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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast, leaving 128 people dead and causing an estimated $71 billion in damage. The superstorm destroyed seaside amusement parks in New York and New Jersey. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

Year in Review 2012: Top News Stories

In a year mostly dominated by power politics and a presidential

election, Mother Nature reminded us in November of her strength and

authority. A spate of shootings and odd crimes captivated the news shows

and online media.