2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers
Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.
- Photo By Sean Sweeney Sun, Dec 2, 2012
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- US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months
- Queen Elizabeth went nuts over nibbles, court told
Britain's Queen Elizabeth was so incensed with royal police officers eating nuts from bowls left out in the corridors of Buckingham Palace that she drew lines on the sides in a bid to catch them out, a London court heard on Thursday. In emails submitted to the phone hacking trial of journalists at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, its royal reporter said he had learnt that a memo had been issued to all officers telling them to "keep their sticky fingers out". To laughter in the court, judge John Saunders told the jury that these were "unfounded allegations". "Queen furious about police stealing bowls of nuts and nibbles left out for her in the BP (Buckingham Palace) Queen's corridors," an email from royal reporter Clive Goodman to then editor Andy Coulson said.
- Kim Jong-un's Aunt Helped Purge Her Own Husband in North Korean Treachery
- Obama disapproval rating hits new high. What's driving poll numbers?
Two new national polls show disapproval of his presidential performance at record highs. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday found that 54 percent of respondents did not approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as US chief executive. Similarly, Quinnipiac on Tuesday released a survey that put Obama at 57 percent disapproval and 38 percent approval, for a negative spread of 19 points. “A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.
- Sentence in Texas teen's fatal DWI wreck stirs ire
HOUSTON (AP) — "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.
- The most-watched YouTube videos of 2013. Or, how the world wasted 1 billion hours this year
YouTube has released its annual list of the 10 most viewed trending and music videos on its site for 2013.
- How to Dress for Winter Without Looking Like a Schlub
And that's even more important as the holiday glitz recedes, and we're left with Valentine's Day, says Emmy-award winning stylist David Zyla, adding that Valentine's Day is just a day, not a season. (This is despite the best efforts of marketers nationwide and, let's face it, the widespread resentment and agonizingly unmet and unrealistic expectations of those bombarded with said marketing.)
- The Magic Moment When George Bush Showed Hillary Clinton His Paintings on Air Force One
President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton all shared a 16-hour flight on Air Force One to South Africa on Monday and at one wonderful point in the air, the former president went full dad and showed off his now-famous paintings to some very important people. The picture (above) was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza and shows Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett gathered around Bush and tablet displaying his paintings. Clearly Susan Rice has the biggest reaction (in the photo) and looks like the kind of person you want to have around when you have good news to tell.