2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
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Obama, Justin Bieber and Green Bay Packers' TJ Lang have garnered the highest number of retweets this year.
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- Today in History
Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
- 10 Things to Know for Today
- Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video
With Shark Week on the Discovery Channel just ending, it's understandable that you may have the carnivorous fish on the mind and think that such a dangerous predator should be avoided at all costs. A certain grouper clearly didn't think so. In this video, which was featured on the front page of Reddit, we see the two fish circling each other right before the 4-foot shark gets caught on a fisherman's line.
- Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.
- Video: Ferguson officer lauded for struggle with previous suspect
- Foley captors' ransom demand revives debate over US no-pay policy
The militant Islamist group that murdered freelance journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom from the US government before his beheading. The New York Times reported recently that ransoms have bankrolled Al Qaeda operations worldwide. According to The New York Times, the self-declared Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) demanded a $100 million ransom for Mr. Foley, which the US refused to pay (The Wall Street Journal cited a demand of 100 million euros.) IS has made a similar demand for Steven Sotloff, another American freelance journalist being held. The US attempted to rescue hostages in Syria in a special forces operation earlier this summer, but failed to do so.
- Janet Yellen’s Jackson Hole keynote: What to watch for
- Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.