Major U.S. news stories, from Occupy Wall Street to Penn State
by Jennie Wood
The United States' economy almost came to a halt in 2011, but a last minute deal avoided a default. Protestors made sure their voices were heard in battles with state legislators over unions and in the Occupy Wall Street movement. As the 2012 presidential campaign heated up, eyes fell on election 2011 for signs of voting trends. The nation was inspired by the brave recovery of Gabby Giffords, but shocked over the scandal at Penn State. Here's a look at these stories and other hot topics in the nation this year.The U.S. Avoids Default in 11th Hour
What a default would mean for the U.S.Occupy Wall Street
An organized protest takes on Wall StreetCampaign 2012
In 2011, several Republican candidates emerge and campaign for the chance to take on ObamaElection 2011
Voters Reject Conservative-Backed MeasuresStates Attempt to Weaken Unions
Teacher and state employees protest in Wisconsin and other statesPenn State Child Molestation Scandal
Child abuse allegations shake up a celebrated universityThe Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
Revisiting September 11 Ten Years LaterDanger in Dixie Alley
Tornadoes Ravaged Parts of the Southeast U.S. in April and May 2011Goodbye Mr. Chips?
New evaluations raise the stakes for teachersTrying Times
A nation gets caught up in the trials of Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray as well as the homecoming of Amanda KnoxGabrielle Giffords
After being shot in the head by an attacker in January, Giffords makes a remarkable return to Congress in August to cast an important vote on the debt ceiling
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