Top 12 Stories of 2012
1. Obama Reelected as U.S. President
Barack Obama won re-election as president of the United States in November, securing four more years in the White House. He ran on a campaign of moving America forward - something he also promised during his 2008 campaign. His victory speech, given...
2. Hurricane Sandy Devastates the East Coast
In October, Hurricane Sandy devastated the U.S. East Coast. It was the biggest storm ever to hit the area, and it resulted in 106 deaths and unprecedented damage. The storm's path extended from the Carolinas in the South to Maine in the North. NPR was...
3. Health Care Law Upheld
In June, a historic Supreme Court ruling upheld President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. It was seen as a major win for Obama's re-election campaign, and a defining legal decision for the country. This report, from NPR, gathered...
4. School Shooting Kills 27, Shocks Nation
America, and the world, struggled to come to terms with the mass shooting in December at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children - all under seven years old - and six teachers. This story, from local radio station WSHU,...
5. Olympic Fever Grips World
For two weeks in July and August, the London Olympics held the world's attention. The Games gave us many memorable moments - all different, depending on who you were rooting for. But an undeniable highlight came when Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt...
6. Embassy Attack in Libya Kills U.S. Ambassador
An attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya this September left four American diplomatic staff dead, including ambassador Christopher Stevens. It was the first death of an American diplomat abroad in more than two decades, shocking the nation. It...
7. Egyptians Vote In First Democratic Election
Egyptians went to the polls in May for the first time since ousting former President Hosni Mubarak. The country elected Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was the country's first president from outside the military. This report...
8. Fighting Continues In Syria
The crisis in Syria continued to spiral out of control this year, as rebel fighters and President Bashar al-Assad's regime clashed throughout the country. By some estimates, more than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising early last year...
9. New Chinese Leadership Shakes Up the Ranks
In what was largely a formality, China's highest leaders turned over in November when the 18th National Congress of the Community Party began its reign. Lindsey Hilsum reported from Beijing on Xi Jinping, the Party's new secretary general, and the...
10. Facebook Goes Public
Facebook's debut on the stock market in May made headlines as the third highest ever, giving the company a $104 billion valuation. However, the excitement was shortlived. A glitch in the trading system and a disappointing first week, sent the stock...
11. Russian Band Pussy Riot Jailed For Protest
The case of Pussy Riot, a Russian, all-female, punk bank who were arrested and jailed for protesting against President Vladimir Putin, fascinated the world this August. The band's members were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,...
12. Eurozone Economy Remains in Crisis
The crippled Eurozone failed to gain control of the fiscal crisis in its southern member countries, sparking violent protests and general strikes. Outraged Greeks rioted against severe austerity measures, and the rest of the world feared the crisis...
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