NEW YORK -- From Hurricane Sandy to the civil war in Syria, The Associated Press will look back at the big events that shaped 2012 in a series of text and multimedia stories. These highlights in the weeks ahead were listed in an advisory distributed to member news organizations:
 
•    Top 10 Stories: AP will run down the year's biggest developments, as determined by a poll of U.S. newspaper editors. The AP has conducted this poll every year since 1936. The top story that year was the abdication of King Edward VIII.

•    Year of Storms: An essay by National Writer Justin Pope will examine the turbulence that shook our atmosphere, our politics and our economy in 2012.

•    Year in Washington:  AP’s Tom Raum will look at political problems that bedeviled 2012 and those that will dominate the agenda in 2013.
 
•    Weather Disasters: The hottest year in U.S. weather history began when winter went AWOL and wildfires and a devastating drought followed. But in the eastern third of the country that was overshadowed by superstorm Sandy in October. And what happened in the United States is only part of the picture, AP’s science writer Seth Borenstein will report.
 
•    Business: AP journalists will round up the year’s top stories and review the year on Wall Street, from fear about slowing global growth to turmoil in Europe and uncertainty about a “fiscal cliff.”

•    Sports:  While there were certainly stories to savor, 2012 may be remembered as a year where so much sports news was simply bad. AP will also reveal the Sports Story of the Year and Male and Female Athletes of the Year, as determined by sports editors at AP member news organizations. 

•    Entertainment & Lifestyles: In addition to naming an Entertainer of the Year (also chosen by editors at AP member news organizations), AP journalists will highlight the year in books, music, movies, television shows, theater and video games. And on the lifestyles front, our beat writers will note trends in food and important moments in fashion and pop culture. 

•    Deaths: AP will compile 2012's most notable obituaries.
 
•    Photos: AP editors will choose the best news, feature and sports images from 2012, including photos from all major news events.

•    Multimedia:  An interactive will quiz readers on the top news stories of the year and look at notable people who died in 2012.



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