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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- Michelle Beadle, WWE Join Forces To Honor The Troops
- Mall Cop-Turned Viral Sensation Doesn’t Regret Tasering Mom
- Answers to questions about the Target data breach
NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.
- Surprise: Louisiana Sinkhole Slid Sideways Before Collapsing
The Earth's surface slid sideways by as much as 10 inches (26 centimeters) before collapsing into a still-growing toxic sinkhole in Bayou Corne, La., a new study reports. "This was unusual for us," said Cathleen Jones, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Usually at a sinkhole, we expect to see vertical movement at the surface, some sort of subsidence," Jones said. The subtle surface changes revealed in the new study, published in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Geology, could improve models of how the sinkhole formed, Jones said. The sideways flow was like water slipping into a bathtub drain, Jones said.
- 'The Daily Show' Is Astonished by John Beale, the EPA's Hooky-Playing CIA Imposter
- Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist" who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions. "I think there is a re-discovery of angels in Christianity," Father Renzo Lavatori told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome. The senior clergyman was taking part in a debate this week on angelic art by the Fondazione Archivio Storico, an Italian art foundation, and was held in the Vatican-owned Palazzo della Cancelleria. Professor Valerio Massimo Manfredi, an art historian taking part in the conference, said the first mention of the word "angelos" came from the Mycenaean civilization in Greece more than 3,000 years ago.
- Brian Boitano Comes Out as Gay After Being Asked to Go to Sochi
Brian Boitano, who brought home Olympic gold home to America as a figure skater in 1988, came out as gay in a statement today, two days after being asked by the president to represent the U.S. at the Sochi Winter Olympics next February. President Obama officially named Boitano to the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi just yesterday. The delegation already included two known LGBT athletes, in tennis star Billie Jean King and hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow. Many observers saw the inclusion of King and Cahow as a deliberate rebuke to Russia's stringent anti-gay laws and lack of protection for persecuted citizens.
- Fidel Castro discloses brother's words to Obama