Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. U.S.STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO CONTAIN EBOLA CRISIS
President Obama ordered a “much more aggressive” response to deal with the Dallas hospital cases after a second nurse became sick with the disease.
2. SECOND INFECTION CASE IN TEXAS BRINGS SCRUTINY TO HOSPITAL PROTOCOLS
The fact that two nurses became infected while caring for a dying Ebola patient is causing a review of protective procedures for health care workers.
3. HONG KONG LEADER WILLING TO MEET STUDENT LEADERS TO EASE STANDOFF
A week after a similar meeting was canceled by the authorities, the territory’s chief executive reiterates that Beijing won’t budge on the 2017 electoral process.
4. WHO IS VOTING IN THE MIDTERMS
Almost one million early voters have already cast their ballots nearly three weeks before election day.
5. WHY SOAP OPERAS ARE TRIGGERING OUTCRY IN THAILAND
Plot lines that romanticize rape, a staple of local dramas, are drawing fire after real-life sex assault crimes shake society.
6. ISRAELI IMMIGRATION TO GERMANY CONTROVERSIAL BACK HOME
Nationalist fervor coupled with Jews’ uneasy history with Nazi Germany make moving to Berlin a contentious issue.
7. A DIZZYING DAY FOR MARKETS AS STOCKS PLUNGE
Investors fled stocks and poured into bonds as worries about a global economic slowdown intensified and the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 460 points before recovering slightly in the late afternoon.
8. APPLE EXPECTED TO UNVEIL NEW IPADS
The company wants to reinvigorate its slowing-down tablet market amid rising iPhone sales.
9. WHY HBO IS CUTTING THE CORD
The company’s streaming service will be sold as a stand-alone product as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.
10. KANSAS CITY SWEEPS BALTIMORE
The win over the Orioles means the Royals are headed to their first World Series since 1985.