Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SAUDI, IRAN TENSIONS REMAIN HIGH IN WAKE OF CLERIC’S EXECUTION
Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Tehran following attacks on the kingdom’s embassy and consulate in the Islamic Republic over the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
2. ARMED PROTESTERS OCCUPY WILDLIFE REFUGE IN OREGON
The demonstrators, who say they oppose federal land policies, took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after rallying against the prison sentences of two ranchers who are expected to turn themselves in to federal authorities Monday.
3. MILITARY KIDS SEXUALLY ABUSED HUNDREDS OF TIMES EACH YEAR
The abuse of military dependents is committed most often by male enlisted troops, according to Defense Department data provided exclusively to The Associated Press.
4. HOW OBAMA PLANS TO TAKE GUN SAFETY INTO HIS OWN HANDS
The president is expected to use executive action to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases.
5. EUROPE RAISES BARRIERS TO TRAVEL
New restrictions imposed by Sweden to stem a record flow of migrants are a striking example of how national boundaries are re-emerging across the continent.
6. RETIRING NEWTOWN, CONN. POLICE CHIEF REFLECTS ON SCHOOL SHOOTING AFTERMATH
“We wanted to rebuild the safeness of the community” after the massacre at the school, says Michael Kehoe, who is retiring from the town’s police department after 37 years.
7. WHY PRETEEN HPV VACCINATION RATES ARE LOW
Among the most common reasons doctors cited for delaying discussions and vaccinations against the sexually transmitted cancer-causing virus were a belief that patients hadn’t had sex and that parents would object.
8. STRONG QUAKE HITS INDIA’S NORTHEAST
At least six people die and more than 100 are hurt in the 6.7 magnitude temblor that damaged buildings in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police say.
9. WHERE FLOODWATERS ARE ON THE RISE
The Mississippi River is receding in Missouri and Illinois following flooding brought on by torrential rains, but river levels are climbing in Kentucky and other southern states hit by severe weather.
10. CAROLINA, DENVER WRAP UP NO. 1 SEEDS FOR PLAYOFFS
The Panthers won home-field advantage by routing Tampa Bay, while the Broncos defeat the Chargers.