2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Top News Stories
In a year mostly dominated by power politics and a presidential election, Mother Nature reminded us in November of her strength and authority. A spate of shootings and odd crimes captivated the news shows and online media.
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- Teen Says Innocent Hug Led to Year-Long Suspension
she calls it sexual harassment. It shows Sam McNair, 17, embracing the teacher, who has not been identified, from behind. The young man's mother, April McNair, is worried that the suspension could seriously impact his ability to graduate and attend college. The school can't comment on the specifics of the incident, but Sloan Roach, spokesperson for the Gwinnett County School District which oversees Duluth High, told Yahoo Shine by email: "Hearing officers consider witness testimony, a review of the known facts, and a student's past disciplinary history-including long-term suspensions that result in alternative school placement-when determining consequences.
- 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2013 (According to Google Searches)
In its annual end-of-the-year Zeitgeist, Google recounts the most searched people, places and topics of 2013. With his precious wrinkled face and easygoing personality, it's no surprise that the Bulldog tops Google's list of most searched dog breeds! He might be No. 2 on Google, but he will do whatever he can to be No. 1 with his human of choice. The Poodle is one of the most versatile dog breeds around.
- Moscow Mule Mugs and Other Hipster Items People Steal From Restaurants
The Moscow Mule, a simple cocktail made of vodka, ginger beer, and lime and served in a copper mug, is turning hip bar hoppers into thieves. According to a story published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, customers are ordering the cocktail in droves and subsequently stealing the mugs they're served in. And, says Christ Nogulich, its food-and-beverage director, the problem isn't new. And while Casa del Mar doesn't have an official policy in place to prevent theft, according to the Wall Street Journal, many restaurants and bars have gotten savvy in order to stem the sticky fingers.
- Meet Nico Jackson, Pippa Middleton's (Maybe) Fiancé
If you woke up this morning, you know that Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate Middleton, is (reportedly) engaged to her banker boyfriend, Nico Jackson. Jackson, 30, is a stockbroker with Deutsche Bank, having earned his business degree at Kingston University in London. He's a departure from the men Pippa has dated in the past - her ex George Percy is heir to the Northumberland estate (which has been used in Harry Potter movies). The couple reportedly met last fall and have been inseparable since, gallivanting around the world to exotic places, including a ski trip to St. Moritz, Switzerland in March and to Mustique, a private locale in the St. Vincent & Grenadine Islands on a vacation with Kate Middleton Middleton and Prince William.
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- Homeless couple sues Missouri town for asking them to leave
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A small Missouri town was sued on Monday by a homeless couple who are accusing it of violating their constitutional rights by forcing them to leave because they stood on a street corner holding a sign seeking assistance. Brandalyn Orchard and Edward Gillespie, who were holding a sign that read "Traveling. God Bless," obeyed police who ordered them to leave Miner, Missouri, on September 26, according to the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on the couple's behalf. The city clerk in the town of 980 people in southeast Missouri said ordinances the officers cited do not exist, the lawsuit said.
- How Nico Jackson Crushed Our Hopes for a Pippa Middleton / Prince Harry Romance
With the rumored news that Nico Jackson proposed to Pippa Middleton came a rush of excitement, anticipation, and admittedly, a little disappointment. Yes, we're just slightly bummed that Pippa Middleton is officially off the market. You see, we always held out hope that Kate Middleton's younger sister and Prince Williams' younger brother, Prince Harry, would fall for one another and well, get married. Even when we reported that Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas were getting serious, we did so with a heavy heart.
- 10 Surprising Reasons Men Initiate Divorce
We asked relationship experts about the other grievances once-happy husbands cite for divorcing-their unexpected answers give clues on how to keep your marriage solid. But there's a difference between putting on weight and getting so big that the Discovery Channel would be intrigued if you washed up on a beach. "I have one client whose partner has a chin hair that bothers him so much," says Sherry Amatenstein, who specializes in couples' therapy in Long Island City, NY. You always say no. If you're speaking in negatives as often as a two-year-old does, "you become a killjoy," says Amatenstein.