These Are the 10 Biggest News Stories of the Year

According to an AP poll of US editors and news directors, that is
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2017 4:41 PM CST
In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, people flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, after a van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district.   (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)
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(Newser) – The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons, and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to the AP's annual poll of US editors and news directors. The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain's King Edward VIII as the top story. Here are 2017's top 10 stories, in reverse order:

10. Islamic State: After lengthy assaults, an array of forces drove ISIS from its two main strongholds—the city of Mosul in Iraq, and its self-styled capital, Raqqa, in Syria. The defeats left the Islamic State without significant territory in either country, but affiliates elsewhere in the region, particularly in Egypt and Afghanistan, continued to operate.
9. Worldwide terror attacks: The first big terror attack of 2017 came on New Year's Day—a gunman killing 39 at a nightclub in Istanbul. Subsequent targets of global terror included an Ariana Grande concert in England, a bike path in New York City, and the historic La Rambla promenade in Barcelona. In October, a truck bombing in Somalia killed more than 500 people; in November, an attack on a crowded mosque in Egypt killed more than 300.

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