2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
Here are the top 10 obsessions that, as ranked by their search volume and percentage spike compared with 2011 on Yahoo!.
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- Cargo bikes the new minivan for cycling families
- Nelson Mandela: How US conservatives viewed him then – and now
The world press is filled with encomiums for South African leader Nelson Mandela, laudatory statements by President Obama and other world leaders, editorials praising his courage in fighting against and then leading his country out of racial oppression. “My first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid,” President said when Mr. Mandela died this week. “Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.” But it wasn’t that long ago that many elected officials and political leaders in the United States –conservatives, mainly – were outspoken in their opposition to what Mandela represented, which to them was socialism (or worse yet, communism) and borderline terrorism since Mandela had advocated armed resistance to South Africa’s white minority regime.
- Israel president 'ready to meet Iran counterpart'
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, even though their two countries consider each other arch-enemies.
- Another Hawaiian Island Gives Biotech the Boot
Rare is the opportunity to compare Hawaii to Iowa, but when it comes to farming, the two otherwise disparate states have a common crop: seed corn. Unlike Iowa, however, local government in the Aloha State is pushing back against Big Corn. Yesterday, the Big Island’s Mayor Billy Kenoi became the latest politician to take a policy stand against the growing presence of agribusiness in the state. Located 2,470 miles from the mainland, the tropics of Hawaii bring to mind exotic fruits like guavas and pineapples and fields of towering sugarcane.
- Cops: NH teen missing 2 months wrote letter to mom
- Susan Boyle says Asperger's diagnosis was a relief
- Letter to mom from missing NH teen Abigail Hernandez a rare ray of hope: Is she a runaway?
A letter from missing New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez has given new hope for resolution to the now two-month-long disappearance of the 15-year-old, who disappeared into thin air on her walk home from school in the ski resort town of North Conway. While the letter has given the agency – and volunteers who have scoured northern New Hampshire valleys for signs of Abigail – a degree of hope and reassurance, agents say they remain concerned for her safety. "Though she could have left willingly, someone now could be coercing her," said FBI special agent Kieran Ramsey at a press conference. Up to 2.8 million American teenagers run away from home each year, primarily because of problems at home, according to the National Runaway Safeline.
- Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice fires back
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice. The judicial dustup stems from the Supreme Court's decision on November 18 not to review a challenge to a class action settlement that resolved antitrust claims against Sirius XM Radio Inc. Though it declined to hear the case, Alito wrote a six-page statement criticizing the practice of Judge Harold Baer, of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, of encouraging firms that represent plaintiffs in class actions to assign lawyers that reflect the gender and racial makeup of the class. In court orders, Baer has written that the practice is warranted under a federal rule governing the certification of class action lawsuits.