It was quite a year. We said hello to President-elect Donald Trump. We said goodbye to Prince, Muhammad Ali and John Glenn. We saw the power of peaceful protest at Standing Rock. And we saw the power of hate and gun violence, once again, this time at a gay nightclub in Orlando. We listened as an anonymous survivor of a sexual assault by a Stanford swimmer changed the national conversation on rape. We witnessed history as the first Latina was elected to the Senate.
There was unspeakable loss and times that affirmed our faith in America. As 2016 comes to a close, USA TODAY revisits one story from each state the big news, the best investigations and the moments we can't stop talking about.
AlabamaUnparalleled loss in state's 'literary capital'
Harper Lee, one of the most influential authors in American history, died Feb. 19 in her beloved hometown of Monroeville, Ala.To Kill a Mockingbird the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of rape in the Jim Crow South won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, has sold more ...