Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WESTERN FIRMS CONNED BY ‘DOUBLE FAKES’
AP finds that China’s anti-counterfeiting investigations industry is rife with double-dealing by freelance investigators who boost their commissions by producing the fakes they are paid to fight.
2. WHAT SAN BERNARDINO GUNMAN’S RELATIONSHIP WAS TO GUN BUYER
Syed Rizwan Farook and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the mass shooting were related through marriage and may have plotted an attack together three years ago.
3. WHAT ADVOCACY GROUPS FEAR IS ON THE RISE
They believe there has been a spike in anti-Muslim incidents across the U.S. that can be linked to the carnage in Paris, the mass shooting in California and the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump.
4. PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUSPECT STUNS COURTROOM
Robert Lewis Dear, accused of killing three people in an attack on the Colorado clinic, defies his own defense attorney, declaring himself a “warrior for the babies.”
5. WHICH ASIAN CITIES MAY BE IMPACTED MOST BY WARMING
Projections that seas will rise by more than 3 feet this century put Shanghai, Mumbai, Jakarta and Bangkok under water.
6. US KEEPS WRAPS ON NEW COMMANDO FORCE FOR IRAQ
Special ops forces being dispatched to Iraq to conduct raids against the Islamic State group do not fit neatly into the strategy for defeating the extremists.
7. HOW POSSIBLE TAX DEAL WOULD PLAY INSIDE BELTWAY
A late push by the White House and Congress to strike a deal extending dozens of tax cuts could end up delivering major political victories for Obama and Ryan.
8. LATEST POLICE SHOOTING REVEALS SHORTCOMING
San Francisco is one of only two large cities in the country barring its officers from using stun guns, and the city’s police chief wants that to change.
9. DEBATE RANKLES HOLLYWOOD
The Golden Globe nominations are at the center of the drama surrounding the categorization of this year’s movies and actors.
10. HOW MADONNA HONORED PARIS VICTIMS
The Material Girl staged an impromptu concert at Republique plaza, where she performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” accompanied by a guitarist.