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2011 Top News Stories

The news stories that created the most buzz in 2011.

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    The year started off with a fatal shooting at a Safeway grocery store in Tucscon, AZ that killed 6 and injured 13 others including AZ Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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    A 9.0 earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant.
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    Kate Middleton married Prince William on April 29 in the biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Diana in 1981.
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    US President Barack Obama announced on May 2 that special forces had killed most-wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden after finding him in a home in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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    Amy Winehouse's death shocked fan's of the troubled singer despite her well-known battle with drugs and alcohol. The coroner report said she died of intoxication from alcohol.
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    High unemployment in the United States has, and continues to be, the most-followed economic news by Americans.
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    It started in Tunisia and spread across the continent to Tahrir Square in Egypt. There were uprisings and protests throughout the Middle East.
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    Charlie Sheen's public meltdown and eventual firing from the TV Sitcom "Two and a Half Men" was a spectacle played out on the Internet. Winning...
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    Casey Anthony, the young mother of a two year old daughter was acquitted of the child's murder and set free.
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    Anders Breivek went on a deadly mission -- a shooting spree and bombing in Norway that left 77 people dead and dozens injured.
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    In early October, the world mounred the death of 56 year old Steve Jobs -- the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Computers.
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    A civil uprising, supported by NATO airstrikes, led to the death of Moammar Gadhafi.
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    The 2012 presidential race kicked off with a contentious campaign for the GOP candidate. Herman Caine dropped out of the race after a sex scandal.
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    Inspired by the discontent expressed in the streets by the Arab Spring protests, the Occupy Wall Street protesters took their anti-capitalism movement to the streets. But what do they really want?
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    Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested on 40 child sex abuse counts in early December. The scandal brought about the dismissal of legendary coach Joe Paterno.