The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, March 14, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. BETO O’ROURKE ANNOUNCES 2020 WHITE HOUSE BID
The former Texas congressman ends months of speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a Democratic presidential bid.
2. WHO IS HANDLING ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES’ BLACK BOX PROBE
The French air accident investigation authority, or BEA, says it will handle the analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders retrieved from the crash site.
3. UK LAWMAKERS SET FOR ANOTHER BIG BREXIT VOTE
With “no deal” off the table, parliament will now decide whether to delay Britain’s departure from the EU as Theresa May struggles to overcome further erosion of her authority.
4. CHARITY USED IN FRAUDULENT COLLEGE DONATIONS
Prosecutors and tax documents say the mastermind of a college admissions scandal set up a charity that funneled money from wealthy parents to bribe coaches and others to get their children into elite universities.
5. GOP SENATORS APPEAR READY TO BLOCK TRUMP BORDER DECLARATION
The breakdown of a compromise effort appears to be pushing the Senate toward a vote in favor of blocking the president’s emergency declaration at the Mexican border.
6. US IMMIGRATION AGENTS FIND WAYS AROUND ‘SANCTUARY’ POLICIES
Despite laws that shield immigrants from deportation, federal authorities are still getting back-channel cooperation from some local law enforcement agencies.
7. MALAYSIA WON’T DROP CASE AGAINST VIETNAMESE IN KIM JONG NAM KILLING
The murder case will proceed against Doan Thi Huong, accused in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother.
8. CUBA PLANS GOVERNMENT OVERHAUL
Havana is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its communist system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal justice to the market economy.
9. ‘BOMB CYCLONE’ STORM BARRELS TOWARD MIDWEST
National Guard troops are rescuing stranded drivers in Colorado in the wake of a massive late-winter storm that is expected to unleash heavy rain and snow on the Midwest plains.
10. R. KELLY’S SEX VIDEOS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS
Sex videos like those that have been integral to the criminal cases against the R&B star have been circulating across the nation since the 1990s.