Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. OBAMA TO FOCUS ON THE ACHIEVABLE IN STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
Avoiding lofty goals, he’ll instead announce smaller proposals – such as job-training initiatives – during his prime-time address.
2. UKRAINIAN PREMIER SUBMITS RESIGNATION
Mykola Azarov quits in order to encourage what he calls “social-political compromise” in the crisis-torn country.
3. SOUTHERNERS WARNED OF ICY MESS
A blast of freezing precipitation could scatter snow and ice across the Deep South, a rare occurrence in places that seldom even see prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.
4. OUSTED EGYPTIAN LEADER FACES TRIAL
Morsi stands inside a glass-encased metal cage for the start of a new trial over charges from prison breaks during the country’s 2011 revolution.
5. WHO WANTS TO PREVENT SPYING ON ITS SPIES
The AP has learned the U.S. government is funding research aimed at coming up with a way to encrypt searches of electronic records.
6. WHAT APPLE NEEDS TO GET ITS STOCK RISING AGAIN
Slowing sales growth of hit products like the iPhone and iPad means the world’s most valuable company needs another breakthrough innovation.
7. LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING ALTERNATIVES TO LETHAL INJECTIONS FOR EXECUTIONS
Concerns over supplies of drugs and their effectiveness raise the possibility of a return to firing squads, electrocutions or gas chambers.
8. FARM-STATE LEGISLATORS PUSHING MASSIVE BILL IN HOUSE
A five-year farm bill has goodies that appeal to members of Congress from both parties and all regions of the country.
9. TODDLERS SEEM TO LOVE SELFIES AS MUCH AS THEIR PARENTS DO
Some experts wonder about the impact a barrage of self-images will have on the first truly “smartphone generation.”
10. “WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE”
Pete Seeger, folk music legend and social activist who recorded and performed for six decades, has died at 94