Bring That Year Back: The Top News Stories of 2012

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  • 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
  • Sandy Hook Victims Mourned

The Mayan Apocalypse

To the uninitiated, Dec. 21 was just another day, but to the superstitious it signaled the end of the world based on some interpretations of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. According to Mayan scholars, the Dec. 21 date was simply the culmination of a 400-year cycle called a b'ak'tun — an ancient Mayan unit of time. 

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