Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, April 18, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. FIGHTS LOOM AFTER BRAZIL’S LOWER CHAMBER OKS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS
The measure now goes to the Senate, which must decide if it will try democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff for alleged fiscal irregularities.
2. QUAKE DEATH TOLL ABOVE 270 IN ECUADOR
As the coastal South American country digs out from its strongest temblor in decades, tales of devastating loss are everywhere and the death count is expected to go up.
3. WHO MISLED CONGRESS ON MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
An AP investigation finds that the Pentagon mischaracterized the actions taken by civilian law enforcement officials when it came to punishing sex offenders.
4. WHAT US FORCES ARE DOING IN JAPAN
The U.S. military joins relief efforts in the southern part of the country for areas devastated by two powerful earthquakes as local rescuers comb through debris looking for 10 people still reported missing.
5. CARTER IN BAGHDAD FOR TALKS
The defense secretary will debrief Iraqi leaders about the next steps the U.S. should take to beef up Iraqi forces to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.
6. THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MAXED-OUT TRUMP DONORS
About 200 people have donated the max amount of $2,700 to the Republican front-runner’s campaign, which pales in comparison to the nearly 29,000 that have done the same for Hillary Clinton.
7. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR IMMIGRATION ARGUMENTS
The White House is seeking to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people living in the country illegally from deportation and make them eligible to work in the U.S.
8. VR EXEC DEFENDS NEW MEDIUM
Jason Rubin from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift.
9. ‘WAR ON TERRIER’ ENDS WITHOUT JAIL TIME
The Australian government’s dispute with Johnny Depp’s wife over their dog smuggling spat is resolved when more serious charges are dropped.
10. PATRIOTS’ DAY FESTIVITIES KICK OFF WITH BIG RACE
More than 30,000 runners are set to leave Hopkinton for the 26.2-mile race to Copley Square and the 120th Boston Marathon.