Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. ANOTHER MAJOR QUAKE STRIKES NEPAL
It hits with a magnitude of 7.3 in an isolated area between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest, killing at least four people less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.
2. WHO IS IN RUSSIA FOR TALKS WITH PUTIN
Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with the Russian president as relations between Washington and Moscow plummet to post-Cold War lows.
3. U.S. OK’D MOST BILL CLINTON SPEECH REQUESTS WITHIN DAYS
When Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, her husband won hasty approval from her department to make lucrative speeches around the world.
4. SAUDI ARABIA MOSTLY UNTOUCHED BY SCARS OF WAR
If not for the huge propaganda posters, it would be easy to forget that the kingdom is leading an offensive against Yemen.
5. U.S. COUPLE DIED TRYING TO SHIELD DAUGHTER FROM TWISTER
The Mooneyhans are among five people killed after a line of tornadoes battered several communities in Texas and Arkansas.
6. HOW AMERICANS VIEW IRAN DEAL
Many like the idea of the preliminary agreement with Tehran, but very few believe that the Iranian leaders will follow through with the accord, a new poll suggests.
7. IRAQ SAYS ISLAMIC MILITANTS DEMOLISH RUINS TO COVER UP LOOTING OPERATIONS
The large pieces are destroyed with sledgehammers for the benefit of the cameras, while the more portable items are smuggled to dealers in Turkey.
8. WHAT UKRAINE TRIES TO DITCH
Ukrainian leaders are eager to be seen as reinventing the nation and see erasing reminders of the communist past as an important step toward that goal.
9. ONLY 3 OF 7 MIDSIZE SUVS PERFORM WELL IN CRASH TESTS
The Nissan Murano and Jeep Wrangler four-door get the highest, or “good,” rating in the latest round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.
10. MLB PUMPS UP BALL SECURITY AFTER TOM BRADY FLAP
Starting this year, a representative watches the baseballs while a clubhouse assistant carries them from the umpires’ room to the field.