Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SCOTS REJECT INDEPENDENCE IN HISTORIC VOTE
The decision prevented a break up of a 307-year union with England, bringing relief to the British political establishment, after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.
2. ALIBABA POISED FOR BIGGEST IPO EVER
The Chinese e-commerce powerhouse prices its initial public offering of stock at $68 a share — which could raise as much as $25 billion.
3. FRANCE STRIKES ISLAMIC STATE GROUP FOR FIRST TIME
France says it “entirely destroyed” a logistics depot held by the militants in northeastern Iraq.
4. MAN KILLS DAUGHTER, SIX GRANDCHILDREN
The gunman then takes his own life after the rampage at a home in Bell, a tiny town in northern Florida.
5. WHERE POLICE BELIEVE AMBUSH SUSPECT MAY BE HIDING
The hunt for a man charged with killing a Pennsylvania State Police trooper appears to intensify as authorities block roads around the home of the suspect’s parents.
6. HOME DEPOT SAYS 56 MILLION PAYMENT CARDS BREACHED DURING CYBER ATTACK
It’s the second-largest data breach for a retailer on record — and much bigger than the holiday attack at Target.
7. HOW SIERRA LEONE IS HOPING TO HALT EBOLA
The country orders its 6 million people to stay in their homes for three days while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.
8. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP THREATENS ANCIENT SITES IN IRAQ, SYRIA
The militants have demolished some artifacts in their zealotry, but they are also profiting from it — selling relics on the international black market.
9. WHO’S NOT HEEDING ADVICE ON FLU SHOTS
The federal government recommends a yearly vaccine for nearly everyone starting at 6 months of age. Yet only about half of Americans get one.
10. REVIEW: LARGER IPHONES ELIMINATE REASON TO SWITCH
AP’s Anick Jesdanun says Apple’s new iPhones are a big deal for one simple reason: They run an easy-to-use operating system and offer a breadth of apps.