Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, May 1, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ROB FORD TAKING LEAVE
The Toronto mayor needs time off to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer says.
2. GERRY ADAMS ARRESTED IN DECADES-OLD KILLING
The reputed ex-Irish Republican Army commander faces questioning in connection with the 1972 execution of a woman suspected of spying for the British.
3. BUNGLED EXECUTION GIVES IMPETUS TO DEATH PENALTY FOES
A day after an Oklahoma execution went awry, attorneys for death-row inmates began planning new appeals or updating existing cases.
4. WHO’S ACKNOWLEDGING FAILURE IN UKRAINE
The country’s acting president indicates security forces will give up on efforts to bring the most restive parts of the east to heel.
5. WHAT’S BEHIND RISE ON WALL STREET
The Dow hits a record high as many investors expect economic growth to rebound with warmer temperatures.
6. DANGERS OF EDIBLE MARIJUANA
Colorado is considering how to increase consumer education after reports of consumers eating too much pot and having dangerous reactions.
7. HOW MUCH GM BAILOUT COST
The final tally shows that U.S. taxpayers lost $11.2 billion on the $49.5 billion bailout that enabled the automaker to survive bankruptcy.
8. DEAD RINGER FOR KING TUT’S TOMB
An exact replica opens to the public as Egypt tries to preserve the original, more than 3,300-year-old tomb from deterioration caused by tourist visitors.
9. FORMER MAD MAGAZINE EDITOR DIES AT 88
Al Feldstein helped assemble a pool of artists and writers who turned out such enduring features as “Spy vs. Spy” and “The Lighter Side of…”
10. HEISMAN WINNER ACCUSED OF SHOPLIFTING
FSU QB Jameis Winston allegedly walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.