Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. GOVERNMENT NO LONGER NEEDS APPLE’S HELP IN CRACKING IPHONE
Instead, the FBI says it was able to hack the phone used by the San Bernardino gunman itself, using a mysterious technique.
2. GUNFIRE SPREADS PANIC ON CAPITOL HILL
With spring tourists thronging Washington, police shoot a man after he pulls a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint.
3. WHICH STATE IS CONSIDERING SHARP HIKE IN MINIMUM WAGE
Lawmakers in California are poised to send a bill to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown that would raise the minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour.
4. GAY, TRANSGENDER RIGHTS SUPPORTERS SUE NORTH CAROLINA OVER NEW LAW
The law, signed by the state’s Republican governor last week, obligates transgender people to use restrooms matching their birth certificates.
5. ALASKA VOLCANO SPEWS COLUMN OF ASH
Strong winds push the plume into the heart of the state, grounding flights and limiting travel in communities off the road system.
6. WHO’S CRITIQUING US DRIVE TO INCREASE BUSINESS WITH CUBA
Fidel Castro says in a long, bristling letter in state media that Cuba doesn’t “need the empire to give us any presents.”
7. SCIENTISTS SEE FRESH EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING
They say the growth of Arctic sea ice this winter peaked at the lowest maximum level on record.
8. FIRE RACES UP HIGH-RISE TOWER
It’s the latest in a series of skyscraper blazes in the United Arab Emirates, home to the world’s tallest building.
9. WHY MARRIOTT’S EXPANSION PLANS HAVE STALLED
The company’s bid for Starwood and its tony stable of hotels is trumped by a $15 billion offer from China’s Anbang.
10. ADVANCES SEEN IN DIAGNOSING HEAD TRAUMA
New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions.