Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. GOP FRUSTRATIONS WITH TRUMP MOUNT
Republican party leaders scramble to persuade the presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale.
2. EARL MAKES LANDFALL IN BELIZE
The Category 1 hurricane slammed into the coast of the Caribbean nation with sustained winds of 80 mph and heavy rain.
3. POLL: POLICE HARASSMENT FAMILIAR TO YOUNG BLACKS, LATINOS
Two-thirds of young African-Americans and 4 in 10 Hispanics say they or someone they know has experienced violence or harassment at the hands of the police, a new GenForward poll finds.
4. ONE GIANT LEAP FOR PYONGYANG
A senior official at North Korea’s version of NASA tells the AP that the country plans to launch several satellites by 2020 and hopes for a moonshot within the next 10 years.
5. WOMAN KILLED, 5 HURT IN LONDON KNIFE ATTACK
A 19-year-old man suspected in the rampage in Russell Square, which is near the British Museum, claimed the life of a woman in her 60s and police believe the suspect’s “mental health” was a factor.
6. AMERICA SEEN FROM ABROAD: ARROGANT, NICE, TECH-SAVVY, FREE
The AP finds that Americans are viewed from afar as generous tippers, friendly, uncomplicated, rich and the standard bearers of freedom, equality, creativity and technological power.
7. DC OFFICER CHARGED WITH TRYING TO SUPPORT IS
Nicholas Young, 36, a police officer for Washington’s transit system, traveled to Libya and boasted of joining rebel groups there, and even described his collection of Nazi memorabilia to law enforcement, according to court documents.
8. OLYMPICS OFFERS SHOWCASE FOR TECHNOLOGY
From Visa beta testing a payment ring with Olympic athletes to Getty smart cameras capturing the action in 360 degrees, there’s no shortage of new technology on display in Rio.
9. WHAT EASTWOOD SAYS ABOUT TRUMP
The actor-director stopped short of endorsement, but in an interview in Esquire magazine praised the Republican presidential candidate for being “on to something.”
10. PACE PAVED WAY FOR RAMS’ ‘GREATEST SHOW ON TURF’
At 6-foot-7, the St. Louis offensive tackle had the wingspan to ward off pass rushers, at 325 pounds the bulk for the power game, plus he was amazingly light on his feet.