Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. WHAT PONTIFF’S ITINERARY IS IN NEW YORK
From the U.N. to an inner-city school, Francis is emphasizing themes that have shaped his popular papacy as he packs in encounters with the powerful and the poor.
2. HOW WORLD POWERS WILL TEST LIMITS OF TIES
Obama and Xi Jinping wade into issues that have worsened tensions between their countries: China’s cyberspying in the U.S. and Beijing’s territorial disputes in the Asian Pacific.
3. EPA TO CHANGE DIESEL TESTS TO THWART CHEATING
The shift could include on-road testing, a response to Volkswagen’s ability to fool tests done on treadmill-like devices called dynamometers in the agency’s labs.
4. AMBITIOUS AGENDA AWAITS U.N. SUMMIT
The global body will formally approve high-price goals for addressing poverty, disease and education.
5. WITNESSES DESCRIBE FATAL SEATTLE BUS CRASH
Two Philadelphia friends travelling in an SUV say they saw the “duck boat” tour vehicle’s left tire “lock up” as it swerved into a charter bus, T-boning it, and killing four students.
6. HOUSE GOP MAY OPT AGAINST SHUTDOWN
Republican leaders are looking for a way to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.
7. WHO TRUMP IS COURTING NEXT
The billionaire businessman is wooing a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians.
8. STUDY DELVES INTO YOUNG ADULTS’ MEDIA HABITS
A sizable group of millennials — 4 of every 10 — actively seeks out the news, an analysis by Media Insight Project finds.
9. MADONNA: ‘I LIKE THE NEW POPE’
At a Philadelphia concert, the pop star gives Francis her endorsement during his first U.S. visit, calling him “open-minded.”
10. THE NEW KINGS OF KANSAS CITY
The Royals clinched the AL Central for their first division title in 30 years, beating the Seattle Mariners 10-4.