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Economy and inauguration voted top stories of 2009

The convoluted American economy — restoring windfalls to a lucky few while leaving millions jobless and distraught — was the top news story of 2009, followed closely by the inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll. Full story

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Newsmaker Farewells 2009

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    Economy, inauguration voted top stories of ’09

    The convoluted American economy was the top news story of 2009, followed closely by the inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll.

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