Top News Stories Of 2011

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January. 8: Six Killed, AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Wounded By Gunman At Political Event
A makeshift memorial is set outside of the District Office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) a day after a gunman allegedly opened fire during a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner' at the Safeway store on West Ina and North Oracle roads on January 9, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, allegedly shot Gifford's in the head during a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner'. Six people were reported killed in the shooting rampage, and 18, including Giffords, were wounded.
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February 2: Major Blizzard Roars Through Chicago Area
Cars sit in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive after accidents and drifting snow stranded the drivers during last night's blizzard February 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. As of late morning over 20 inches of snow had fallen, making this snowstorm the third largest recorded in the city.
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February 11: Crowds Rally After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Resigns
An anti-government demonstrator weeps with joy upon hearing the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. After 18 days of widespread protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has now left Cairo for his home in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik, announced that he would step down.
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March 1: Wisconsin Governor Walker Presents Budget Proposal To State Assembly
Demonstrators protest in a hallway below the assembly chamber where Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was delivering his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol March 1, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Demonstrators have occupied the capitol building and marched outside during round-the-clock demonstrations for the past 15 days protesting Walker's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers in the state.
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March 11: Japan Earthquak, Tsunami
A boy that survived the tsunami plays in a toy car in front of a real car still balancing on its front end after being washed up by the March 11 tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. With the toll topping 10,000 confirmed dead the March 11 quake has become Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which killed more than 142,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and have taken shelter in emergency facilities.
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April 29: Royal Wedding - Newlyweds Greet Wellwishers From The Buckingham Palace Balcony
Prince William and Princess Catherine greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.
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May 1: President Obama Observes Operation In Death of Osama Bin Laden
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
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May 1: Pakistani Man Reads Newspaper On Osama Bin Laden's Death
A Pakistani man reads a newspaper with the front page displaying news of the death of Osama bin Laden at a stall in Lahore on May 3, 2011. The United States closed two of its consulates in Pakistan to the public until further notice, a day after Osama bin Laden was killed near the capital Islamabad. US officials are puzzled by the comfortable surroundings of the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden lived, and the fact that his presence in a fortified, upscale building did not attract Pakistani authorities' suspicions.
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May 22: Joplin, Missouri Reels After F5 Tornado Devastates Town, Kills Over 130
Katlyn Wilkins (in tree) and Andrea Wilkins Morelli work on securing an American flag in a tree as they deal with the destruction caused by a massive tornado that passed through the town killing at least 139 people in Joplin, Missouri.
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June 15: Riot Breaks Out After Stanley Cup Finals Game In Vancouver
Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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June 16: Rep. Anthony Weiner Announces His Resignation Amid Lewd Photo Scandal
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The resignation comes ten days after the congressman admitted to sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter to multiple women.
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June 22: Former Organized Crime Figure Whitey Bulger Arrested
Steven Martinez, (C) FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles, Douglas Price, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, and LAPD Deputy Chief, David Doan, Chief of Detectives, during a news conference to discuss the arrest of Boston crime boss James 'Whitey'' Bulger and his companion, Catherine Greig at the Los Angeles Federal Building on June 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The FBI announced June 23, 2011 that Bulger was captured in his home in Santa Monica, California by the FBI after a 26-year manhunt when a tip lead law enforcement to the reputed mobster.
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June 26: Record Flooding Forces North Dakota Residents To Evacuate
Floodwater covers a street June 26, 2011 in Burlington, North Dakota. The Souris River, which runs through Burlington and nearby Minot, crested early this morning after flooding more than 4,000 homes in the two communities.
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July 5: Casey Anthony Acquitted In Murder Trial
Casey Anthony reacts to being found not guilty on murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse on July 5, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. At left is her attorney Jose Baez. On the right is attorney Dorothy Clay Sims. Casey Anthony had been accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.
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July 8: NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centern July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
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July 22: Car Bomb Explosion In Oslo
A woman covered in blood is taken by the arm after two bombs rocked the Norwegian capital of Oslo on July 22, 2011. The car bomb was placed outside the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and other government buildings. The explosion killed eight people and wounded several others, with more than 10 people critically injured.
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July 22: Gunman Opens Fire At Youth Camp In Norway
A SWAT team aim their weapons while people take cover during a shoot out at Utoeya island where a youth camp was being held by the ruling Norwegian Labour Party. A gunman dressed in an authentic looking police uniform and showing false identification gained access to the island and opened fire at the participants, killing 69 people.
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July 23: Amy Winehouse Found Dead
A picture of Amy Winehouse is left in tribute outside her home in Camden Square. She was found dead on July 23, 2011 in her home. Later a coroner ruled that alcohol poisoning was the cause of death.
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July 25: Farmers, Ranchers Struggle As Texas Endures Historic Drought
July 25: Farmers, Ranchers Struggle As Texas Endures Historic Drought
A weed grows out of the dry cracked bed of O.C. Fisher Lake on July 25, 2011 in San Angelo, Texas. The 5,440 acre lake which was established to provide flood control and serve as a secondary drinking water source for San Angelo and the surrounding communities is now dry following an extended drought in the region. The lake which has a maximum depth of 58 feet is also used for boating, fishing and swimming. The San Angelo area has seen only 2.5 inches of rain this year. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level.
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August 13: Sugarland's Stage Collapses At The Indiana State Fair
The stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stage fell just before country duo Sugarland were scheduled to perform, killing at seven people and injuring dozens more.
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August 23: Earthquake Hits Washington, D.C.
A damaged spire (2nd-L) atop of the National Cathedral is seen August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC, following an earthquake in the neighboring state of Virginia. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the U.S. east coast in decades shook downtown Washington and sparked evacuations from New York skyscrapers as several states felt the impact.
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August 23: Sex Assault Charges Dismissed Againt Former IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (R) and his wife Anne Sinclair leave a hearing at New York State Supreme Court August 23, 2011 in New York. Strauss-Kahn thanked supporters Tuesday after a judge dismissed sex charges against him and said that the period since his arrest had been a "nightmare."
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August 27: Virginia Begins Recovery From Hurricane Irene
Branches litter an alley due to Hurricane Irene in Virginia Beach, VA. The Category 1 storm made landfall in North Carolina.
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August 28: New York City Hit By Hurricane Irene
High winds from Hurricane Irene knocked down five large trees in front of the East River Cooperative Village apartment buildings along Grand Street August 28, 2011 in New York City. The hurricane hit New York as a Category 1 storm before being downgraded to a tropical storm.
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September 20: End Of Military's Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy Celebrated In San Francisco
Local leaders and former members of the military hold a banner during a news conference marking the end of 'don't ask, don't tell' on September 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The end of the 18 year-old law 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' took effect today now allowing gays to openly serve in the armed forces.
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October 3: Amanda Knox Acquitted Of Murder
Amanda Knox (C) reacts as she leaves after the verdict of her appeal trial in the Meredith Kercher' murder on October 3, 2011 at Perugia's court. American Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian appeal court on Monday after four years in custody over the killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.
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October 5: Americans Mourn Passing Of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs
Candles, flowers, and an iPhone with Steve Jobs photo displayed, are seen in remembrance of Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple Inc, outside the Apple Store at West 66th Street on October 5, 2011 in New York City.Jobs, 56, passed away October 5, 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 and is credited, along with Steve Wozniak, with marketing the world's first personal computer in addition to the popular iPod, iPhone and iPad.
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October 18: Republican Presidential Candidates Debate In Las Vegas
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry participate in the Republican presidential debate airing on CNN, October 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Seven GOP contenders are taking part in the debate, which is sponsored by the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas and held in the Venetian Hotel's Sands Expo and Convention Center.
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October 21: Former Libyan Leader Moammar Qaddafi Killed
An Indian newspaper vendor reads a morning daily carrying the news of the death of former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on its front page at a distribution centre in Mumbai on October 21, 2011. Moamer Kadhafi was killed on October 20 in a final assault on his hometown Sirte by fighters of the new regime, who said they had cornered the ousted despot in a sewage pipe waving a golden gun.
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October 23: Libyans Celebrate Liberation
Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate following the official of liberation for the country in the eastern city of Benghazi on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed.
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October 25: 2-Week-Old Rescued From Rubbel Of Turkey Earthquake
Two-week-old Azra Karaduman is carried by rescue workers from a collapsed building in Ercis, province of Van, in eastern Turkey, on October 25, 2011. Relief workers completed a rescue hat trick today, plucking first a baby, then her mother and finally her grandmother from the rubble. Rescuers searched for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed at least 432 people in eastern Turkey, with more feared trapped in the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings.
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November 10: Rioting On Penn State Campus After Paterno Fired
Penn State students gather at Old Main, at the center of Penn State University's campus, to express solidarity with the alleged rape victims following a night of rioting in response to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. 14,000 students took to the streets to express their feelings about the handling of the situation. Paterno was fired amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.
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November 17: Occupy Wall Street Holds Major Day Of Action In New York City
Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street march by police a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange on November 17, 2011 in New York City. Protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange today, blocking roads and tying up traffic in Lower Manhattan.
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November 18: Occupy UC Davis Protests Police Pepper Spray Incident
An Occupy protester wears a Guy Fawkes as he holds a sign during a demonstration at the UC Davis campus on November 21, 2011 in Davis, California. Thousands of Occupy protesters staged a demonstration on the UC Davis campus to protest the campus police who pepper sprayed students sitting passively with their arms locked during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration on November 18.
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November 29: Conrad Murray Sentenced In Death Of Michael Jackson
Dr. Conrad Murray sits in court after he was sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Judge Michael E. Pastor sentenced Murray to four years in the Los Angeles County Jail for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson.
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December 3: 'Arab Spring' Continues In Yemeni, Other Arab Countries
Arab Awakening, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests continued in the Arab world. To date, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya resulting in the fall of its government; civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, the latter resulting in the resignation of the Yemeni prime minister.
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