Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHAT OBAMA PLANS TO DO ABOUT ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
The president will begin laying out his strategy for defeating the extremists when he meets with congressional leaders and then delivers a speech to the nation.
2. FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO HEAR SAME-SEX WEDDINGS CASE
The three-judge panel in San Francisco is set to hear arguments on gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii.
3. WHY BICKERING LAWMAKERS MAY WORK TOGETHER
Congress is beginning an abbreviated session that will blend votes staged for political messaging with tasks such as preventing a government shutdown.
4. CHICK-FIL-A FOUNDER DIES AT 93
S. Truett Cathy was the billionaire founder of the eatery that famously closed on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage.
5. CEASE-FIRE HOLDS IN EASTERN UKRAINE
A truce between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops appears to be working a day after shelling and clashes rattled nerves and imperiled the deal.
6. HUNDREDS KILLED BY SOUTH ASIA LANDSLIDES, FLOODS
The Indian army is trying to rescue thousands stranded across Indian-controlled Kashmir and northern and eastern Pakistan have been hit as well.
7. MICROSOFT REVAMPS MSN TO FLOW ACROSS DEVICES
Microsoft says the strategy is to make mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses slow down or decline.
8. WHICH COLLEGE IS ABOUT TO CASH IN
A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University’s School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university’s long history, officials say.
9. WHO’S EXPECTING THEIR SECOND CHILD
Prince William and wife Kate are “delighted” with the news, but the Duchess of Cambridge is being treated for severe morning sickness, royal officials say.
10. IT’S SERENA AGAIN AT U.S. OPEN
By defeating Caroline Wozniacki for her third straight title at Flushing Meadows, Williams also equaled Evert and Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam singles titles — the fourth-most in history.