The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, March 16, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO IS READY TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE
President Donald Trump is ready to remake his administration, privately weighing more changes, expressing frustration with certain advisers and sifting through possible replacements.
2. DEMOCRATS FACING CONUNDRUM IN MIDTERM CAMPAIGNS
The party tries to decide whether liberals, moderates or some combination are best to take on Republicans in GOP territory where President Donald Trump was victorious in 2016.
3. ABORTION, FREE SPEECH COLLIDE IN COURT DISPUTE
A California law regulating anti-abortion pregnancy centers has led to a Supreme Court clash at the intersection of abortion and free speech.
4. CONGRESS DEMANDS PROBE INTO CHILD SEX ASSAULT
Reacting to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases, Congress demanded the Defense and Justice departments to explain how they will solve the problem.
5. WHY PUERTO RICO IS STILL PLEADING FOR HELP
As the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches, only a fraction of the $23 billion appropriated by Congress for storm relief has actually been spent in Puerto Rico.
6. HOW A BUS BRINGS JOY TO AFGHAN CHILDREN
The Kabul blue bus is a library on wheels where children in Afghanistan’s war-battered capital discover the joys of reading.
7. MAN KNOWN AS THE ‘STOCKING STRANGLER’ PUT TO DEATH
Carlton Gary, 67, was executed for the rape-slayings of three older women in attacks that terrorized a Georgia city four decades ago.
8. VIETNAM COMMEMORATES ANNIVERSARY OF MY LAI MASSACRE
More than a thousand people in Vietnam marked the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, the most notorious episode in modern U.S. military history, with talk of peace and cooperation instead of hatred.
9. SNOWFLAKES MAY UNLOCK SECRETS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Researchers say the data from the tiny crystals could be used to provide clues to the changing climate and validate the satellite models used for weather predictions.
10. UNIVERSITY GETS LIFT FROM NUN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is Loyola-Chicago’s biggest fan who prays with the players before games and gives them scouting reports the next day.