2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches
Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.
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- N. Korea statement on official's ouster: Who talks like this anymore?
But the implications for the chief victim, Jang Song-thaek, are dire when you think of what happened to those who fell afoul of the North Korean propagandists’ stylistic forebears. The statement carries chilling echoes of Cultural Revolution-era China and the Stalinist Soviet Union during the 1930s show trials. Not since those dark days have we heard such a denunciation of “alien elements who had made their way into the party … gnawing at the unity and cohesion of the party … giving up the class struggle and paralyzing the function of popular democratic dictatorship,” as North Korea’s official news agency published Monday. Jang Song-thaek is uncle to the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, by virtue of having married Kim Jong-il’s sister.
- Obama heading to South Africa for Mandela memorial
- Man who amputated arm arrested on assault charges
DENVER (AP) — Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer who cut off his forearm to free himself from a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon — an ordeal made into the movie "127 Hours," was arrested in Denver on allegations of domestic violence after police say he and his girlfriend got into an altercation.
- The 'Last Packet of Sriracha Ever Made' Can Be Yours for $10K
This week he put up for sale what he calls, "the last packet of Sriracha ever made." His asking price: $10,000. Except, according to the picture he posted, that isn't the coveted Huy Fong Sriracha sauce. The company claims, however, to have finished that process, according to the Associated Press, so the injunction against Huy Fong may not have an immediate effect on the rest of its production—specifically its mixing and bottling—which occurs year-round. The public fervor surrounding Huy Fong's Sriracha is almost as much about the company's backstory as it is about the taste of its celebrated condiment.
- Neighbor From Hell Allegedly Points Cameras Into Couple's Bedroom
- US vet held in N. Korea says he was comfortable
- Couple, 4 kids missing in rural Nevada snow outing
LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — A search is on in the mountains of rural northwestern Nevada for a couple and four children who went to play in the snow Sunday and haven't returned after a night of sub-zero temperatures.
- Clueless, Heartless, and Gutless: Today's GOP
The most charitable thing you can say about the Republican Party is that it has an image problem. Even if you support its policies, no clear-eyed observer can deny that on any given day the GOP looks clueless, heartless, and gutless. For all of President Obama's problems and their correlation to the future of the Democratic Party (see: lack of credibility and competence), it takes just four stories to see how much worse things are for the GOP.