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The Associated PressTop 10 Stories of 2011

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Here are the AP’s top ten stories for the year

The killing of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, was seecond according The Associated Press poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the Sept. 11 terror attacks, topped the list with 128 first-place votes out of 247 ballots that were cast for the top 10 stories. Japan’s Nuclear disaster was next, with 60 first-place votes. Coming in third were the Arab Spring uprisings that rocked North Africa and the Middle East, the European Union’s financial turmoil was No. 4.

Here are 2011’s top 10 stories, in order:

1. OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH

2. JAPAN’S TRIPLE DISASTER

3. ARAB SPRING

4. THE EUROPE FISCAL CRISIS

5. US ECONOMY

6. PENN STATE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

7. GADHAFI TOPPLED IN LIBYA

8. FISCAL SHOWDOWNS IN CONGRESS

9. OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS

10. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS SHOT

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