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What were you checking on in 2016? Weather, politics, crime

Posted December 24, 2016
Updated December 25, 2016

Princeville town leaders met with residents Monday night to discuss their plans for moving forward following devastating floods from Hurricane Matthew.

— visitors had wide-ranging interests in the stories they clicked on and videos they watched this year, based on lists of the most popular stories and videos of 2016.

Hurricane Matthew coverage dominated the most-viewed videos of the year on, with forecast updates, storm tracks and continuous coverage of the deluge and subsequent flooding taking 11 of the top 30 spots.

When it comes to the written word, however, weather was just one of many topics that interested readers.

Reports of gunfire at Crabtree Valley Mall on Aug. 13 generated a lot of buzz, with three stories on the panic in the mall and the search for a gunman – none was ever found – ranking among the top 18 of the year.

Politics, from Donald Trump's presidential run to the controversy over North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, accounted for five of the top 30 most-read stories.

Crime and police-involved shootings, such as the Feb. 29 shooting death of Akiel Denkins in Raleigh, also were hot topics.

As proof that nothing ever goes away on the Internet, several of the most-read stories of the year, including the top overall story about an Amtrak train crash, didn't even happen in 2016. They likely were linked to a more current story and then shared through social media.

Here are some other top stories on during 2016:

Find your school: 2015-16 school performance grades

NC stations run out of gas after ruptured pipeline leads to shortage

NC NAACP president removed from flight before takeoff

WRAL welcomes NBC Feb. 29

Here are some other videos among the year's most viewed:

Veteran recognized would-be robber's gun was fake

'My heart just dropped:' Mother says teacher's texts with her son crossed the line

Allergy season: How does NC compare to other states?

Fiery tractor-trailer crash shuts down I-95


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