Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. CHINESE STOCKS FALL FOR 4TH DAY, DROPPING 7.6 PERCENT
The decline comes despite a multibillion-dollar government effort to stop a slide in prices.
2. FRENCH-AMERICAN EMERGES AS NEW HERO IN TRAIN ATTACK
Mark Moogalian remains hospitalized in the northern city of Lille with a bullet wound in his neck and back. His life isn’t in danger.
3. SOUTH TURNS OFF PROPAGANDA AND NORTH EXPRESSES “REGRET” OVER MINE BLAST AS KOREAS REACH DEAL
After 40-plus-hours of talks, Pyongyang and Seoul pull back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and avert bloodshed.
4. WHAT ATTRACTS NEW INTEREST AMID POLICE SHOOTINGS
Law enforcement agencies are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them.
5. WHO’S ‘HAPPY TO HELP’ WITH RECORD FIRE IN WASHINGTON
The mountainous conditions in the Pacific Northwest will be nothing new to the dozens of firefighters from Australia and New Zealand who have arrived to help battle blazes.
6. WHOSE BAD REPUTATION HAMPERS BANGKOK BOMBING PROBE
As it investigates the blast, the Royal Thai Police department is handicapped by a legacy of corruption, brutality and political influence.
7. 14 ARRESTED IN ANTI-JIHADI RAIDS IN SPAIN, MOROCCO
A Spanish Interior Ministry statement says the arrests took place in the central Spanish town of San Martin de la Vega and in five Moroccan cities, including Casablanca and Fez.
8. THEATER SHOOTING VICTIMS SPEAK FREELY AT GUNMAN’S SENTENCING
They are denouncing the defense team, the legal process and the single juror who blocked a death sentence.
9. RECALLS MAKE AMERICANS LESS SATISFIED WITH CARS
The 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index finds that satisfaction with automobiles dropped for the third straight year to the lowest level since 2004.
10. INDYCAR DRIVER JUSTIN WILSON DIES AFTER HEAD INJURY
The 37-year-old father of two was struck by a large piece of debris from another driver’s car following a single-car accident at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway.