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Alabama top 10 news of 2013

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A six-day bunker standoff in Midland City, which captivated the nation's attention, is Alabama's top news story of 2013.
    
The Associated Press chose the hostage situation as Alabama's leading news story for the year, followed by the fatal crash of a the UPS cargo jet, flight 1354, in Birmingham.
    
The University of Alabama's scandal over racial segregation in sororities and the state's gun law changes also made the Top 10.

But the hostage nail-biter that kept everyone watching on the edge of their seats topped the list without much debate. 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes stepped onto a Dale County school bus in late January and demanded children.
    
The bus driver refused and Dykes killed him with a gunshot to the dead. Ultimately the situation turned fatal for Dykes. The 65-year-old man took a 5-year-old boy and held him captive for six days until FBI agents surrounded Dykes inside a bunker and killed him.

The 5-year-old hostage was returned to family without injuries.

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