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Select 10 stories from the list below, and number them from 1 to 10 in order of preference. If you would like to add stories that are not on our list, do so at the bottom.
_____Japan hit by devastating earthquake and tsunami; nuclear plant crippled.
_____European Union fiscal crisis: riots and strikes in Greece, fears debt problems will spread.
_____Hurricane Irene rakes eastern US, kills more than 40, causes billions in damage.
_____Penn State sex abuse scandal: ex-assistant football coach charged; Joe Paterno fired.
_____Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALS.
_____Arab Spring: uprisings spread through region, topple three longtime leaders.
_____Series of tornado outbreaks across Midwest and Southeastern U.S.
_____Libya: Moammar Gadhafi killed after eight-month rebellion backed by NATO.
_____GOP presidential campaign: several contenders rise and fall while Romney stays on track.
_____Showdowns in Congress over debt ceiling and deficit reduction; U.S. bond rating lowered.
_____Egypt: Hosni Mubarak ousted as president after massive protests against his regime.
_____Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs dies.
_____Michael Jackson's doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in pop star's death.
_____Wildfires across Texas destroy more than 2,900 homes; Arizona and New Mexico also hit.
_____Syria: about 4,000 killed as Assad regime tries to crush opposition uprising.
_____Flooding in Thailand kills more than 560 people.
_____British phone hacking scandal: News of the World closes, numerous journalists arrested.
_____Rep. Gabrielle Giffords suffers severe brain injury in gunman's attack that killed six.
_____Iraq: political uncertainty persists as US troops withdraw.
_____Royal wedding: Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
_____Disclosures of vast surveillance of Muslim community by New York Police Department.
_____Surprise pre-Halloween snowstorm in Northeast; millions lose power.
_____Pakistan: Friend or foe? Discord over US attacks, Pakistan's ties to extremists.
_____Herman Cain suspends GOP presidential campaign after allegations of sex harassment, extramarital affair.
_____IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn accused of sexual assault by hotel maid.
_____Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Italy's prime minister amid scandals and crises.
_____Iran: Nuclear program, assassination plot raise tension with Iran to new heights.
_____Anthony Weiner resigns from Congress after sending sexually suggestive photo over Twitter.
_____Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger captured after 16 years on the run.
_____Palestinians plot new paths to statehood as talks with Israel founder.
_____New York becomes largest state to legalize same-sex marriage.
_____Norway massacre: right-wing extremist kills 77 in bombing and shooting onslaught.
_____Burma's new government vows to phase out military rule; pro-democracy party rejoins politics.
_____Afghanistan: "Good War" turns bad, violence rises as US plans withdrawal.
_____U.S. econony sputters; jobless rate hovers near 9 percent.
_____India's anti-corruption protests attract massive public support.
_____Catholic leader in Philadelphia accused of transferring priests who abused more victims.
_____Somalia wracked by famine and warfare.
_____New Zealand earthquake kills 182, destroys much of downtown in city of Christchurch.
_____Occupy Wall Street protest movement spreads across US and abroad.
_____Earthquake in Turkey kills more than 600.
_____Mexico's Drug War grows more brutal: mass graves, gunfights spreading to once-peaceful areas.
_____South Sudan becomes independent; conflicts with Sudan continue.
_____Repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" enables gays to serve openly in US military.
_____Fugitive Bosnian Serb war-crimes suspect Ratko Mladic captured, faces genocide trial.
_____Russia: Vladimir Putin says he'll seek presidency again.
_____Alabama immigration law: Controversies arise after state enacts toughest-in-nation law.
_____Showdowns in Wisconsin, Ohio over GOP efforts to rein in public service unions.
_____Plane crashes into spectators at air races in Reno; 11 people killed.
_____Murder conviction of U.S. student Amanda Knox overturned by jurors in Italy.
_____Outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe blamed for the deaths of 29 people.
_____NASA retires the U.S. space shuttle fleet after three decades of flying.