Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. 12 MISSING AFTER FLOODING IN TEXAS SWEEPS AWAY VACATION HOME
Authorities are also searching for victims across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for.
2. IRAQ ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN AIMED AT TAKING BACK LOST TERRITORY
Baghdad launches a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi.
3. VETERANS’ SACRIFICES HONORED IN MANY WAYS
Obama salutes Americans who died in battle and makes special mention on Memorial Day of the families of lost loved ones “who represent the best of who we are.”
4. HOW ISLAMIC STATE GROUP HELPS SUPPORTERS
Its generous welfare system is intended to assist thousands of jihadis to settle and create lives, and one of the perks is a bonus for marriage and a honeymoon.
5. WHO FLOCKS TO CUBA FOR VACATION
The thaw in relations between Washington and Havana leads to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island.
6. VERMONT’S SANDERS TO KICK OFF 2016 BID
For liberals who aren’t satisfied with Hillary Clinton, the “democratic socialist” senator isn’t the candidate they want – but he is the candidate they’re about to get.
7. BRIDES FOR SALE
Each year, dozens of women are lured to the West from poorer corners of Europe for sham marriages. The men, often Asian or African, pay large sums because they want to live within Europe.
8. WHICH DEAL CLEVELAND REACHES WITH JUSTICE ON POLICING
The settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city police department comes days after a white police officer was acquitted of manslaughter for taking part in a 137-shot police barrage that killed two black, unarmed suspects.
9. HIGHEST-PAID AMERICAN EXECUTIVES
Six of the 10 most generously compensated CEOs work in the media industry, a study suggests.
10. WORLD SERIES OF POKER STARTS THIS WEEK
It kicks off Wednesday with a new event dubbed the Colossus, which is expected to attract at least 10,000 players.