Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, March 24, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. CHINESE PLANE SPOTS OBJECTS IN INDIAN OCEAN
The crew aboard an IL-76 plane saw two white, square-shaped pieces in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner.
2. KIEV ORDERS TROOP PULLOUT FROM CRIMEA
Ukraine’s acting president says the country’s troops stationed in the Black Sea peninsula will be pulled from the region after it was annexed by Russia.
3. COMMUTER TRAIN DERAILS AT CHICAGO AIRPORT
The train came off the tracks at the O’Hare International Airport, injuring about 30 people on board, though none of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening.
4. WHAT OBAMA HOPES TO ACHIEVE ON EUROPEAN TRIP
The president begins a week of international travel in the Netherlands with Russia’s Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda, even as he seeks to re-emphasize U.S. influence abroad.
5. NO `SIGNS OF LIFE’ AFTER HUGE WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE
Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people wane as searchers pull more bodies from the debris field.
6. WHY FLOOD-PRONE AREAS COULD SEE SPIKE IN PREMIUMS
AP’s David Caruso finds more than a million policyholders could face trouble in the future from the rising cost of government-mandated flood insurance.
7. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER TEXAS OIL SPILL
No timetable has been set to reopen the Houston Ship Channel after a “significant” oil spill, but help is on the way to contain it and protect important shorebird habitat.
8. WHAT’S KEEPING SOME FROM `OBAMACARE’ ENROLLMENT
Many of the uninsured still don’t know much about the health overhaul and its March 31 deadline for signing up in plans that can yield discounts, researchers say.
9. IN CALIFORNIA, CHEFS FIGHT FOR GLOVELESS CONTACT
State lawmakers are considering a reversal of a law that would require chefs and bartenders to keep bare hands off food and drinks.
10. KENTUCKY ENDS WICHITA STATE’S PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
Andrew Harrison scores 20 points as the Wildcats hold off the top-seeded Shockers 78-76 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament