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Newtown school shooting

A woman walks her two dogs in a field behind a sign set up in honor of the victims of the shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut on December 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

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.