Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, May 14, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. SAFETY TECHNOLOGY MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED AMTRAK CRASH
“We feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this accident would not have occurred,” says National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt.
2. WHO CLAIMS ATTACK ON KABUL GUESTHOUSE THAT KILLED 14
The Taliban spokesman in an email distributed to media says the group targeted the hotel because of the presence of foreigners, including Americans there.
3. WHY OBAMA CONVENES CAMP DAVID SUMMIT WITH GULF ARAB LEADERS
He is seeking to reassure key allies that U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security.
4. YEMEN’S HUMANITARIAN TRUCE BARELY HOLDS
It is disrupted by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, fighting between rival sides in a strategic province and shelling by coalition warships west of the port city of Aden.
5. WHAT LEADS TO RISING MIGRANT DEATHS ON HIGH SEAS
There is no single reason for the soaring numbers of those trying to reach Europe, but rather a chain of factors including more ruthless smugglers and the end of a major rescue mission.
6. JURY DELIBERATING FATE OF BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER
Prosecutors call him a “remorse-free” terrorist and his lawyer says he deserves a chance at redemption.
7. IN WISCONSIN CAPITAL CITY, POLICE PROTESTS STAY PEACEFUL
Existing relationships, local traditions and cooler heads help demonstrators in Madison avoid violence seen in Ferguson and Baltimore — at least so far.
8. CHINESE E-COMMERCE GIANT SELLS TRUST
Billionaire Richard Liu says the success of his JD.com site rests on a powerful selling point: allowing only genuine merchandise in a land of fakes.
9. TEHRAN BILLBOARDS SHOWCASE FAMOUS ARTWORKS
The 10-day project shows “Iranians are art lovers, too,” says Tehran businessman Ehsun Fathipour.
10. JOHNNY DEPP’S DOGS FACE DEATH IN AUSTRALIA
Australian quarantine authorities order the actor to fly his Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo out of the country by Saturday or they will be put down.