Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. OBAMA ADDRESSES VETERANS’ MEETING
The president is speaking at the American Legion National Convention months after a VA hospital crisis rocked his administration.
2. ISRAEL TARGETS MORE HIGH-RISES IN GAZA
The Israeli military is destroying multi-story buildings in an apparent new tactic aimed at increasing pressure on Hamas.
3. WHY US NUCLEAR EXPERT IS CALLING FOR PLANT CLOSURE
Regulators are being urged to shut down California’s last operating nuclear facility until they can determine whether the twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
4. WHO LEFT THE EMMYS EMPTY-HANDED
Movie stars did not win any trophies at the awards show that honored such favorites as “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family.”
5. AP SOURCE: WHITE HOUSE BACKS SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS OVER SYRIA
The administration wants to gather intelligence on the Islamic State militant group from the air.
6. HOW MOURNERS DEPICTED MICHAEL BROWN’S DEATH
Speakers at Brown’s emotional funeral service sought to consecrate his death as another in the long history of the civil rights movement, and implored black people to change their protest chants into legislation and law.
7. CHINA COURTS DOCUMENTARIES BUT LIMITS TOPICS
Beijing wants serious content to replace reality shows on television — but the films need to comply with the Communist Party line or else they are confiscated.
8. BAY-AREA QUAKE CAUSES $1B IN DAMAGE, OFFICIALS ESTIMATE
But Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd says 80 percent of the valley’s 500 or so wineries were unaffected, and encourages tourists to visit.
9. FIRST SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK FETCHES HEROIC BID
A rare, nearly flawless copy of the Man of Steel’s comic-book debut nets $3.2 million in an online auction.
10. ANDY MURRAY ADVANCES AT THE US OPEN
The eighth-seed gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to outlast Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 in the first round.