The top news stories of 2014 covered an array of topics ranging from politics to scandals about formerly-beloved stars in entertainment and sports. In politics, the midterm elections and the declining popularity of President Obama and his Democratic Party held headlines from one end of the year to the other. In entertainment, there were shocking deaths as well as unfathomable stories about some of our past beloved stars. In sports, it wasn’t the contests that held headlines, but instead it was the behavior – or misbehavior – of the athletes, as well as the unaccepted response from the organizations that rule the sports teams and its players, according to many news sources including NBC News on Friday.
There were continued headlines about people entering our country illegally and the president’s position on those actions. In business, the failings of formerly bailed-out General Motors held headlines with its less-than-acceptable products which have been accused of causing deaths. And, of course, there were other concerns involving foreign lands that had impact on America and its people. Those stories, most often, came from the Middle East, Malaysia, and Russia.
The Top Ten News Stories of 2014
- The Michael Brown killing in Ferguson and the Eric Garner decision made the year of 2014 the year of race-relations’ concerns in the United States. A black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri – and race tensions exploded across the nation, including violence, as well as burnings of businesses. Then, a black man, Eric Garner, was subdued in New York by a police officer with a choke hold and Garner ended up dying. Again, when many citizens disagreed with the decision of a grand jury, racial tensions exploded via protests across the nation again.
- Ebola became infamously known during the year. The deadly illness from Africa caused discussion, debate, and incredible fear in the United States. Thomas Duncan was the only person to die in the United States after he arrived in Texas. Others arrived with Ebola symptoms from other parts of the world and were controversially quarantined. A nurse in New Jersey rejected the quarantine and won a court battle to go home rather than remain in confinement.
- Republicans trounced the Democrats in the 2014’s midterm elections. It was the largest defeat of the Democrats in nearly a century. Besides holding on to control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republicans easily gained control of the U.S. Senate. Voter anger is said to be the reason for the election results as many incumbents were voted out of office.
- Donald Sterling, the former owner of LA Clippers, was caught making racist statements on phone recordings. He told a female friend to not bring black people to his games when he was the owner of the team. It caused an explosive conversation about race in America. He fought losing the team in court, but the NBA was granted the right to take the team and his wife was given the right to sell the team.
- Immigration held headlines through the year. By year’s end, thousands of immigrants were allowed to enter the country from the southern border of the United States. Also, after the midterm elections, President Barack Obama took executive action to allow many illegal persons in the country to remain in the country. Immigration was just one of Obama’s executive orders that were strongly controversial in the past year.
- Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, two American comedians with incredible careers, died in the past year. Williams stunned the nation by committing suicide in California. Rivers went to a New York doctor for a throat procedure and shockingly ended up dying at a hospital a short time later.
- Athletes behaving badly was a huge story in 2014, according to International Business Times on Friday. Ray Rice, an NFL star, was seen beating his then-fiancé in a video. Shortly thereafter, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was accused of physical abuse and cruelty to a child after disciplining his child with a switch.
- Bill Cosby, the 77-year-old television star and comedian, was accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions. Though the rumors were floating for years, via a fellow-comedian in Philadelphia the stories of Cosby’s alleged past sexual escapades went viral with accusations that he drugged and sexually abused many women. Cosby still denies the stories that have gone viral during the past year.
- GM’s continuous auto recalls were a huge story this year. There were more recalls in the past year than ever before. The concerns over the vehicles included faulty airbags and faulty ignition switches which allegedly caused deaths to travelers.
- Malaysia Airlines disasters held headlines in 2014. Malaysia Airlines 370 disappeared after taking off from Malaysia last spring. Instead of arriving in China, it went missing and – to this day – has mysteriously stayed missing. There were a number of Americans on the flight. It has been strongly suggested that the aircraft must have gone down in the Indian Ocean and killed its hundreds of passengers, but it has never been proven. Additionally, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine in July. Russia has been blamed by the West, but Russia continues to blame Ukraine for the disaster and denies it had any part in shooting the plane down and causing the hundreds of deaths.