The top 10 stories on ABC11.com in 2013

  1. RDU-bound plane plummets in mid-air
  2. "He said, we're going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," said passenger Shelley Wills after a harrowing incident on a Southwest flight in November.(The FAA has since revealed what caused the drop.)

  3. Intruders killed during home invasion
  4. Two men who tried to rob a Fayetteville home in April ended up dead after a gun battle with the homeowner.

  5. Undocumented students push for change
  6. Students argued that a policy forcing them to pay out-of-state tuition — even if they graduated from N.C. high schools — is unfair.

  7. Drug arrest at home owned by UNC coach
  8. Roy Williams is probably wishing he hadn't handed over a key to former basketball player Will Graves.

  9. Robin Roberts officially comes out
  10. The "Good Morning America" anchor publicly named her girfriend in an end-of-year message on her Facebook page.

  11. Mom stunned by act of kindness at Pizza Hut
  12. A local mother overwhelmed by a stranger's generosity reached out to ABC11 to share her story — and it quickly went viral.

  13. UNC hoops player P.J. Hairston arrested
  14. A stop at a license checkpoint in June touched off a months-long scandal that ended in Hairston's removal from the team.

  15. Tragedy strikes at the N.C. State Fair
  16. A night of fun turned to horror in October as the Vortex ride suddenly lurched out of control, throwing several people to the ground. The ride operator and a manager of the company that owns the ride have both been charged with felony assault.

  17. Mom pleads guilty in Shaniya Davis murder
  18. Days before her trial was set to begin, the Fayetteville woman accused of selling her daughter for $200 struck a surprise plea deal. Experts say she will likely spend 20 years behind bars.

  19. Xerox calls police before layoffs
  20. Laying off dozens of workers right before the holidays is bad enough for PR, but management's phone call to police really touched a nerve among readers.

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