Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. IRAQI KURDS LAUNCH OFFENSIVE AGAINST IS MILITANTS
Peshmerga fighters, backed by the U.S.-led air campaign, are aiming to retake the town of Sinjar, which the Islamic State group overran last year, triggering the flight, massacre and enslavement of tens of thousands of Yazidis.
2. MISSOURI STUDENT ACCUSED OF THREATENING BLACKS
Hunter M. Park, a 19-year-old sophomore, is charged with making a terrorist threat after his arrest at a residence hall.
3. WHY PROTEST BY MISSOURI’S FOOTBALL TEAM MIGHT UPEND STATUS QUO
More and more, today’s athletes are showing willingness to test the limits of their power by organizing efforts and smart use of social media.
4. CARSON PROFITS FROM TIES WITH CONVICTED FELON
The candidate maintained business ties with a close friend who pleaded guilty to defrauding insurance companies and testified on his behalf, The AP learns.
5. WHO SAYS SHE WILL BE “ABOVE THE PRESIDENT”
Some see Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement as her willingness to place herself above the law, while others say she’s obeying the will of the people.
6. VOLUNTEERS OFFER MEDICAL CARE TO CALAIS MIGRANTS
One of them, Ali, a Baghdad native who runs three dental practices in Wales, made four 10-hour round trips in recent months to mount weekend clinics for camp residents.
7. SLOVENIA STRUGGLES WITH SURGE OF HUMANITY
The largely Catholic nation fears it could be overwhelmed by mostly Muslim refugees if Austria and Germany decide to stop the massive flow from the Balkans.
8. WHAT MAY HOLD CLUES TO OHIO PLANE CRASH
Investigators will comb charred wreckage, aircraft records, weather information and video for indications of what caused the tragedy that killed nine.
9. NEW YORKERS TRACK HOMELESSNESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Advocates for the homeless see such chronicling as more harassment than help.
10. AUSTRALIAN APPLE STORE UNDER FIRE
The company is accused of racism after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave a store in Melbourne when a staffer expressed concern they would shoplift.