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Economy voted Top Story of 2009

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The nation's economic recovery tops the list of big news stories in 2009.

As voted upon by editors and news directors, the struggling economy, unemployment and American distress was the biggest story, according to the Associated Press poll.

The inauguration of the nation's first black president was number two, followed by the ongoing debate over health care legislation on Capitol Hill.

For the first year ever, AP also polled the general public on Facebook. Those responses varied a little, putting President Obama's inauguration at No. 1., followed by the economy and the death of Michael Jackson.

Rounding out the official Top 10:

4. Auto Industry collapse and recovery

5. Swine Flu

6. Afghanistan

7. Michael Jackson's death

8. Fort Hood rampage

9. Edward Kennedy dies

10. Miracle on the Hudson

Facebook Top 10:

1. Obama inauguration

2. U.S. Economy

3. Michael Jackson's death

4. Miracle on the Hudson

5. Swine flu

6. Health care overhaul

7. Edward Kennedy dies

8. Auto industry woes

9. Iran

10. Sotomayor joins the Supreme Court

Online reporting by Wendy Hathaway

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