Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. CRIMEAN FORCES TAKE UKRAINIAN NAVY HEADQUARTERS
Crimea’s self-defense forces storm the Ukrainian navy headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, taking possession without resistance.
2. MALAYSIA: FILES WERE DELETED FROM FLIGHT SIMULATOR
The defense minister says files were recently removed from the home flight simulator belonging to the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian jetliner.
3. WHY BIDEN’S EASTERN EUROPE VISIT IS KEY
The vice president is poised to reassure Russia’s neighbors that what happened in Crimea won’t happen to them.
4. BUSINESSMAN WINS GOP NOMINATION FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR
Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner vowed in TV ads to run the Democratic stronghold like a business and curb the influence of government unions.
5. WHO WALL STREET IS KEEPING TABS ON
Investors will be watching closely for any hints of how new Fed chair Janet Yellen might differ from the path set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke.
6. WHERE PISTORIUS’ GIRLFRIEND WAS WHEN SHOT
Expert says Reeva Steenkamp was standing in a bathroom and facing the closed door when she was hit in the hip by the first of four bullets fired by the double-amputee Olympian.
7. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS HINT AT PARTIES’ GOALS
Republicans are trying to convert gains in statehouses to successes in this November’s congressional elections and the 2016 race for the White House, an AP review finds.
8. WHY SOME OF TOP CANCER CENTERS ARE OFF-LIMITS TO AMERICANS
An AP survey finds that many of the best hospitals in the U.S. are not accepting new insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.
9. GROUP RETRACING TREK OF WANDERING OREGON WOLF
An expedition is gearing up to hike and bike along the 1,200-mile trail of the wolf that trekked across Oregon into Northern California, a rare crossing for the species.
10. FIRST FOUR GET MARCH MADNESS ROLLING
N.C. State and Albany, N.Y., post victories in play-in games to advance into the NCAA tournament.