Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ARMS SENT TO KURDS IN FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE
U.S. officials tell AP the Obama administration has begun providing weapons to Kurdish forces making headway against Islamic extremists in Iraq.
2. NEW GAZA TRUCE BEGINS
An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war is holding, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators will resume talks in Cairo.
3. MAYHEM ENSUES AFTER CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Still angry over a police shooting of an unarmed black man in suburban St. Louis, people loot businesses, vandalize vehicles and confront police.
4. AS PROBE BEGINS, TONY STEWART STEPS AWAY FROM TRACK
The NASCAR star skips the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen the day after his dirt-track car struck and killed a fellow driver who tried to confront him.
5. WOMAN PUNCHED BY CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER TALKS TO AP
Marlene Pinnock thought she was going to die as a CHP officer straddled her, repeatedly striking her head, on the side of a LA freeway.
6. WHEN ‘YES MEANS YES’
California lawmakers are considering what would be the first-in-the-nation measure requiring all colleges that receive public funds to set a standard for consensual sex.
7. WHAT KOCHES ARE DOING FOR THE GOP
Conservative activists like the Koch brothers are helping fund English classes and health checkups for Spanish speakers to build credibility with Hispanic voters.
8. ATHLETES FACING NEW SOCIAL MEDIA SCRUTINY
As coaches and top colleges increasingly use Twitter and Instagram to evaluate a player’s character, one wrong comment can cost a player a scholarship offer.
9. YOUNG FANS SALUTE FAVORITES
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of “The Fault in Our Stars” ride a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards.
10. WHO’S MAKING HISTORY IN GOLF
Rory McIroy joins Jones, Nicklaus and Woods as the only players 25 or younger to win four majors in the last century when he captured the PGA Championship