The Associated Press’ annual poll of its member media outlets seeking the top stories of 2004 ranks the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the father of modern-day terrorism, over the death of Ronald Reagan, one of the most popular U.S. presidents in history.

A total of 234 ballots were cast, AP reported. The top story was the November general election in which President Bush was re-elected, followed by the Iraq war.

The poll found that Arafat’s death at age 75 was the No. 7 story of the year, followed by Reagan’s death at No. 8. Reagan succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 93 in June. The rise of same-sex marriage and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal also out-polled the passing of Reagan.

Here are the top 10 stories of 2004, according to the Associated Press:

1. U.S. elections

2: Iraq

3. Florida hurricanes

4. Abu Ghraib scandal

5. Sept. 11 report

6: ‘Gay’ marriage

7: Arafat dies

8: Reagan dies

9: Russian school seizure

10: Madrid bombings

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