Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, March 19, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TUNISIA FINDS NO LINKS TO TERROR GROUP
But one of the two gunmen who killed 19 tourists and others at a Tunis museum was known to intelligence services.
2. HERZOG HAS STRONG WORDS FOR ISRAELI LEADER
The defeated centrist leader accuses Netanyahu of running a campaign that bordered on racist and says his party will not join the next government.
3. GANG VIOLENCE SUSPECTED IN SWEDEN SHOOTOUT
A shooting inside a restaurant in Goteborg killed two people and left up to 15 wounded — three or four of them seriously.
4. DESPERATION GROWS FOR VANUATU’S SURVIVORS
Relief groups struggle to get supplies to residents living in the cyclone-ravaged South Pacific nation’s outer islands, as food and water become scarce.
5. DEFENSE HAWKS SEEK TO EASE PENTAGON CUTS
Some Senate Republicans hope to rewrite the party’s day-old budget plan to add tens of billions of dollars to ease cuts to the military.
6. WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ‘OBAMACARE’
A new poll finds that most Americans are unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel the health care law.
7. SUSPECTED IPAD THEFT LEADS TO PRISON ODYSSEY
A deaf Ethiopian immigrant who’s fluent in American Sign Language says he sat in a Virginia jail for six weeks without access to an interpreter.
8. WHY REMOTE ATLANTIC ISLAND LODGING IS IN DEMAND
Hotels have been sold out for years in the Faeroes and Svalbard where, weather permitting, enthusiasts will have front-row seats to a total solar eclipse tomorrow.
9. MOVE OVER MICKEY, HELLO KITTY
Brown the bear and Cony the bunny, emoticons popular in Asia, will soon be unleashed worldwide through stores, virtual reality and possibly an animated film.
10. ‘BIG DANCE’ GETS UNDERWAY
Prohibitive favorite Kentucky meets Hampton this evening as the full-field portion of the NCAA tournament tips off just after noon