From pat-downs at airports to an $8.5 billion loss for the Postal Service to Mark Hurd’s ousting at Hewlett-Packard, a look back at the most notable bungles, mishaps, and targets
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From pat-downs at airports to an $8.5 billion loss for the Postal Service to Mark Hurd’s ousting at Hewlett-Packard, a look back at the most notable bungles, mishaps, and targets
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50 People and Things That Took a Spill in 2010

50 People and Things That Took a Spill in 2010
50 People and Things That Took a Spill in 2010
From pat-downs at airports to an $8.5 billion loss for the Postal Service to Mark Hurd’s ousting at Hewlett-Packard, a look back at the most notable bungles, mishaps, and targets
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Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Endures midterm “shellacking”

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Steven Rattner
Steven Rattner

General Motors savior forced to accept Wall Street ban in pay-to-play scandal

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Sam Zell
Sam Zell

Chicago financier sees his takeover of Tribune Co. go down in flames

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Tom DeLay
Tom DeLay

Texas jury nails “The Hammer” for campaign money laundering

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Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
New taped rants reveal he’s worse than we thought
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Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen

Escort fracas at Plaza Hotel reveals he’s much worse than we thought

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Luge
Luge
Death of Georgian athlete casts shadow on strange Olympic sledding event
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U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Postal Service
Snail mail loses more ground to Internet, announces $8.5 billion loss
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Eggs
Eggs
Salmonella spurs stomach-turning recall
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Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce
Jet engine woes ground Qantas
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A&P
A&P
Old-line grocery chain files for bankruptcy protection
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Carnival
Carnival
Power failure, jammed toilets make for cruise from hell for 3,000 revelers
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Jeff Zucker
Jeff Zucker
NBC-Universal wunderkind shown door by Comcast, the company’s new owner
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Insider traders
Insider traders
Federal probe spreads anxiety at hedge funds
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Octopussy
Octopussy
Zvi Goffer, aka Octopussy, indicted in Galleon insider-trading scandal
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Paul the Octopus
Paul the Octopus
Eight-armed soccer seer expires
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Rollerblading
Rollerblading
Manufacturer Rollerblade USA recalls 29,000 spill-inducing pairs
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Fabrice Tourre
Fabrice Tourre
Young Goldman Sachs banker becomes face of SEC controversy
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Sonja Kohn
Sonja Kohn
Austrian banker accused of helping Bernard Madoff steal billions
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Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean
Singer’s presidential ambitions nose-dive in Haiti
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NYC Islamic center
NYC Islamic center
Initially welcomed, mosque near Ground Zero hits wall of resentment
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Christine O’Donnell
Christine O’Donnell
Tea Party favorite fizzles in Delaware Senate race
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Witchcraft
Witchcraft
O’Donnell reflects poorly on black-arts practitioners
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Washington Post Co.
Washington Post Co.
Struggling publisher jettisons venerable Newsweek
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SAP
SAP
Jury says it stole software from rival Oracle in race for customers
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Angelo Mozilo
Angelo Mozilo
Ex-Countrywide CEO agrees to $68 million settlement of SEC fraud allegations
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Stanley McChrystal
Stanley McChrystal
Chatty general blabs to Rolling Stone, is forced to resign
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Takeru Kobayashi
Takeru Kobayashi
Coney Island hot-dog-eating champ loses temper, lands in jail
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Hamid Karzai
Hamid Karzai
Burns last shreds of his international credibility
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Taliban Talks
Taliban Talks
Impostor infiltrates peace negotiations
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Asian Security
Asian Security
Trigger-happy North Korea invites calamity
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Juárez
Juárez
Mexican city drowns in bloody drug violence
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Greece and Ireland
Greece and Ireland
Europe’s weak sisters require big EU bailouts
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Iceland
Iceland
Volcanic eruption carpets Europe in ash, grounds air traffic
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Charles Rangel
Charles Rangel
Harlem lawmaker censured for ethics violations
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Larry King
Larry King
Talk show host hangs up suspenders
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CNN’s Ratings
CNN’s Ratings
Slump along with Larry’s
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Airports
Airports
Pat-downs put travelers in a bad mood
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Flight Attendants
Flight Attendants
After the cheers, JetBlue’s Slater scorned for escape-slide caper
Terrorism Prosecutions
Terrorism Prosecutions
Embassy bombing trial raises questions on prosecuting extremism
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Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Democratic House leader becomes favorite Tea Party target
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Climate legislation
Climate legislation
Cap-and-trade runs out of gas
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NPR
NPR
Provokes condemnation for awkward firing of pundit Juan Williams
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Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Price of energy source tumbles, hurting push for renewables
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Cats
Cats
New research confirms what dog people already know: Canines are smarter
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NASA
NASA
White House outsources manned space travel
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Gun Control
Gun Control
Packing heat gets easier as Supreme Court shoots down restrictions
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Pompeii Infrastructure
Pompeii Infrastructure
Ancient city’s walls collapse in rain
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Mark Hurd
Mark Hurd
Hewlett-Packard CEO ousted in expense-account scandal
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California
California
Golden State faces $20 billion annual budget gaps for next five years
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