Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, May 21, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. HOW VAST EXTREMIST RECRUITING NETWORK NETS LEGIONNAIRES
As many as 17,000 people from more than 90 countries have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage holy war for the Islamic State group.
2. ANCIENT CITY FALLS TO IS
Syrian activists say Islamic State militants, after seizing the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria, are now also in full control of its famed archaeological site with its 2,000-year old Roman colonnades.
3. WHAT MALAYSIA IS DOING ABOUT BOAT PEOPLE
The prime minister orders the navy and the coast guard to rescue migrants stranded on drifting boats, the first country in Southeast Asia to act.
4. VIDEO CAPTURES CHAOTIC SCENE IN WACO
When gunfire erupted outside a Texas restaurant, most of the bikers watching the confrontation ran away from the shooting, a security video shown to AP reveals.
5. MASSIVE OIL SPILL CLEANUP WILL TAKE TIME
Just a fraction of the 105,000 gallons of crude has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretches across 9 miles of California coast.
6. WHAT SCHOOLS HAVE DONE IN THE WAKE OF NEWTOWN
U.S. public schools beef up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems since the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
7. NSA SURVEILLANCE FUTURE IN LIMBO
The fate of the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster.
8. ‘WHITE FLIGHT’ REVERSES IN MOTOR CITY
Cheap housing and incentive programs are partly fueling the regrowth of Detroit’s white population.
9. TRULY THE END OF AN ERA
AP’s Frazier Moore says David Letterman’s 33-year run as host of CBS’ “Late Show” ends more than a career, but a cultural epoch.
10. WHO LED CAVS TO EAST FINALS WIN
LeBron James and J.R. Smith led Cleveland past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.