Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP ESCALATES GOP RHETORIC ON MUSLIMS
For most of the Republican front-runner’s rivals in the 2016 race, as well as numerous other Republicans, his call for a “shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” crosses the line.
2. HOW MUSLIMS REACT TO TRUMP’S PROPOSAL
“If we were all bad, then the world would be uninhabitable,” says Somchai Jewangma, an officer with Thailand’s Sheikhul Islam Office.
3. COUPLE PRACTICED AT SHOOTING RANGES BEFORE CALIFORNIA ATTACK
The FBI says Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik had been radicalized “for quite some time.”
4. WHO FACES RIFTS IN FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMISTS
Political spats surrounding foreign forces on Iraqi soil expose a disconnect between Washington and Baghdad in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State group.
5. PISTORIUS GRANTED BAIL FOLLOWING MURDER CONVICTION
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba says the double-amputee Olympian will be placed under electronic monitoring and may only leave his uncle’s home between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.
6. CHICAGO MAYOR ON DEFENSE OVER SHOOTING
Rahm Emanuel says the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke brought the city to “an inflection point.”
7. FEAR AT THE TAP
Uranium, the stuff of nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, is showing up in drinking-water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West.
8. POPE OPENS VATICAN HOLY DOOR
Francis will launch his yearlong “revolution of tenderness” amid unprecedented security aimed at thwarting the threat of a Paris-style attack at the Vatican.
9. WHERE TINY HIGH-TECH SECTOR REPRESENTS RARE SUCCESS STORY
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launch dozens of startups in recent years despite the conflicts and closures that have devastated the local economy.
10. STAPLETON HELPS BRING COUNTRY MUSIC BACK TO GRAMMYS
“I don’t make records with the thought of awards. That being said, what a wonderful treat to be recognized by your peers,” says the singer, who scored four nominations.