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Year in Review: Most-read news stories

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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.

 

No. 10: Occupy Wall Street  >>

 

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  • A Washington state man who once went on the “Dr. Phil” show to proclaim his innocence in his 13-year-old son’s disappearance and death has been charged with the boy’s murder.  Mark Redwine, of Bellingham, is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse knowingly or recklessly resulting in death, according to an indictment handed down by a La Plata County, Colorado, grand jury. He is being held in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.  Dylan Redwine was last seen alive on Nov. 18, 2012, the day he arrived in La Plata County for a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit with his father. According to the indictment, the teen did not want to see his father, with whom he had argued on a previous visit.  Dylan, who lived in Colorado Springs with his mother, Elaine Hall, planned to spend most of his visit with friends in Bayfield, near the Vallecito home where his father lived at the time of his disappearance. Text messages showed that Dylan asked to stay with a friend instead of his father the night he arrived, but his father refused.  After stops at McDonald’s and Walmart, the pair went to Mark Redwine’s home, the indictment said.   “Surveillance video from the airport and Walmart show little to no personal interaction between Mark Redwine and his 13-year-old (son) Dylan,” the indictment read. “Dylan Redwine was never seen or heard from after that evening.” Click here to read the entire indictment.  Dylan made plans to visit a friend the next morning around 6:30 a.m., but he never showed up. When the friend texted him, asking where he was, the boy got no response. According to the Durango Herald, Redwine told authorities that he last saw Dylan around 7:30 a.m. that morning. After running errands, he returned home to find Dylan gone, Redwine said. Dylan was reported missing that evening.  During the time Dylan was missing, his parents went on “Dr. Phil,” where Hall confronted her ex-husband about their son’s disappearance. “I really have a concern that you hurt him, and his bones are out there just laying, and you don’t even care,” a tearful Hall said during the television appearance. “No, Elaine, I wouldn’t hurt him,” Redwine responded. “What kind of mother are you to even think that I was even capable of doing something like that?” Despite extensive searches by law enforcement and volunteers, no sign of the teen was found until June 2013, when his partial remains were found on Middle Mountain, about eight miles from his father’s house.  Redwine was named a “person of interest” in his son’s death in August 2015, the Denver Post reported.  Dylan’s skull was found that November, about a mile and a half from the spot where the initial discovery of remains was made. Redwine was familiar with Middle Mountain and the locations where his son’s remains were found, the indictment said.  Forensic anthropologists determined that Dylan’s skull showed signs of blunt force trauma. The skull also bore small marks consistent with a knife, indicating that his head was removed and moved to a separate location to make it more difficult to identify him and determine how he died, the indictment said.  The court document indicated that Dylan’s blood was found in multiple locations in his father’s home, including on a couch, the floor in front of the couch, a love seat, the corner of a coffee table and on the floor beneath a rug.  A K-9 officer and her dog searched Redwine’s home in August 2013, at which time the dog alerted the officer to the scent of a dead body in the living room and the washing machine. The dog, Molly, also alerted the officer to the bed of Redwine’s pickup truck and the clothing Redwine told investigators he wore on the night before Dylan disappeared.  The indictment also revealed suspicious conversations that Redwine allegedly had with people, including after Dylan’s remains were found.  Redwine’s ex-wife, Betsy Horvath, told authorities within days of the boy’s disappearance that she was afraid her ex-husband had hurt Dylan. “Ms. Horvath reported that Mark Redwine had previously said that if he ever had to get rid of a body, he would leave it out in the mountains,” the indictment read. “Also, during their divorce and custody proceedings, Mr. Redwine repeatedly violated the custody agreement and told Ms. Horvath that he would ‘kill the kids before he let her have them.’” Horvath’s sister heard the threat, the indictment said.  Dylan’s half-brother, Brandon Redwine, also told investigators that after Dylan’s partial remains were found in June 2013, his father mentioned blunt force trauma multiple times and said that detectives would have to find the rest of the body, including the boy’s skull, to prove the cause of death, the document said.  >> Read more trending news Some of Dylan’s remains are still missing. The Durango Herald reported that Redwine, who earlier this year criticized the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation, was organizing a seven-day search for the rest of his son’s body. The search was scheduled for August on Middle Mountain.  Shelly Watson, a volunteer who was coordinating the search on Redwine’s behalf, said the search is still on.  “The search wasn’t to vindicate Mark,” Watson told the Herald. “It wasn’t to put him in jail, it wasn’t to do anything. I has nothing to do with Mark. It has to do with Dylan, finding Dylan’s remains.” Hall told the Herald after Redwine’s arrest that she credits a new sheriff and new district attorney with finally obtaining her ex-husband’s arrest.  “I’m glad this day has finally arrived,” Hall told the newspaper. “It’s been a long, arduous journey. There will never be closure, because my son will still be dead, unfortunately. But it’s encouraging we’re taking this step in the right direction.” When asked what Redwine might be thinking or feeling in jail, Hall declined to guess. “He killed my 13-year-old son,” she said. “His discomfort is not my concern.”
  • A day before a key procedural vote on a GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump urged Republican Senators to follow through on their campaign pledge of the last seven years to get rid of the Obama health law, declaring that the time has come for the GOP to move ahead on the issue. “So far Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare,” the President said during an afternoon health care event at the White House. “Every Republican promised immediate relief,” the President reminded GOP Senators of their campaign pledges, saying it’s time for Republicans to fulfill their promise to “repeal and replace” the Obama health law. Trump on Obamacare: 'Every pledge that Washington Democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie. It was a big, fat, ugly lie.' pic.twitter.com/MobkUMxRL1 — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 24, 2017 Before his remarks, Mr. Trump had met with voters from Ohio and West Virginia, states where Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have been on the fence about supporting emerging GOP plans in the Senate. “Any Senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, which is what it is,” the President said. “This is their chance to keep their promise. Over and over again, they said, repeal and replace, repeal and replace,” the President added, leaning on undecided Republicans. “There is still time to do the right thing,” Mr. Trump said, arguing it’s time to keep this campaign promise. GOP leaders meanwhile were signaling that it was full-speed-ahead on a Tuesday vote on the ‘motion to proceed’ – basically, a vote on whether to officially begin debate. Cornyn says 'there will be a vote tomorrow' on the motion to proceed to the health care bill. — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 24, 2017 It still wasn’t apparent on Monday afternoon whether GOP leaders would actually have a majority of votes to begin debate – as the absence of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, could leave Republicans just short of victory. But also clouding the Senate calculus was the unknown of what GOP leaders would offer to the bill in terms of policy changes, as top Republicans are still evaluating the final details of a plan to be offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. tfw you've spent seven years attacking Dems for not being transparent about what was in Obamacare pic.twitter.com/JMmE8Forih — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 24, 2017 But for now, that vote is on for Tuesday – with details still to be filled in. “The American people have waited long enough,” the President said.
  • Two Tennessee nurses are facing charges after state investigators said they diverted prescription pain pills away from their patients and to themselves instead for more than a year. >> Read more trending news The nurses, identified as Sarah Thacker, 31, and Kimberly Click, 42, came to the attention of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in February after special agents got a pair of tips from the Tennessee Department of Health, authorities said. Investigators were told on Feb. 8 that Thacker, a registered nurse at the Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Hospital, was suspected of using her job to get hydrocodone pills prescribed to patients. Authorities believe she started diverting the pills in September 2015 and continued until at least January 2017. Later that month, on Feb. 27, the health department again contacted TBI to report that Click, a registered nurse at the John Medical Center, was also suspected of fraudulently obtaining pills for her personal use, according to authorities. A grand jury came back with indictments on July 12 for both women, who turned themselves in over the weekend, TBI said. Thacker was charged with dozen counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Click was arrested on 33 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
  • It's almost that time of the year again--- football season.   The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced their 2017 training camp schedule, which includes 10 practices open to the public.   The training camps kick off with three open sessions on Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. However, we're told Saturday’s practice on July 29, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members.   If you wish to attend the open sessions, which will take place at the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field, you should register online at www.jaguars.com/trainingcamp.   The schedule includes the following dates:    Thursday, July 27                    Training Camp Practice                     10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Friday, July 28                  Training Camp Practice                    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Saturday, July 29                     Training Camp Practice (open to Jags365 members only)                     6:30 – 9 p.m.   Monday, July 31              Training Camp Practice               10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Tuesday, August 1              Training Camp Practice               10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Wednesday, August 2            Training Camp Practice              10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Thursday, August 3             Training Camp Practice              10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Friday, August 4            Florida Blue Family Night Scrimmage at EverBank Field               6 – 8:30 p.m.            * Registration to open at a later date.   Monday, August 14          Joint practices with Buccaneers           10 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.   Tuesday, August 15           Joint practices with Buccaneers             10 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit jaguars.com.
  • After a closed session with senators Monday, Jared Kushner, White House senior advisor and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, said that he did not conspire with improper Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential election. >> Read more trending news  “Let me be very clear,” Kushner said during a news conference. “I did not collude with Russia.” Kushner also said he does not “know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.” Kushner added that he did not rely on Russian funds for any personal business ventures.  “Serving the president and the people of the United States has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime,” Kushner said. “Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him.”

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