Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO’S RALLYING AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS
Nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to what U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says will be a worldwide fight to defeat the group.
2. 9/11 ANNIVERSARY PLAYS OUT AGAINST TROUBLING BACKDROP
The annual commemoration comes just hours after Obama authorized stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
3. WHY PISTORIUS WILL AVOID SEVEREST PENALTY FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND
The judge says prosecutors at his trial failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the world-famous athlete committed premeditated murder.
4. DEPORTATIONS FALL SHARPLY
The decline comes as the Obama administration focuses its deportation efforts on criminal immigrants or those who pose a threat to national security or public safety.
5. HOW TV NETWORKS ARE SCALING BACK COVERAGE OF RAY RICE
Following pushback from domestic violence groups, several networks are calling a halt to disturbing video showing the football player striking his fiancee.
6. AID WORKER GIVEN BLOOD FROM FELLOW AMERICAN WHO SURVIVED EBOLA
Dr. Rick Sacra is said to be responding well to the aggressive treatment, which also includes an experimental drug.
7. DOCUMENTS SHOW GOVERNMENT TOOK HARD LINE IN EXPANDING SPY PROGRAM
The Bush administration threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day unless it turned over online information.
8. UN PEACEKEEPERS FREED
The 45 Fijian peacekeepers are reported in good condition after their release by al-Qaida-linked Syrian militants who captured them two weeks ago.
9. SCIENTISTS UNVEIL MODEL OF FEARSOME, 50-FOOT DINOSAUR
The predator — a cross between the scary creatures of “Jurassic Park” and the shark from “Jaws” — is the only known dinosaur to live much of its life in the water.
10. US SENATE RIVALS SURVIVE TV REALITY SHOW
The two freshman senators — one Democrat, one Republican — say cooperation was key in getting them through the week they spent marooned on a remote island.