2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
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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- Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers
- Gaza rocket strikes Israeli synagogue, wounding several people
A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ashdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said. "There is damage at the scene and a number of people were injured by shrapnel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Ashdod is around 30 km (20 miles) from Gaza. Hamas and other militant groups fired more than two dozen rockets into Israel on Friday, injuring two other people, with no signs of a let up in the six-week war.
- How doctors know an Ebola patient is no longer contagious
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose
She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development.
- NASA’s New Rocket Is Powerful Enough To Damage Nearby Buildings At Launch
You can’t launch a rocket without breaking a few sound barriers, and NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) — which will be the most-powerful rocket the agency has ever built — is no exception. “We have to ensure we have the proper suppression system to basically turn that noise down to a safe level.”
- Surprise: Obamacare is helping, not harming, traditional healthcare
- It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a $2M comic book?
- Merkel jets into Kiev as tensions soar over Ukraine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kiev Saturday for crisis talks with Ukraine's pro-Western leaders, as a controversial aid convoy from Moscow began crossing back from the war-torn east of the country to Russia. The West had demanded that Russia withdraw its disputed trucks after the Kremlin unilaterally sent them to the insurgent stronghold of Lugansk on Friday in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion". An observer for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the border told AFP that some of the white lorries had returned to Russia but could not specify how many were still inside Ukraine.