Bring That Year Back: The Top News Stories of 2012

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  • Sandy Hook Victims Mourned
  • Wayne LaPierre
  • N.C. Judge Commutes 3 Death Sentences; Cites Bias
  • The Mayan Apocalypse
  • Same-Sex Marriage Goes Before the Supreme Court
  • racism, Papa John's Pizza
  • Trayvon Martin
  • Doc McStuffins, Disney
  • Florida A&M University, Robert Champion
  • Barack Obama, same-sex marraige
  • USDA, discrimination
  • bath salts
  • Jahessye Shockley, missing children
  • Creflo Dollar, mega church, World Changers Church International
  • Rodney King, LAPD, drugs
  • Adidas, shackle shoes
  • Barack Obama, Obamacare, U.S. Supreme Court
  • The God Particle, Space, the Higgs Boson
  • Movie Theater Massacre, James Holmes, Aurora, Colorado
  • Chick-fil-A, same-sex-marriage
  • Bankruptcy, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Stockton, California
  • Chavis Carter, suicide
  • Wade Michael Page, mass shooting, white supremacy
  • space, Curiosity rover, Mars
  • Jordan Miles, police brutality
  • Amir Jennings, missing children
  • NASA, Space, Shuttle Endeavour, California
  • iPhone 5, technology, smartphone, cellphone
  • Arizona, immigration law, Show Me Your Papers
  • GAP, Manifest Destiny T-shirt
  • mass shooting, Lee Boyd Malvo, D.C. sniper
  • Hurricane Sandy, extreme weather, East Coast
  • Kevin Clash, Sesame Street, child sex abuse
  • Jordan Davis, Michael David Dunn
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, lawsuit, rape
  • The Year in Review

N.C. Judge Commutes 3 Death Sentences; Cites Bias 

A North Carolina judge ruled in December that prosecutors purposely tried to reduce the number of Black jurors in the cases of three convicted killers, two of which who are Black and one who is a Lumbee Indian. The judge based his ruling under the state’s Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences if they can prove race played an unjust role in their conviction. 

(AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Raul R. Rubiera)