Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. CIA TORTURE REPORT RAISES SECURITY CONCERNS
The White House moves to insure the safety of embassies and other U.S. interests worldwide ahead of the release of the document, which addresses the harsh interrogation of al-Qaida detainees.
2. HAGEL ARRIVES IN IRAQ
The outgoing defense secretary is meeting with Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.
3. BERKELEY PROTESTS CONTINUE FOR THIRD NIGHT
Activists in the California liberal bastion are demonstrating against grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York’s chokehold death case.
4. HOW CONGRESS IS SPENDING TIME BEFORE HOLIDAY RECESS
Lawmakers are seeking to complete a $1.1 trillion bill that would keep the government running through Sept. 30, 2015.
5. PISTORIUS RULING APPEALED
A South African prosecutor is appealing the culpable homicide verdict that the double-amputee athlete received in October saying the judge erred in her interpretation of the law.
6. SOMBER NOTE FOR WILL AND KATE’S ROYALS US VISIT
The royal couple will visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum after attending a basketball game Monday night in New York.
7. NEWTOWN WEIGHS HOW TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST AT SANDY HOOK SCHOOL
Two years after the massacre, no one’s in a hurry to erect a memorial. Instead, the focus is on making sure it’s done right.
8. KOREAN AIR EXECUTIVE QUITS OVER NUT DISPUTE CONTROVERSY
A vice president for the Asian carrier resigned amid mounting criticism that she delayed a New York-Seoul flight over how nuts were served in first class.
9. WHERE SANTA IS VISITING WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS
Christmas cheer arrives in the remote Eskimo town of Shishmaref, bringing toys, coats, school supplies and even ice cream to poor children.
10. WHO WORE “I CAN’T BREATHE” SHIRTS
LeBron James and Kevin Garnett showed their support for chokehold victim Eric Garner by wearing the T-shirts while they warmed up for the Cavaliers-Nets game.