The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, July 6, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP WARNS NORTH KOREA HE’S WEIGHING A ‘SEVERE’ RESPONSE
The president, in his first public comments since North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time, called on all nations to confront the North’s “very, very bad behavior.”
2. US STUDYING NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST PYONGYANG
Among the possible penalties intended to starve North Korea of cash for its nuclear program is one that would infuriate Beijing: sanctions on Chinese companies that help keep the North’s economy afloat.
3. WHY NUKE THREAT ISN’T IMMEDIATE
Despite North Korea’s newly demonstrated missile muscle, experts say it will likely take several more years for the rogue nation to perfect an ICBM it could actually use in a real-world scenario.
4. WHICH CITY IS BRACED FOR A MAJOR PROTEST
Hamburg police are gearing up for “G-20: Welcome to Hell,” as the event has been titled by anti-globalization demonstrators.
5. REP. SCALISE BACK IN INTENSIVE CARE
The setback for the Louisiana lawmaker, recuperating from a gunshot wound, stems from new concerns about infection.
6. WHO MIGHT BE FORCED TO TESTIFY
The AP learns that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is increasingly expected to be deposed as New York’s attorney general expands his probe into whether Tillerson’s former employer, ExxonMobil, misled investors.
6. WHAT MIGHT HAVE PROMPTED GUNMAN TO AMBUSH, KILL NYC OFFICER
Police are investigating what the city’s police commissioner describes as an officer being “assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops.”
7. HOW CANADA IS ATTACKING OPIOID CRISIS
Health authorities are rapidly expanding the number of “safe injection sites” — places where addicts can shoot up under medical supervision.
8. HOBBY LOBBY FINED $3 MILLION OVER SMUGGLED ARTIFACTS
The U.S. government alleges that the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby acquired thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts that had been intentionally mislabeled.
10. WHO CAUGHT UP TO DIMAGGIO
Aaron Judge’s major league-leading 29th home run tied Joe DiMaggio’s New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie — before the All-Star break.