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Politics played a major role this year obviously as the US counted down to the presidential election.
But mass shootings a historic Supreme Court ruling.
And Washington scandals also dominated the headlines 2012 opened with the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses.
Initial reports -- former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney out in front.
But the certified results showed former senator Rick Santorum actually won by a handful of votes.
Racial tensions spiked when George Zimmerman shot and killed the Florida teenager -- on -- The self proclaimed neighborhood watchman says he shot the seventeen year old in self defense fighting in Syria intensified.
But -- defiant president Bashar Al Assad.
Refuse to step down activists estimate at least 40000 people have died since the violence began last year.
Trouble in Colombia for the US Secret Service when agents allegedly brought prostitutes back to their boots though.
President Obama arrived in the country just a few days later.
After a bitter primary season the GOP race for the White House took shape Mitt Romney the party's presidential nominee.
Changed in Egypt Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won the country's first free presidential election.
But later sparked enormous protest when he gave himself broad powers.
As the summer heated up so did the Supreme Court.
The justices ruled on the Affordable Care Act the five to four opinion was a big win for the president's health care insurance plan.
The court decided the individual mandate which requires nearly every American have health insurance or pay a penalty.
Falls under the government's taxation powers massacre at the movies.
Investigators say James -- opened fire at midnight screening of the Batman film the Dark Knight rises.
Twelve people killed and 58 others -- Athletes from all around the globe gathered for the pope's summer Olympic Games in London.
In August a somber milestone for our armed forces.
As the number of US military deaths in Afghanistan.
Violence in a place of worship.
A gunman opened fire in Wisconsin sikh temple killing six people and wounding four others before he killed himself.
Mitt Romney completed the Republican ticket by selecting Wisconsin congressman Paul -- running me.
Hurricane -- canceled the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa where governor Romney and congressman Ryan officially accepted the Republican Party nomination.
-- will work with all my energy and -- to restore that America.
To lift our eyes to a better future a week later Democrats hosted their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
And President Obama and Vice President Biden accepted -- nominations for re election.
On September the eleventh.
Gunman killed the US ambassador to Libya Cris Stevens and three other Americans at the American Consulate -- -- -- had a mission.
And they believed -- They knew the danger.
And they accepted US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice.
Use intelligence agencies talking points to tie the violence to worldwide protests over -- American anti Islam film.
The attack leader linked to terrorism and some on Capitol Hill accused the administration of covering up the truth though there's no evidence of that.
In the midst of that controversy President Obama and governor Mitt Romney squared off in three debates while -- Joseph Biden and Paul Ryan came out smiling as they're one and only vice presidential.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations.
To -- calls for drawing -- red line on Iran's nuclear program.
The White House that all options are on the table but stopped short of issuing an ultimatum.
The US Anti Doping Agency released -- report accusing cyclist Lance Armstrong of using performance enhancing drugs.
He never admitted doping but Armstrong's fall from grace cost him his 72 fronts titles.
A jury convicted the former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry sandusky on 45 counts of child sex abuse.
And the judge sentenced him to at least thirty years in prison devastation in the northeast as super -- CDs slammed into the coast.
The storm caused the heaviest damage in parts of new York and New Jersey knocked out power to millions.
And cause the gas shortage that led to long lines and rationing and President Obama.
Won a second term in office.
While Republicans retain control of the house -- Democrats kept their majority in the senate and just days after the election.
A scandal that Washington.
The CIA director the retired General David Petraeus.
Resign after admitting he had an affair with his biographer -- a man murdered twenty children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut.
Investigators say Adam lands that killed his own mother before that shooting spree and later killed himself at the school.
You're not alone.
-- -- -- The whole world to has been torn apart.
Now we're looking ahead to next year waiting to see what President Obama can accomplish in his final term.
And whether lawmakers in congress can find a way to work together for the good of a -- We're also keeping a close eye on the economy and the situations in Syria and Egypt a lot of uncertainties ahead and will be here covering all the news as it happens.
In New York I'm Shepard Smith Fox News.
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