Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHERE BOMBS HAVE STRUCK AGAIN
A wave of coordinated explosions rattles cities across southern Thailand, killing at least four people and wounding dozens more in several beach towns.
2. WHO ADMITS HE COULD END UP A LOSER
In a rare show of humility, Donald Trump acknowledges his presidential campaign faces challenges and could ultimately fall short.
3. WHY FACEBOOK ISN’T SO FRIENDLY RIGHT NOW
Many Americans are appalled by the vitriol on the social network over the polarizing presidential campaign, leading to heated debates, “unfriending” and demands for cease-fires.
4. AMERICANS MAKE HISTORY IN THE OLYMPIC POOL
Simone Manuel becomes the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming, while Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win the same event at four straight Olympics.
5. AMERICAN GYMNASTS WIN GOLD AND SILVER
American Simone Biles soars to the all-around title, while teammate Aly Raisman wins silver.
6. WHICH COUNTRY IS CELEBRATING ITS FIRST OLYMPIC MEDAL
The Pacific Island nation of Fiji erupts in jubilation after its rugby team defeats Britain.
7. A NORTH CAROLINA MAN IS FREE AFTER 28 YEARS IN PRISON
Convicted of murder as a teenager, Johnny Small was luxuriating by sleeping on his cousin’s living room sofa after a judge rules he never got a fair trial.
8. HOW MARIJUANA WILL REMAIN REGULATED BY US GOVERNMENT
Pot remains on a list of drugs that have no medical purpose, but the Obama administration is lifting some restrictions on researching its possible medical benefits.
9. AN INDIAN FILM STAR IS DETAINED AGAIN AT A US AIRPORT
Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan tweets that he gets held at U.S. airports “every damn time” after he is stopped at the Los Angeles International Airport, as the U.S. ambassador to India apologizes.
10. FIDEL CASTRO IS TURNING 90 IN A CHANGED CUBA
The man who nationalized the island’s economy and controlled virtually every aspect of life on the island will celebrate his birthday in a far different country than the one he once ruled.