Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. PUTIN HOPING TO TELL WORLD THAT RUSSIA IS BACK
If ceremony opening Sochi Olympics doesn’t reshape country’s global image, it should at least be a good show.
2. WHY THIS MONTH’S EMPLOYMENT REPORT IS EAGERLY AWAITED
Economists hope January jobs number will tell them whether U.S. economy is really slowing — or continuing to strengthen.
3. WHO IS MOST CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS OF NEW HEALTH LAW
Young people are needed to offset higher costs of insuring older folks, and army of workers and volunteers is trying to enroll them.
4. AUSTRIANS FOAMING OVER NEW TAX ON LOCAL SPARKLING WINE
It’s less than 1 euro a bottle, and other goods face new fees too, but the one on bubbly bothers people the most.
5. IMPROVEMENTS IN U.S. ECONOMY OFFER WASHINGTON AN OPPORTUNITY
In an AP News Analysis, Tom Raum says how policymakers respond could lead to more cooperation — but don’t count on it.
6. NEW GUIDELINES AIM AT PREVENTING STROKES IN WOMEN
Advice from the American Heart Association focuses on pregnancy and other risk factors that women face more than men.
7. AP SCIENCE WRITER HAS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON WEATHER EXTREMES
Seth Borenstein says a plunge in the jet stream is bringing polar air south and east and leaving warm, dry weather to the west.
8. HOMICIDES FALL SHARPLY IN CHICAGO BUT STILL LEAD THE NATION
City officials say new police tactics, more after-school jobs and mentoring programs for young people are paying off.
9. CHANCE OF OVERHAULING IMMIGRATION LAWS UNRAVELS
House Speaker Boehner says it will be difficult for Republicans to pass bill in an election year because of their distrust of Obama.
10. WHAT A SPANISH PRINCESS IS GOING TO COURT FOR
In an unprecedented appearance, Princess Cristina will be questioned by judge for possible money laundering.