Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, April 25, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHAT KASICH, CRUZ ARE ALIGNING TO DO
Trump’s rivals are joining forces in three states to deny him the necessary delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, the latest display of strife in the convulsive GOP race.
2. OBAMA LAYS OUT NEXT SYRIA MOVE
The president says he’s sending up to 250 more troops to the country to “keep up this momentum” against the Islamic State group, saying their mission will be to drive the extremists from territory.
3. AP: TEST FINDS CHERNOBYL RESIDUE IN BELARUS MILK
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, Belarus’ government appears determined to restore long-idle land for farm use — and suppress criticism of lax health and safety enforcement.
4. WHY NEPALESE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEXT ‘BIG ONE’
Experts say the South Asian country has some way to go to implement earthquake-safe building practices, a year after devastating temblors plunged it into chaos and economic decline.
5. PENTAGON, CONGRESS AT ODDS OVER BASES
The Defense Department believes the Army and Air Force have surpluses of space for training and basing troops, and trimming the excess would save money better used to strengthen the military.
6. WHO IS TRUMP’S KINDRED POLITICAL SPIRIT
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and the GOP front-runner have been drawn together by a shared belief that some of their party leaders are selling out their own voters.
7. OHIO SLAYINGS REMAIN A MYSTERY
Authorities are scrambling to determine who killed eight family members in a “pre-planned execution” that has shaken residents of a rural southern town.
8. HOW SAGGING OIL PRICES ARE HITTING MIDEAST
The IMF says oil exporting countries in the region lost $390 billion in revenue due to lower oil prices last year, and should brace for losses of more than $500 billion this year.
9. SALES OF PRINCE’S MUSIC SKYROCKET
Led by “Purple Rain,” ”When Doves Cry,” ”Little Red Corvette” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” the artist sold 2.3 million songs in the three days following his death.
10. WARRIORS FACE MORE UNCERTAINTY WITH CURRY
Golden State again faces the possibility of another playoff game without its star guard, who will have an MRI on his sprained right knee.