Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. OBAMA COMMUTES CHELSEA MANNING’S PRISON SENTENCE
The president’s action in his final days in office will allow the convicted Army leaker to go free nearly three decades early.
2. PUTIN TAKES PARTING SHOT AT OBAMA
The Russian leader accuses the outdoing administration of trying to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s election with fake allegations.
3. TRUMP PICK FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY PUSHES SCHOOL CHOICE
At the same time, Betsy DeVos, during a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, pledges not to dismantle public education.
4. HOW BRITAIN’S BREXIT IS PLAYING OUT
In a long-awaited speech, Prime Minister Theresa May makes clear that the U.K. will say goodbye to the single market, the European Court of Justice and the freedom of movement for workers.
5. AFTER THREE YEARS, SEARCH FOR MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370 SUSPENDED
Experts will continue analyzing data and scrutinizing debris washing ashore in a bid to narrow down where the jetliner crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people onboard.
6. WHAT ‘OBAMACARE’ REPEAL, WITHOUT REPLACEMENT, WOULD LOOK LIKE
Insurance premiums would jump sharply and some 18 million Americans would lose health coverage, Congress’ budget office estimates.
7. WIDOW OF ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB GUNMAN IN COURT
Noor Salman, 30, allegedly knew about the horrific attack ahead of time and faces charges that could carry up to life in prison.
8. REFUGEES KILLED IN ACCIDENTAL BOMBING
A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombs a refugee camp, killing more than 100 people.
9. CAROLINE KENNEDY STEPPING DOWN AS AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
In her three years on the job, Kennedy worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on Okinawa.
10. WHO’S POISED TO JOIN MLB IMMORTALS
Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are likely to be voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez, too, might make the grade.