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In case you missed it: The top business stories of 2012 Add to ...

The year started with a sense of doom, and it wasn’t just because we were watching the circus that was the Republican presidential nomination process south of the border. New Age doomsayers had issued dire warnings, suggesting the Mayan calendar prophesied end times—its 5,125-year-cycle finished on Dec. 21, 2012. But since you’re reading this, we trust those apocalyptic visions were wrong and that there’s nothing to stop the arrival of 2013. Rather than agonize about all that's going to go wrong next year—"fiscal cliff," Europe in turmoil, housing bubble—let's round up the year that was.

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