Parkland shooting selected as top Associated Press news story of 2018

The Parkland, Fla., school shooting that left 17 dead and led to nationwide protests for gun control was the top news story of 2018, according to a poll.

The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors in the U.S. found that the shooting was the top story, followed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Continued fallout from the #MeToo movement finished third. 

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The February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 15 students and two staff members dead.

The suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.  

The shooting sparked a number of protests nationwide calling for stricter gun control in the U.S.

Survivors from the shooting helped organize March for Our Lives, a demonstration held in Washington, D.C., weeks after the shooting. Millions of people participated in the march.

A number of Parkland survivors, including student activists David Hogg and Emma González, have since remained active in pushing for gun control and other reforms. 

Other stories that finished among the top news stories in 2018, according to the AP poll, were the midterm elections, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE, immigration developments and the California wildfires.