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Lists of the Top Stories of 1998

December 29, 1998 GMT

The top news stories of 1998 chosen by 299 Associated Press newspaper editors and broadcast executives in the United States. A first-place vote gave the story 10 points, a second-place vote gave it nine points, and so on. Stories are followed by the number of points they received.

1. Clinton-Lewinsky. 2,744.

2. McGwire-Sosa home run race. 1,327.

3. World economic turmoil. 1,222.

4. Hurricanes Georges, Mitch. 1,143.

5. Iraq showdown. 1,108.

6. GOP slide in elections. 1,047.

7. U.S. embassies bombed. 1,002.

8. School shootings. 880.

9. Glenn return to space. 799.

10. Tobacco settlement. 729.

The second 10: Northern Ireland peace accord; Viagra; Mideast peace deal; Swissair crash; U.S. budget surplus; Microsoft antitrust trial; India, Pakistan nuclear tests; Sinatra dies; Kosovo; Texas heat, drought, floods.

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The top 10 international news stories of 1998, as chosen by 84 news media subscribers of The Associated Press in 39 countries outside the United States, followed by the points they received:

1. Impeachment probe of President Clinton. 638.

2. Global economic turmoil. 561.

3. India, Pakistan nuclear tests. 288.

4. Hurricanes Georges, Mitch. 282.

5. Northern Ireland peace accord. 276.

6. Russia’s economic, political crises. 271.

7. Pinochet’s arrest. 244.

8. Kosovo. 243.

9. Indonesia unrest, Suharto’s resignation. 229.

10. Iraq showdown. 195.

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The top 10 stories of 1998 chosen by 1,302 readers casting ballots at The AP Web site, www.wire.ap.org, followed by points received:

1. Clinton-Lewinsky. 8,302.

2. McGwire-Sosa home run race. 5,005.

3. Iraq showdown. 4,170.

4. U.S. embassies bombed. 3,985.

5. Hurricanes Georges, Mitch. 3,779.

6. Global economic turmoil. 3,639.

7. School shootings. 3,282.

8. Glenn return to space. 2,697.

9. GOP slide in elections. 2,515.

10. India, Pakistan nuclear tests. 2,263.

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The top 10 stories of 1998 chosen by 765 visitors to the Newseum in Arlington, Va., followed by points received:

1. Clinton-Lewinsky. 4,856.

2. Glenn return to space. 2,397.

3. Iraq showdown. 2,362.

4. McGwire-Sosa home run race. 2,229.

5. Global economic turmoil. 1,750.

6. Hurricanes Georges, Mitch. 1,686.

7. GOP slide in U.S. elections. 1,371.

8. Tobacco settlement. 1,308.

9. Viagra. 1,243.

10. School shootings. 1,175.