Robin Williams Tragedy Leads Google's List of Top 2014 Searches
U.S. entertainer Robin Williams's suicide topped Internet search engine Google's list of global search requests in 2014.
Williams, an Academy Award-winning actor and comedian beloved for his rapid-fire, improvisational routines, hanged
himself in his home near San Francisco, California in August. His death shocked fans and admirers flocking to Google to seek information about his career, as well as topics on suicide and depression.
After Williams's suicide, Google's other top searches were the World Cup tournament in Brazil, the Ebola virus outbreak, the tragedy-plagued Malaysia Airlines, and the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which had people dousing themselves with ice water
to raise money to fight the degenerative muscular disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Ruble Plunges to New Lows, Despite Rate Hike
The ruble has tumbled to another historic low, despite an emergency attempt by Russia to prop up the rapidly declining currency.
In a surprise move late Monday, Moscow's Central Bank dramatically raised interest rates to 17 percent from 10.5 percent.
The move came after the Russian currency experienced its largest one-day decline since Russia's 1998 financial crisis.
The ruble briefly rebounded Tuesday, before plummeting to an all-time low. By noon in Moscow, a dollar was buying 66 rubles.
It is Russia's most concerted effort yet to stop the devaluation of the ruble, which has lost almost 50 percent against the dollar this year.
Just last week, Russia attempted, and failed, to stop the decline by raising interest rates by one percent.
The Russian currency has been under intense pressure amid Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and plunging oil prices.
The Kremlin has tried to reassure Russian citizens the devaluation will be temporary, and that the ruble will eventually regain its value.