The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, April 12, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO’S CHANGING HIS TUNE ON WIKILEAKS
President Donald Trump declares “I know nothing about WikiLeaks” after its founder Julian Assange was hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to face charges, a stark contrast to how candidate Trump showered praise on the hacking organization during his 2016 presidential campaign.
2. WIKILEAKS’ STATUS IN THE MEDIA WORLD COMPLEX
Assange’s arrest reignites a debate with no easy answer: Is the former computer hacker and founder of WikiLeaks a journalist or not?
3. INSIDE BUTTIGIEG’S ‘COMPLICATED’ RELATIONSHIP WITH PENCE
Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg became a celebrated voice for LGBT equality, and as a Democratic presidential contender his rhetoric toward Vice President Mike Pence has hardened.
4. HOUSE DEMOCRATS MARK FIRST 100 DAYS
Democratic freshmen lawmakers are taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a front line of resistance to Trump.
5. MEMORIAL SPOTLIGHTS MAN BEHIND NIPSEY HUSSLE RAP PERSONA
For a decade, Nipsey Hussle released much sought-after mixtapes that he sold out of the trunk of his car, helping him create a buzz and gain respect from rap purists and his peers.
6. HOW S. KOREAN BABIES BORN DEC. 31 BECOME 2-YEAR-OLDS THE NEXT DAY
South Korean babies become 1 on the day of their birth and then get an additional year tacked on when the calendar hits Jan. 1.
7. EX-OBAMA WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL CHARGED IN LOBBYING PROBE
Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has been indicted on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe.
8. TALIBAN DECLARES START OF SPRING OFFENSIVE
The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States.
9. ALABAMA HALTS EXECUTION OF MAN WHO KILLED PASTOR
An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor was spared from a scheduled lethal injection after the state was unable to lift a last-minute stay.
10. DECHAMBEAU, KOEPKA SHARE LEAD AT THE MASTERS
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka each shot a 6-under 66 in the opening roun