Sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions voted top AP news story

Here are 2017’s top 10 sto­ries, in or­der:

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID CRARY

NEW YORK — 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 As­so­ci­ated Press’ an­nual poll of U.S. ed­i­tors and news di­rec­tors.

The No. 2 story was Don­ald Trump’s tu­mul­tuous first year as pres­i­dent. A year ago, Trump’s un­ex­pected vic­tory over Hil­lary Clin­ton in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was a near-unan­i­mous pick for the top news story of 2016.

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.

1Sex­ual mis­con­duct: Scan­dals in­volv­ing sex­ual mis­deeds by prom­i­nent men are noth­ing new in Amer­ica, but there’s never been any­thing re­motely like the del­uge of al­le­ga­tions un­leashed this year by women who were em­bold­ened to speak out by the ac­cusers who pre­ceded them. Lu­mi­nar­ies top­pled from their perches in­cluded movie mag­nate Har­vey We­in­stein, me­dia stars Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer and Char­lie Rose, and sev­eral celebrity chefs and mem­bers of Congress.

2Trump’s first year: The con­tro­ver­sies started In­au­gu­ra­tion Day, with the new pres­i­dent chal­lenged over his claims on the size of the crowd, and per­sisted through­out the year. Trump’s ap­proval rat­ings hov­ered around record-low ter­ri­tory, his base re­mained fiercely loyal, and his re­lent­less tweet­ing — of­ten in the early morn­ing hours — pro­voked a strik­ing mix of out­rage, mock­ery and grate­ful en­thu­si­asm.

3Las Ve­gas mass shoot­ing: A 64-yearold high-stakes video poker player, af­ter amass­ing an arse­nal of weapons, un­leashed a bar­rage of gun­fire from a high-rise casi­no­ho­tel that killed 58 peo­ple and in­jured hun­dreds among a crowd at­tend­ing an open-air con­cert along the Las Ve­gas Strip. Weeks af­ter the mas­sacre, ques­tions about the gun­man’s mo­tives re­mained unan­swered.

4Hur­ri­cane on­slaught: In a four-week span, hur­ri­canes Har­vey, Irma and Maria rav­aged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean is­lands. Har­vey killed more than 80 peo­ple in Texas and caused an es­ti­mated $150 bil­lion in dam­age. Irma killed scores of peo­ple in the Caribbean and U.S., in­clud­ing 12 res­i­dents of a Florida nurs­ing home that lost its air con­di­tion­ing. Maria dam­aged more than 200,000 homes in Puerto Rico, caused lengthy power out­ages, and prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether the of­fi­cial death toll of 64 was vastly un­der­counted.

5North Korea: At times the taunts had a school­yard fla­vor to them — a “dotard” ver­sus “Lit­tle Rocket Man.” But they came from two world lead­ers with nu­clear arms at their dis­posal — Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Fuel­ing the ten­sions were North Korea’s lat­est tests of a hy­dro­gen bomb and of bal­lis­tic mis­siles that po­ten­tially could reach the U.S. main­land.

6Trump-Rus­sia probe: Trump fired FBI di­rec­tor James Comey, but a for­mer FBI chief, Robert Mueller, was soon ap­pointed to in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Rus­sia and Trump’s elec­tion cam­paign. By mid-December, Mueller’s team had brought fed­eral charges against four peo­ple, in­clud­ing for­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort and for­mer national se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty to ly­ing to the FBI.

7Oba­macare: De­spite re­peated ef­forts, ma­jor­ity Repub­li­cans in Congress failed to re­peal Barack Obama’s health care law and re­place it with a new plan. At one point, a de­cid­ing vote against a GOP re­place­ment bill was cast by Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain. But ques­tions re­mained as to how Obama’s plan would fare go­ing for­ward with­out sub­stan­tive help from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

8Tax over­haul: With­out a sin­gle Demo­cratic vote, Repub­li­cans in Congress pushed through a sweep­ing $1.5 tril­lion tax over­haul that would cut cor­po­rate taxes while pro­duc­ing mixed re­sults for in­di­vid­u­als. GOP law­mak­ers, backed by Trump, said the bill would have broad ben­e­fits by ac­cel­er­at­ing eco­nomic growth. Crit­ics said con­se­quences would in­clude higher bud­get deficits and the po­ten­tial loss of health care cov­er­age for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans.

9World­wide 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.

10Is­lamic State: Af­ter lengthy as­saults, an ar­ray of forces drove the Is­lamic State 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.


This com­bi­na­tion of pho­tos shows, top row from left, broad­caster Bill O’Reilly, U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and broad­caster Matt Lauer. Bot­tom row from left are ac­tor Kevin Spacey, con­duc­tor James Levine, broad­caster Char­lie Rose and film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein.

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