Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, May 13, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. U.S. GIVES DIRECTIVE TO SCHOOLS ON TRANSGENDER BATHROOM ACCESS
The guidance doesn’t impose new legal requirements, but federal officials say it is intended to clarify school districts’ obligations to provide nondiscriminatory environments.
2. WHY SOME DEMOCRATS UP PRESSURE ON SANDERS TO EXIT
Democratic Party leaders raise alarms that his continued presence in the race is undermining efforts to beat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
3. WHERE PRESIDENT VOWS TO FIGHT HER OUSTER
Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff plans to use “all legal means” to oppose her impeachment, while the new acting head of state calls for unity, underscoring the nation’s political polarization.
4. TOP LEBANESE HEZBOLLAH COMMANDER KILLED IN SYRIA
Mustafa Badreddine’s killing deals a major blow to the Shiite group which has played a significant role in the conflict.
5. WHO IS CLOSELY TIED TO ALIBABA
The head of a global anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington DC owns stock in the Chinese e-commerce giant, which has battled to fight its reputation as the world’s largest marketplace for fakes, an AP investigation finds.
6. LONG RECOVERY FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRAQ BOMBINGS
Those wounded in the country’s constant stream of bombings face a dilapidated health care system that is often unable to treat long-term injuries.
7. ARREST OF TENNESSEE CHILDREN EXPOSES FLAWED JUVENILE JUSTICE
A public examination of how police handled elementary school students suspected of wrongdoing triggers a local effort to improve existing practices.
8. BIDDING FOR GUN THAT KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN SURPASSES $25 MILLION
It is unclear if they are serious bids, with the leading bidder using the screen name “Racist McShootface.”
9. BEES BUZZING ON ROOFTOPS AT 7 SAN FRANCISCO HOTELS
“This is not about making money, it’s really about raising awareness about sustainability,” says Melissa Farrar, spokeswoman at the Fairmont.
10. RUSSIA SAYS DOPING CLAIMS ARE “TURNCOAT’S LIBEL”
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman attacks the credibility of a former Russian official, who told the New York Times that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones during the Olympics.