Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. GAZA TRUCE UNRAVELS WITHIN HOURS
A three-day cease-fire quickly ends, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the accord.
2. CANTOR STEPPING DOWN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
The former House majority leader will reportedly leave Congress Aug. 18 after previously saying he would finish his term in January.
3. HOW AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT OBAMA DIPLOMACY
An AP-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with the president’s handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches his low overall approval rating.
4. CIA DIRECTOR COMES UNDER FIRE
Two Democratic congressmen have called on John Brennan to resign after the agency’s inspector general sided against him for spying on Senate staffers.
5. GAS BLASTS IN TAIWAN KILL AT LEAST 25
Underground gas explosions rip through the republic’s second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets.
6. NO IMMIGRATION FIX IN SIGHT
Congress fails to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of unaccompanied minors flocking illegally to the U.S.
7. ONE FALLOUT FROM SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR
Exiled Syrian women and girls are growing more vulnerable to sexual exploitation in Lebanon as their poverty increases, relief workers and refugee women say.
8. GERMANY MIGHT GET “HOUSE OF ONE”
A rabbi, an imam and a priest are working together to build a common house of worship in Berlin.
9. ‘SHARKNADO 2’ SHOWS TEETH IN RATINGS
Some 3.9 million tuned in to the horror spoof sequel — triple the number who viewed last summer’s premiere of the original Syfy film.
10. WHICH ACES ARE SWITCHING TEAMS
At baseball’s trade deadline, Tampa Bay sends Cy Young winner David Price to Detroit and Boston ships left-hander Jon Lester to Oakland.