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The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, May 8

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, May 8, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:

1. TORIES LOOK TO BE WINNERS IN BRITISH ELECTION

The Conservative Party surges to a surprisingly commanding lead in Britain’s parliamentary election, meaning Prime Minister David Cameron is poised to remain at 10 Downing Street.

2. AMBASSADORS KILLED IN PAKISTAN HELICOPTER CRASH

Diplomats from the Philippines and Norway were among those killed in a chopper crash in the country’s north.

3. MIDWEST BRACES FOR MORE SEVERE WEATHER

Conditions appear to be ripe this weekend for storms that could produce even more powerful tornadoes across an area covering southern Kansas, western Oklahoma and parts of North Texas.

4. WHERE PRESIDENT IS PUSHING FREE TRADE INITIATIVE

Obama is visiting Nike headquarters in Oregon to promote his trade agenda in an export-dependent region of the country.

5. CHINESE BANKS FACILITATING WEB COUNTERFEITS

AP’s Erika Kinetz finds that financial institutions in China are serving as safe havens for counterfeiters, using them to process credit card payments for fake goods or move money around the globe.

6. HOW FAR BACK ICE CREAM MAKER KNEW OF PROBLEMS

AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick reports that a government investigation found that Blue Bell Creameries knew there was listeria in one of their plants as far back as March 2013.

7. WHAT LABOR DEPARTMENT COULD HELP CLARIFY

The government’s April jobs report could bring some clarity to a fuzzy picture of the U.S. economy.

8. WHY SHERPAS WORRY ABOUT FUTURE

Two avalanches in two years on Mount Everest have put a major crimp in Nepal’s climbing industry, a vital source of income for guides in the poor country.

9. ‘I HAVE TOO MUCH RESPECT FOR DAVE’

Jimmy Kimmel tells the New York Times he has chosen not to air a new episode of his talk show opposite David Letterman’s final “Late Show” installment.

10. BRADY NOT YET READY TO RESPOND TO ‘DEFLATEGATE’

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback says he needs more time to digest the report that concluded that he probably knew that New England Patriots equipment staff had a role in deflating footballs

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