Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. OVER 430 MIGRANTS RESCUED BY FISHERMAN ARE TAKEN TO INDONESIA AFTER MONTHS AT SEA
Meanwhile, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities agree to provide temporary shelter to thousands of stranded people, a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia.
2. ISRAELI PREMIER CANCELS PROPOSED WEST BANK BUS SEGREGATION
Benjamin Netanyahu finds the defense minister’s proposal to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses “unacceptable” and the two decide to freeze the plan.
3. WHY ACTIVISTS ARE UNHAPPY WITH RESPONSES TO WACO, BALTIMORE
Some are complaining that there appears to be little societal concern about the gunplay at a restaurant in Texas, whereas politicians describe violent looters in Baltimore as “thugs.”
4. WHO IS FACING COMPETING PRESSURES
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is confronting a balancing act over trade legislation, a top priority for Obama that’s overwhelmingly opposed by House Democrats.
5. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP TRIGGERS PARADIGM SHIFT
Fearful of an extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities.
6. WHAT DEFINES CLINTON’S EARLY CAMPAIGN
The presidential hopeful sticks to a low-key start to her second presidential race amid criticism that she is dodging tough issues.
7. USE OF VIDEO VISITS FOR INMATES GROWS
Prisoners’ rights advocates worry the trend is an effort to eliminate traditional in-person meetings, but officials say they improve security while extending visiting hours.
8. NEW UNDERSTANDING OF MARTYR
The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero helps redefine the Catholic Church’s concept of martyrdom.
9. LOS ANGELES ON TRACK TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 AN HOUR
If the law gets final approval, it would eventually require annual pay of about $31,200.
10. CRITICS SLAM ‘GAME OF THRONES’
Sen. Claire McCaskill describes a rape scene on the HBO drama as “gratuitous” and “disgusting,” saying she is done with the show.