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Hannah Storm to Return to Air
ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will return to air New Year’s Day to host the 2013 Rose Parade. Storm returns just three weeks after suffering first- and second-degree burns from a propane gas grill explosion at her home. She lost her eyebrows, eyelashes and half of her hair. “More than anything, I feel gratitude,” Storm told The Associated Press. “Something like this really makes you appreciate everything you have, even the chance to wake up on New Year’s Day and do your job.”
Obama Named ‘Most Admired Man’ of the Year
For the fifth year in a row, President Obama has topped Gallup’s poll for “Most Admired Man.” This year he shares the honor with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the “Most Admired Woman.”
Happy New Year From Around the World
From Japan to Australia, many countries have already rang in 2013. Tens of thousands of people lined Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong to watch $1.6 million worth of fireworks — reportedly the biggest in the city’s history. Myanmar, a country ruled for almost five decades by military regimes that discouraged or banned big public gatherings, held a public countdown for the first time. In Yangon, the country’s largest city, about 72,000 people gathered two hours before midnight for the celebration. In Sydney, Australia, an estimated 1.5 million people gathered at the waterfront to watch the $6.6 million fireworks display that included a show-stopping finale on the iconic Harbour Bridge.
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Most Overused Words of 2012
Are you sick of hearing people say “YOLO”? Do you ever wish you could banish a word from the English language? Well, for the 38th year in a row, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has compiled a ”List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.” The list includes “superfood,” “guru” and “spoiler alert” but the phrase that received the most nominations this year was “fiscal cliff.” The university receives tens of thousands of nominations each year for words that people across the country just can’t stand.
Kim K Baby on the Way
There will soon be a new addition to the Kardashian clan. An Internet frenzy launched after Kim Kardashian’s rapper-boyfriend Kanye West announced at a concert in Atlantic City, N.J., that the reality star was pregnant with his child. Fellow celebrities and fans tweeted their congratulations for the pair who have been dating since April. Kardashian, 32, filed for divorce from NBA star Kris Humphries in October 2011 after 72 days of marriage. The divorce is not yet finalized.
Newsweek Says Goodbye
As 2012 ends, so does Newsweek. The magazine issued its last edition Monday after almost 80 years of print. The last cover shows the Newsweek building with “#LASTPRINTISSUE” over it. Newsweek announced in October that it would be going digital-only in 2013 and would be part of the Daily Beast, an online news site that launched in 2008. The magazine’s readership had declined in recent years. For the first half of 2012, its circulation was 1,527,157, compared with competitor Time Magazine, which had 3,276,822. Newsweek is the first national news magazine to announce it is moving to the digital space.