Top Trenders: 96 Car Pile-up on Canada Highway

Number 5
People in southern Ontario had a tough time getting around Thursday. Canadian news reports 96 cars were involved in a pile-up on highway 400 near Toronto. The snowy weather created havoc when drivers lost visibility in the slippery conditions. C.T.V. reports three people were taken to the hospital, but no one was seriously injured. Police shut down the highway and warned people in the area to stay off the roads.

Number 4
Former C.N.N. correspondent Miles O'Brien announced in a blog post that his left arm was recently amputated. The award-winning journalist said, while on a trip, a case of TV gear fell on his arm. The accident required O'Brien to undergo immediate surgery, but there were complications during the procedure. O'Brien wrote in the blog post that he is grateful to be alive. He currently lives in Washington and is the science correspondent for P.B.S. Newshour.

Number 3
Paula Deen is back making headlines after an interview with People Magazine. The celebrity chef compared her recent struggle with that of N.F.L. hopeful, Michael Sam. She said, "I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player. He said 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying."

Number 2
Verizon Wireless is looking into possible security breaches at two retailers that use its technology, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Verizon did not name the two retailers affected by the potential data breach, but there are many retailers that operate through technology provided by Verizon. Concern over the vulnerability of such large networks has been high since a massive credit card data hack at Target late last year.

Number 1
In an apparent first, an advocacy group surreptitiously videotaped part of Wednesday's oral argument at the Supreme Court, including a planned protest by a spectator. The group, which supports campaign finance reform, posted the video on YouTube as part of a protest over campaign finance reform. No electronic devices, nor still of video cameras have ever been permitted in the court's public sessions.

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