Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. SLAVE LABOR IN FISHING INDUSTRY EXPOSED
Modern-day Burmese slaves in an Indonesian village reveal to the AP the harsh conditions they live in. A brutal truth emerges: your seafood may come from slaves.
2. CREWS RETRIEVE ALPINE JET’S BLACK BOX
The damaged voice and cockpit recorder – still believed to be useable – and a two-minute span when the pilot of the German aircraft lost contact are vital clues into what caused the tragedy.
3. YEMEN PRESIDENT REPORTEDLY FLEES ADEN HOME
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi leaves just hours after Shiite rebels seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants.
4. WHY AFGHAN LEADER MIGHT GET WARM WELCOME ON CAPITOL HILL
Ashraf Ghani’s speech to Congress is an opportunity to mark a new chapter in U.S.-Afghanistan relations, which were strained by acrimony between Obama and Hamid Karzai.
5. WHERE EASING OF TRANSGENDER BAN SPURS CONCERNS
Defense Secretary Ash Carter gets pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces.
6. RUSSIA’S HEAVY DRINKERS SEEK DANGEROUS HIGHS AMID CRISIS
A dangerous new trend is emerging in this heavy-drinking country: the consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol or even cleaning products.
7. PHONES POSE BIG PROBLEM FOR TEEN DRIVERS
Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teenagers than has been previously understood.
8. WHO CAN SAVE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE
Hope for preserving it lies with six fifth-graders who have attended a small immersion school since they were babies.
9. ‘MAD MEN’ STAR UNDERGOES ALCOHOL TREATMENT
The disclosure concerning Jon Hamm comes as the final season of the 1960s-set drama is about to begin.
10. WHAT BASEBALL CAREERS OFTEN START WITH
Long before any of that major league money lands in their bank accounts, most minor league players apply for jobs at Costco, the grocery store or the coffee shop.