The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WITH COHEN PLEA, GOP FACES FAMILIAR QUANDARY
The former Trump attorney and fixer pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges, increasing pressure on the Republican Party in a midterm election year.
2. WHO IS INDIVIDUAL 1
That’s the moniker federal prosecutors gave Trump in the Michael Cohen case and documents also lay out new details about the involvement of the president’s real estate company.
3. FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN GUILTY
Paul Manafort is convicted of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president’s associates.
4. FACEBOOK UNCOVERS NEW GLOBAL MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN
The social network says that it has removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for engaging in misleading political behavior.
5. POLITICIANS TARGET IMMIGRATION LAW AFTER ARREST IN IOWA CASE
The stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering Mollie Tibbetts thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate.
6. HURRICANE LANE BEARS DOWN ON HAWAII
Residents of the island chain rush to stores to stock up on supplies as they face the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf.
7. VENEZUELA RATTLED BY POWERFUL QUAKE
The magnitude 7.3 temblor knocks out power and topples supermarket shelves but the country escapes major damage because of the earthquake’s depth, experts say.
8. WYOMING VOTERS REBUFF TRUMP, PICK NATIVE SON
Secretary of State Mark Gordon beats Trump-backed political mega-donor Foster Friess in the state’s Republican primary for governor.
9. CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife are accused of using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to finance personal expenses.
10. SUPERSTAR FOOTBALL COACH TO FIND OUT FATE
Ohio State trustees are meeting to decide whether Urban Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.