Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ‘WE MUST STAND UP AND WE MUST STAY UNITED’
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reflects the sentiments of millions of people and scores of world leaders who took part in unity rallies in Paris and across the country in response to last week’s terror attacks.
2. WHO CLAIMS TIES TO ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS
A video emerges of one of the Paris gunmen pledging allegiance to the extremist group, while his two fellow accomplices claimed to be from rival al-Qaida.
3. WHY US WAGES ARE LAGGING DESPITE SURGE IN JOB GROWTH
Though the unemployment rate is rebounding, millions of workers remain in part-time jobs, while many others have stopped looking altogether.
4. SUPREME COURT CASE COULD FOIL GOV’T SUITS OVER JOB BIAS
Justices will hear arguments this week in a case that considers whether employers can defend discrimination lawsuits by asserting that government lawyers did not try hard enough to settle claims before going to court.
5. GOP CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS UNLIKELY TO BUDDY UP TO OBAMA
When the president sits down with eight top legislators — four from each party — this week, there’s little expectation it will usher in a new era of cooperation.
6. MLK BIBLE, NOBEL MEDAL’S FATE COULD REST WITH JUDGE
Martin Luther King III and his younger brother have asked a judge to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father’s Nobel medal and traveling Bible, so the relics can be sold.
7. HOW TO MAKE WEARABLE HEALTH SENSORS MORE USEFUL
Consumers are becoming more focused on “what’s technologically meaningful” in the data the devices compile, a tech expert says.
8. ‘Fargo,’ ‘Transparent,’ Simmons take Golden Globes
With a nod to last week’s terror attacks in France, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theor Kingma drew a standing ovation for pledging support of free speech “from North Korea to Paris.”
9. COLTS, PACKERS ADVANCE IN NFL PLAYOFFS
Indianapolis defeats Peyton Manning’s Broncos, and Green Bay knocks off Tony Romo’s Cowboys to reach the conference championship games.
10. OSU, OREGON TITLE GAME WILL CROWN A ‘TRUE CHAMPION’
Monday night’s first College Football Playoff national championship game matches the second-seeded Ducks and fourth-seeded Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.