Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. DIVISIONS APPEAR TO ARISE AMONG HONG KONG PROTESTERS
While some pro-democracy activists agree to remove some barriers blocking roads and sidewalks ahead of the government’s deadline to scale back their protests, others refuse to budge.
2. AMERICAN WHO CONTRACTED EBOLA RETURNS TO US
Ashoka Mukpo, who became ill with the disease in Liberia, is expected to arrive in the U.S. on Monday and will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit.
3. WHAT ISSUE SUPREME COURT COULD TACKLE IN NEW TERM
The justices will have several chances in the coming weeks to accept appeals from officials in five states trying to preserve their same-sex marriage bans.
4. SEPARATE TYPHOONS LASH JAPAN, MARIANAS ISLANDS
One storm leaves at least three dead as it rakes Okinawa en route to Tokyo, while another lashes Guam with heavy winds and rain.
5. FOLLOWING ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR, GAZA REBUILDING IS MIRED
An Israeli-Egyptian border blockade of Gaza and an unresolved power struggle between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have held back reconstruction work.
6. ISLAMIC MILITANTS SHELL SYRIAN KURDISH TOWN
Despite airstrikes by the U.S. and Arab allies, The Islamic State group pushes to the outskirts of the town of Kobani, forcing some 160,000 people to flee.
7. WHERE NEW ABORTION LAW IS SET TO TAKE EFFECT
The Missouri regulation requires a 72-hour abortion waiting period, and the state’s only licensed abortion clinic isn’t planning to try to stop it.
8. HOW A TEEN FINDS PURPOSE IN LOSS
Genevieve Liu, whose father drowned two years ago, has started a website that includes a forum, tribute pages and expect advice aimed at helping other young people deal with a parent’s death.
9. PAULSON, GEITHNER, BERNANKE TO TESTIFY IN EX-AIG CHIEF’S LAWSUIT
The three top former U.S. government officials who devised the 2008 financial bailouts are expected to take the stand this week in a lawsuit over the government’s rescue of the insurance giant AIG.
10. REBELS, BULLDOGS SHARE 3RD RANKING
After a weekend of upsets, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied for third in the AP college football poll.