Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, June 20, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. CAR BLAST ROCKS SYRIAN VILLAGE
A powerful car bomb explosion has killed 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others in the government-controlled area near the central city of Hama.
2. WHAT LIMITED AMERICAN AID MEANS FOR IRAQ
The restrained U.S. military assistance offered to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reaffirms the Obama administration’s mantra that Baghdad is still largely on its own.
3. WHO FEARS FOR LOVED ONES BACK HOME
Iraqi immigrants in the U.S. who risked their lives to escape the country’s past wars are afraid they may never hear from those they left behind.
4. FUNDRAISING QUESTIONS SWIRL ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL
Unsealed documents for the first time put Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the center of an investigation into his campaigns in 2011 and 2012.
5. WHERE CLOWNS USED FOR THERAPY
For Syria’s young refugees who are now living in a makeshift camp in Lebanon, performers provide a brief escape from the civil war horrors.
6. IRS PROBE MIRED IN MYSTERY
Computer crashes inside the agency and the government’s efforts to recover all the missing data related to the tea party investigation leave many questions unanswered.
7. ‘HICKS BABIES’ TRYING TO FIND BIRTH PARENTS
Adopted off the books decades ago, some of them hope to discover hidden biological links with the help of fresh DNA testing.
8. ON WWI MEMORIAL, NAMES OF FIVE BROTHERS GIVE NO HINT OF SIXTH WHO SURVIVED
Long before the fictional tale of “Saving Private Ryan,” there was the real-life story of saving Private Smith, which has taken 100 years to fully come to light.
9. VIEWS FROM MOUNTAINTOP MUSEUM NOT ALL THAT WILL MAKE YOU HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT
At 6,288 feet, you can see six states, plus the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day from Extreme Mount Washington. But it’s better known for its extreme weather.
10. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, CARMEN
In Manaus, a Brazilian city so remote it can only be reached by plane or boat, four World Cup matches are being played. And, in the Belle Epoque opera house known as Teatro Amazonas, so is Bizet.