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No. 10: Jennifer Aniston

Is she pregnant? Is she still engaged? Is she taking confidence lessons so she can face her ex? And what about that fishtail braid? The fan following for Hollywood’s favorite divorcee went into high gear with fervent rumors of the 45-year-old actress’s pregnancy and possible wedding dates. After many high-profile romances , fans have been antsy that her two-year engagement with “Wanderlust” co-star Justin Theroux won’t end with a walk down the aisle. In a year when high-profile couples like George Clooney and human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin and, of course, her ex Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pulled off covert ceremonies, Aniston has remained mum even to pals like Ellen, who couldn’t help but try to pry a wedding date from her. And the woman whose haircuts could control mass migrations into salons still rules as a style icon: Witness the Instagram triumph when her hairstylist Chris McMillan gushed over her fishtail braid.

Top 10 Searches of 2014

Vera H-C Chan
Senior Editor, Special Projects
Yahoo Tech

Since 2001, Yahoo’s annual top searches have reflected each year’s guilty pleasures (from RuneScape to Minecraft), the au courant celebutante (from Paris Hilton to Kim Kardashian), the reigning pop stars (from Britney Spears to Ariana Grande) and the major stories (from the World Trade Center attacks to Ebola). So what do a billion searches tell us about society? Besides the power of recurring archetypes (such as the female musical ingenue) and social media promotion (#BreakTheInternet), the list captures the cultural mood, political concerns, and technological advances of our time. Dig deep enough, and you’ll see a fast-moving narrative of shifting norms. Check out the repeat visitors, new faces, and big issues on our 2014 list. And don’t forget to check out our list of top 10 news stories and the year’s obsessions.