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article imageTopFinds: Strauss-Kahn granted bail, comet collides with sun

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By David Silverberg     May 20, 2011 in Internet
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is granted $1 million bail after the grand jury indicts him on sexual assault charges. A comet smacks into the sun and NASA releases an image of the stunning event. These are the top stories from across the world.
As we do every week on Friday, we've collected the top stories (as voted by you) and compiled them on one page. Our Digital Journalists have covered the IMF scandal, a comet colliding with the sun, and nuclear meltdowns in Japan, and many other stories.
How these stories and images are selected: We keep track of the what readers like and what articles, images and blogs people are reading and looking at most.

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We are continuing with our crowdsourcing idea: an opportunity for our community members to suggest content that stood out. In a blog post, we asked people to suggest noteworthy articles, images and blogs. We received some great suggestions, and below are some memorable posts by our contributors:
Articles
Slave Lake Alberta burning, many other wildfires across Alberta (Includes first-hand account) by Kyle Ashmead
As of May 15, the community of Slave Lake in northern Alberta was put under mandatory evacuation order, due to out-of-control wildfires burning near the town.
Kashmiri mothers’ never-ending search for their sons (Includes interview) by Subir Ghosh
It’s difficult for a journalist visiting Kashmir to return without meeting her. For, hers is one face of resilience in the 22-year Kashmir conflict.
Visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Includes first-hand account) by Kay Mathews
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois is an “unrivaled destination,” particularly on the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil War.
 Acts of Intolerance  sculpture in Union Square Park.  Springfield  IL
"Acts of Intolerance" sculpture in Union Square Park. Springfield, IL
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Blogs
Last Day in the City! by Ernest Dempsey
May 17, 2011 – my last in the city as I prepare myself for returning to my hometown to take a break from regular work...
Where's the call? NHL's referees in the spotlight this post-season by {user(867576/)}
The NHL playoffs have had a plethora of good story lines throughout the first two rounds...

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Toronto school board approves use of cell phones in class (Includes interview) by KJ Mullins
The Toronto School Board trustees have approved a motion that allows for the appropriate in-school usage of cell phones, PDAs, smart phones and like electronic devices for students.
ABC Reveals Details of 2011-2012 TV Lineup (Includes interview) by Luke Vermeer
ABC released its 2011-2012 TV Schedule and it's stocked with returning favorites, big stars and a remake of a classic show.
Op-Ed: Discover Toronto's Brewing History (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Bryen Dunn
It’s shortly after 11 in the morning and I’m sitting down having my first beer of the day with a dozen strangers I’ll be hanging out with for the next several hours.
US-Mexico border businesses managing, despite drug war reports (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Lynn Herrmann
Drug-related violence in Mexico associated with cartel turf wars is having a huge impact on people living within the great country’s borders, but far away from glaring headlines, data essential for economic development reveals a much brighter picture.

Top Images

Thousands of Tamils rally in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen s Park.
Thousands of Tamils rally in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park.
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There are more than just a few tranquil spots in the gardens. Areas to reflect and unwind.
There are more than just a few tranquil spots in the gardens. Areas to reflect and unwind.
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The youngest dancer of pow-wow.
The youngest dancer of pow-wow.
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Ron Keefe - Granite Brewery (Toronto)
Ron Keefe - Granite Brewery (Toronto)
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In the Media

Strauss-Kahn resigns from IMF, indicted, granted bail by Joseph Zulu
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges related to sexual assault, has resigned as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund ( IMF).
Michael Moore to join Keith Olbermann's Current TV program by Michael Krebs
Keith Olbermann's supportive commentary on filmmaker Michael Moore's criticism of the Osama bin Laden killing comes on the heels of Mr. Moore's decision to join Olbermann's Current TV program as a contributor.
Spillway opens in Louisiana, homes sacrificed for New Orleans by Holly Goodwin
About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures are in danger of being flooded with over 25 feet of water in order to save New Orleans.
Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima confirmed, plans to be ‘revised’ by Lynn Herrmann
Japanese officials have finally admitted what had long been suspected: a nuclear meltdown at the crippled Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has occurred, with a pool of molten fuel discovered at the bottom of its No.1 reactor.
Comet collides with the sun during a huge solar eruption (video) by Andrew Moran
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured a spectacular image of a comet diving into the sun just as a coronal mass ejection came out on the right side.
A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close ...
A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close encounter
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Eagle drops homeless poodle at nursing home by Lynn Curwin
A bird of prey, which dropped a poodle at a nursing home in British Columbia, may have inadvertently saved the animal's life.
Lazy Cakes melatonin-laced brownie stirs controversy by Kim I. Hartman
A popular new relaxation brownie that contains melatonin and other naturally found herbal ingredients has hit store shelves, and is being touted by some as a legal alternative to marijuana brownies.
Couple claim to be Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene reincarnated by Kim I. Hartman
An Australian couple are in the public spotlight, and drawing followers across the country, after making claims that they are the second coming of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
Simple blood test can determine how long you have left to live by Michael Krebs
A simple blood test that measures the length of telomeres will be able to determine with accuracy how much longer an individual has to live, but ethical and legal questions abound.
Dr. Stephen Hawking  a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge  delivers a speech en...
Dr. Stephen Hawking, a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, delivers a speech entitled "Why we should go into space"
NASA HQ
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Famed physicist Stephen Hawking says heaven is a 'fairy story' by Andrew Moran
World-renowned physicist and international bestseller of "A Brief History of Time," Stephen Hawking stated in a recent interview that heaven is "fairy story" for those who fear the darkness.
British boy wears skirt to school by Lynn Curwin
Twelve-year-old Chris Whitehead thought it was unfair that boys couldn't wear shorts to school during the hot weather, so he decided to wear a skirt - and his story has now received international attention.
SNL's Obama celebrates bin Laden's killing in stand-up speech by Michael Krebs
NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' took on President Obama's celebratory remarks on the killing of Osama bin Laden that were made on the re-election campaign trail this past week.
Op-Ed: Pacquiao vs. Marquez: 10 things you need to know about this fight by Leo Reyes
The fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is almost a done deal following Bob Arum's confirmation the contract has been signed by Marquez, which means Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions failed to match Arum's offer.
American Idol votes off Haley Reinhart by Kim I. Hartman
It was down to the homestretch this week for the top 3 American Idol contestants, who spent the weekend visiting their hometown before appearing one more time on the Idol stage, where they battled for a place in next week's finale

Top Blogs

British Prime Minister David Cameron just emailed me! by Andrew Moran
I cannot believe it. One of the most powerful elected leaders in the world hast just emailed me. I'm going about my...
Viral video: The elaborate movie marriage proposal by Chris Hogg
Just when you think you've seen it all, this video shows a rather innovative approach to popping the question. The...
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