Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. BAD WEATHER’S POSSIBLE LINK TO MISSING JET
A storm alone isn’t going to bring down a modern plane like AirAsia Flight 8501, experts say. But weather paired with a pilot error or a mechanical failure could be calamitous.
2. CHAOS FOLLOWED FIRE ON ADRIATIC FERRY
“The jungle law prevailed,” one passenger says, describing the scene as people fought to be evacuated from the vessel.
3. WHICH NATION IS LIKELY TO DRIVE WORLD ECONOMY IN 2015
As other developing countries falter, the U.S. continues its steady rebound from the Great Recession.
4. COST OF BEING UNINSURED GOING UP IN US
Penalties under Obama’s health care law will double for millions of people next year.
5. US-CUBA DETENTE A BOON TO ‘GO SLOW’ GROUP
The thaw is undercutting prominent dissidents while boosting more moderate reformers who argue for gradually pushing the Castro government toward greater freedoms.
6. CHINA BLAMED FOR BLOCKING GMAIL
The online messaging service is popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.
7. DISCOMFIT FOR GOP AS CONGRESS READIES TO RECONVENE
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chamber’s third-ranking Republican, acknowledges he once addressed a white supremacist gathering.
8. WHY ‘THE INTERVIEW’ IS TURNING HEADS IN HOLLYWOOD
The film has already earned more than $15 million from digital rentals and downloads — suggesting that video-on-demand revenue can be surprisingly robust.
9. OBAMA’S GOLF GAME IN HAWAII BUMPS ARMY COUPLE FROM WEDDING ON 16TH HOLE
To accommodate the vacationing president, the couple is told to move from the spot on the oceanside course where they’d planned to tie the knot.
10. AP NAMES ITS FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR
Philadelphia eighth-grader Mo’ne Davis — the youngest ever to win the AP honor — became an instant celebrity as she took the mound this summer in the Little League World Series.