Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1.RAMADI ROUT PUTS U.S. IRAQ STRATEGY UNDER SCRUTINY
The Islamic State group’s capture of the provincial capital calls into question the Obama administration’s approach to rebuilding the Iraqi army as Shiite militias are poised to launch the counter-offensive.
2. WHOSE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL IS GETTING TOUGHER
With the Syria conflict in its fifth year, many of the close to 4 million Syrians who fled to neighboring countries are unable to work legally, while funding gaps force aid agencies to slash vital support.
3. TENSIONS LONG SIMMERED BETWEEN RIVAL TEXAS BIKER GANGS
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Joint Information Center issued a bulletin May 1 that cautioned authorities about increasing violence between the Bandidos and the Cossacks.
4. INVESTIGATORS UNCERTAIN ANYTHING HIT TRAIN BEFORE CRASH
The National Transportation Safety Board says it could be a year before it determines the probable cause of the derailment.
5. NEW HEADACHE FOR PUTIN
A tug-of-war between Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian federal law enforcement reflects an apparent effort by the Kremlin to cut the 38-year-old strongman down to size and make him obey the rules.
6. WHEN CLINTON EMAILS WILL BE RELEASED
The State Department proposes posting portions of 55,000 pages of messages from the former secretary of state by next January.
7. WHAT ROHINGYA CRISIS HIGHLIGHTS
The Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has long been toothless in handling members’ internal issues and may achieve little now as three countries struggle with thousands of Myanmar’s persecuted minority stranded off their shores.
8. FROM GERMAN WINERIES TO CHINESE FACTORIES, U.S. DOLLAR ECHOING
As the value of the U.S. currency steadily strengthens, the consequences are being felt throughout the world.
9. WINGSUIT FLIER THOUGHT HE COULD MANAGE THE RISK
Dean Potter risked flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings.
10. FIGHT OF CENTURY BECOMES FIGHT IN COURT
Boxing fans and their lawyers are calling the match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back.