The Legislature also overrode Lynch's veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions. Lynch said the bill was unnecessary because such procedures are already prohibited by federal law. Bill supporters said they don't trust the federal government to prosecute its law. On another issue, the Legislature failed to repeal the state's gay marriage law.
Another big story: New Hampshire received an emergency disaster declaration as a result of Superstorm Sandy, which caused 210,000 power outages at its peak and one death, that of a 42-year-old Woodstock construction company owner who fell and was buried in a landslide of mud, water and rock.
A decade after she moved to Manchester, Beatrice Munyenyezi found herself accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to obtain U.S. citizenship. A federal jury deadlocked on the charges; she awaits a second trial.
The state had its share of criminal cases. In one, Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for suffocating her 6-year-old son in a Hampton Beach motel room and leaving his body along a dirt road in Maine.
Jessica Linscott and Roland Dow of Plaistow were arrested at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla., two weeks after leaving her 3-year-old son behind at an Exeter hospital with brain injuries and burns.
University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Massachusetts vanished in October. Authorities believed she was thrown into the waters off Portsmouth's Peirce Island, though her body has not been found. Seth Mazzaglia was charged with second-degree murder.
Other top news stories of 2012:
— Two former U.S. senators for New Hampshire died — John Durkin, a Democrat who won his seat in 1975 in one of the closest elections in Senate history, and Warren Rudman, a Republican who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law and led a commission that predicted the danger of terrorist attacks years before 9/11.
— The Local Government Center, a nonprofit organization that manages health insurance pools for public workers and retirees, was ordered to refund more than $50 million to cities and towns. The center is appealing.
— President Barack Obama picked Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, to lead the World Bank.
— The state Supreme Court heard arguments in the first death penalty case before the court in 50 years. It must decide if Michael Addison, the state's only death row inmate, becomes the first convicted killer executed in New Hampshire since 1939.
— Dartmouth College fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon was accused of hazing, was put on probation for three terms and ordered to participate in an extensive series of educational programs. The college makes changes to its hazing policy.
— Anthony Papile, who pleaded guilty to murder in the disappearance and death last year of a Maine woman whose toddler daughter was found abandoned in her car, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
— Residents of Mont Vernon voted to rename a fishing and skating spot that's been called Jew Pond since the 1920s. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names approved the decision to rename the pond Carleton Pond, after one of the town's founding families.
— Hugh Armstrong fell into a ravine while on vacation at Stinson Lake with his family in the summer. Searchers combed the woods for him for days, but there was no sign of him. The 72-year-old Armstrong turned up after more than two weeks and nearly 1,000 miles south, in his home state of North Carolina, without remembering who he was.