Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO TRUMP SAYS FOUNDED ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
Donald Trump accuses President Barack Obama of being the “founder” of the group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities.
2. WHY SOME MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE NOT OK WITH BEING MUM ON TRUMP
Professional ethics dictate that psychiatrists and psychologists avoid publicly diagnosing someone they’ve never examined. But after the Republican nominee’s string of incendiary comments, some are chaffing at the restriction.
3. WHY MORE PROGRESS IS NEEDED ON US HEALTHCARE
About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, but rising costs could bedevil the next occupant of the White House, and “Obamacare” remains divisive.
4. FEDS HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BALTIMORE POLICE
A scathing government report on the department suggests the strategy of cracking down on minor infractions before they lead to more serious crimes leads to routine discrimination against blacks.
5. CANADIAN POLICE SAY THEY KILLED A WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER
A suspect who was being monitored by authorities and banned from associating with the Islamic State group is dead.
6. WHERE THEY KEPT THE CANOLIS, AND MAYBE LEFT A FEW GUNS
A passing reference to the “Mulberry Street Crew” in a new mob indictment revives questions about whether the Mafia still has at least a toehold in Manhattan’s Little Italy.
7. A FINAL ALL-AMERICAN SHOWDOWN AWAITS IN THE OLYMPIC POOL
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will meet in the 200-meter individual medley, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history.
8. UNLIKE US AND CHINA, MANY NATIONS HAVE A SMALL SHOT AT OLYMPIC GLORY
Some, like India and Fiji, very rarely reach the podium. So they come to Rio with their collective focus pinned on one team, or one athlete, to break through.
9. THE YANKEES’ $300 MILLION MAN
By the time Alex Rodriguez collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year, he will have received $317,368,852 from New York, according to a review of his contracts by The Associated Press.
10. WHERE A TINY CAR IS CHERISHED
In Cuba, where car and gas prices are the highest in the Western Hemisphere, drivers love the Fiat Polski, which has the legroom of an airplane seat and the horsepower of a riding lawnmower.