The Associated Press makes the obvious choice for top story of 2011.
—OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH: He’d been the world’s most-wanted terrorist for nearly a decade, ever since a team of his al-Qaida followers carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In May, the long and often-frustrating manhunt ended with a nighttime assault by a helicopter-borne special operations squad on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was shot dead by one of the raiders, and within hours his body was buried at sea.
The president who they said was in league with terrorists ordered the death of the world’s most notorious terrorist — an achievement the militant Bush administration was never able to attain.