It was quite a year on the national news front.
In late November, everyone raced for tickets as the Powerball lottery hit its highest figure ever -- $550 million.
That came after another national lottery earlier in November: the presidential election.
President Barack Obama won a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
But there might have been little chance of seeing Obama start his next four years when talk turned to the Mayan calendar calling for the end of the world on Dec. 21.
Well, we're still hearing and writing about it. NASA even offered an explanation as to why the world didn't end.
Unfortunately, though, we weren't able to avoid catastrophe.
The first came in the wake of a storm as Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast, destroying chunks of the Jersey Shore and leaving lots of destruction in its aftermath -- both locally and throughout the region.
A concert was held by major artists to help out victims. That concert was dubbed "12-12-12" for the date it was held.
Another tragedy struck toward the end of the year when 26 people -- including 20 children -- were gunned down at a school in Newtown, CT.