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The Top 5 feel-good stories of 2012

  • John Unger and his dog, Schoep. WCCO/Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, StonehousePhoto.com
    Gabby Giffords climbs the French Alps While news cycles typically focus on tragedies and scandals, this year also saw many optimistic and heartwarming stories across the U.S.: A dedicated Minnesota man and his ailing dog; an elderly food reviewer's rise to fame; a Secret Santa helping superstorm Sandy victims; a congresswoman who rose against the odds; a generous cop. Here are our favorite feel-good stories of 2012.

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    Sara Dover is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com