Most Read U.S. News Stories of 2012, Part II

We reveal the 10 most popular news stories reported by U.S. News in 2012.

In this file photo from Aug. 12, 2010, gay couple Tara Walsh, left, and Wen Minkoff embrace outside City Hall in San Francisco.

Gay couple Tara Walsh, left, and Wen Minkoff embrace outside City Hall in San Francisco in February 2010. In our top story of the year, a group of scientists recently suggested that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents.

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Encore, you say? Don't worry, it would behoove us all to reveal the next installment of this year's most popular news stories at usnews.com in 2012.

[MORE: Most Read U.S. News Stories of 2012, Part I]

Here's a look at the 10 most popular stories:

10) For the First Time, Canadians Now Richer Than Americans
Published July 18

As of July, the average Canadian household was more than $40,000 richer than the average American household, according to a report cited in Toronto's Globe and Mail.

9) CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea Is on the Way
Published Feb. 13

Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, has increasingly showed resistance to one of the last known effective antibiotic treatments. In February, it led researchers from the Centers for Disease Control to "sound the alarm" about potentially untreatable forms of the disease.

8) Miami's Naked Zombie Proves Need to Ban Bath Salts, Experts Say
Published May 30

A "naked zombie" cannibal attack in Miami in May shocked the nation, but it's not the first time a seemingly uncontrollable incident has been attributed to a drug known as "bath salts." Several states, including Florida, have already banned the synthetic drug, but according to Paul Melton, an investigator with Florida's Pinellas County Justice Coordination, manufacturers can simply make a new compound that skirts the law.

7) Poll: Americans, 2-1, Fear Obama's Reelection
Published Jan. 9

When it came to how Americans viewed President Obama at the start of 2012, there appeared to be very little spirit of Auld Lang Syne. Instead, according to a Washington Whispers poll, many voters didn't forget what they disliked about Obama and wanted him out of office.

6) Sen. Sherrod Brown's Wife Makes Conservative Blogger Look Silly
Published July 18

Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and wife of Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, posted an E-mail exchange between herself and an unnamed, unwitting conservative blogger to her Facebook page in July. The blogger questioned her appearance in several photos; Schultz provided a well-worded retort. 

5) Iran Threatens U.S. Persian Gulf Cities With Missile Attacks
Published Jan. 18

Iran threatened American warships in Persian Gulf cities with ballistic missiles and swift boats in an attempt to dissuade a U.S. attack on its nuclear arms sites, according to a report released in January.

4) First Man Arrested With Drone Evidence Vows to Fight Case
Published April 9

The bizarre case started when six cows wandered onto Rodney Brossart's 3,000 acre farm. The tiny town of Lakota, N.D., quickly became a key testing ground for the legality of the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after Brossart became the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone.

3) That's No Baloney: Lobster Cheaper Than Deli Meat
Published July 6

An excess supply in Maine of smaller soft-shell lobsters drove prices to under $4 a pound, the Associated Press reported in July, making the luscious sea creature cheaper than the per pound price of deli meat in some cases.

2) Paula Broadwell's License Discovered in D.C. Park
Published Nov. 13

The woman revealed to have been carrying on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus lost her driver's license in a Washington, D.C., park shortly after the news hit the airwaves, sources told U.S. News.

1) Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay
Published Dec. 11

A group of scientists suggested that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents: A lesbian will almost always get the trait from her father, while a gay man will get the trait from his mother.