Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, April 28, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. FAST-MOVING DEVELOPMENTS ROIL PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Cruz picks Fiorina as his running mate, while the Sanders campaign says it is laying off “hundreds” of field staffers and other aides.
2. DENNIS HASTERT SENTENCED TO MORE THAN YEAR IN JAIL IN HUSH-MONEY CASE
The judge’s order makes the former House speaker one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison.
3. WHAT COLLAPSE OF CEASE-FIRE BODES FOR SYRIA
With peace talks in Geneva completely deadlocked, Syrians are regarding the escalating bloodshed with dread, fearing a return to full war and slow destruction.
4. COLD CASE IN LOS ANGELES GETS FRESH ATTENTION
Police investigate whether a newly identified young woman found stabbed 150 times in 1969 is connected to the Manson family killings.
5. HOW FRENCH INVESTIGATORS AIM TO UNCOVER EXTREMISTS
Questioning the lone known remaining suspect in the Paris attacks may help authorities trace the pathways of IS fighters thought to be hiding out in Europe.
6. FACEBOOK’S FINANCIALS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS
The social network reports earnings of $1.51 billion, almost triple what it pulled in a year ago.
7. WHO’S SHOOTING FOR MARS
SpaceX aims to send a capsule to Mars as early as 2018, the first step in the company’s goal of colonizing the red planet.
8. PUERTO RICAN VETERANS FINALLY HONORED FOR WARTIME SERVICE
Until now, the contributions of the Borinqueneers — a Hispanic unit segregated from other soldiers as were the black Tuskegee Airmen and Navajo Code Talkers — have not been recognized.
9. GUESSING GAME BEGINS ON WHO’LL REPLACE MICHAEL STRAHAN ON ‘LIVE’
Speculation centers on CNN’s Anderson Cooper — particularly after Kelly Ripa was photographed while carrying a copy of his just-released book.
10. TWO QBS LIKELY TOP PICKS IN NFL DRAFT
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are expected to be the first two names off the board — with one going to the Rams and the other to the Eagles.