GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING: The Associated Press (AP), one of the world's foremost news agencies has compiled it's most iconic images from 2012.

AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon and Deputy Director of Photography Denis Paquin said: “Every day the Associated Press distributes some 3,000 photos to its subscribers around the world, more than a million images over the course of the year.

"Of the 150 being singled out this year, some are included because the photography is spectacular, some because they illustrate a major story.

"They reflect many things: victory, defeat, joy, sadness, drama, death and surprise.”

January

leopard attack

A wild full grown leopard scalps the head of a man as it attacks him after wandering into a residential neighborhood in Gauhati, in the northern state of Assam, India.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012 file photo, a man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2012 file photo, Hindu devotees cross a newly constructed temporary bridge at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a spouse, during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2012 file photo, a wild full grown leopard scalps the head of a man as it attacks after wandering into a residential neighborhood in Gauhati, in the northern state of Assam, India. Later the leopard was tranquilized by wildlife official and taken to the state zoological park. The leopard ventured into a crowded area and injured four people before it was captured and caged. (AP Photo/Manas Paran, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, a man injured in a bomb blast puts on a shoe before being taken to the hospital in the Khyber region, near Peshawar, Pakistan. A bomb targeting a tribal militia opposed to the Pakistani Taliban exploded in a market close to the Afghan border, killing dozens of people in the deadliest blast in the country in several months. (AP Photo/Qazi Rauf, File)

  • Luis de Guindos, Jean-Claude Juncker, Jan Kees De Jager

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, right, puts his hands on the neck of Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos, center, as Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees De Jager, left, looks on during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels. As ministers chatted with each other at the meeting, the eurogroup's chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, came up behind Spanish finance minister, Luis De Guindos, and jokingly grabbed him by the neck with both hands, but the gesture soon appeared to change into a laughing friendly greeting and then deep discussion. The 17 euro countries were trying to focus on issues beyond the Greek crisis and deal with longer-term issues in their currency union, like discussing Spain's high deficits and potentially dangerous imbalances in some countries. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Mohammad Saber Yaqoti Hussaini Khedri, second right, the calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of the holy Quran turns a page at a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khedri claims to have completed the writing of the world's biggest copy of Islam's holy Quran in 5 years along with his nine students and the financial support of a well- known figure Afghan Sayed Mansoor Nadri. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

  • William Temple

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2012 file photo, tea party supporter William Temple, of Brunswick, Ga., sits in the Des Moines Airport heading to go home after the Iowa caucus in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders in New York. All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed with Hurricane Sandy nearing landfall on the East Coast. Trading has rarely stopped for weather. A blizzard led to a late start and an early close on Jan. 8, 1996, according to the exchange's parent company, NYSE Euronext. The NYSE shut down on Sept. 27, 1985 for Hurricane Gloria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2012 file photo, underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look like the late Mahatma Gandhi arrive on a bus before attempting a world record in Kolkata, India. Local non-government organizations put on the event and a total of 485 children took part in the rally ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi's death which falls on January 30th. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

  • Barack Obama, Jan Brewer

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2012 file photo, a woman pays her respects at a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo released by the Guardia di Finanza (border Police), the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. The luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, sending water pouring in through a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in the hull and forcing the evacuation of some 4,200 people from the listing vessel early. . (AP Photo/Guardia di Finanza, File)

February

francois hollande

An unidentified woman throws flour on French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, Francois Hollande, in Paris. The woman ran to the side of the podium where Hollande stood to sign a "social contract" in favor of housing for all.

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  • Angelina Jolie

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, Actress Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet for photographers as she arrives the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

  • Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, best actress Meryl Streep, left, for "The Iron Lady" and best actor Jean Dujardin for "The Artist" pose with their awards during the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is silhouetted against setting sun as she arrived to deliver her speech during an election campaign rally in Thongwa village some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2012 file photo, people walk along an icy promenade past ice covered cars and trees on the shores of Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. Across Eastern Europe, thousands of people dug out from heavy snow that had fallen during a cold snap and killed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini, File)

  • Kim Jong Un

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2012 file photo, new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, applauds as he leaves the stands at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang after reviewing a parade of thousands of soldiers and commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 file photo Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding of Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the Rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, an unidentified woman throws flour on French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, Francois Hollande, in Paris. The woman ran to the side of the podium where Hollande stood to sign a "social contract" in favor of housing for all. (AP Photo/SZG, File) FRANCE OUT

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2012 file photo, Santosh, who sells donkey milk, holds a baby upside down after feeding him some of the liquid, locally believed to be a cure for a persistent cough in a slum in Mumbai, India. Millions of children are growing up in squalid urban areas and denied basic services despite living close to them. UNICEF said children living in slums and shantytowns often lack water, electricity and healthcare and urged policy makers to ensure urban planning meets the needs of children. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, inmates relatives clash with police outside a prison after a deadly fire in Comayagua, Honduras. Over 300 inmates perished in the fire that swept through the prison north of Tegucigalpa. More than half the inmates were still awaiting trial. Many of those who died had been locked up for petty crimes: stealing a wallet, robbing a truck. Some had never been charged. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

  • Andrew Hoy

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 30, 2012 file photo and five frame multiple exposure, Andrew Hoy, of Australia, rides Rutherglen as he competes in the equestrian eventing cross-country stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

March

tibet protest

Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi screams as he runs engulfed in flames after setting himself on fire at a protest in New Delhi, India, against Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India.

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  • Li Wei

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, suspended by wires, Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky at La Villette in Paris. Wei's work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

  • Juan Jose Padilla

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 4, 2012 file photo, Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla performs during a bullfight in the southwestern Spanish town of Olivenza. Padilla, who lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a terrifying goring returned to the bullring, five months after his injury. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Afghan security forces escort Taliban militants clad in Afghan women dresses to be presented to the media at the Afghan intelligence department in Mehterlam, Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan Intelligence forces arrested seven Taliban militants in Qarghayi district of Laghman province. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • Luis de Guindos, Jean-Claude Juncker, Jan Kees De Jager

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, right, puts his hands on the neck of Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos, center, as Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees De Jager, left, looks on during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels. As ministers chatted with each other at the meeting, the eurogroup's chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, came up behind Spanish finance minister, Luis De Guindos, and jokingly grabbed him by the neck with both hands, but the gesture soon appeared to change into a laughing friendly greeting and then deep discussion. The 17 euro countries were trying to focus on issues beyond the Greek crisis and deal with longer-term issues in their currency union, like discussing Spain's high deficits and potentially dangerous imbalances in some countries. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

  • Pope Shenouda III

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 18, 2012 file photo, Archbishops stand next to the body of Pope Shenouda III is seated on the throne of Mar Morqos, or St. Mark, as mourners gather for the viewing of the patriarch at the Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt. Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died. He was 88. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, small screens show South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as participants listen to his speech during the 93th anniversary ceremony of Independence Movement Day, a public holiday to remember activists who fought for Korean independence against Japanese colonization, in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 29, 2012 file photo, Mireia Arnau, 39, reacts behind the broken glass of her shop stormed by demonstrators during clashes at the general strike in Barcelona. Spanish workers livid over labor reforms they see as flagrantly pro-business staged a nationwide strike and tried to bring the country to a halt by blocking traffic, closing factories and clashing with police in rowdy demonstrations. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets with Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, File)

  • Vladimir Putin

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 4, 2012 file photo, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, has tears in his eyes as he emotionally reacts at a massive rally of his supporters at Manezh square outside Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

  • Jamphel Yeshi

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 26, 2012 file photo, Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi screams as he runs engulfed in flames after setting himself on fire at a protest in New Delhi, India, against Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India. Yeshi died two days later while hundreds of other activists were being held without charge before the president's arrival. Hu arrived in New Delhi for a summit with India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

  • Barack Obama, Bo Obama

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 16, 2012 file photo, Indian students hold a large poster of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar after Tendulkar batted for his landmark 100th century, at a school in Chennai, southern India. Tendulkar, who had been stuck on 99 centuries for a year, became the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries when he hit to square leg and ran a single against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. (AP Photo/File) INDIA OUT

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Ahmed, center, mourns his father Abdulaziz Abu Ahmed Khrer, who was killed by a Syrian Army sniper, during his funeral in Idlib, north Syria. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this March 10, 2012 file photo, Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, north Syria. Aida's husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

April

wandering bear

A bear that wandered into the University of Colorado Boulder, dorm complex Williams Village falling from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Zach Zapatero, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 26, 2012 file photo provided by the CU Independent, 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. Colorado University police spokesman Ryan Huff said the bear was likely 1-3 years old and weighed somewhere between 150-200 pounds. (AP Photo/CU Independent, Andy Duann, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Kim Jong Un

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, North Korea's new commander in chief, Kim Jong Un is displayed on a giant screen during a concert on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Ng Han Gua, File)

  • Barack Obama

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama does pushups during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

  • Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman, right, stands with a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 3, 2012 file photo, more than 200 pit bulls and other breeds are chained in their respective steel drum cages at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines, following their rescue from South Korean nationals. Dozens of pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring were being put down by activists who said there were no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this April 2, 2012 file photo, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) celebrates in front of Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor at the end of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

May

midwife

Chief midwife Maria Antoneta Cabral Barbosa holds a newborn baby boy she had just delivered by flashlight, at the regional hospital in Gabu, Guinea-Bissau.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 20, 2012 file photo, hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow, File)

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Robert Greifeld

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - FILE - In this May 18, 2012 file photo provided by Facebook, Facebook founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the Nasdaq opening bell from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Robert Greifeld, second from right, CEO of the Nasdaq-OMX Stock Market, Inc. The social media company had its IPO. (AP Photo/Nasdaq via Facebook, Zef Nikolla, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 6, 2012 file photo, a wounded opposition protester winces in pain during a rally in Moscow. Riot police in Moscow began arresting protesters who were trying to reach the Kremlin in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 23, 2012 file photo, chief midwife Maria Antoneta Cabral Barbosa holds a newborn baby boy she had just delivered by flashlight, at the regional hospital in Gabu, Guinea-Bissau. In Guinea-Bissau, one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth, a woman has a 1 in 19 chance of maternal death, compared to about 1 in 2,100 in the United States. Experts say women are increasingly heading to medical centers when things go awry, but logistical, financial, and cultural barriers are still keeping many pregnant women from seeking help in time. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 6, 2012 file photo, Russian riot police disperse opposition protesters in downtown Moscow. Riot police in began arresting protesters who were trying to reach the Kremlin in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this may 24, 2012 file photo, lawmakers scuffle from pro-presidential and oppositional factions in the parliament session hall in Kiev, Ukraine. The hall erupted over a bill that would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country. (AP Photo/Maks Levin, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 23, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian woman searches for her name on a registration list outside a polling station in Helwan, a southern suburb of Cario, Egypt. Egypt commenced two days of presidential voting after 16 months of interim rule by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. This election was the first free and fair presidential race since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 29, 2012 file photo, elderly people lay on their beds after they were evacuated from the nearby hospital, in Mirandola, northern Italy. A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people and left 200 injured as it rocked a swath of northern Italy hit just nine days ago. Factories, warehouses and churches collapsed, dealing a second blow to a region where thousands remained homeless from the previous, stronger temblor. The 5.8 magnitude quake left 14,000 people homeless in the Emilia Romagna region north of Bologna, one of Italyís most agriculturally and industrially productive areas. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini, File)

  • Luisa Seau

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo, Luisa Seau, mother of Junior Seau, grieves in the driveway of the home were the former NFL star was found dead in Oceanside, Calif. Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this May 30, 2012 file photo, a Syrian woman, cries as she carries her injured son who was shot in his hand by the Syrian border guard when they were crossing a river from Syria to Lebanon, at the northern Lebanese-Syrian border town of Wadi Khaled, in Akkar, north Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

June

the mall

Revelers on the Mall in London watch Britain Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, Tarra Piet, right, is embraced by her cousin Kursty Setty as they stand in Piet's fathers flooded pet store Live Oak Fla. Dozens of homes and businesses were flooded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Debby. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 5, 2012 file photo, revelers on the Mall in London watch Britain Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 5, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in central London. (AP Photo/Stefan Wermuth, Pool, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Indigenous squeeze into a subway train as they ride to the People's Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons, a parallel event taking place alongside the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Earth summit ran through June 22, with three final days of high-profile talks among some 130 top leaders from nations around the globe. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 11, 2012 file photo, Chris Combs, of Troy, left, and Stephanie Locke, of Clawson, cross the street in downtown Birmingham, Mich. while participating in a protest by gun enthusiasts. The protest wass in support of eighteen-year-old Sean Michael Combs, of Troy, who was arrested in Birmingham while carrying a rifle. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, disturbing the peace, and obstructing a police officer. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT. HUFFINGTON POST OUT. NO MAGS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVE. MANDATORY CREDIT.

  • Waldo Canyon Wildfire

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Gaylon Wampler, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 21, 2012 file photo, Indian employees are evacuated as smoke billows after the Maharashtra state government building caught fire in Mumbai, India. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from the seven-story government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled the major fire that raged for more than three hours in India's financial and entertainment capital. (AP Photo/File)

  • Julian Assange

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, surrounded by British police, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, makes a statement to the media and supporters from a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum and prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. Assange called on United States President Barack Obama to 'end a "witch hunt" against the secret-spilling WikiLeaks organization. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 30, 2012 file photo, Andy Murray of Britain struggles to try and return a shot to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during a third round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killing of protesters during last year's revolution that forced him from power, a verdict that caps a stunning fall from grace for a man who ruled the country as his personal fiefdom for nearly three decades.(AP Photo/File)

  • Nik Wallenda

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE -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. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)

  • Mohammed Morsi

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this June 29, 2012 file photo, Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to supporters after giving a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

July

olympic rings

The Olympic rings light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 14, 2012 file photo, people try to extinguish the fire after a man set himself alight in Tel Aviv, Israel during rally marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues. He was later rushed to a hospital where he was being treated for serious burns, police said. (AP Photo/Ben Kelmer, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 20, 2012 file photo, Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School where he had been searching franticly for his son Alex Sullivan who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises," movie where a gunman opened fire in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, an Indian barber holding a candle, gives a haircut for a customer at his shop in Kolkata, India. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest blackout. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 17, 2012 file photo, Dancers in Taiwan's Paper Windmill Cultural Foundation perform during a dress rehearsal of Paper Windmill Fantasia in Taipei, Taiwan. With integration of familiar nursery rhymes, passionate dance, literary meaning and sophisticated art forms, this drama claims an unprecedented performance demonstrating the unique innovations of the modern theater in Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

  • James E. Holmes

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and facing additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

  • Mitt Romney

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 14, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, takes his family for a boat ride on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

  • Mitt Romney, Ann Romney

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and wife Ann Romney jet ski on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 17, 2012 file photo, Nasa Indians drag a soldier during an attack on half a dozen soldiers guarding a communications tower on the outskirts of Toribio, southern Colombia. Six soldiers were attacked and dragged along the ground by dozens of indigenous people demanding the departure of security forces and guerrillas fighters because of their constant fighting. The soldiers dropped their guns, never firing. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez, File)

  • Barack Obama

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 14, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election in the heavy rain at Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Glen Allen, Va., near Richmond. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 24, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds up a pair of pistols that he says belonged to Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar during a ceremony marking 229th anniversary of Bolivar's birth at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Bolivar is the namesake of Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution movement, and his government is putting the finishing touches on a new mausoleum to house Bolivar's remains. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 1, 2012 file photo, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. Spain won the match 4-0. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

  • Andrew Hoy

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 30, 2012 file photo and five frame multiple exposure, Andrew Hoy, of Australia, rides Rutherglen as he competes in the equestrian eventing cross-country stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, the Olympic rings light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this July 22, 2012 file photo, Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the last stage of the the Tour de France cycling race over 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) with start in Rambouillet and finish in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

August

usain bolt

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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  • Mitt Romney

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention with his grandchildren from his hotel room in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2012 file photo, a man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La. Hurricane Isaac staggered toward central Louisiana, its weakening winds driving storm surge into portions of the coast and the River Parishes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa. South African police opened fire on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Motionless bodies lay on the ground in pools of blood. (AP Photo/File)

  • Anders Behring Breivik

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012 file photo, mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, makes a salute after arriving in the court room at a courthouse in Oslo. Breivik, who admitted killing 77 people in Norway last year, was declared sane and sentenced to prison for bomb and gun attacks. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

  • Julian Assange

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, surrounded by British police, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, makes a statement to the media and supporters from a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum and prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. Assange called on United States President Barack Obama to 'end a "witch hunt" against the secret-spilling WikiLeaks organization. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. The women, two of whom have young children, are charged with hooliganism connected to religious hatred. The case was widely seen as a warning that authorities will tolerate opposition only under tightly controlled conditions. T-shirt on right worn by Tolokonnikova is Spanish and translates to "They shall not pass", a slogan often used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy.(AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, and publicly provided by the police department in Hanover, Germany, a squirrel is trapped in a manhole cover in Isenhagen, northern Germany. After they were called by neighbors, police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. (AP Photo/Police Hanover, File) - NO ARCHIVE - MANDATORY CREDIT -

  • Braithwaite

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2012 file aerial photo, homes flooded by Hurricane Isaac in Braithwaite, La., are seen. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Douglas won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, an artist performs during a pre-show for the artistic gymnastics apparatus finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, Samantha Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador starts in a women's 800-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

  • Xabi Torres

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2012 file photo, Spain's Xabi Torres jumps next to his prosthesis as he leaves the swimming pool after training ahead of the competition at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

  • Shannon Eastin

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, Line judge Shannon Eastin takes the field during an NFL preseason football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers in San Diego. Eastin was a replacement official making her NFL debut in the exhibition game. The regular officials had been locked out by the league after their contract expired. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, runners pass by the Olympics flame on the first day of the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza, File)

September

barack obama

President Barack Obama is picked-up off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, people run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southwest of Chennai, India. Police in southern India arrested six employees of the fireworks factory for a massive blaze that killed 40 workers and injured 60 others. (AP Photo, File) INDIA OUT

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, a villager offers flowers to a female adult elephant lying dead on a paddy field in Panbari village, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Gauhati, India. The elephant was hit by a train and killed while crossing railway tracks with a herd of wild Asiatic elephants. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal. The plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff in NepalÌs capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board. (AP Photo/File)

  • Vladimir Putin

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin waits in a motorized hang glider next to a Siberian white crane, on the Yamal Peninsula, in Russia. Putin took part in a flight as part of a program devised by environmentalists to lead the endangered cranes, which were raised in captivity, on their migration to Asia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, South Korean special army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 64th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, a worker is seen partially submerged under water as he tries to repair a broken pipe in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

  • Joe Biden

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers at Cruisers Diner during a campaign stop in Seaman, Ohio. The unidentified woman pulled her chair up close to the bench that Biden was seated on in order to speak to him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

  • Barack Obama, Scott Van Duzer

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, is picked-up off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, in Ft. Pierce, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders in New York. All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed with Hurricane Sandy nearing landfall on the East Coast. Trading has rarely stopped for weather. A blizzard led to a late start and an early close on Jan. 8, 1996, according to the exchange's parent company, NYSE Euronext. The NYSE shut down on Sept. 27, 1985 for Hurricane Gloria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

  • Bill Clinton, Barack Obama

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, former President Bill Clinton bows as President Barack Obama walks on stage after Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal kisses the trophy after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, crashes with McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, airborne right, during the first lap of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army soldier, right, looks through a mirror which helps him see Syrian troops from the other side, as he takes his position with his comrade during fighting, at the old city of Aleppo city, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

October

hurricane sandy

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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  • Felix Baumgartner

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos. In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, Baumgartner shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever with a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

  • Jerry Sandusky

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

  • Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site in New York. Superstorm Sandy forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders in New York. All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed with Hurricane Sandy nearing landfall on the East Coast. Trading has rarely stopped for weather. A blizzard led to a late start and an early close on Jan. 8, 1996, according to the exchange's parent company, NYSE Euronext. The NYSE shut down on Sept. 27, 1985 for Hurricane Gloria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, storm surge hits a small tree as winds from Hurricane Sandy reached Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. Water from Long Island Sound spilled into roadways and towns along the Connecticut shoreline, the first signs of flooding from a storm that delivered a devastating surge of seawater. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

  • Brian Hajeski

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, Brian Hajeski, 41, of Brick, N.J., reacts as he looks at debris of a home that washed up on to the Mantoloking Bridge the morning after superstorm Sandy rolled through in Mantoloking, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

  • mideast

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, a Lebanese rescue man, carries an injured boy at the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon. A car bomb ripped through eastern Beirut, shearing the balconies of off residential buildings and sending bloodied victims pouring out into the streets in the most serious blast this city has seen in years. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

  • Barack Obama, Chris Christie

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City, NJ. Obama traveled to the region to take an aerial tour of the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey in areas damaged by superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - This Oct. 30, 2012 file aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York. The tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, a rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position, seen with another rebel fighter reflected in a mirror, in a residential building in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, a Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son killed by the Syrian Army near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo, File)

November

syria bombing

Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City.

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  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file photo, a young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. High tides flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file aerial photo, the two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion that sparked a huge fire and killed two people are shown in Indianapolis. Nearly three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, and seven people were taken to a hospital with injuries. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be felt at least three miles away. Authorities have said they believe the explosion was intentional and caused by natural gas but have released no other details. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger, File) NO SALES

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, people stand near a house sitting in the middle of a new main road on the outskirts of Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province. Authorities have demolished the five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUT

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, Israelis Sapir, left, and her boyfriend Ron, right, last names not given, walk inside Sapir's home, hit by a rocket fired by militants from Gaza Strip, in the southern city of Beersheba, Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, a riot police officer is engulfed by petrol bomb flames thrown by protesters in front of the parliament during clashes in Athens. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, people prepare to bury the bodies of some of the 112 victims of a garment factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Khurshed Rinku, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan, File)

  • Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, waves as he embraces Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi after addressing members of the media at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar. Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, Israeli soldiers and a civilian take cover as a siren alerting of an incoming rocket from Gaza Strip sounds in Ofakim, southern Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 file photo, a man takes photographs inside a burned out garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The blaze at the factory killed 112 workers. (AP Photo/File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, a Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - This Nov. 10, 2012 file photo shows a view of the fireworks display organized by Kuwait's government to commemorate Constitution Day in Kuwait City. The 60 minute $14 million spectacle was competing for a place in the Guiness Book of Records. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2012 file photo, police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Farmers drove their tractors into the European Quarter of Brussels for a two-day demonstration to protest against what they believe are unfair milk prices. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

  • Mitt Romney

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks away from the podium after conceding the race during his election night rally in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, much of lower Manhattan remains dark, as viewed from the darkened Manhattan side of the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. In the wake of superstorm Sandy, power outages plagued much of the New York area. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

  • Liana Brinkerhoff

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, 2-year-old Liana Brinkerhoff, top left, looks on while sitting on the shoulder of her farther at a polling place in Billings, Mont. After a grinding presidential campaign, Americans headed into polling places across the country to cast their ballot for president. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - 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. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and wife Michelle holds hands with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill following Obama's victory speech to supporters in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, a roller coaster that once stood on the Funtown Pier at Seaside Heights is seen dunked in the ocean after the pier was hit by superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

  • Zach Ames

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Zach Ames, center, who had been on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, surprises his wife, Bri Ames, left, and their daughter Emersyn, right, with a reunion prior to an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks on Veterans Day in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

  • FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 04, 2012 file photo, a rebel fighter prepares to throw a homemade grenade toward Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad who are hiding in a nearby building as they attempt to gain ground against rebel lines during heavy clashes in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras, File)

  • Mahmoud Abbas

    FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, members of the Palestinian delegation react as they surround Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, applauding, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly after a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state passed in the United Nations in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

December

newton shooting

A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, on Dec. 14, 2012. 27 people died, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country's history.

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  • Front row from left, Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of Defence Philip Hammond, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, Foreign Minister William Hague, Prime Minister David Cameron, Queen Elizabeth II, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Home Secretary Theresa May, Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling and other members of the Cabinet pose for a group photograph in The Pillared Room, at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sat in on a Cabinet meeting for the first time on Tuesday, taking a seat between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to observe the weekly discussion of government business. (AP Photo/Jeremy Selwyn, Pool)

  • Ted Kowalczuk, of Milford, Conn., and his friend Rachel Schiavone, of Norwalk, Conn., attend a candlelight vigil held behind Stratford High School on the Town Hall Green in Stratford, Conn. on Saturday December 15, 2012. Kowalczuk and Schiavone were close friends to Stratford High graduate Vicki Soto, who was killed in yesterday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Soto was a teacher at the school.(AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Indian army soldiers perform Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastics on a vertical wooden pole during a rehearsal for Victory Day celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The Indian Army celebrates Victory Day on December 16, to commemorate its military victory over Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Cristina Fernandez

    In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 photo, President Cristina Fernandez, center, waves as fireworks explode behind the government house during a rally to mark the 29th anniversary of the return to democracy in Argentina, on the eve of the Human Rights Day, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Late Argentine President Raul Alfonsin took office on Dec. 10, 1983, after seven years of military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • An activist wears a bandana with a photo of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez during a rally to mark the 29th anniversary of the return to democracy in Argentina, on the eve of the Human Rights Day, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Late Argentine President Raul Alfonsin took office on December 10, 1983 after seven years of military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Indian army soldiers in ceremonial dress pay gun salute at the martyrs’ column during Victory Day celebrations in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. The Indian Army celebrates Victory Day on December 16, to commemorate its victory over Pakistan in 1971, which gave birth of a new nation Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

  • An Indian Army paratrooper performs during a rehearsal for “Vijay Diwas” or Victory Day celebrations in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The Indian Army celebrates Victory Day on December 16, to commemorate its military victory over Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • A member of Indian army on a motorcycle jumps through a fire ring as he performs during a rehearsal for “Vijay Diwas” or Victory Day celebrations in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The Indian Army celebrates Victory Day on December 16, to commemorate its military victory over Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • New recruits of the Jammu and Kashmir police participate in a parade in Sheeri, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. About 900 police officers have completed a nine-month training session in handling non-lethal weapons for controlling street protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

  • In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. Lepore is know as the dancing cop because of his energetic and rhythmic style of moving vehicles and pedestrians through an intersection. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria. The training is part of an attempt to transform the rag-tag rebel groups into a disciplined fighting force. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Veronika Pozner

    Veronique Pozner arrives at B'nai Israel Cemetery, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Monroe, Conn., for burial services for her 6-year-old son Noah Pozner, who was killed Friday when Adam Lanza opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)