PHOTOS: Top 20 news stories of 2012

(WXYZ) - In 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and a series of tornadoes tore across the nation, stretching from Alabama to Illinois.

We bid farewell to entertainment greats Whitney Houston and Dick Clark and sat shocked and in silence after twelve people lost their lives in an Aurora, CO movie theater.

PHOTOS: VIEW THE TOP NEWS STORIES OF 2012 HERE.

The victims of a Happy Valley, Pennsylvania scandal were mourned and the athletes of the London Games, celebrated.

We held our breath, crossed our fingers and rubbed our lucky rabbit foot hoping we were millionaires and we laughed but likely participated in hoarding a box of our favorite Hostess snacks.

They are just some of the many headlines that captured our nation's attention in 2012. Take a look back at the top 20 stories of the year in our photo gallery above then let us know; which headline do you remember most this year?

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