Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ICY ROADS, SPOTTY TRANSIT SERVICE FOLLOW EAST COAST BLIZZARD
At least 30 deaths are blamed on the weather, with shoveling snow and breathing carbon monoxide together claiming almost as many lives as car crashes.
2. VIDEO PURPORTS TO SHOW PARIS ATTACKERS COMMITTING PREVIOUS KILLINGS
The nine men are filmed beheading bound prisoners or shooting a kneeling captive in Islamic State group-controlled territory sometime before the Nov. 13 Paris massacre.
3. WHO DISMISSES POSTURING AHEAD OF PEACE TALKS ON SYRIA
John Kerry says statements from Syrian officials that they will make no concessions and complaints from opposition figures that they are being forced into the negotiations reflect only “rumors.”
4. WHOSE FAILURES IMPERIL MIGRANT CHILDREN
An AP investigation finds as tens of thousands of young migrants fleeing Central America crossed the border, overwhelmed U.S. officials placed some of them in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay.
5. TRUMP’S WIFE REMAINS PRIVATE DESPITE PROSPECT OF PRESIDENCY
Should the billionaire win the Republican presidential nomination, the Slovenian model will face big decisions about her family and her position in American history.
6. AUTHORITIES STRUGGLING TO PIECE TOGETHER DARING JAIL ESCAPE
The priority is finding the men but a probe also is under way to see whether they had any help from inside or outside the prison in Southern California.
7. WHY ROMANIA’S CRACKDOWN ON GRAFT TRIGGERS LITERARY BOOM
Prisoners release hundreds of non-fiction books because the country’s law allows them to have their sentences reduced by 30 days for every “scientific work” they publish.
8. CASE SEEKING CANCER SCREENINGS FOR SMOKERS HEADS TO TRIAL
The plaintiffs are not seeking money, but instead want Philip Morris to pay for a monitoring program to detect early signs of lung cancer.
9. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RESIDENTS LIST RENTALS AT STEEP PRICES FOR SUPER BOWL 50
For example, there’s a luxury 8,500-square-foot home in San Jose, California, offered for $10,000 a night.
10. MANNING’S BRONCOS FACE PANTHERS
“I’m fortunate and grateful that I have the opportunity to contribute still, in some way,” he says