Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. INAUGURATION DAY: TRUMP TO BECOME AMERICA’S 45TH PRESIDENT
The real estate mogul and reality TV star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington is set to be sworn in.
2. TRUMP TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE AMID DEEP UNCERTAINTY
How the new U.S. president handles immigration, health care, foreign policy and trade will have the rapt attention of a global audience.
3. PROTESTERS PLANNING TO DISRUPT TRUMP’S BIG DAY
A coalition calling itself DisruptJ20 says people participating in its actions will attempt to shut down or cause delays at the inauguration’s security checkpoints.
4. 8 PEOPLE FOUND ALIVE IN RUBBLE OF ITALY’S AVALANCHE-STRUCK HOTEL
The survivor total includes 2 children, Italian news reports say, citing carabineri.
5. WHAT EXTRADITION OF ‘EL CHAPO’ SIGNIFIES
Joaquin Guzman’s exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend.
6. SYRIA: IS DESTROYS PART OF ROMAN AMPHITHEATER IN PALMYRA
The extremists recaptured the ancient town in December from government troops — nine months after IS was expelled in a Russia-backed offensive — and have previously destroyed other relics there.
7. GAMBIAN LEADER FACING ULTIMATUM
Defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power in the coming hours or he will be dislodged by a regional force.
8. MARATHON BOMBING FILM PRODUCTIONS WON’T DETAIL TAX CREDITS
Hollywood productions portraying the attack in Boston aren’t saying how much they’ve sought or received in government subsidies to film in the state, AP learns.
9. ‘WE HAVE GONE AS LOW AS WE CAN GO’
Madonna says Trump has done the public a great service because she believes the nation has now hit rock bottom, and the only direction it can go is up.
10. WHO IS GOING TO BASKETBALL’S SHOWCASE EVENT
Stephen Curry joins Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game.