The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, April 5, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO’S BACKING OFF BORDER SHUTDOWN
President Donald Trump backed off his threat to seal the southern border and warned instead to slap Mexico with auto tariffs.
2. BIDEN TO MAKE 1ST APPEARANCE SINCE COMPLAINTS ABOUT HIS BEHAVIOR
Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his first public appearance since a handful of women came forward to say his affectionate behavior made them uneasy in the past.
3. UK PM ASK EU FOR BREXIT EXTENSION UNTIL JUNE 30
British Prime Minister Theresa May is requesting that the deadline for her country to leave the European Union be extended until June 30.
4. MAN’S CLAIM GIVES FALSE HOPE IN MISSING BOY CASE
The FBI declared the man’s story a hoax one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.
5. ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES JET’S FINAL JOURNEY
A preliminary report by Ethiopian investigators on the March crash that killed 157 people reveals a minute-by-minute narrative of the gripping and confusing scene in the cockpit.
6. NETANYAHU PLAYS A ‘TRUMP CARD’ IN RE-ELECTION BID
The Israeli leader’s campaign speeches, billboards and social media videos have all heavily featured Trump’s image, statements and pro-Israel actions as endorsements in a tight race for re-election.
7. BARR DEFENDS HANDLING OF MUELLER REPORT
Attorney General William Barr says special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation contains sensitive grand jury material preventing it from being immediately released.
8. WHY VENEZUELA CHILDREN ON THE MOVE NEED HELP
About 1.1 million children will need access to services such as education, sanitation and safe drinking water across the region this year because of the Venezuelan migrant crisis, UNICEF report says.
9. ECUADOR DENIES DECISION MADE TO EXPEL ASSANGE
A senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been made to expel Julian Assange from the country’s London embassy despite tweets from WikiLeaks that sources told it he could be kicked out within “hours to days.”
10. BUCKS CLINCH TOP SEED IN EAST AND NBA
Giannis Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks clinched the top spot in the conference and the top overall seed in the upcoming playoffs.