Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. NUCLEAR SMUGGLERS SOUGHT EXTREMIST BUYERS
Gangs with suspected Russian ties attempted to shop radioactive material in Moldova to buyers from the Middle East, an AP investigation finds.
2. SOUTH CAROLINA SEES SUN BUT WEATHER WOES NOT OVER
Residents are preparing for a second round of expected flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic.
3. FIGHTING ERUPTS IN CENTRAL SYRIA
Activists say Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes are battling insurgents in the northwestern provinces of Idlib and neighboring Hama.
4. WHAT LINKS OREGON, CONNECTICUT SLAYINGS
Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Christopher Harper-Mercer was living a mostly solitary life with a mom who shared his fascination with firearms.
5. QUESTIONS SWIRL AROUND U.S. STRIKE ON AFGHAN HOSPITAL
Among them is whether the decision to open fire exceeded the authority under which American forces have operated since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago.
6. TOMAS LINDAHL, PAUL MODRICH AND AZIZ SANCAR WIN NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the researchers for work on “mechanistic studies of DNA repair.”
7. WHO FINDS GROWING COMPLICATIONS WITH HER OLD BOSS
As Hillary Clinton looks for ways to distinguish her ideas from those of Obama, the relationship between the man in the White House and the candidate becomes increasingly complicated.
8. A LUCKY FEW SYRIANS CHART OFFICIAL PATH TO EUROPEAN ASYLUM
The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family — but it’s difficult to say what the future holds even for those like her.
9. WHERE LUXURY BIRTHING CLINICS SPUR CESAREAN ‘EPIDEMIC’
Cesarean births become de rigueur among Brazil’s wealthy, with new mothers enjoying beauty treatments after the operation in a culture that regards births as glamorous events.
10. RECALL OF VOLKSWAGEN CARS TO BEGIN IN JANUARY
The company says 11 million vehicles worldwide contain the diesel engine with the software used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.