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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Twitter launches warnings on election misinformation and delays

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Twitter will start pinning notices to the top of all U.S. Twitter users’ timelines warning that results in next week’s election may be delayed and that they may encounter misinformation on mail-in voting.

Why it matters: Delayed election results are expected across many states that are handling unprecedented amounts of absentee and mailed ballots, which President Trump has baselessly called "very dangerous" and "corrupt."

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NASA confirms water exists on sunny parts of the Moon


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Why it matters: NASA is aiming to send people back to the Moon as part of its Artemis program by 2024, with plans to eventually create a sustainable presence on the lunar surface. That sustainability relies on mining the moon for its resources, like water.

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday. On Sunday, Senate Democrats claimed that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency."

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.