Across The Nation 2012

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Frank Franklin II/AP Photo |

In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, damage caused by a fire in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York is shown. The fire department sent more than 190 firefighters to the blaze caused by superstorm Sandy.

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Mary Altaffer/AP Photo |

In this May 1, 2012 file photo, a police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York. Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions.

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Seth Perlman/AP Photo |

In this March 2, 2012, file photo taken in Harrisburg, Ill., an American flag flies from what is left of the tree in front of a destroyed senior center. The devastating EF 4 tornado that claimed seven lives was voted the seventh most important news story in the AP's annual survey of its Illinois member editors and staff.

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M. Spencer Green/AP Photo |

in this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo taken in Chicago, Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks to President Barack Obama at their election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama's defeat of Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was voted the fourth most important news story in the AP's annual survey of its Illinois member editors and staff.

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Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo |

In this March 19, 2012 file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt gives a thumbs-up as she leaves the court after Tennessee defeated DePaul 63-48 in an NCAA tournament second-round women's college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill. Summitt stepped down as head coach of the Lady Vols' this year.

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Chris Carlson/AP Photo |

In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination.

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Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP Photo |

In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after a shooting at the school.

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Mary Altaffer/AP Photo |

In this Aug. 12, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, greet the crowd during a campaign event at the Waukesha County Expo Center, in Waukesha, Wis.

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Matt Rourke/AP Photo |

In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

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Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo |

In this March 14, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches over a railing to shake supporters' hands at his home in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat was due to report to a prison in Colorado to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption.

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Gerald Herbert/AP Photo |

In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, aviculturists at the Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans, wearing crane costumes, round up four endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and transport them from their current habitat, to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier, Miss.

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Zach Zapatero/AP Photo |

In this April 6, 2012 file photo, the burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet lies smoldering after crashing into a residential building in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Frank Gunn/AP Photo |

In this June 15, 2012 file photo, Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Wallenda finished his attempt to become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls. The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted.

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Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP Photo |

In this Jan. 25, 2012 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said: "He was a little disturbed about my book." Brewer had recently published a book, "Scorpions for Breakfast," something of a memoir of her years growing up and defends her signing of Arizona's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes. Obama was objecting to Brewer's description of a meeting he and Brewer had at the White House, where she described Obama as lecturing her.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo |

In this March 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

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Lynne Sladky/AP Photo |

In this Aug. 30,, 2012 file photo, actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair while addressing delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Elaine Thompson/AP Photo |

Terry Gilbert, left, kisses his husband Paul Beppler after wedding at Seattle City Hall, becoming among the first gay couples to legally wed in the state, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week.

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Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo |

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y.

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Charles Sykes/AP Photo |

In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ.

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Andy Duann/AP Photo |

This Thursday, April 26, 2012 file shows a bear that wandered into the University of Colorado Boulder, Colo., dorm complex Williams Village falling from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials.

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Michael Conroy/AP Photo |

In this July 5, 2012 file photo, a dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., as oppressive heat and drought conditions stifle the middle of the United States. In 2012 many of the warnings scientists have made about global warming went from dry studies in scientific journals to real-life experience. One example: July was the hottest month in record-keeping U.S. history.

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Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo |

In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, streets in the Brooklyn borough of New York are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge as a surge of seawater is pushed into New York City by Superstorm Sandy. The weather in 2012 was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere, especially in the United States.

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Sarah Phipps/AP Photo |

In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, a home in Luther, Okla., burns during a large wildfire. The weather in 2012 was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere, but especially in the United States.

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Gaylon Wampler/AP Photo |

In this June 26, 2012 file photo, fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Tim Donnelly/AP Photo |

In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) and catcher Buster Posey and celebrate after striking out Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) to win Game 4 of baseball's World Series in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3.

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