Goodbye 2017, and take your unicorns with you
NEW YORK (AP) — You know all those things you wish would disappear but won't? Us, too.
Highlights of the things we're over in 2017:
Please, rainbowy unicorns, stop throwing up and pooping all over everything. Also, you can keep your horns, tears and "snot" to yourselves.
Nvidia leads S&P’s winners in 2016; drug companies slump
NEW YORK (AP) — In a solid year for stocks, graphics processor maker Nvidia stood far above its peers on the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The company's stock more than tripled for the year. But it was far from the only company that made a notable move. Goldman Sachs helped a rally in financial companies and Caterpillar contributed to an industrial boom on Wall Street, while drug companies like Mylan suffered big drops.
What 2017 may mean for your personal finances
It's been a tumultuous 2016 — both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me?
Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store for Americans' personal finances. Here's their take on what to expect in the year ahead:
When giants fall: Sports loses Ali, Howe, Palmer, Summitt
Mighty sequoias fell in sports in 2016, transformational figures who reshaped the games and the culture — from Muhammad Ali to Gordie Howe, from Arnold Palmer to Pat Summitt.
And there was loss much too soon. The famous poem "To an Athlete Dying Young" tells of a runner and his town, and how "shoulder-high we bring you home." So it was with the Miami Marlins and 24-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez , killed in a boating accident.
Along the way, other lives lit up sports across the years:
Books old and new in 2016 got boost from Trump candidacy
NEW YORK (AP) — Books by such familiar names as J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney and Bill O'Reilly were among the top sellers of 2016. But the most unexpected presidential election in memory also led to some unexpected successes.
Globalization took hits in 2016; Will 2017 lead to more?
LONDON (AP) — Globalization, the path that the world economy has largely followed for decades, took some hefty blows in 2016.
The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and companies' freedom to move production to lower-cost countries.
Borders are back in vogue. Economic nationalism is paying political dividends.
AP’s top 10 movies led by ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’
Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2016.
Year’s top news filled with division _ and no middle ground
Fed up with Europe's union across borders? Reject it. Disgusted with the U.S. political establishment? Can it.
The news in 2016 was filled with battles over culture and territory that exposed divisions far deeper than many realized. But people confronting those divides repeatedly rejected the prospect of middle-ground solutions and the institutions put in place to deliver them.
Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016
Embracing Soviet-style communism, Fidel Castro overcame imprisonment and exile to become leader of Cuba and defy the power of the United States at every turn. The strongman's half-century rule was marked by the unsuccessful U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. But after surviving a crippling trade embargo and dozens of assassination plots, Castro died in November at age 90. Perhaps befitting the controversial leader, his death elicited both tears and cheers across the Western Hemisphere.
AP’s top songs of 2016: Solange, Remy Ma, Rae Sremmurd
NEW YORK (AP) — A list of the year's top 10 songs from Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
1. "Cranes In the Sky," Solange: On a song about trying to move on, Solange tries a few things to get on with life: drinking, having sex, shopping and running away. It's an honest tune over a mid-tempo beat produced with the help of a musical genius named Raphael Saadiq. And Solange's vocals glide nicely over the track, ending it with memorable coos, and making it the year's best.
AP’s top albums of 2016: Beyonce, Rihanna, Solange, Bruno
NEW YORK (AP) — A list of the year's top 10 albums from Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
In 2016, politics dominated our pop culture _ and vice versa
Our politics is often reflected in our popular culture, and vice versa — especially in an election year. That relationship seemed closer than ever in 2016, when a TV personality was elected president, reality shows and beauty contests were referenced in presidential debates, and even a Broadway show ignited partisan sparring.
‘Black Mirror,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Westworld’ among year’s best
NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of so-called Peak TV, the tally of scripted series aired in 2016 is closing in on 500. No wonder it's so hard to pick the best 2 percent of the crop. But that doesn't mean we aren't pleased to salute our 10 particular favorites. Here's our honor roll: