The news in 2015 was unforgettable, historic, often chilling to watch. From the specter of global terrorism to controversial social issues, from the confused state of politics to corporate corruption, important issues played out on the public stage of opinion, augmented by a hyper-connected global community.

The Second Nexus editors culled through the news that made headlines and dominated trending topics over this past year and selected our ten most important stories, in no particular order. We’re confident only that many will disagree with our list. So have a look, and have at.

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In January 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would order 3,000 of Taser’s X26P smart weapons, which “record the date, time and duration of firing, and whether Taser wires actually strike suspects and how long the thousands of volts of electricity pulse through them,” as reported by Reuters.

This follows a December announcement in which Mayor Eric Garcetti stated the LAPD would begin to utilize body cameras in areas with high crime and police activity. "I want to make sure LAPD is on the cutting edge when it comes to crime suppression and constitutional policing," said Garcetti.

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