The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP REJECTS IMMIGRATION DEAL IN VULGAR TERMS
The president questions why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway.
2. AFRICA AWAKES TO PROFANE TRUMP COMMENTS
While many African governments hesitated at criticism, media outlets and the continent’s young, increasingly connected population were not being shy.
3. CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDES TAKE LIVES OF ELDERLY, YOUNG
The oldest victim was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before and died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed.
4. TRUMP POISED FOR FIRST MEDICAL CHECK-UP AS PRESIDENT
The exam is taking on outsized importance given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump’s recent slurring of words on national TV.
5. MIXED BAG FOR WALMART EMPLOYEES
Walmart boosted its starting salary for U.S. workers and handed out bonuses. But the company is also closing dozens of Sam’s Club stores — a move that could cost thousands of jobs.
6. ‘ME TOO’ MOVEMENT PRESENTS DIFFERENT CHALLENGE FOR BILL COSBY
The entertainer faces a retrial in less than 90 days in a vastly different cultural climate, one in which powerful men are being toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct.
7. MAN WHO AIDED HOSPITAL PATIENT DISCHARGED IN GOWN SHOCKED
Imamu Baraka tells the AP he recorded the events on his cellphone, fearing no one would believe him reporting a woman wheeled out in 30-degree temperatures and left at a Baltimore bus stop.
8. HOW MEDIA COMPANIES MAY BE IMPACTED BY FACEBOOK CHANGES
The social media giant is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more “meaningful,” a move that could hurt publishers and news organizations that rely on it to spread their content.
9. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SCANDAL RATTLES CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
James Franco captures an acting award hours after a report detailed new misconduct allegations against “The Disaster Artist” star and director.
10. AUSTRALIAN OPEN NOW A FITNESS TEST
Before tennis’ first major has even begun, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are nursing injuries and Serena Williams already decided not to defend her title.