Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOW MUCH ATTACK ADS COST IN US ELECTION
More than $4 billion will have been spent to contest this year’s midterms, which will set the stage for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s time in office.
2. WHO IS JOINING FORCES TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on the group, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East.
3. TWO NUCLEAR COMMANDERS FIRED, ANOTHER DISCIPLINED
The action taken by the U.S. Air Force is fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered a rash of recent setbacks, including the firing last year of its top commander.
4. HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYEES COMPROMISED
A cyberattack hit computer networks for months at USIS, the leading contractor handling security clearances for the federal government, before the company noticed the break-in, officials say.
5. WHITE HOUSE ACKNOWLEDGES FERGUSON NO-FLY ZONE
The restrictions on airspace the U.S. government put in place over violent street protest in Missouri should not have stopped news organization helicopters that wanted to operate in the area, officials say.
6. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TO ELECT NEW AFRICA CHIEF
An internal report obtained by The Associated Press finds that the current WHO Africa director made politically motivated appointments and was on the front line of the agency’s failure to act faster and more decisively to fight the virus.
7. KILLINGS RATTLE NON-VIOLENT HONG KONG
Police suspect a British banker killed two women, including one whose body was found in a suitcase on the man’s balcony, in the most high-profile case involving a foreign resident since the “Milkshake Murder” in 2003.
8. WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING COLLEGE ATHLETES
The Miami Hurricanes football team is using a drone with a camera to capture their practices, now studying footage gleaned from its unusual vantage points along with what’s collected from more traditional places like sidelines and end zones.
9. CO-HOST OF NPR’S CAR TALK DIES AT 77
Ray Magliozzi affectionately teased his late brother, Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, on Car Talk’s website: “Turns out he wasn’t kidding…He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”
10. TAYLOR SWIFT YANKS MUSIC PORTFOLIO FROM SPOTIFY
The streaming music service stopped using her songs Monday, setting up a business struggle between the industry’s most popular artist and the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system.