This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
the end of each year, editors and news directors of the Associated Press in the
United States vote for the top ten news stories of the year.
the American economy as the top news story of two thousand nine. The government approved more than seven
hundred eighty billion dollars to help the struggling economy. Yet the unemployment rate was over ten
percent. Many banks failed. And the federal deficit reached a record one point
four trillion dollars.
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Last year, the top news story was
the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the
United States. This year, Mister Obama's inauguration was voted the second top
battle between Republicans and Democrats over health care reform was voted the
third top story of the year. Reform of the country's health care system was one
of President Obama's top goals.
The American auto industry was fourth on
the list. Two of the big three American automakers filed for bankruptcy after
suffering sharp drops in sales.
Next on the list was the H1N1 virus, also known as
swine flu. The virus affected tens of millions of people worldwide. Officials
said swine flu sickened about fifty million Americans and killed ten thousand.
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The war in Afghanistan was also among the top news stories.
Last month, President Obama decided to send thirty thousand more American
troops to Afghanistan. Public opinion studies show that the war has grown
increasingly unpopular with Americans.
The AP editors said the death of singer Michael Jackson
in June was also among the top news stories. The fifty year old international
star was just days from beginning a series of performances in London. Jackson's
doctor became the subject of a police investigation after admitting he gave
Jackson a powerful drug to help him sleep.
Another top story happened in November. Thirteen people were killed in a shooting at
Fort Hood military base in Texas. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan is
accused of the killings.
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Senator Edward Kennedy's death in August
was also among the top news stories. Mister Kennedy was one of the nation's
longest-serving and most respected senators.
finally, the tenth news story of the year has been called the "Miracle on the
Hudson." Pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed a US Airways passenger plane on
New York's Hudson River after both its engines failed.
For the first time, the AP invited members of the public to name
their top news stories. A separate vote was held on Facebook. More than one
thousand four hundred people took part.
chose President Obama's inauguration as the top story, followed by the economy.
Eight stories appeared on both top ten lists.
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA
Special English, written by Brianna Blake. What do you think were the top news stories
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