Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HURRICANE MATTHEW PUMMELS FLORIDA
The storm, packing 120 mph winds and torrential rains, moves up shoreline in what’s expected to be a ruinous, dayslong battering of the Southeast coast.
2. HAITI BRACES FOR MORE GRIM NEWS
More than 280 have perished, but the overall death toll is not clear as officials try to get to isolated areas. HURRICANE MATTHEW-CARIBBEAN
3. WHERE AP FINDS POWERFUL SYNTHETIC OPIOID FOR SALE
An Associated Press investigation reveals some Chinese companies offer to export a toxic drug called carfentanil, which has been killing unsuspecting drug users or can potentially be used as a chemical weapon.
4. COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The Nobel committee praises Juan Manuel Santos “resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”
5. ‘I HOPE THIS WILL BE A REALITY FOR EVERYONE THAT NEEDS IT’
Emelie Eriksson, the first woman to have a baby after receiving a uterus from her mother in a revolutionary operation, tells her story to AP.
6. WHAT 1990S SCANDAL HAUNTS WHITE HOUSE CAMPAIGN
Donald Trump hints at Bill Clinton’s marital problems, including the former president’s affair with Monica Lewinsky some 20 years ago.
7. WING PIECE FROM FLIGHT 370 FOUND ON INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND
The section of wing flap from the missing Boeing 777 was discovered on the island of Mauritius.
8. BACKPAGE.COM CEO ARRESTED FOR SEX-TRAFFICKING
The arrest follows allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.
9. ASIAN ANIMAL CAFES GO FROM MERE CATS TO MEERKATS
In the Far East, where the first cat cafe opened more than a decade ago, the concept has moved well beyond felines.
10. HOW 2 CUBS SUPPORTERS HOPE TO EXCORCISE CURSE
Two Cubs fans want to banish the Curse of the Billy Goat this postseason by slaughtering one of their own goats.