Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP MAKING SURPRISE VISIT TO MEXICO
The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to meet privately with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before delivering a highly anticipated speech on immigration in Arizona.
2. BRAZIL’S SENATORS MULL REMOVING PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE
Dilma Rousseff’s fate is the culmination of a long political fight that has consumed Latin America’s most populous nation.
3. JEWISH AVENGERS TARGETED NAZIS AFTER WWII
A recently declassified U.S. military investigation report adds new mystery to why the mass poisoning of former SS men 70 years ago in an American prisoner-of-war camp failed to be lethal.
4. WHERE OBAMA IS FOCUSING HIS EFFORTS
The U.S. president opens a two-day tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda.
5. MADELINE HURTLES TOWARD HAWAII
Residents of the Big Island are evacuating animals and stockpiling water, bracing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in decades.
6. HISTORIC COMMERCIAL FLIGHT FROM US TO CUBA SET TO TAKE OFF
JetBlue Flight 387 is slated to depart at 9:45 a.m. EDT from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a 72-minute journey that will open a new era of U.S.-Cuba travel.
7. WHAT TECHNOLOGY MAY HELP LOST LUGGAGE
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, should allow for more accurate tracking of bags so the luggage gets on the correct airplane.
8. STATE DEPARTMENT EVALUATING TALIBAN VIDEO
A video released by the Afghan Taliban shows a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their captors will kill them and their children unless Kabul ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.
9. LOW-WAGE WORK MAY SUFFER IN BREXIT
If and when Britain leaves the European Union, labor supply could shrink dramatically, pushing up prices for food and hurting key sectors, particularly agriculture.
10. CHRIS BROWN IN TROUBLE — AGAIN
Following a bizarre, hours-long standoff with Los Angeles police, the singer is arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is later bailed out of jail after posting $250,000.