Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. UK JUDGE: TWO RUSSIANS KILLED EX-AGENT
Putin probably approved a plan by the FSB security service to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a vocal critic of the Russian president, Judge Robert Owen says.
2. MICHIGAN EMAILS SHOW DEBATE OVER BLAME FOR WATER
A day after doctors reported high levels of lead in Flint children, Gov. Rick Snyder’s top aide told him the “real responsibility” for the issue rested with the local government.
3. STOCKS MIXED AFTER VOLATILE DAY ON WALL STREET
European stocks edge higher ahead of a central bank meeting while Asian markets fell, surrendering early gains as oil drifts down and sentiment remains fragile.
4. PAKISTAN MOURNS, BURIES VICTIMS
Two teachers are among the 21 dead, including a chemistry professor who is praised as a hero for shooting back at the attackers and allowing some students to escape.
5. WHO’S IN CROSSHAIRS OF BIG WINTER STORM
The eastern U.S. braces for a nor’easter and forecasters are warning of “potentially paralyzing” weather for parts of the northern mid-Atlantic region.
6. SANDERS HEALTH PLAN WOULD BE MORE GENEROUS THAN MEDICARE
The Democratic presidential candidate’s program would include long-term care, no deductibles and no copays.
7. EXTREMISTS’ RADIO BEAMS PROPAGANDA, THREATS ACROSS AFGHANISTAN
In the impoverished country, a new Islamic State affiliate recruits fighters and silences critics with broadcasts from an elusive radio station.
8. SEX ABUSE SCANDAL ROCKS EXCLUSIVE PREP SCHOOL
Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates at St. George’s School in Rhode Island over the past four decades.
9. DOGFISH FINDING NEW LOVE ON MENUS
New England’s seafood industry is putting more emphasis on “underloved” fish as more traditional staples such as cod and haddock decline or become the subject of tougher quotas.
10. BILLS MAKE HISTORY WITH HIRE
The NFL has its first full-time female coach: Buffalo promotes Kathryn Smith to take over as special teams quality control coach