Last weekend, The Associated Press revealed the top ten news stories of 2010, as voted by editors and news directors of the nation's news organizations. The list is:
- Gulf oil disaster — Eleven workers were killed and 170 million gallons of oil spilled.
- Health care overhaul — $1 trillion health care overhaul intended to expand coverage to more Americans.
- Midterm elections — Republicans took control of the House and added seats in the Senate.
- U.S. economy — Economists say the recession is over, the stock market bounced back, unemployment remains above 9 percent.
- Haiti earthquake — The Jan. 12 quake left 230,000 dead and millions homeless.
- Tea Party movement — Had a profound impact on the elections.
- Chile mine rescue — A collapsed mine on August 5 kept 33 miners underground for 69 days.
- Iraq — After seven years, U.S. forces formally ended their combat role and looked ahead to planned withdrawal.
- WikiLeaks — Classified U.S. military and State Department documents leaked to public.
- Afghanistan — Troop surge to turn the tide of the nearly 10-year war.
A separate list by WORLD Magazine's editors did not include The Tea Party or the Chile mine rescue, but did include Iceland's volcano and Technology. Both lists rated the stories differently. [WorldMag.com, The Associated Press]