Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. IRAQI KURDS HEAD TO FIGHT MILITANTS IN SYRIA
The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.
2. WHY AL-QAIDA IS OFFERING AN OLIVE BRANCH TO RENEGADE GROUP
The terrorist network is using Western-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group to try to bring the extremists back into its fold and capture some of the spotlight and jihadist support from IS military advances.
3. COMMERCIAL SUPPLY ROCKET EXPLODES AT LIFTOFF
No injuries are reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort.
4. FEDERAL EBOLA EFFORTS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CZAR’S ROLE
Ron Klain has barely been seen and the White House’s behind-the-scenes coordination of the response to the outbreak is severely tested a week before midterm elections.
5. LAVA TESTS HAWAII COMMUNITY’S RESOLVE
Residents of Pahoa on the Big Island have been preparing for weeks for the slow-motion disaster.
6. MIDTERMS COULD BRING TIEBREAKER ROLE FOR BIDEN
The vice president’s profile might be raised if the Senate splits evenly between GOP and Democrats, ahead of his possible 2016 run.
7. GLOBAL ECONOMY’S STUMBLE WON’T SHIFT FED’S POLICIES
The U.S. central bank is expected to reaffirm its low-rate policy at the conclusion of a two days meeting.
8. WHERE BIRTH RATES ARE SLUMPING
The government of Cuba is making a nationwide push to increase the number of babies as the country registers lowest number of newborns in Latin America.
9. WHO FAKED AP STORY
The FBI confirms it came up with a bogus Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.
10. WORLD SERIES GOES INTO GAME 7
Kansas City’s batters break open game with a seven-run second and batter the San Francisco Giants 10-0.