Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, June 23, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO STAGED A SIT-IN AT CONGRESS OVER GUNS
Rebellious Democrats hold an extraordinary around-the-clock protest on the House floor in a failed attempt to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Speaker Paul Ryan when he attempted to restore order.
2. COULD THE UK ‘BREXIT’ THE EU?
An historic referendum could see Britain exit the European Union, a development that might threaten the continental bloc’s future, though staying in could narrowly win the day.
3. WHAT IS KIM JONG UN UP TO?
The leader seems intent on energizing the country’s sputtering economy and boosting social cohesion. For most North Koreans, that means more work — much more work.
4. FORE! TRUMP LEAVES CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR FAIRWAYS
Facing questions about meager fundraising, slipping poll numbers and campaign instability, Donald Trump is tending to business — at his golf courses in Scotland.
5. WHERE PEACE IS CLOSER THAN EVER AFTER DECADES OF STRIFE
Colombia’s half-century of bloodshed nears an end-point, as its president is set to join leftist rebels in celebrating a cease-fire and disarmament agreement at a dignitary-studded signing ceremony in Cuba.
6. A DRAMATIC SOUTH POLE RESCUE
Two people who fell ill while working at the remote U.S. research station are evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica’s harsh winter.
7. A ROCK CLASSIC COULD BE SUNG TO DIFFERENT TUNE
Jurors are set to resume deliberations over whether Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant lifted a riff from fellow rockers for its epic “Stairway to Heaven.”
8. AMERICA’S FASTEST GROWING RACIAL GROUP
It’s Asians, whose numbers grew 3.4 percent over the past year, compared to the Hispanic population’s 2.2 percent growth rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
9. UNHERALDED NATIONS ADVANCE AT SOCCER’S EUROS
The European Championship’s knockout stage features a few unlikely entrants — Northern Ireland, Ireland and even tiny Iceland — while sputtering Italy and two-time defending champion Spain are set to meet.
10. THE NBA DRAFT’S TOP PICK REMAINS UNSETTLED
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are expected to be the top two selections, but say either could be taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 1 pick in pro basketball’s annual draft Thursday night.