The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ‘I CAN’T SAY I’M THRILLED’
Trump says he’s not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he’s leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he’s sought for a border wall.
2. ‘EL CHAPO’ HEADING TO ‘ALCATRAZ OF THE ROCKIES’
Experts say convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman will likely be sentenced to the ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado — the most secure prison ever constructed in the U.S.
3. SIBLINGS BOND AFTER PARKLAND MASSACRE
Three Florida siblings have devoted long hours to the March for Our Lives movement since a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
4. WHERE FAKE NEWS IS WIDESPREAD
Nigeria is so awash in falsehoods posted on social media that news outlets have banded together before Saturday’s election to separate fact from fiction.
5. KIM JONG UN’S MOVE AWAY FROM STALINIST KITSCH
Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch. North Korean pop culture is getting a major upgrade under its reclusive leader.
6. WHAT ISRAELI LEADER IS HOPING FOR
A Mideast conference in Poland offers Benjamin Netanyahu an opportunity to flaunt what he says is improved relations with some Gulf Arab nations.
7. NYPD ROBBERY RESPONSE TURNS TRAGIC
A New York City police detective is shot and killed by friendly fire as officers confronted a robbery suspect who turned out to be armed with a replica handgun, the police commissioner says.
8. US, CHINA ENVOYS HOLD TALKS
U.S. and Chinese negotiators are meeting for their final trade talks before Trump decides whether to go ahead with a March 2 tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China.
9. BLACKFACE SCANDAL HITS KATY PERRY
The “California Gurls” singer’s fashion line pulls two types of shoes after some people compared them to blackface.
10. MEET AMERICA’S TOP DOG
A wire fox from Brazil who’s won big in Europe wins best in show at Westminster Kennel Club, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and popular Sussex spaniel.