Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. U.N. CHIEF DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON GAYS
Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals, an issue that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.
2. HOW PONTIFF MAY RESPOND TO U.N. REPORT ON ABUSE
In a first, Vatican officials suggest Pope Francis may sanction bishops for having covered up for abusive priests.
3. FEARS OF SLOWDOWN SHARPEN FOCUS ON HIRING
A robust U.S. jobs report Friday would help soothe those jitters.
4. HOW HAGEL IS DEALING WITH ETHICAL LAPSES IN MILITARY
The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to “put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force.”
5. WHAT THE FALLOUT IS FROM LATEST NORTHEAST STORM
Hundreds of thousands of residents may be without power for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity.
6. FAA TO EXAMINE AIRPORT TOWERS
AP’s Jessica Gresko finds the agency will probe the lightning protection systems at hundreds of towers after a bolt injured an air traffic controller in Baltimore.
7. CALIFORNIA TOWN’S WATER SHORTAGE STOKES FEARS OF FUTURE
With the Golden State in an extreme drought, water supplies in some northern rural areas are imperiled as reservoirs dwindle and local streams dry up.
8. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN REMEMBERED
Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil.
9. LOOK WHO’S TURNING 50
G.I. Joe, called the world’s first action figure, is being celebrated by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the Vietnam War.
10. WHO’S EXPANDING ITS NFL COVERAGE
CBS wins the NFL Network’s rights to air eight Thursday night games next season.