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.

Election 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates on stage as confetti falls after his victory speech during his election rally in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Gas prices

Cars wait in long lines at a Sunoco gas station on the Garden State Parkway in Montvale, New Jersey November 1, 2012. Lines formed at gas stations amid fuel shortages around the U.S. Northeast and emergency utility crews struggled to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions of people affected by Hurricane Sandy.(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Trayvon Martin case

A man, who identified himself as Mohawk Gaz, sports an image of black teenager Trayvon Martin on his hair during a rally to protest his killing in Miami, Florida April 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Colorado shooting

In one of the deadliest shootings in the U.S., a gunman opened fire in a theater in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded. The suspect, James Holmes (pictured), was charged in the killings. (RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images)

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)