Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. U.S. ‘UNAWARE’ OF SOUTH AFRICAN HOSTAGE TALKS
Ambassador Patrick Gaspard says the U.S. did not know about talks on the reported imminent release of aid worker Pierre Korkie, who died with American hostage Luke Somers in a U.S. raid on al-Qaida militants in Yemen.
2. BERKELEY’S STREETS HIT BY SECOND NIGHT OF VIOLENCE
Protests against police killings in Missouri and New York turn violent again in Northern California as some demonstrators hit officers with objects, assault each other and shut down a freeway.
3. WHAT SOME ARE URGING IN LIGHT OF GARNER DEATH
After a police officer wasn’t indicted in a fatal chokehold caught on video, some critics are reviving calls for special prosecutors to investigate, rather than local district attorneys.
4. HOW PANAMANIANS COULD BE AFFECTED BY EXPORTED POLLUTION
AP’s Dina Cappiello reports residents on islands off Panama’s coast could be uprooted due to rising sea levels from carbon pollution linked to global warming.
5. U.S., NATO CEREMONIALLY END AFGHAN COMBAT MISSION
Combat operations end 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks that sparked the coalition’s invasion to topple the Taliban-led government.
6. PHILIPPINE TYPHOON WEAKENS, DEATH TOLL RISES
Hagupit is downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million people into shelters.
7. ROYALS ARRIVE IN U.S. FOR THREE-DAY TOUR
Prince William will visit with Obama at the Oval Office while Kate tours a child development center in New York City.
8. WHAT FORCES ‘FURRY CONVENTION’ EVACUATION
Chlorine gas sickens several people at a Chicago hotel and sends 6-foot-tall rabbits, foxes and dragons from “Furfest” to the refuge of a dog show across the street.
9. MOBILE APPS STILL COLLECT INFORMATION ON KIDS
Online stores are flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, privacy researchers and consumer advocates say.
10. COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NEW PLAYOFF BOASTS STAR POWER
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State all make the cut for the first-ever playoff, but third-ranked TCU is left behind.