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Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met in Lima. He was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. (Karel Navarro/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.