We teeter on the edge of the fiscal cliff as this year ends, looking uncertainly and warily into the future. But isn’t that always the way? We couldn’t — and wouldn’t — have dreamed up some of the biggest stories of 2012, those that lingered on our front pages and during dinner conversations, in heated Facebook exchanges and testy, overemotional Tweets.
The top stories of 2012 tapped into our collective conscious with horror and anguish, anger and uncertainty, pride and fear — any of the universal emotions that bind us as a nation.
Here’s our take on the top five national/international and top five local stories of 2012.
National and international