Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. NORTHEAST BRACES FOR ‘POTENTIALLY HISTORIC’ STORM
A blizzard warning is issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston which could see up to almost two feet of snow.
2. OBAMA IS CHIEF GUEST AT INDIA CELEBRATION
The president attended the Asian nation’s Republic Day parade which is the highlight of a three-day visit to bolster ties with New Delhi.
3. JAPAN RACING TO SAVE HOSTAGE
Tokyo says it is seeking help from Jordan and other countries to secure the release of journalist Kenji Goto who was taken captive by the Islamic State terrorist group.
4. RAND PAUL SPARS WITH RIVALS AT KOCH EVENT
The Kentucky Republican shows how he could disrupt the 2016 GOP field as he attacks senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on their Iran and Cuba stances.
5. WHAT LEFT-WING PARTY’S VICTORY COULD MEAN FOR GREECE
Following a historic election win, the communist-rooted Syriza party vows to end the country’s painful austerity program, setting a showdown with creditors.
6. MUBARAK SONS RELEASED FOUR YEARS AFTER REVOLT
The two children of Egypt’s former longtime ruler will be retried, along with their father, on corruption charges.
7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAST RESORT FOR SICK KIDS
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the drug should only be used to cure children who have no other treatment options.
8. WHERE THE ECONOMY IS AILING
Afghanistan’s fragile finances lost a third of their value as international aid organizations and western forces withdrew.
9. WHY THE SUPER BOWL WON’T FIX GLENDALE’S WOES
The Arizona city that’s hosting the nation’s top sporting event is suffering from deep financial issues over its effort to become a sports destination.
10. WHOSE OSCAR CHANCES ARE HIGH
“Birdman”’s big wins at the SAG Awards and the Producer Guild Awards are pushing it past Academy Award rival “Boyhood.”