Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, April 3, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. IRAN, WORLD POWERS CLINCH NUKE DEAL
The framework plan was reached after exhausting talks in Switzerland, paving the way for a comprehensive pact that needs to materialize within three months.
2. GUNMEN KILL 147 AT KENYAN UNIVERSITY
Al-Shabab militants launched their deadliest attack in the East African country, gunning down non-Muslim students at a college in the northeast.
3. INDIANA, ARKANSAS REVISE RELIGIOUS OBJECTION PROPOSALS
Lawmakers in both states have passed legislation they hope will quiet the national uproar over laws that some say allow anti-gay discrimination.
4. WHAT PROSECUTORS MUST PROVE IN THE MENENDEZ CASE
The feds need to show that the gifts and favors the New Jersey senator received were bribes, not tokens of friendship.
5. TWO NYC WOMEN ARRESTED ON TERROR CHARGES
The Queens-residents plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb, officials claim.
6. AL-QAIDA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF CHAOS IN YEMEN
The militant group has captured a major port city in the country’s south as a Saudi-led coalition battles Shiite rebels.
7. PROSECUTION RESTS IN AARON HERNANDEZ TRIAL
The former Patriots star is charged with killing the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister, to which he is pleading not guilty.
8. TO WIN BACK SENATE, DEMOCRATS TURN TO PAST LOSERS
Democratic campaign officials are taking a second look at candidates who were beaten before, such as Georgia’s Michelle Nunn and Ohio’s Ted Strickland.
9. WHERE JAMES BOND IS BOOSTING BUSINESS
Despite complaints by local businesses, Mexico City officials say the shooting of the latest 007 film has been a boon for businesses there.
10. WHICH COUNTRY AIRBNB IS EXPANDING TO
Americans can now book lodgings in Cuba via the popular home-rental service, signaling a major expansion for U.S. businesses in the communist island.