Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. OPERATION IN PARIS SUBURB OF SAINT-DENIS IS OVER
Two people are killed during the raid including a female suicide bomber. Several police are injured and seven people are arrested.
2. WHERE ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT IS ON THE RISE
Muslims around the U.S. are facing a backlash, including vandalism to mosques and Islamic centers, hate-filled phone and online messages and threats of violence.
3. NO THREAT FOUND ON BOTH DIVERTED FLIGHTS FROM U.S. TO PARIS
Passengers get off both planes safely and are taken to terminals.
4. U.S., RUSSIA ON TENTATIVE PATH TOWARD CLOSER TIES
In a striking shift, Obama and Putin are considering military cooperation, as the rift over Ukraine gives way to common cause against the Islamic State group.
5. XI SAYS CHINA WILL KEEP ECONOMIC GROWTH ON TRACK
In a speech on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the president says Beijing is committed to overhauling its economy.
6. WHICH CASES PENTAGON SHIELDS
Child sex offenders are the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes is obscured by the military justice system, The AP finds.
7. HOW PALESTINIANS CAN BETTER NAVIGATE ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS
New mobile apps now offer them a high-tech response to an intractable problem: constant and often seemingly random restrictions on movement.
8. REPUBLICANS CLASH OVER REFUGEES
This rift within the GOP threatens to complicate the party’s outreach to minorities heading into the 2016 presidential contest.
9. DRUG SPENDING TO JUMP TO $1.4 TRILLION IN 2020
The increases would be even higher but for a huge wave of patent expirations for expensive brand-name pills, making way for cheaper generics.
10. OLYMPIC ATHLETE CALLS FOR ALL SPORTS TO BE INVESTIGATED
While the World Anti-Doping Agency gears up to suspend Russia’s anti-doping operation, a Winter Olympian is urging it to take a more thorough look into Russian sports.