The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, March 30, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SACRAMENTO PROTESTERS HEED CALL TO AVOID DISRUPTING NBA GAME
Hours after an emotional interruption at his brother’s funeral, Stevante Clark helped defuse tension in California’s capital city.
2. MOSCOW’S TIT-FOR-TAT EXTENDS DIPLOMATIC CONFLICT
Russia will expel more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, and close a U.S. consulate after Western expulsions of Russian diplomats over the British poisoning scandal
3. PRISONERS’ KIN ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HELP
Families of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea decades ago want Trump to help win the abductees’ release during his summit with North Korea’s leader.
4. CAUSES OF CALIFORNIA CRASH MAY STAY A MYSTERY
Investigators are trying to determine what caused an SUV carrying a Washington state family to plunge off a California cliff, but authorities might never figure out what happened.
5. WHO ARE PREPARING FOR LARGE BORDER PROTESTS
Palestinians stageing mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a new attempt by Hamas to break a crippling, decade-old Gaza border blockade by Israel and Egypt.
6. CHURCH GROUP CONCERNED WITH SEXUAL PREDATORS SEEKS RULE CHANGE
Members of the Mormon Church are demanding an end to one-on-one interviews between Mormon youth and lay leaders, saying a parent or adult should be required for all meetings that usually happen twice a year starting at age 12.
7. CATHOLIC FAITHFUL GO FAR IN FOLLOWING THE EXPERIENCES OF JESUS
Filipino Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings.
8. WHAT’S AT STAKE IN DATA SECURITY DEEP BENEATH THE SEA
Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths.
9. WHICH FEMALE BIBLICAL FIGURE IS BEING REASSESSED
Mary Magdalene, long portrayed as a reformed former prostitute, in increasingly viewed as a strong, independent woman who supported Jesus financially and spiritually.
10. ’WAIT ‘TILL NEXT YEAR’ COMES AROUND AGAIN
The 2018 Major League Baseball season started with Ian Happ of the Cubs homering on the very first pitch and Giancarlo Stanton hitting two home runs in his debut with the New York Yankees.