Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ICONIC SINGER DAVID BOWIE DIES FROM CANCER
He turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album called “Blackstar.”
2. MEXICO BEGINS EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST DRUG LORD
Officials warn that the process could take a long time as Guzman’s lawyers file legal appeals and maneuver to keep their client in his home country.
3. WHO SEEKS ROADMAP TO PEACE
A key gathering opens in Islamabad in which four major countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States — hope to agree on steps to restore security in the Afghan nation.
4. WHOSE INITIATIVES OFTEN HIT WALL IN CONGRESS
Obama had some high-profile victories last year but his State of the Union proposals, such as calls for free community college and higher minimum wage, are not among them.
5. IT’S THE ‘BIGGEST JACKPOT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD’
That’s what a lottery official says the estimated $1.3 billion Powerball payoff will be by Wednesday’s drawing. POWERBALL JACKPOT
6. HOW ‘MARTIAN,’ ‘REVENANT’ GET BOOST WITH TOP GLOBES WINS
Sunday’s ceremony endorses the two films that have been lingering on the edges of an undefined award season, a mere days before the Academy Award nominees are revealed.
7. SOME COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING JURORS STILL TRAUMATIZED
More than four months after the trial, they suffer nightmares, flashbacks and guilt but have bonded together to help each other cope.
8. CHINA’S XI OFF TO ROCKY 2016
Barely a week into the new year, the Chinese president is having a rough time of it, with a plummeting stock market, falling currency and provocations from North Korea.
9. SECONDHAND SMOKE HITS ALMOST HALF OF TEENS WHO DON’T SMOKE
Researchers say the study results show efforts are needed to expand smoke-free zones.
10. SEAHAWKS SURVIVE AGAINST VIKINGS IN FRIGID WILD-CARD GAME
Even as Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh trotted out for a “chip shot” game-winning field goal try, Seattle coach Pete Carroll kept right on believing his Seahawks weren’t done yet.