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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- Hanyu takes command at figure skating worlds comeback
Olympic men's figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu closed in on his second successive men's world title Friday, taking the lead in the short programme in Shanghai after the French ice dancers clinched gold. The Japanese pin-up over-rotated and put his hand on the ice as he opened with a quadruple toeloop, but effortlessly swept through his remaining jumps at the World Figure Skating Championships to record his season's best score of 95.20. The gold medallist at last year's Sochi Winter Games was returning to competition for the first time since comfortably defending his Grand Prix Final title in Barcelona in mid-December.