried to take a selfie while a train passed a ‘safe’ distance behind.” The trouble was that he was still close enough to the tracks for the train’s conductor to reach out with his foot and kick him in the face. The results are predictably hilarious. “I guess I was still too close and got kicked in the head,” Michael writes. “I messed up.” What makes this video truly funny is Michael’s reaction to getting kicked in the head. Instead of

  • Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut
    Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un's Haircut

    Kim Jong-un’s distinctive haircut is no laughing matter for North Korea. A London hair salon that put up a promotional poster of the country’s leader, with the tag line “Bad Hair Day?” is at the center of a diplomatic dispute. The North Korean embassy has...

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