Top of the List: Valentine's Day insurance, and the gulp heard round the world

Here are the stories people were buzzing about on February 13, 2013.

1.  BIG BEAR STANDOFF:  It appears the search for former Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner is over.  A body and a wallet with his driver’s license were found at the scene.  The search came to an end after a man believed to be Dorner stole two cars and barricaded himself inside that cabin.  A shootout followed, one deputy was killed and another was wounded. 

Chris Riddle works at Big Bear Mountain Resort; he knows one of the people who was carjacked.  The List talked with him via Skype and he explained what happened to his friend. 

"He actually had direct contact with Dorner.  He came out of the woods with a gun pulled and he and Rick had a quick conversation," said Riddle.


Riddle went on to say his friend asked if he could get his dog out of the truck, Dorner agreed and then drove away.  The Big Bear area is breathing a sigh of relief today. 

"A lot of people here don’t lock our doors but over the last week we have been locking our doors and keeping our lights on.  It’s nice to not have it hanging over our heads," said Riddle.

2.  JUDGING JODI:  Sex tapes are all the talk in the trial of Jodi Arias, the 32-year-old is accused of shooting and stabbing her on-again, off-again boyfriend Travis Alexander back in 2008.  Arias says she killed him in self defense.  Jurors listened to sexually explicit conversations between Arias and Alexander.  The recordings ranged from raunchy talk to conversations around "Batman" and "Spiderman" movies.  If convicted Arias could get the death penalty.

3.  PONTIFFICATING:  Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by a standing ovation in Vatican City as he delivered his final Ash Wednesday service today.  The 85-year-old told thousands he was resigning for "the good of the church."  Earlier this week the Pope announced he would be stepping down at the end of February.  A group of more than 100 Cardinals will convene in March to name his successor.  Of course the odds-makers are weighing in, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet is at the top of the list with 7 – 2 odds, while U2 frontman Bono is also on the list from the Irish online betting site Paddy Power with 1000 – 1 odds.

4.  THE GULP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD:  Florida Senator Marco Rubio getting more attention for a drink of water than for the content of his post State of the Union speech.  In the middle of delivering the Republican response to the address, the parched politico grabbed a bottle of water and took a swig. 

Twitter exploded with 15 parody accounts for the now famous water bottle.  Rubio tried to quench America’s thirst for details on Good Morning America where he said, "I needed water. What are you going to do? God has a funny way of showing us we're human”.  Rubio even tweeted his own photo of the water bottle.

5.   LOVE INSURANCE:  A company in Japan is offering Valentine’s Day insurance.  In east Asia it is customary for the women to give men chocolate. The more chocolate, the more popular you are.  If a guy is nervous he won’t get any sweet treats, he can buy a policy for about $5.50.  With it, they will receive a box of chocolates from a made up woman named Rieko. 


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