Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ISRAELI TANK SHELLS SLAM INTO UN SCHOOL IN GAZA, KILLING 15
The strike that hit the crowded compound sheltering the war displaced comes amid Israel’s heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of conflict with Hamas.
2. ABOUT 150 MAY BE TRAPPED IN LANDSLIDE IN WESTERN INDIA
Federal rescue workers are hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in the Maharashtra state where the disaster buried about 40 houses.
3. SHELLS HIT APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN EASTERN UKRAINE
Officials in the city of Donetsk say 19 people are dead in fighting between the government forces and pro-Russian separatists.
4. EU, U.S. HIT RUSSIA WITH ECONOMIC PENALTIES
Stocks take a tumble in Moscow after coordinated sanctions are aimed at increasing pressure on Putin to end his support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
5. HOUSE IS SET TO TAKE UP $17B VA OVERHAUL BILL
The measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department.
6. AS WEALTHY CATALONIA EYES INDEPENDENCE, A NEEDY SPAIN HOLDS ON
The region’s secession campaign promises profound consequences for the country as it emerges from its worst economic crisis in a generation, with the moneymaker as a major driver of growth.
7. IN STING, KIDS ARE FOUND WHO WERE NEVER REPORTED LOST
In a weeklong effort by the FBI to rescue child sex trafficking victims last month, 168 juveniles recovered, some as young as 11. Among them was a group that particularly troubles child welfare advocates: those whose disappearance was never made known to authorities.
8. WHAT TARNISHES POWERFUL PORTUGUESE FAMILY
The country’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, it is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts and a police investigation.
9. WHY NYC MULLS LAW FOR IMPERSONATORS
The city officials are turning up the heat on Times Square costumed characters in a bid to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters, such as the Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer recently.
10. WHO IS STAYING IN THE BOOTH FOR THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Vin Scully, the 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015.