From storms to politics, the year was a wild ride. What are the most meaningful US stories of 2012? Here's the Monitor's list, in roughly chronological order.
De-institutionalization of mental patients was better than locking them away, but outpatient treatment has often been inadequate and underfunded. Now a new effort is being made to coax those experiencing mental problems into programs that gently support them and foster their reintegration into society.
The University of Colorado psychiatrist who saw James Holmes once had warned campus police last June – a month before the movie-theater shooting – that he posed a danger, newly released court documents show.