2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: America's Most Popular Attractions
From Disneyland to Dollywood, Yahoo! searches for travel spots are all over the map. Here, the top 10 travel destinations sought out on the Web. -- By Claudine Zap, Yahoo!
- Photo By Steven Bridges Fri, Dec 14, 2012
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- WTF: Woman Takes Selfie With Suicidal Man on Brooklyn Bridge in Background
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
- Judge says Farrah Fawcett caregiver can testify
- Obama's Picture-Perfect Propaganda
It might seem like another day in Tea Party Land when a conservative columnist accuses President Barack Obama's White House of "airbrushing history" like the Stalin-era Soviet Union. It's Dana Milbank of the liberal Washington Post complaining about what's happened to White House news photographers. A New York Times photographer has publicly compared Team Obama to the Soviet Tass news agency. As the wheels come off the Barack Obama Hope-and-Change Bus, the White House is now restricting access to the very media that have done little but throw roses at the president's feet for the last five years.
- Billionaire candy heiress pleads guilty in fatal crash
Billionaire candy heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor reckless driving charges stemming from a fatal accident in Virginia. Loudoun County General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh ordered Mars, 74, to pay a $2,500 (1,531.11 pounds) fine and suspended her license for six months, according to online court records. Mars, who owns a third of the Mars Inc candy company, was driving a Porsche SUV on October 4 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan in Aldie, Virginia, according to the Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County, on the outskirts of Washington. A minivan passenger, Irene Ellisor, 86, died at the scene.
- Wife of bounty hunter 'Dog' sees charge dismissed
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in Colorado have dismissed harassment charges against the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.
- 100,000 Ethiopians sent back from Saudi Arabia: Addis Ababa
Ethiopia has repatriated over 100,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia, Addis Ababa's foreign ministry said Thursday, following a violent crackdown against illegal immigrants in the oil-rich kingdom. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said that up to 50,000 more citizens are still expected to come home. "Last night arrivals from Saudi reached 100,620," Tedros said in a statement, adding that "all citizens that were detained in Riyadh deportation camps are back".
- Walmart Determined to Make You Feel Gross About Watching 'Sound of Music'
Walmart is set to annoy the hell out of you during NBC's live broadcast of the Sound of Music tonight. It appears Walmart will air ads created by NBC, featuring songs from the musical, timed to air right after the songs are performed in the production. So, for instance, in the commercial break after Carrie Underwood teaches the von Trapp kids that "Do-Re-Mi" ditty, that song will play again, this time for the purpose of selling Walmart products. All five ads, according to Steinberg, will feature the real-life, 12-children-having "Brooks family of Gardner City, Kansas," who will perform tasks that correspond to the music, all featuring the finest in Walmart consumer goods.
- Hackers steal 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo passwords
It looks as though hackers have managed to swipe user names and passwords from some of the world’s biggest social networking and email platforms… again. Per CNN, security firm Trustwave claims that hackers have stolen more than 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo user names and passwords through malicious keylogging software that’s been installed in an unknown number of computers. Facebook users have been the biggest victims of the malware so far, as an estimated 318,000 Facebook accounts have been compromised so far along with 70,000 Google-related accounts, 60,000 Yahoo accounts and 22,000 Twitter accounts. Trustwave says that it’s notified all affected companies about the security breach.