Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. OBAMA DENIES $400M PAYMENT TO IRAN WAS RANSOM
The money was delivered to the Iranian government in January, at the same time four Americans jailed in Tehran were released.
2. UN BUNGLES RESPONSE TO AFRICA’S YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK
An AP investigation finds that 1 million doses of yellow fever vaccines vanished in Angola, evidence of mismanagement that recalls the World Health Organization’s slip-ups during the Ebola epidemic.
3. HOW HILLARY CLINTON’S MESSAGE IS SHIFTING
She has begun portraying support for her candidacy as a patriotic duty of voters — appealing directly to Republicans to keep Trump out of the White House.
4. AFTER SLOW START, RESETTLEMENT EFFORTS ON TRACK
The Obama administration is on pace to hit its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. by the end of September.
5. WHY MANY CRAVE DIVERSION OF RIO GAMES
No Olympics in recent memory has opened under so many dark clouds, both within recession-battered Brazil and beyond.
6. JEEP HACKERS UNVEIL NEW, SCARIER METHOD
A pair of well-known hackers has found another way to take control of a Jeep Cherokee — this time while it’s moving at high speed.
7. JAIL INMATE SLUGS MAN CHARGED IN CHURCH MASSACRE
Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine parishioners at a Charleston church, was assaulted by a black inmate at the South Carolina jail where he’s being held, authorities say.
8. REPUTED PHILLY MOB BOSS CAUGHT IN FEDS’ NET
Prosecutors charge nearly four dozen suspects — including Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, the alleged head of the Philadelphia mob — with being part of a massive East Coast organized-crime syndicate.
9. SMALL-TOWN POST OFFICE CELEBRATES 200 YEARS
The post office in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, is the oldest in the U.S. to continuously operate from the same building.
10. WHICH TV SHOW LOOKS LIKE A WINNER
If there’s a clear-cut hit on broadcast TV’s fall lineup, it’s likely to be ABC’s political thriller “Designated Survivor,” the AP’s Frazier Moore reports