by: John Fitzgerald
There was no shortage of headline-making news in 2017. From hurricanes to mass murders to politics, the news came both fast and furious. Let's take a look at some of 2017's top news stories.
Top news stories 2017 January40233632-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
An Army veteran who said the government was controlling his mind opened fire in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five and wounding eight.
Donald John Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. (Alex Wong)
The Women's March on Washington draws millions of protesters who were joined by rallies in more than 30 countries in defense of women's and human rights following Trump's inauguration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lies to the media in his first official press briefing, saying "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around the globe." White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway later claims Spicer presented "alternative facts."
Trump withdraws the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Trump incorrectly claims 3 million to 5 million illegal votes cost him the popular vote, then announces a commission to investigate alleged voter fraud.
Trump signs an order to suspend admission of all refugees for 120 days while a new system is developed that tightens vetting for those from predominantly Muslim countries. Thousands rally nationwide. Trump then fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered the Department of Justice not to enforce the ban due to doubts over its legality. The ban was blocked by the federal court, then revamped twice by the administration before being allowed to take effect late in the year.
Top news stories 2017 February34365918-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Quarterback Tom Brady orchestrates the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history by digging the New England Patriots out of a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28. (Ronald Martinez)
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn quits his job after 24 days after admitting he gave an inaccurate account of potentially illegal conversations he had with Russia's ambassador. (Drew Angerer)
The Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education by a vote of 51–50, with Mike Pence becoming the first vice president since 1945 to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet member. (Win McNamee)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, is killed in Malaysia with VX nerve agent by two women -- Doan Thi Huong, left and Siti Aisyah -- who said they thought they were playing a prank for a hidden-camera television show.
Trump removes protection for transgender students who want to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
Trump tweets about "dishonest media," calls a wide range of mainstream news organizations "the enemy of the American people," then for a time bans the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, CNN, and several other outlets from White House press briefings.
Astronomers find a solar system 39 light years away that contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets -- the first time astronomers have detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star.
In an Oscar-night slipup, "La La Land" was first announced winner of the Best Picture award, then halfway through their acceptance speech, producers were told the actual winner was "Moonlight."
Top news stories 2017 March38299762-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigations related to Russian interference in 2016 presidential campaign after it was found he twice met with Russia's ambassador during the campaign and did not disclose the meetings during his confirmation hearing.
Trump accuses President Barack Obama of tapping his phone during the 2016 campaign. The claim was later found to be baseless.
WikiLeaks posts thousands of files revealing the CIA's computer hacking arsenal, including how the agency converts cellphones, televisions and other devices into implements of espionage.
House and Senate Republicans suffer their first defeat in attempts to dismantle Obama's signature health care law. The GOP would continue to address this issue for months to come.
A man drives a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, then stabs a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured.
Top news stories 2017 April56171196-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
A bomb blast on a subway train in St. Petersburg, Russia kills 11 and wounds about 40.
The Senate approves Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, succeeding Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama's pick for the same position, Merrick Garland, never received a hearing from the Republican-controlled Senate.
More than 80, including at least 30 children and 20 women, are killed in a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The U.S. launches missile strikes in retaliation.
The U.S. drops a 22,000-pound bomb on Afghanistan, the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed.
United Airlines forcibly evicts a paying customer from his seat on an overbooked plane in Chicago. Dr. David Dao suffered a broken nose, a concussion and lost teeth.
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.
Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly following reports he and Fox News paid $13 million in settlements against women who have accused him of sexual harassment or abusive behavior.
Top news stories 2017 May92700057-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey during an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election. (Drew Angerer)
A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, leaves 22 dead and dozens injured, many of them children.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor for an investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump tweets about "negative press covfefe."
Top news stories 2017 June15210763-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Trump announces he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. After fellow holdouts Syria and Nicaragua sign the accord, the U.S. is the only nation not to sign.
Attackers kill six and injure more than 30 in a series of vehicle and knife attacks in London before police shoot them dead. First, a van barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. Three men armed with knives then attacked people in nearby Borough Market.
At least 70 are killed and 70 injured in a fire at the 24-story residential Grenfell Tower in London.
A man opens fire on Republican congressmen practicing baseball in Virginia. Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot.
A Japanese container ship collides with a Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, off Japan's coast, killing seven of the destroyer's crew. In August, another destroyer, the USS McCain, collides with a merchant ship off Singapore, killing 10 crewmembers.
A jury deadlocks on charges that comedian and actor Bill Cosby drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigns after Trump hires Anthony Scaramucci to lead the White House communications team. Scaramucci was fired 10 days later.
Top news stories 2017 July43293952-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
At least nine die in a tractor-trailer parked outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas. Authorities call it an immigrant smuggling attempt gone wrong.
The British parents of infant Charlie Gard withdrew their court fight seeking permission to take the child to the United States for experimental medical treatment for his rare genetic condition. The battle pitted parental rights against doctor's advice. (Carl Court)
Top news stories 2017 August08348336-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Trump vows to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continues to develop nuclear weapons and delivery rockets.
Venezuela's ruling party installs a super assembly that immediately selects a loyal follower of President Nicolas Maduro as its head. Huge anti-government demonstrations ensue.
Neo-Nazis, alt-Right, and white supremacists hold a "Unite the Right" rally to protest plans by Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, during which a car rammed into a crowd of anti-Nazi protesters, killing a woman. Trump later insists there were "two sides to the story."
For the first time, drug-overdose deaths exceed the number of people dying in car crashes or from gunshots in the U.S. The rise is blamed on opioid addiction.
The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years zooms across the country.
Amazon buys grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. They immediately lower prices.
In central and south Texas, an area the size of Michigan is flooded by Hurricane Harvey. The damage could exceed $100 billion.
The 400-mile-wide Hurricane Irma pummels Florida from the Keys and up the Atlantic coast with winds up to 130 mph.
Top news stories 2017 September76386307-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Hurricane Maria decimates Puerto Rico, destroying the island's infrastructure and forcing the government to rebuild dozens of communities.
More than 225 die in Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades.
Trump announces plans to end deportation protection for 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Six NFL players protest racial discrimination by kneeling during the national anthem. After Trump criticizes the players in a series of tweets, more than 200 NFL players sit, kneel or raise their fists in protest the following week.
Top news stories 2017 October98278800-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Catalonia votes in favor of declaring independence from Spain. The Spanish government responds by dissolving the Catalonia Parliament and ordering an election.
A man opens fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto a crowd of 22,000 music fans in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman had stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon. It is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
More than 75 women accuse movie producer Harvey Weinstein of behavior ranging from intimidating sexual advances to rape. The move sparks women to come forward to tell of sexual abuse by powerful men in entertainment, business, politics and the news media.
Twenty-two of the 42 deaths in California's October fires happened in a Sonoma County wildfire, making it the third-deadliest in California history.
Top news stories 2017 November25146563-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Eight are killed and 12 injured when a man drives a truck onto a Manhattan bike path.
More than 24 are killed by a gunman during Sunday services in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" which is capable of striking the US mainland.
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader for nearly four decades, resigns after being sidelined by the military.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.
Top news stories 2017 December63532969-159532 (Justin Sullivan)
Democrat Doug Jones is the first Democrat in 20 years to win a Senate seat in Alabama, beating Republican Roy Moore who was backed by Trump despite being accused of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.
The International Olympic Committee suspends Russia's Olympic team from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics over the country's doping scandal. (Maddie Meyer)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) will resign after seven women came forward and said he groped or tried to forcibly kiss them. (Mark Wilson)
The Iraqi military announces that the country has been "fully liberated" from ISIS. Three years earlier, ISIS had controlled 40 percent of the country, according to Iraqi officials.
Fires in California have torched more than 250,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and displaced more than 100,000 residents.
Federal regulators vote to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites and block or slow down others, ending Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
House and Senate Republicans reach an agreement to lower the corporate tax rate to 21 percent beginning in 2018, a central component of a $1.5 trillion tax plan.