News - the 2010 Top Ten
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Win McNamee / Getty Images The worst oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry started on Apr. 20, after an explosion at the BP-run Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers aboard and gushed close to 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf's waters until it was sufficiently capped on July 15 (the undersea well was deemed "effectively dead" only on Sept. 19).
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Randy Snyder / Getty Images No skulking back to the Alaska governor's mansion for this failed vice-presidential candidate.
Warrick Page / Getty Images Secretary of State Colin Powell cautioned President George W.
How about this for the ultimate stocking stuffer: a diamond-encrusted, one-of-a-kind iPhone worth $8 million? Stuart Hughes, the British jeweler that has made gem-strewn BlackBerrys, Bang & Olufsen sound systems and even a solid-gold Nintendo Wii, put this jaw-droppingly bling phone up for sale earlier this year — complete with more than 500 diamonds and a platinum navigation button, which itself contains a 7.4-carat pink diamond.
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Timothy Fadek / Polaris The Jan. 12 earthquake that rocked the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince may not have been the highest-magnitude tremor in recent memory, but it certainly seemed the most cataclysmic. Within hours, more than a million people became homeless.