Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOLLANDE PRESSES FOR ACTION AGAINST MILITANTS
France’s president says there’s “no time to lose” in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq’s borders.
2. MIDEAST COMPLEXITIES CONFOUND U.S. COALITION EFFORT
AP’s Dan Perry finds that much of the problem lies in the region’s Sunni-Shiite divide, which outsiders tend to underestimate repeatedly. MIDEAST COMPLEXITIES-ANALYSIS
3. WHAT A SCOTTISH “YES” COULD MEAN
If Scots approve independence from the U.K., the move will downgrade British influence in the European Union and force NATO planners to rethink the alliance’s defense posture.
4. HOW U.S. IS WORKING TO STEP UP EBOLA AID
Delivering supplies and training doctors and nurses for volunteer work in West Africa, while making sure hospitals at home know what to do if someone travels stateside with the infection.
5. HURDLES LURK FOR OBAMA HEALTH LAW IN 2ND SIGN-UP SEASON
They’ll be fewer website woes, but the 8 million people already enrolled may face higher premiums if they choose automatic renewal.
6. LOCALS, TOURISTS RIDE OUT ODILE
Residents and tourists flock to shelters and hotel conference rooms as the Category 3 hurricane makes landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.
7. “SWATTING” PHENOMENON RANKLES POLICE
Authorities are increasingly concerned about a hoax in which video game players lash out at online opponents by making fake 911 calls that send SWAT teams to their homes.
8. WHO MADE THE BIG APPLE A THREE-TIME WINNER
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev has been named the new Miss America, marking the third consecutive year that a contestant from the Empire State was crowned.
9. POLICE DETAIN “DJANGO UNCHAINED” ACTRESS IN LA
Daniele Watts is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.
10. FACE OF VIKINGS FRANCHISE ABSENT ON GAME DAY
After being charged with child abuse, star running back Adrian Peterson was benched for his team’s 30-7 home loss to New England.