Big stories included a new governor, the Golden State Killer case, fires and mudslides, heartbreak in Thousand Oaks and California's blue wave.
Amid the chaos after Lehman Bros.' collapse, the big banks got hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts. Aggressive stimulus efforts injected trillions of dollars more into the financial markets and the economy. But there were no big bailouts for average Americans.
Demonstrators took to the streets across the country to protest government inaction on gun violence and mass shootings