Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. 3 MORE ARRESTED AS BUNDY URGES REFUGE OCCUPIERS TO LEAVE
It is unclear whether the last few armed ranchers still holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns were ready to heed his advice.
2. WHO LOOKS TO GRAB ATTENTION AS GOP RIVALS DEBATE
Donald Trump, who is in an acidic feud with Fox News, will seek to steal the spotlight at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event for veterans of his own.
3. SWEDEN TO DEPORT UP TO 80,000 ASYLUM-SEEKERS
The Swedish interior minister says that since about 45 percent of applications are currently rejected, the country must get ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter there last year.
4. MORE RESEARCH NEEDED INTO ZIKA-MICROCEPHALY LINK
The World Health Organization and others stress that any relationship between the virus and the defect remains circumstantial and is not yet proven scientifically.
5. WHY PANEL PROPOSES TO BAN AIR SHIPMENTS OF BATTERIES
Rechargeable devices can create fires capable of destroying planes, say AP sources familiar with the decision.
6. DRUG TRAFFICKERS SEEK SAFE HAVEN IN COLORADO
They are growing weed among the state’s sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, The AP finds.
7. SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE EXAMINES MIGRANT CHILDREN ABUSE
Federal officials reportedly don’t know how many young Central American migrants they’ve sent to live with convicted criminals across the U.S. over the last three years.
8. MAGICAL LAOTIAN TOWN PRESERVED BY UNESCO LOSES ITS SOUL
The international branding of Luang Prabang sparks mass tourism but residents are forced to move out as prices escalate.
9. WHERE TO MOVE IF YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER
A new report ranking all 50 states based on residents’ sense of well-being puts Hawaii at No. 1, followed by Alaska, which held the top spot last year.
10. GROUP CALLS ON NHL PLAYERS, FANS TO FIGHT HOMOPHOBIA
You Can Play partners with all 30 NHL teams and has hockey Olympians, All-Stars and team captains voice acceptance of the LBGT community