Cumberland Times-News

December 29, 2012

A look back

Times-News revisits the top stories from 2012

Cumberland Times-News

— As we prepare to ring in 2013, we will continue the tradition of reflecting upon what happened during the last 12 months by publishing our annual Year in Review section in Monday’s edition.

The compilation features a roundup of The Associated Press’ top national and international stories as voted upon by U.S. editors and news directors, complete with photographs, and a sampling of local news.

The massacre of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, along with other mass shootings, was the top news story of 2012, narrowly edging out the U.S. election, according to the poll.

The results followed a rare decision by the AP to re-conduct the voting. The initial round of balloting had ended Dec. 13, a day before the shootings in Newtown, with the election ranked No. 1, followed by Superstorm Sandy. The original entry for mass shootings, focused on the rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, placed sixth in that voting.

In the new poll, updated to account for Newtown, the mass shootings received 68 first-place votes out of 173 ballots cast for the top 10 stories, compared to 65 first-place votes for the election — one of the closest results since the AP launched the poll in 1936.

On a scale of points ranging from 10 for first place to one for 10th place, the shootings tallied 1,448 points, compared to 1,417 for the election. The second balloting ran Dec. 17-19.

Superstorm Sandy was third, far ahead of the next group of stories.

We hope you’ll enjoy our look back at 2012.