Now that the new year is here, it's time to take a look at what we the people, followed most closely last year.
Pew Research has compiled, not a top 10 best list, but rather those stories that gained our attention the most.
Oil prices hit a two-and-a-half year high on Thursday, but pulled back late in the session. Brent crude closed at $111.36, up 11 cents while West Texas crude, the US benchmark, closed at $97.28, down 82 cents.
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A decline in oil production in Libya as a result of the escalating violence has caused oil prices to reach their highest level since 2008 and experts say national and global economic recoveries could be in jeopardy if protests spread through the region.
It was beautiful. It was wow. It was unbelievably exciting. It was indescribable. It was beyond superlatives and no we are not talking about the spectacular display at the Beijing National Stadium, it was the bull rally last week on Wall Street.
If the Republicans are really concerned about the rising gasoline prices they should help pass pass the bill to rise oil from the strategic reserves instead of jeopardizing the environment by blindly pitching for offshore oil drilling.
The report issued by the UN’s Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA), predicts that world economic growth will fall steeply to 1.8 per cent this year and 2.1 per cent next year, down from 3.8 per cent in 2007.
Everyone’s favorite planet-killing commodity is at it again. It doesn’t just start wars, it also causes poverty in really poor countries. It’s now driving up food prices in places like Jordan. The world just wouldn’t be the same without it.
Not surprisingly, oil prices have once again reached an all time high. Just over the weekend crude oil prices rose $2.44, from $83.69 to $86.13. Crude oil production continues to fall while the demand rises - not a good combination.
Oil prices have reached a record high amid concerns that disruptions in Nigeria and the North sea will interfere with supply. The price of a barrel of sweet crude is now 78.71 up 31 cents from the previous high in 2006.
Later this year oil could be a hard commodity to get at. The demand for emerging countries, a sharp decline in May of production and June's yearly decline as scheduled routine maintenance on infrastructure all point to a hard second half of the year.
An AP analysis and a Pew Research Center poll found in October find.
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" based in Washington, DC, that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the USA and the world.