2017 - The Year in Review

Sexual misconduct allegations voted top news story in annual AP poll of U.S. editors, news directors

(AP) — 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.

Other stories on the 2017 list included the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people; the onslaught of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; the tensions sparked by North Korea’s tests of ballistic missiles and a hydrogen bomb; the probe into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign; the failed Republican effort to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law; the Republican-backed tax overhaul; the worldwide terror attacks; and the successful military assaults on the Islamic State’s two biggest strongholds.

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.

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