Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know today, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. KERRY: ‘UNDENIABLE’ EVIDENCE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE
His tough language marks the clearest justification yet for U.S. military action against the Syrian regime.
2. CALIF. FIREFIGHTERS MAKING HEADWAY
While a huge blaze near Yosemite continues to grow in size, containment numbers are up.
3. WHERE SPIN IS IN
The transparency surrounding Bo Xilai’s trial — even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion — likely shows China’s PR machinery has become more sophisticated.
4. OBAMA SALUTES AFGHAN WAR VETERAN
The president bestows the Medal of Honor on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter for risking his life to save an injured soldier during intense fighting.
5. WHY CHELSEA MANNING SPILLED PERSONAL SECRET
The Wikileaker, formerly known as Bradley Manning, decided to announce that she wants to live as a woman only after the military publicly said that it would not provide hormone treatment, her lawyer says.
6. TRANSPLANT PATIENT LEAVING HOSPITAL
Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan spurred a national debate over donated organs this summer when she received two sets of lungs at a Philadelphia hospital.
7. HOW NJ CASINOS HOPE TO END THEIR LOSING STREAK
The strip club Scores is opening a satellite in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino — a first during Atlantic City’s 35 years of legal gambling.
8. EX-PRESIDENT RECALLS ASSASSINATION TRY
In a newly unsealed videotape, Gerald Ford describes the day in 1975 when Manson disciple Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme came at him with a gun.
9. WHO’S SUING OVER A TELL-ALL
Kate Gosselin accuses her ex-husband of stealing her hard drive and hacking her phone and computer to get material for the 2012 book.
10. VENUS ADVANCES AT US OPEN
Showing she’s still got game, the 60th-ranked Williams upsets Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens.