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Top 12 Stories of 2012

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In 2012, voters sent Barack Obama back to the White House for a second term. A monster storm devestated the East Coast of America. Concerns about European debt shook economies around the world. Unrest in Syria continued to spiral out of control. A shooting at an elementary school killed dozens and shocked a nation. And the finacial crisis in Greece continued to affect other parts of the Eurozone. Those are just some of the stories that TuneIn's editors chose as the top 12 of 2012. Go ahead and explore the full list below.

In 2012, voters sent Barack Obama back to the White House for a second term. A monster storm devestated the East Coast of America. Concerns about European debt shook economies around the world. Unrest in Syria continued to spiral out of control. A shooting at an elementary school killed dozens and shocked a nation. And the finacial crisis in Greece continued to affect other parts of the Eurozone. Those are just some of the stories that TuneIn's editors chose as the top 12 of 2012. Go ahead and explore the full list below.
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In 2012, voters sent Barack Obama back to the White House for a second term. A monster storm devestated the East Coast of America. Concerns about European debt shook economies around the world. Unrest in Syria continued to spiral out of control. A shooting at an elementary school killed dozens and shocked a nation. And the finacial crisis in Greece continued to affect other parts of the Eurozone. Those are just some of the stories that TuneIn's editors chose as the top 12 of 2012. Go ahead and explore the full list below.

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1. Obama Reelected as U.S. President

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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 after midnight on election night, was widely praised around the world as one of his best. (NPR Specials, November 7, 2012)

2. Hurricane Sandy Devastates the East Coast

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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 on the ground in one of the most damaged areas - Staten Island, NY - to bring us the residents' stories. (All Things Considered, NPR, 11/11/2012)

3. Health Care Law Upheld

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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 immediate reactions from outside the courthouse on the day the ruling was announced. (All Things Considered, NPR, 6/28/2012)

4. School Shooting Kills 27, Shocks Nation

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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, describes the community in the first days after the shooting as it tried to piece together what happened. (WSHU, 12/16/2012)

5. Olympic Fever Grips World

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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 silenced his critics by defending his title as the world's fastest man - twice. Mike Pesca from NPR was there to bring us all the drama of Bolt's two races. (Morning Edition, NPR, 08/10/2012)

6. Embassy Attack in Libya Kills U.S. Ambassador

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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 was first suspected that the attack was part of an unplanned protest, but later found to be a strategic terrorist attack. The scramble for information and confusion can be heard in this report, the morning after the attack on The Takeaway....

7. Egyptians Vote In First Democratic Election

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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 takes us from wild celebrations in Tahrir Square to protests from sceptical Egyptians, who refused to accept the contested result. (AM, ABC, 6/25/12 )

8. Fighting Continues In Syria

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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 deteriorated into a civil war. In June, as the situation intesified, U.N. Arab League representative Mokhtar Lamani gave a rare interview to the BBC - warning that Syria was in danger of becoming a failed state. (Today, BBC Radio 4, 12/7/2012)

10. Facebook Goes Public

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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 price plummeting and angered investors. This look back at the aftermath, one month on from the IPO, explores what went wrong and how Facebook can recover. (Morning Edition, NPR, 06/05/2012)

11. Russian Band Pussy Riot Jailed For Protest

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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, and sentenced to two years in jail - although one member was later released. This report from Moscow captures the varied opinions on the band and the harsh punishment. (All Things Considered, NPR, 08/17/2012)

12. Eurozone Economy Remains in Crisis

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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 might spread to the U.S. and beyond. This report takes us to the protests that engulfed the streets on the eve of a vote on more austerity measures. (Morning Edition, NPR, 02/13/12)