Election pips cat bin woman

The general election was the most searched-for news topic of the year, it was revealed today.

It beat the second most popular story that users of AOL UK searched for - the "cat bin woman" who ended up in court after putting a pet in a wheelie bin.

The news Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry came in third and is already predicted as the top news story of 2011.

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In world news, the saga of the Chilean miners trapped underground before being dramatically rescued topped the list.

X Factor judge Cheryl Cole and estranged husband Ashley were top of the list of celebrity couples web users searched for.