The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. “IT WAS AWFUL, AND NOW THERE’S JUST NOTHING LEFT”
The destruction of many Florida communities dotting the white-sand beaches is being called catastrophic as the storm barrels up the Southeast, dumping heavy rains and spreading flash flooding misery as far away as Virginia.
2. US-SAUDI RELATIONS FRAYED BY WRITER’S DISAPPEARANCE
Washington’s close relationship with Riyadh is imperiled over the mysterious disappearance inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey of a columnist for The Washington Post.
3. GLOBAL MARKET BLUES EASE WITH POSSIBLE SINO-AMERICAN SUMMIT
China says it is in communication with the U.S. amid reports of a planned meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump following a dive in the U.S. stock market blamed partly on a growing trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
4. AMERICAN PASTOR FACING TERROR-RELATED CHARGES
The trial of Andrew Brunson, at the heart of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States, has resumed, with observers waiting to see if Turkey will release him amid threats of further U.S. sanctions.
5. RAPPER TAKES CENTER STAGE IN THE OVAL OFFICE
Kanye West put on a jaw-dropping performance, including the use of the F-word, during a meeting with President Trump.
6. HOW KAVANAUGH’S NOMINATION MAY IMPACT MIDTERMS
Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, is facing a female challenger in a state gradually becoming more Democratic, as a full-scale gender politics fight will test whether the Supreme Court showdown will help or hurt the GOP’s effort to maintain control of the Senate.
7. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP REGROUPS IN BLOODY ASSAULTS
Nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, IS has reverted to being a shadowy insurgent network targeting civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and inciting sectarian strife.
8. MURDERED SALVADORAN ARCHBISHOP TO BE CANONIZED
Pope Francis will officially make Oscar Romero a saint nearly three decades after he was martyred by an assassin’s bullet for speaking out against the military dictatorship.
9. A LITTLE LESS POMP AND CEREMONY
Britain gets its second royal wedding of the year as lesser known Princess Eugenie weds a tequila brand ambassador on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
10. HOOPS AROUND THE WORLD
The NBA has been going overseas to play preseason or regular season games for 40 years, and the global footprint of the league continues to expand.