Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. AMERICANS, BRITON WHO THWARTED TRAIN ATTACK GET FRANCE’S TOP HONOR
French President Francois Hollande presents the men with the Legion of Honor and praises them as an example of the need for action when faced with terrorism.
2. CHINESE SHARES TUMBLE, DRIVING PANIC SELLING IN ASIAN MARKETS
Stocks plunge as China’s main index sinks 8.5 percent in tumultuous trading spurred by deepening fears over the slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
3. TALKS BETWEEN THE RIVAL KOREAS DRAG ON
Seoul says that without a North Korean apology for a land mine attack that maimed two soldiers, anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts will continue.
4. WHAT’S CLINTON’S IOWA MESSAGE FOR 2016
The candidate goes hyperlocal in the state, a stylistic shift from her failed 2008 presidential bid, which began poorly with a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
5. RACIAL IDENTITY OF ACTIVIST QUESTIONED
There’s a long history of attacking the backgrounds of people involved in civil rights movements but experts say you don’t have to be black to say that black lives matter.
6. WHY THAILAND’S BLAST PROBE IS HINDERED
The investigation into last week’s explosion is hampered by broken security cameras in central Bangkok along the main suspect’s getaway route.
7. WHO MOBILIZES TO SUPPORT JIMMY CARTER
As the former president undergoes treatment for cancer, residents of his hometown Plains, Georgia, hope to keep his spirits up.
8. AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE MAY SPEAK AT JAMES HOLMES’ SENTENCING
The three-day hearing gives survivors a chance to share their harrowing stories with the judge, but it won’t change the verdict.
9. CRYING OVER SPILLED WATER
Raising twins in California’s epic drought means teaching kids about waste, an AP reporter learns.
10. SECOND CANCERS ARE ON THE RISE
Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.