Google released its annual "Year in Search" list for 2017, detailing the topics around that users around the world were most curious about.

One notable omission on both the U.S. and D.C. lists: Any mention of President Trump or his policies as the top searches tended to focus more on cultural trends and newsy items.

Top U.S. searches:

  • Hurricane Irma
  • Matt Lauer
  • Tom Petty
  • Super Bowl
  • Las Vegas Shooting
  • Mayweather vs McGregor Fight
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Hurricane Harvey
  • Aaron Hernandez
  • Fidget Spinner

Top searches in D.C.:

  • Hurricane Irma
  • Tom Petty
  • Aaron Hernandez
  • iPhone 8
  • Game of Thrones
  • iPhone X
  • Washington Wizards
  • Solar eclipse
  • Charlie Murphy ("Chappelle's Show" star and Eddie's brother dies in April at 57)
  • Mayweather vs McGregor fight

Top 10 "how to" searches:

  • How to make slime
  • How to make solar eclipse glasses
  • How to watch the solar eclipse
  • How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  • How to buy Bitcoin
  • How to freeze your credit
  • How to solve a Rubik's Cube
  • How to make a fidget spinner
  • How to cook a turkey in the oven
  • How to screen record

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The Supreme Court said Thursday that it will not block Rhode Island's move to ease its requirements for absentee voting during November's election.

Why it matters: The decision is a loss for Republicans, who had requested an emergency order as the state is expected to begin mailing out its ballots.

Breaking down Uber and Lyft's threat to suspend services in California

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Uber and Lyft are ratcheting up the fight with California’s state government over the classification of drivers with a move that would deprive Californians of their ride-hailing services (and halt driver income).

Driving the news: On Wednesday, both companies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.

Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto; Samuel Corum; Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump announced a "historic" deal Thursday which will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank.

Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.