The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHY TRUMP’S APPALACHIAN SUPPORTERS STILL BACK HIM
Trump’s backers cheer on his controversial fights with the media and establishment politicians. They say they feel like he’s fighting for them.
2. HOW 13 DAYS IN JULY SHAPED TRUMP WHITE HOUSE
The chaotic, two-week span from July 19-31 featured a senior staff shake-up and forewarned of the Russia probe’s reach into the president’s orbit.
3. WHO SCORED A RARE INTERVIEW WITH OBAMA
Former President Barack Obama has told Prince Harry in an interview that he felt serene the day he left the White House despite the sense that much important work remained unfinished.
4. WHERE DAYS OF BITTER COLD AWAIT
A white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year. Snow continues to fall in Erie, Pennsylvania, which has already seen a record amount.
5. WHO FILES SEX ASSAULT COMPLAINT AGAINST FORMER TRUMP AIDE
A singer and potential congressional candidate says she’s filed a sexual assault complaint against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November
6. HOW MUCH TIME PROSECUTORS ARE DEMANDNG FOR SAMSUNG HEIR LEE
South Korean prosecutors want a 12-year prison term for Samsung’s jailed billionaire heir Lee Jae-yong for his conviction on bribery and other charges.
7. WHERE A NEW CHURCH IS ON HOLD
Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed.
8. ROHINGYA REFUGEES HAVE ONLY MEMORIES, SAVED ON PHONES
For many Rohingya living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, all that remains of their old lives in Myanmar are memories captured in photos and videos on their mobile phones.
9. WHO APOLOGIZED TO HIS COUNTRY
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori said he’s sorry for the wrongs committed under his government in the 1990s, issuing a vaguely worded statement two days after he received a presidential medical pardon that freed him from prison.
10. KATIE LEDECKY EARNS AP FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HONORS
The champion swimmer earned five golds and a silver at this year’s world championships in Budapest.