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Top 13 stories of 2013

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North Korea conducts nuclear testing. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope. Two brothers explode bombs at the Boston Marathon. Edward Snowden flees the United States. Syrian president allegedly gasses own people. Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines and Vietnam. Obamacare. Nelson Mandela dies. George Zimmerman acquitted. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge born.

Those are just some of the headlines from across the globe that made up 2013.

As 2014 approaches, it's time to look back at the most viewed news stories on in 2013.

From an all-white prom in 2013, over 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement, to a student suspended for hugging a teacher, to record setting temperatures, these are the Top 13 of 2013.


Top 13 of 2013

13. Woman, 75, to be evicted after burning her dinner

Retha Scott

Retha Scott, 75, was on the verge of eviction from her senior living apartment because she burned a meal. The eviction notice from Hairston Lake management claimed she posed a threat to her neighbors. Scott said she fell asleep while the food cooked, and it burned.

12. 'White' prom still takes place in Wilcox County


In 2013, students at Wilcox County High School made national headlines by holding their first-ever integrated prom. However, a CBS Atlanta News investigation, revealed segregation is still very much alive in the school system, despite the new developments.

11. Fulton County high school football player dies

DeAntre Turman

Residents in South Fulton County mourned the loss of a standout high school football player who collapsed on the field and later died. DeAntre Turman, 16, a junior at Creekside High, died from a broken neck during a scrimmage between Creekside High School and Banneker High School.

10.  Have your mortgage or rent paid for a year 

Teresa Carrington

2014 is going to be sweet for one lucky viewer. CBS Atlanta News and First Option Mortgage paid Teresa Carrington's mortgage for an entire year. She headed to our Facebook page, entered, and crossed her fingers.

9. Woman finds lost wallet, gives out cash to her kids


When Joseph Smith and his wife Lillie took their son on his first outing to the Kohl's in Fayetteville, everything went smoothly until Joseph dropped his wife's wallet. He went back to Kohl's and got the surveillance video. Smith was upset not only that his wife's wallet was not returned, but the example the woman in the surveillance video set for the children she was with.

8. Amber Alert issued for Florida boys

missing boys

Florida law enforcement officials issued an Amber Alert for two boys. Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2, were believed to be in extreme danger. The boys were both found safe after their parents took them to Cuba.

7. CBS Atlanta News reporter gets punched in the face

Jeff Chirico

CBS Atlanta is working for a better Atlanta. Investigative reporter Jeff Chirico took a blow to the chin while investigating a businessman charged with stealing customers' tax refunds.

6. Elementary school teammates rally around bullied boy, 6


A group of fifth-grade football players in Massachusetts were lauded for their actions after they found out their 6-year-old water boy was being teased. Video of a news report on the boys went viral and in it the team came together to confront the bullying of a first-grader named Danny.

5. Surveillance video captures Forest Park police officer giving lifesaving CPR


If Cpl. Christopher Simmons hadn't stopped for coffee at the BP gas station on Old Dixie Road, Timothy Keith Haynes may not be alive today. Simmons said he was inside the store when a woman came into the store to tell him that her son had stopped breathing.

4. Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests


31 people were arrested after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond, VA. Police said they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.

3. Atlanta breaks a century-old temperature record 


Atlanta's high temperature on August 15 was only 73 degrees which is the coolest high temperature on record for that day. The previous record was a high of only 77 degrees from 1908. The following day, Atlanta's high temperature was only 67 degrees which is the coolest high temperature on record for August 16.

2. Overheated transformer caused explosion at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport


A spokesperson for US Airways said that a transformer that overheated caused an explosion in a construction area near Concourse D on June 11. The explosion happened in a maintenance shed around 8:40 a.m.

1. Student suspended for a year for hugging teacher

teacher hug

Sam McNair, 17, was suspended on December 3 when a school hearing officer found he violated the Gwinnett County Public Schools' rules on sexual harassment when he hugged a teacher. A video of the hug, captured by a surveillance camera, shows McNair enter a room, place his arms around the back and front of the teacher and tuck his head behind her neck.

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