AP: Sex mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions voted top story

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - 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.

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

1. Sex­ual 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.

2. Trump-First Year: The con­tro­ver­sies started on 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.

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

4. Hur­ri­cane on­slaught: In a four­week 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.

5. North 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.

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