Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, April 29, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN
North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
2. WHY SOME NORTH KOREANS MISS THEIR HOMELAND
North Korea might seem like a Stalinist nightmare to many, but for tens of thousands of people scattered across South Korea and living underground in China, it’s something far more complicated.
3. WHERE TRUMP PROTESTS BECAME VIOLENT
Demonstrators and supporters of the GOP presidential front-runner clash as he brings his campaign to Southern California, following his sweep of the Northeast primaries earlier this week.
4. WHO MIGHT HAVE DIED FROM A PRESRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE
Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official tells AP.
5. VOTERS IN IRAN HEAD TO POLLS
Iran’s parliamentary runoff elections are underway, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will control the legislature.
6. FALLUJAH UNDER SIEGE
Residents of the Islamic State-held Iraqi city lack food and medicine as Iraqi government troops tighten their grip around it.
7. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN US ATTACK ON AFGHAN HOSPITAL
About 16 American military personnel are disciplined but won’t face court-martial in last year’s attack on a hospital in Kunduz operated by Doctors Without Borders that killed 42 people.
8. MUSIC ON VINYL! SLICED VEGETABLES! WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman who famously implored viewers to hang on to hear more about the products he was hawking, has died at age 87.
9. HOW THE SOVIET UNION HANDLED A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT BEFORE CHERNOBYL
A generation before Chernobyl, a huge tank of radioactive waste leaked at the Mayak nuclear complex in 1957, which the Soviet Union didn’t acknowledge it for decades. Unlike Chernobyl, Mayak is still operating – and still leaking.
10. WHO WAS TAKEN FIRST IN NFL DRAFT
Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz went first and second at the annual NFL amateur draft.