Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. POPE OF THE POOR ARRIVES IN U.S.
Francis and Obama will meet in the Oval Office to advance causes dear to them both, watched by a nation that can’t get enough of the humble man and also unsettling conservatives in American Catholicism.
2. REFUGEE CRISIS AMPLIFIES EU RIFTS
European Union leaders are divided along an east-west fault line, over whether their countries should be required to accept asylum seekers, mostly Muslim, fleeing the Middle East.
3. ECONOMY ON CHINESE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA IN U.S.
When Xi Jinping addresses top American business leaders, they may be most interested in what he says about progress toward a treaty for broader investment.
4. CHINA’S SLOWDOWN FUELS UNEASE ABROAD
But even a weaker Chinese economy is on track to turn in some of the world’s strongest growth this year.
5. YANKEES HALL OF FAME CATCHER YOGI BERRA DIES AT 90
He is renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees.
6. WHERE EXPERTS, LOCALS SCRAMBLING TO DOCUMENT HERITAGE
In Syria, the rush is on to find creative ways to protect its cultural legacy in the face of eradication at the hands of the Islamic State group.
7. WHO APPEARS ON STEPHEN COLBERT’S SHOW
The CBS host showers thanks on Donald Trump, reducing the usually domineering GOP front-runner to a straight-man status.
8. VOLKSWAGEN SHARES SLIDE AGAIN ON SCANDAL
VW said 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide contain software that can evade emissions controls.
9. JUDGE FREES `HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ SONG FROM COPYRIGHT CLAIMS
“`Happy Birthday’ is finally free after 80 years,” says Randall Newman, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
10. WHAT’S HOT FOR HALLOWEEN
Expect to see a lot of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael this year.