The world around us Top news stories from Spring 2012 Hurricane Sandy hits From October 22 to 31, Hurricane Sandy hit Northeastern United States as well as parts of the Caribbean, the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Canada. The devastating ‘superstorm’ destroyed thousands of homes, left millions without electricity and tragically killed a total of 253 people, 15 are still listed as missing. The total costs are estimated at US $65.6 billion across all affected countries, making it the second costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricane to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Barack Obama re-elected The United States presidential election of 2012 saw incumbent President Barack Obama and competitor Mitt Romney battle for the title. After a heated series of conventions and debates, the election took place on November 6 and saw Mitt Romney concede the race in the early hours of November 7. Obama 96 | drinks yearbook was officially sworn in on January 20 2013, with official inauguration ceremonies held on January 21. Death of Jill Maher Australia was saddened by the tragic murder of Jill Meagher in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in late September. Irish-born Meagher was a journalist working in Melbourne and was abducted while walking home from drinks with colleagues. Jill’s death caused a mass outpour of support, especially via social media. 41-year-old Adrian Ernest Bayley was later charged for her death. iPhone 5 Released Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 5 arrived in September after great anticipation, with two million pre-orders received within the first 24 hours. Apple faced strong criticism after the iPhone 5’s release, with many customers dissatisfied with the new Apple Maps application.
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