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Year in Review: Most-read news stories

Associated Press

 

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The death of a bogeyman who haunted a generation. A record-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that swept away towns. The trial of the summer. A sudden passing. Dead-at-27 club. The next generation's go at a fairy-tale wedding. A disturbed man's action and the toxic side of politics. The toppling of long-entrenched regimes.

Those were just some of the many, many breaking news stories that hit us in 2011 and commandeered our online attention. While the Top 10 Searches focus on related keywords, the Top 10 News Stories involve a wider range of searches and include an analysis on the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

The Yahoo! Year in Review editorial lead for five years running, Vera H-C Chan dissects news events, pop-culture idiosyncrasies, and online behavior to probe the "why" behind what's Web-hot with media and online. On Yahoo!, her articles can be found in News, TVMovies, and her Shine blog Fast-Talking Dame. Across the Net, there are remnants of contributions to a cultural travel guidemartial arts encyclopediamovie criticism, business profiles, and A&E/features reporting.

 

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  • Seven men face murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Carroll County motel. Villa Rica police found the victim lying on a second-floor landing at the Fairbridge Inn Express on Ga. 61 around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. K.L. Shaddix said early Wednesday in a news release. Brian Cook, 28, of Villa Rica, was pronounced dead on the scene. During the course of their investigation, police located and arrested five people. Warrants were secured for two more, Shaddix said. It appears the victim was shot after an altercation in a motel room. Police said Ramon Higgs, 29, also of Villa Rica, went to the motel and Cook accompanied him. Higgs was seen on video surveillance entering a second-floor room while Cook remained outside. A confrontation inside the room turned violent, according to police. Higgs then ran from the room with several men chasing him, Shaddix said.  “As Cook began to run away, he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second-floor landing where he died from the injuries,” Shaddix said in the release. “Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.” Investigators learned six Villa Rica men were inside the hotel room at the time of the shooting. Khaaliq Sims, 24, Isiah Roberts, 20, Alvon Darby, 20, and Kyron Doby, 23, were all located and arrested. Two others, Briahious McPherson and Ricardo Joiner, both 19, have not been caught. All six face two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of murder. Roberts was arrested on an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaddix said police also charged Higgs with murder and aggravated assault as well as marijuana and weapons possession. Higgs was treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.  The investigation resulted in two unrelated arrests, Shaddix said. Police contacted the occupants of the room next door to the shooting and reportedly located suspected marijuana. Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested on possession charges. The other suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylon Stanton of Baton Rouge, La., was also charged with first-degree forgery after he was allegedly found in possession of a large amount of suspected drugs and counterfeit cash. The search continues for the two remaining murder suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 or call 911.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • A judge is set to sentence Tex McIver, the Buckhead attorney who murdered his wife in 2016. Watch a live stream of the sentencing below.
  • The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. Santa Fe High School instructors and support staff returned to campus on Wednesday, four days after the mass shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead. Leigh Wall, the superintendent of the district about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston, said in a letter to parents Tuesday that teachers and support staff will be working to prepare for the return of students next Tuesday. Students on Wednesday were being given another opportunity to retrieve personal belongings from the school. Authorities say a 17-year-old student carried out the attack. He faces murder charges. ___ 12:01 a.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety have promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round. The Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years. He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. Eight students and two teachers were killed last week at Santa Fe High School and more than a dozen wounded. Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend.
  • Police in Las Vegas are promising to release some dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A scheduled release of documents Wednesday follows a court order in a public records lawsuit by The Associated Press and other media organizations seeking information about the Oct. 1 shooting. The key unanswered question remains a motive for the gunman's rampage that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. Police and the FBI have said they don't have a motive for the attack, and that the investigation is ongoing. Some 1,200 pages of reports released a week ago included accounts by two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in days before the attack about the federal government and gun control.
  • An unemployed Bronx man won a life-changing jackpot, but he doesn’t want to tell anyone about the good news.  But New York Gaming Commission says that’s not an option, and that the unidentified man will have to accept his $5 million mega check in front of cameras, the New York Post reported.  The 24-year-old man bought a $20 scratch-off in April, the New York Daily News reported. But the state says winners of $1 million or more have to appear at a press conference announcing their windfall, and accept their giant check. Each ticket has the rules spelled out on the back, the Daily News reported. The new multimillionaire from the Bronx tried to claim his winnings but was told that he had to be part of the press conference in his honor. But he told the New York Post that he doesn’t want his neighborhood to know how much cash he’s sitting on. >> Read more trending news  If the Gaming Commission doesn’t change its mind, then the man said he will sue to keep his identity secret, the Post reported. Once he collects his winnings he wants to do something for his mother, who raised him as a single mother and who worked two jobs at fast food restaurants to pay the bills. He plans to buy a house for his mother and a second one for him and his brother to share. He also has a 4-year-old daughter for whom he will save some of his winnings. The man also says he’ll invest $1 million, the Post reported.  A lawyer who specializes in the lottery says the man’s case against the Game Commission may not be as easily won as it sounds.  “I think it is a heavy lift,” Jason Kurland told the Daily News. “But sometimes the lottery commission will work with you. If they determine his life is in jeopardy, they have the flexibility to revise their regulations. But it is very difficult.” But it can happen. Earlier this year, a judge in New Hampshire ruled that the winner of a $560 million Powerball jackpot could stay anonymous, ABC News reported.