The top-searched news stories of 2013: Trials, bombings, Obamacare
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The top-searched news stories of 2013: Trials, bombings, Obamacare

After a blistering election, 2013 should've been a return to calm. Instead, hot-button issues roiled online, from health care to privacy, race relations to gun control. Overseas, hostilities demanded attention but two newcomers brought welcome distractions. Despite deep divisions among Americans, a domestic bombing brought unity. Scroll down to No. 1. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images)
 
10. Paula Deen lawsuit
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10. Paula Deen lawsuit

Paula Deen's jovial Southern charm earned the celebrity chef a following that was tested by revelations in a racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee against Deen and her brother. They settled in August, but not before the Food Network dropped Deen, after a deposition revealed she implicitly condoned racially charged language. (Peter Kramer/NBC/Getty)
 
9. Death of Nelson Mandela
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9. Death of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95, leaving a legacy that extended far beyond ending 46 years of apartheid in South Africa. He inspired generations around the world to fight not just for racial equality, but for inclusiveness. More than 91 world leaders, the largest gathering in the continent's history, made their way to his memorial. (Thibault Camus/AP Photo)
 
8. Papal transition
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8. Papal transition

Mario Jorge Bergoglio, a former papal candidate, found himself in the Holy See when Pope Benedict opted for a centuries-first retirement package. His homage to St. Francis of Assisi and humility endeared Pope Francis to millions. He won over more liberal spectators with his urgings to relieve poverty rather than decry homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion. (Osservatore Romano/Reuters)
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7. North Korea missile threats
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7. North Korea missile threats

Nearly half of North Korea's population lives in poverty. Its former leader ill-treated his own people and blustered plenty to outsiders, but the country's wretched backwardness seemed unlikely to produce any weaponry — until this year. Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea defied sanctions to launch nuclear tests, missiles and threats of war. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
 
6. Syria civil war
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6. Syria civil war

Fueled by the Arab Spring, Syrian protests have devolved into a brutal civil war with more than 2 million refugees and 120,000 others killed in a country of 21.1 million. The use of sarin, whose prohibition Syria had agreed to in 1993, nearly brought direct U.S. action. Peace talks have been scheduled for January 2014. (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)
 
5. George Zimmerman trial
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5. George Zimmerman trial

The July 13 acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, did little to resolve America's hot-button issues. The trial inflamed issues that run magma-deep in the nation's foundation, among them race, crime, territorial defense and justice. (John Minchillo/AP)
 
4. Royal baby birth
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4. Royal baby birth

Britain topped a 30-year high in births in 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge did her part to maintain the momentum this year: Her pregnancy injected an estimated $347 million to an otherwise sluggish economy and taught impatient royalists that babies come when they come. The wee babe carries a big title: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. (John Stillwell/Pool/Getty Images)
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3. Boston Marathon bombing
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3. Boston Marathon bombing

On Patriots' Day, as more than 23,000 runners wended through historic Boston, two brothers allegedly set off a homemade bomb near the finish line, killing three and injuring 264. They picked the wrong city. Within days, police tracked down the Tsarnaev brothers, one of whom died in the chaos. The survivor, in solitary confinement, faces trial in 2014. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty)
 
2. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
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2. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

Americans pay more for health care than other industrialized countries, yet they are afforded less care because of costs. Millions also lack health insurance. Obamacare, though, has been a lightning rod since the president signed the executive order in 2010. The ACA survived a Supreme Court challenge and a presidential election, but it buckled under technical glitches. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
 
1. Jodi Arias trial
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1. Jodi Arias trial

Unlike the George Zimmerman trial, the criminal case of Jodi Arias was more “classic” courtroom drama — albeit played out on social media and live-streamed. The gory stock and trade of HLN, the trial focused on Arias as a possible sociopath who killed her boyfriend in a jealous rage or an abused woman with a tenuous hold on reality. (Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Reuters)