The killing of Osama bin Laden … was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. … Placing third were the Arab Spring uprisings … The international flavor of these top stories contrasted with last year’s voting – when the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the top story, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was No. 2, and the U.S. midterm elections were No. 3.
“Here are 2011’s top 10 stories, in order: