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We take a moment to revisit the stories that captured headlines this year, if only briefly

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1 AMANDA KNOX

KILLER OR VICTIM?

Convicted in 2009 of helping murder her British roommate while they were exchange students in Italy, Knox was exonerated after a retrial this year. In the U.S., the pretty suburbanite was seen as a casualty of an inept Italian judicial system. In an outraged U.K., she was said to be a killer set free. Either way, tabloids rejoiced.

2 QWIKSTER

FAILED VENTURE OF 2011

Before this year, Netflix had always succeeded by keeping its mail-order movie business simple. But when the company renamed its DVD-by-mail service Qwikster--and charged extra for it--800,000 customers...

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