The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, March 15, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SCORES KILLED IN NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE SHOOTINGS
Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers that killed at least 49 people attending prayers are described by Prime Minister Ardern as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days. ”
2. ISRAELI MILITARY STRIKES 100 HAMAS TARGETS
Israeli warplanes struck in the Gaza Strip in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv.
3. DEMOCRATIC FIELD TAKING SHAPE
The contours of the Democratic presidential primary came into clearer focus this week with Texan Beto O’Rourke’s entry into the race.
4. WHO VOTED AGAINST TRUMP’S BORDER EMERGENCY
In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico.
5. LATE-WINTER STORM MOVES TO UPPER MIDWEST
A late-winter storm system continued its trek across the Midwest, expecting to send rain and snow into Minnesota and Illinois.
6. TESLA UNVEILS MODEL Y SUV
Tesla unveiled a new all-electric SUV that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative.
7. REPORT: PILOT QUICKLY CALLED IN ETHIOPIA PLANE EMERGENCY
The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed reportedly requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff; The investigation in France has begun into the flight data and voice recorders.
8. COLLEGE-ADMISSIONS SCANDAL UNFOLDS AMID CYNICISM
The college-admissions bribery scheme revealed this week by federal prosecutors coincides with increasing cynicism about U.S. moral values.
9. WHO IS RETHINKING NUKE TALKS WITH U.S.
A Senior North Korean official says the United States threw away an opportunity at the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, who may soon decide whether to maintain a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests.
10. DETERMINED EFFORT TO DIVERSIFY HOCKEY
Minority players in the NHL remain a relative rarity but the effort to increase diversity in the sport — some of it funded by the league — has never been more robust than it is now.