From a boy not in a balloon, to the inauguration of the nation's 44th president, 2009 saw big and not so big stories dominate airwaves and front pages. Rank the biggest news stories of the year by voting on the slideshow below.
The Associated Press has created a similar Facebook application that allows users to rank the top stories of the year. Users have until Dec. 17th to rank the stories, and on Dec. 20th, the AP will compare the list put forward by newsroom editors to the list created by Facebook users. Visit the AP's Facebook application.