The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. COULD AFGHANISTAN BE NEXT AFTER SYRIA PULLOUT?
The abruptness with which President Trump turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too.
2. WHY TRUMP IS ON VERGE OF GIVING UP BEST CHANCE FOR WALL FUNDING
President Donald Trump appears likely to give up his last, best chance to secure money from Congress for the “beautiful” wall he’s long promised to construct, as he backs away from his threat to partially shut down the government on Friday.
3. NO NUKES FOR PYONGYANG IN DOUBT
North Korea bluntly states it won’t unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States removes its nuclear threat first.
4. THE MISSING: DEADLIEST LOSS OF MIGRANTS AT SEA
Investigation to name migrants killed in 2015 shipwreck yields clues to an even greater tragedy, the AP finds.
5. IRAN’S PERSIAN RUG-MAKERS SUFFER AS US UNRAVELS NUCLEAR DEAL
As the Trump administration works to unravel Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the producers of the country’s famed Persian carpets fear they will lose vital markets.
6. HOW MCCONNELL WAS SOLD ON SENTENCING REFORM
Advocates who embarked on the campaign to sway Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recognized his support as crucial to unlocking a historic overhaul of federal sentencing laws.
7. COURT DENIES EXTENDED DETENTION OF FORMER NISSAN CHAIRMAN
A Japanese court denied prosecutors’ request to extend the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been charged with underreporting his pay.
8. JUDGE TO RULE ON FATE OF WEINSTEIN’S CRIMINAL CASE
Harvey Weinstein is due in court in New York as a judge decides on the future of his sexual assault case, which has been clouded by allegations police acted improperly in the investigation.
9. WHAT MAKES FOR A HAPPY CHICKEN
A researcher says the animal welfare world has moved beyond looking at how to minimize suffering to exploring whether animals can also enjoy their lives.
10. MLB, UNION AND CUBA REACH DEAL FOR PLAYERS TO SIGN
Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement allowing players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting.