2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: International Affairs
Between exiled activists, embassy assaults, murderous wives, imprisoned punk bands, and abandoned Italian cruise ships, there was enough international intrigue in the news to fill 20 versions of "Skyfall." Here are 10 international news stories that generated the most searches on Yahoo! in 2012.
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- Homeowner’s Association bylaw bans kids from playing
The Homeowner’s Association of a gated neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch, Florida recently passed a bylaw that outlaws children playing on their streets and will fine those found in violation of the regulation.
- Could an Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma's Lakes?
- 2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.
- Chinese cartoon producer blamed after kids burned
- So a cyber Grinch stole your card at Target? Here's what to do
The Target heist is the second largest, after the TJ Maxx cybercrime that exposed at least 100 million cards in 2007, but it is shaping up to be the most audacious in the checkered history of card fraud, taking place during the top shopping weeks of the 2013 Christmas season. The theft ring apparently intercepted credit card information, including card expiration dates and the CVV security numbers on the back. Credit card companies say they are on the case to ensure that customers don’t have their accounts breached. But security experts say consumers themselves need to check, immediately, any credit card accounts they've used at Target stores to see if the cards have been used by the Target fraudsters to make fraudulent purchases.
- GOP Congressman Thinks Poor Kids Should Work for 'Free' School Lunch
Yet rather than discussing how to help the more than 1 in 4 children living under the poverty line in the state, Rep. Jack Kingston, a candidate in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, is more concerned with cutting free lunch programs in public schools. Speaking at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party, Kingston told the audience, “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” The congressman is so concerned that students grasp the concepts of free-market economics, à la Milton Friedman, that he would take the situation a step further, asking kids to work for a meal—never mind that information retention plummets when students are underfed. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people—getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”
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- Store owner told she'll get $1M for selling winning Mega Millions ticket, only she isn't