The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SCORES OF CASUALTIES REPORTED AFTER BOMBARDMENT
Government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus killed at least 98 people, a Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say.
2. ‘THEY ARE GOING TO HEAR US OUT’
A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida’s capital to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty.
3. OLYMPIC PLEDGE UNLIKELY TO BE KEPT
Hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what it promised during its successful 2011 Olympics bid and turn an impoverished backwater into a premiere Asian ski destination.
4. WHOSE FRIENDSHIP IS WARMING
President Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah’s Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship.
5. DEPORTATION CONCERNS BACKERS OF OHIO BUSINESSMAN
Supporters of Amer Othman, who spent the last 38 years in the U.S., say his deportation to his native Jordan is one of the most egregious examples of the Trump administration’s attempts to ramp up immigration enforcement at all costs.
6. WHICH NEW WEAPON IS BEING USED IN DRUG WAR
Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation’s struggle with opioids.
7. DONALD TRUMP JR. PUSHING BRAND ABROAD
The president’s eldest son arrives in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on Indians who have bought units in Trump-branded developments.
8. ‘WE ARE ONE’
Korean women’s hockey team ends its historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss, with thousands of fans shouting their support and waving a unification flag.
9. WHAT WAS ‘COMPLETELY ANNIHILATED’
Volcanologists say the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also destroyed the mountain’s summit.
10. FAMILIAR FACES ON MEDALS STAND
Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win the gold medal in ice dancing at Pyeongchang, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.