Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. GOP DECLARES VICTORY IN BIRTH CONTROL RULING
But crowing too loudly could cause trouble for Republicans, who for years have tried to make inroads with two groups most likely to be displeased with the ruling: women and younger voters.
2. ISRAEL VOWS REVENGE FOR KILLED TEENAGERS
The bodies of the three abducted youths were discovered under a pile of rocks in a field north of the Palestinian city of Hebron.
3. CHILDHOOD VACCINES DEEMED GENERALLY SAFE, AGAIN
Experts say the risks of rare side effects need to be balanced against the benefits – the prevention of millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths annually. But that message seems lost on some parents.
4. OBAMA’S PLAN TO GO SOLO ON IMMIGRATION PLEASES FEW
The president has only so many options to tackle a conundrum complicated by a midterm election that could cost him Democratic control of the Senate.
5. GM SAFETY CRISIS GROWS AS RECALLS MOUNT
General Motors adds 8.2 million vehicles to its list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches, bringing the company’s total recalls in North America to 29 million this year.
6. WHERE WASHINGTON IS SENDING MORE TROOPS
Officials say 300 additional soldiers are being sent to Iraq to beef up security at the American Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property.
7. “I’M RUNNING FOR OFFICE. PLEASE SEND MONEY.”
In campaign fundraising, it’s not just the cash that counts. It’s the appearance of having it as well.
8. WHY MOST HEALTHY WOMEN CAN SKIP PELVIC EXAMS
The routine examinations don’t benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren’t pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians says.
9. NYC CRACK DOWN ON SUBWAY ACROBATS
The city’s police commissioner says the illegal performances create a sense of disorder and could embolden more dangerous criminals.
10. CLIPPERS SALE HINGES ON LEGALITIES
The $2 billion sale of the NBA team will depend on technicalities of family trust law and whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the right to unilaterally negotiate a deal.