Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. AP EXCLUSIVE: ASSAD BLAMES US FOR SYRIA TRUCE COLLAPSE
Syria’s president says U.S. airstrikes on Syrian troops in the country’s east were “definitely intentional,” lasting for an hour, and rejects U.S. accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo.
2. VIOLENT PROTESTS ROIL CHARLOTTE
Anger in North Carolina’s biggest city, the latest to erupt after the death of a black man by police, escalates amid the wildly different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim’s family and neighbors.
3. AP: THAIS FAIL TO DELIVER REFORMS IN SEAFOOD INDUSTRY
Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate slave fishermen and industry leaders vowed to bring all fish processing in-house. That hasn’t happened.
4. CREWS RUSH TO RESTORE POWER IN BLACKED-OUT PUERTO RICO
Repair workers toil through the night trying to restore electricity to the island nation’s 3.5 million people after a fire at a power plant blacked out the entire U.S. territory.
5. WHEN OBAMA SPEAKS, PEOPLE HEAR ‘DONALD TRUMP’
As he carries out the final few months of his presidential duties, voters can’t help but wonder what the role would look like if it were inhabited by the brash billionaire.
6. WHAT POLICE IN TULSA HAVE DONE
They’ve distributed dash-cam and aerial footage, 911 calls and police radio traffic with unusual swiftness following last week’s shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white officer.
7. REMOTE ALASKA PORT CLINIC GOES MODERN WITH TELEMEDICINE
A new partnership with an Anchorage hospital will virtually beam critical care doctors 800 miles away to the emergency room on Alaska’s Unalaska Island, home to Dutch Harbor.
8. CHICAGO’S MAYOR TO OFFER CITY CRIME PLAN
Rahm Emanuel will deliver a comprehensive public safety plan for the nation’s third-largest city amid a troubling spike in street violence and an ongoing federal probe of his police department.
9. MARION COTILLARD ADDRESSES ‘WHIRLWIND NEWS’
The star of “The Artist” and “Rust and Bone” announces her pregnancy on Instagram and shoots down rumors of any romantic involvement with Brad Pitt.
10. NBA SENDS PLAYERS MEMO SEEKING IDEAS FOR SOCIAL CHANGES
Pro basketball players are being urged to reach out to league and union officials to try and come up with ways to create “positive change” in communities around the country.