CLEVELAND — 2019 is coming to a close, and for the 19th consecutive year, Google is revealing its most-searched topics throughout the world and the United States.
Besides an overall list, the company has broken down the top searches by U.S. states and major cities as well. That includes Cleveland, and here are the top searched items for the city this past year:
1. IRS refunds
People checking on their tax refunds is nothing new. This year was a little different, though, with some more changes going into effect as a result of the new Republican-backed tax law.
2. Nipsey Hussle
The popular rapper and community activist was shot to death outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Mar. 31. 29-year-old suspect Eric Holder is currently awaiting trial.
3. Cameron Boyce
The 20-year-old Boyce, who gained fame on Disney Channel and several feature films, tragically died on July 6 due to complications from epilepsy.
4. Antonio Brown
Thanks mostly to his bizarre antics, the NFL All-Pro receiver was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, only to be released by the latter right before the season after several spats during training camp. He was picked up by the New England Patriots, but after allegations of sexual assault came to light he was released again and is currently out of the league.
5. Captain Marvel
The film was the first superhero flick with a female lead (Brie Larson) to make $1 billion at the box office, and also received positive reviews from critics.
6. Disney Plus
Walt Disney's prized streaming service finally went live toward the end of the year, featuring the company's near-entire library and even shows it owns the rights to like The Simpsons. One of its original shows also brought us the sensation of "Baby Yoda."
7. Game of Thrones
After eight years, arguably the most-successful series in HBO history came to its conclusion. Although the final episode received mixed reviews, nearly 20 million people watched it live.
8. Avengers: Endgame
Amid near-universal acclaim and $2.8 billion at the box office, the legendary Avengers film series also came to an end.
9. Myles Garrett
Browns fans were hoping Garrett would gain fame for his many quarterback sacks. Unfortunately, he instead became known across the country for his helmet-to-head him on Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, and earned himself a lengthy suspension.
10. Lori Loughlin
Amid the wide-reaching college admissions scandal, the former Full House star Loughlin and her husband were both charged with bribing USC to admit their daughter under false pretenses. She is still awaiting trial and faces decades in prison.
The top search in all of Ohio for 2019 was "Browns vs. Steelers," as the rivalry reached a fever pitch it hasn't seen since the early 1990s. The No. 1 topic in the United States was Disney Plus, while globally it was India "whitewashing" South African in cricket. See more here.