Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP SHIFTS FOCUS TO GENERAL ELECTION
The likely GOP presidential nominee’s list of potential running mates has been narrowed to “five or six” and he’s leaning against accepting public money to finance a fall campaign.
2. WHAT RYAN’S CONSTITUENTS ARE SAYING
As the House speaker walks a fine line on Trump — withholding his support, at least for now — some voters in his congressional district are describing his stance as “brave” and “smart.”
3. HOW AQUINO’S LEGACY MAY BE VIEWED
The Philippine president had called this week’s election a referendum on his presidency, but his preferred candidate lost by millions of votes to a shoot-from-the-lip mayor and the family’s nemesis, the Marcos family, may have one its scions in the vice president post.
4. U.S. AMPS UP MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM IN EUROPE TO RUSSIA’S IRE
Aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats, a site in Romania is becoming operational on Thursday and officials are breaking ground at a separate site in Poland a day later.
5. IMPEACHMENT OF BRAZIL PRESIDENT: LONGSHOT TO LIKELY
As the Brazilian Senate prepares to vote on whether to put Dilma Rousseff on trial, many analysts consider her ouster probable.
6. WIDE ARRESTS IN EGYPT SIGNAL NO-TOLERANCE POLICY ON CRITICS
Activists are startled by the scope of the arrests and how little it takes to bring severe charges, including accusations of seeking to overthrow the government or fomenting terrorism.
7. MONARCH CAUSES DIPLOMATIC STIR WITH COMMENTS
Queen Elizabeth II was overheard on video describing Chinese officials as “very rude to the ambassador” in a conversation with a senior police officer at a Buckingham Palace event.
8. HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES AFFECTED BY FLINT WATER CRISIS
Dogs also have been exposed to lead, and thanks to an effort coordinated by Michigan State University a number of them are getting tested.
9. PRINCE’S FINAL DAYS COMING INTO FOCUS
A Minnesota doctor saw the musician twice in the month before his death — including the day before he died — and prescribed him medication, a search warrant disclosed.
10. SPURS THUNDERSTRUCK
Russell Westbrook had 35 points and Oklahoma City rallies in the fourth quarter to beat San Antonio 95-91 and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.