Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. OFFICIALS: RESCUE MISSION FAILED
Obama sent special forces to Syria this summer to save Americans held by the Islamic State, but they failed to locate any — including journalist James Foley.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA PUSHING BACK AT MILITANT PROPAGANDA
Extremists have turned their social media into a theater of horror — but companies are censoring objectionable content and users are determined not to let it go viral.
3. HOLDER VISITS FERGUSON, DESCRIBES OWN RUN-INS WITH POLICE
The U.S. attorney general tells community leaders of the humiliation he felt after having his car searched after he was twice pulled over in New Jersey.
4. NAVY BOOTS 34 FOR CHEATING
The AP’s Robert Burns reports that the sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring at a nuclear power training site.
5. WHERE HIGH COURT IS DELAYING GAY MARRIAGE
Same-sex couples will have to wait to wed in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court puts on hold an appeals court ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.
6. LIBERIAN SLUMS BARRICADED AMID EBOLA FEARS
Riot police and soldiers seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people across West Africa.
7. BIG BANK AGREES TO BIG SETTLEMENT
Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion deal with the government to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials say.
8. WHAT FARMER’S ALMANAC SAYS IS IN STORE
The 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the U.S.
9. CRITICS PREDICT EMMY WINNERS
Among other best guesses, the AP’s Lynn Elber and Frazier Moore both believe “True Detective” will take home the trophy for best drama.
10. WHO’S STARTING AT QB FOR CLEVELAND
Brian Hoyer — not hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel — will be under center when the Browns open their season against Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.