Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. WHOSE COMEBACK STRATEGY BACKFIRES IN GOP DEBATE
Jeb Bush’s attack on Marco Rubio raises new questions about his underwhelming candidacy in the primary contest he was once expected to dominate.
2. HOUSE GOP READY TO MAKE RYAN SPEAKER
Republicans hope the lawmaker can heal the splintered party’s self-inflicted wounds and fashion a conservative message to woo voters in next year’s elections.
3. IRAN JOINING INTERNATIONAL TALKS ON SYRIA
The country’s inclusion for the first time marks recognition by the U.S. that no discussion on the Syrian future can succeed without Tehran at the table.
4. DEPUTY FIRED FOR TOSSING TEEN ACROSS MATH CLASS FLOOR
However, questions remain about whether the officer should have been in the classroom in the first place, and where he goes from here.
5. LABOR LAWS QUESTIONED AFTER INDIAN MAID LOSES ARM IN SAUDI ARABIA
Domestic workers, who number at least 2.4 million across the Gulf Arab countries, are among the most vulnerable because the majority are women and live at the whims of their employers.
6. WHY SUPERSTORM ISN’T OVER FOR SOME
Three years after Sandy slammed the New Jersey shore, several thousand still cannot get back home due to bureaucratic red tape and disputes with insurance companies.
7. WHICH AIRSHIP FLOATS AWAY
An unmanned Army surveillance blimp breaks loose from its mooring in Maryland and floats over Pennsylvania for hours before eventually deflating and settling back to Earth.
8. CHINA’S ANSWER FOR DROUGHT-PLAGUED AREA
The government response to environmental degradation and rising temperatures in the country’s northwest is to relocate some 350,000 people.
9. NONPROFITS BECOMING MORE COMFORTABLE ACCEPTING POT DONATIONS
Some see it as a sign that the stigma of selling a drug that remains illegal under federal law may be fading.
10. ROYALS WEAR DOWN METS TO TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN WORLD SERIES
Eric Hosmer hits a tiebreaking, two-run single in a four-run fifth inning, and Kansas City rallies past New York 7-1.