Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. FIRST CASE OF EBOLA DIAGNOSED IN US
The patient is in isolation at a Dallas hospital after traveling from Liberia to visit family in Texas.
2. WHO ELSE MIGHT BE AT RISK
Several of the patient’s relatives and a few community members are being monitored for any sign of Ebola, the head of the CDC says.
3. FRESH EMBARRASSMENT FOR SECRET SERVICE
Earlier this month, Obama reportedly rode an elevator with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions — a violation of Secret Service protocols.
4. MONEY TRAIL POINTS TO POSSIBLE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the U.S. government discloses.
5. WHAT CHINA WON’T LET ITS PEOPLE SEE
No image of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy rallies has appeared in state-controlled media.
6. MICHAEL PHELPS ARRESTED FOR DUI
The Olympic champ apologizes to “everyone I have let down” after he’s stopped by police in Baltimore. It’s his second DUI.
7. WHY PAYPAL IS SPLITTING FROM EBAY
For one thing, the divorce will give PayPal the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile challenger Apple Pay.
8. FIGHTING INTENSIFIES NEAR TURKISH BORDER
More than 160,000 people have been driven across the frontier as Kurdish militiamen try to fend off an attack by Islamic State extremists on the town of Kobani.
9. NEWCOMERS JOINING PACK AT WESTMINSTER
Two breeds — the wirehaired vizsla and the coton de tulear — will compete at the dog show next year for the first time.
10. NFL TAKING HEAT FOR CONDUCT PENALTY AGAINST CHIEFS SAFETY, A DEVOUT MUSLIM
Many wonder how Husain Abdullah’s sliding to his knees to pray after scoring a TD on Monday is different from players dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.