Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. RUSSIAN WARPLANES TAKE OFF FROM IRAN TO TARGET IS MILITANTS
In a major development, Russia has never before used territory of another country in the region, outside Syria, for its operations in the war-ravaged country before this.
2. WHERE TRUMP SHARES A POLICY WITH OBAMA
The Republican nominee says that as president he would end “our current strategy of nation-building” — a dislike shared by many, including the current U.S. president.
3. WHAT HAS BECOME AN ELECTION ISSUE IN ’16
The law that bans federal funding for Medicaid coverage of most abortions is now in the spotlight some 40 years after it was passed by Congress.
4. MILWAUKEE DEEMED TOUGHEST CITY FOR BLACKS
The city of 600,000 is the country’s most segregated metropolitan area, surpassing larger, deeply divided cities such as Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, an analysis of census data find.
5. FLOODWATERS PERSIST IN LOUISIANA
As waters begin to recede from parts of Baton Rouge, displaced residents struggle to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat even as new places in the state face rising flood dangers.
6. CALIFORNIAN ARRESTED FOR STARTING WILDFIRES
Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, faces arson charges for allegedly sparking the blaze that destroyed more than 175 homes and other structures in a Northern California town.
7. MAN CHARGED IN SLAYING OF IMAM, FRIEND
Oscar Morel, 35, is suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend as they left a New York City mosque, say police, who have not yet released a motive.
8.MELTING GLACIERS POSE THREAT
The icecaps of South America are dying from soot and rising temperatures, threatening water supplies to communities and leading to sudden, tragic flooding.
9. MOVE OVER, FACE TIME
Google’s video chatting app, dubbed Duo, represents the tech giant’s response to other popular video calling options.
10. RIO GAMES SHINE LIGHT ON LACK OF SPORTS FOR BRAZILIAN GIRLS
Brazilian female athletes are shining at the Summer Olympics — and people here are playing attention, some for the first time.