Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know today, Friday, Sept. 6. 2013. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
(Added Bonus: This is The AP link to the 10 photos you should see: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/10-things-see-week-top-ap-photos-25)
1. LAST-DITCH EFFORT BY OBAMA
He’s using his final day in Europe to continue pushing for foreign support for a U.S. military strike in retaliation for the gas attack in Syria.
2. EMPLOYERS ADD JOBS, RATE FALLS
The unemployment rate drops to 7.3 percent, its lowest level in five years, but fell because more Americans stopped looking for work.
3. U.S. ORDERS DIPLOMATS OUT OF LEBANON
The move by the State Department comes as Obama and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.
4. HOW CHEMISTS TEST FOR SARIN
If the poisonous gas is present in a sample of material, three numbers – 99-125-81 – will appear on the tester’s computer screen. The numbers are sarin’s fingerprint.
5. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’S WIFE SAYS HE IS “SELFISH”
Shellie Zimmerman says stood by him but once he was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he changed.
6. WHERE A SECT IS BESEIGED
After a takeover by Islamists, the Christian population of the town of Dalga in southern Egypt is living in terror.
7. DECLINE IN U.S. BIRTHS SLOWS
The economy no longer seems to be deterring couples from having children, some experts say.
8. MORE CHILDREN IN U.S. TRYING E-CIGARETTES
Health officials worry that experimentation with the electronic variety will lead kids to regular smoking.
9. TEEN KILLED BY REMOTE CONTROL HELICOPTER
New York City police say the 19-year-old operating the chopper was struck in the head and died at the scene.
10. WHO’S OFF TO A FLYING START
Peyton Manning ties an NFL record with seven touchdown passes as the Broncos open the season by drubbing Baltimore 49-27.