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Top Wire Stories 95 In Review

Sun., Dec. 31, 1995

Here are the Top 10 national and world stories, as chosen by Associated Press newspaper editors and broadcast news directors in the U.S.

1. Oklahoma blast.

A powerful bomb exploded outside the Oklahoma City federal building on April 19. The carnage was shocking: 169 dead, more than 500 injured.

2. The former Yugoslavia.

It was another year of ethnic violence and unrest in Yugoslavia. But at the end of 1995, the confrontation became personal for Americans: U.S. troops were sent to keep the peace.

3. O.J. walks.

At 10 a.m., Oct. 3, the nation stood still and stared at the television. Minutes later, a Los Angeles jury cleared O.J. Simpson of murdering his ex-wife and a waiter.

4. Rabin assassination.

On Nov. 5, Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin delivered a message of reconciliation to the crowd in Tel Aviv. Rabin then left the rally and walked to his car. Yigal Amir, 25, fatally shot Rabin from point-blank range, authorities said.

5. Kobe earthquake.

It was the worst earthquake in Japan since 1923, a disaster that turned a sleek, modern city of 1.4 million into a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 17 killed more than 6,000 people, injured more than 26,000, demolished more than 94,000 buildings.

6. ‘Contract With America.’

In this pre-election year, with the arrival of Newt Gingrich as speaker of the House, the battle lines were drawn early. Who knew they would end up leaving 260,000 federal employees temporarily out of work?

7. Japanese subway gassed.

Aum Shinri Kyo, a Japanese cult, was accused of spreading deadly nerve gas through the Tokyo subway system on March 20. A dozen people were killed.

8. American hero.

Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia on June 2. For the next six days, the Spokane man survived on insects and grass, washed down with rainwater. Finally, the Marines swooped in and brought O’Grady home.

9. Killer heat.

A mid-July Midwest heat wave, with temperatures topping out at 106 degrees, caused more than 700 deaths - a higher death toll than in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

10. Susan Smith spared.

The jury decided she was guilty of killing her little boys by strapping them into their car and rolling the car into a lake. The jury then decided to spare her life and put her in prison for life.

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