Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHAT PRESIDENT IS CALLING ‘IMAGINARY FICTION’
Obama mocks conspiracy theorists and tears into the National Rifle Association as he describes his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America.
2. HOW SEOUL IS TRYING TO GET UNDER KIM’S SKIN
South Korea’s border broadcasts feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also features some sugary pop music.
3. THREE REASONS TO WORRY ABOUT CHINA’S ECONOMY
A tumbling currency, a tough transition to promote consumer spending and economic mismanagement by policymakers magnifies concerns about the world’s second-biggest economy.
4. CABLE BEHIND BEACH BLAST HAS COMPANY NATIONWIDE
The kind of cable that caused an explosion at a crowded Rhode Island beach last summer may be lying under beaches, harbors and waterways at nearly 50 sites in 12 states, the AP finds.
5. WHY MILITARY ACADEMIES ARE SEEING SPIKE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTS
A senior defense official says the sharp increases are due largely to students’ growing confidence in the reporting system and expanded awareness programs.
6. ARMED RANCHERS ASKED TO LEAVE
Three Oregon sheriffs meet with Ammon Bundy’s group to try to persuade them to end their occupation of a federal wildlife refuge after many local residents made it plain that’s what they want.
7. FOR DEMOCRATIC FRONT-RUNNER, HELP ON THE STUMP
Hillary Clinton’s impressive stable of surrogates — including Bill and Chelsea Clinton — are already at work on behalf of her presidential campaign, and the Obamas and Bidens will likely step in too.
8. AS RAIN PUMMELS CALIFORNIA, A WAY TO FIGHT DROUGHT
To offset the state’s epic water shortage, agencies are moving to capture more rain to use during dryer times.
9. FAREWELL, SCHNEIDER
Pat Harrington, Jr., who scored as the cocky handyman on “One Day at a Time,” has died. He was 86.
10. LOOK FOR UNKNOWN PLAYERS TO RISE UP
Rodgers, Peterson, Roethlisberger, Watt and the other star players got their teams to the NFL playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference.