Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. PALESTINIANS MULLING EGYPTIAN TRUCE PLAN
Cairo’s proposal calls on Israel to ease its siege of the Gaza Strip but stops short of including Hamas’ demand for a full lifting of the blockade.
2. IRAQ’S INCUMBENT PREMIER FIGHTS TO HOLD ON TO POWER
Nouri al-Maliki has lost the support of Iraqi politicians, the international community and Shiite powerhouse Iran.
3. LAUREN BACALL DIES AT 89
The actress created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” — and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages.
4. DETAILS OF ROBIN WILLIAMS’ DEATH EMERGE
The 63-year-old actor hanged himself with a belt and was found dead in a bedroom at his home by his personal assistant, authorities say.
5. POLICE WON’T RELEASE NAME OF COP INVOLVED IN TEEN’S SHOOTING
Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, say death threats prompted them to withhold the name of the officer who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown.
6. POPE’S KOREAN VISIT FINDS A THRIVING CHURCH COMMUNITY
Despite a history of persecution, South Korea now has ten times as many Catholics as half a century ago.
7. HOW EBOLA, EVEN WHEN CURED, CAN BE A CURSE
Kadiatou Fanta, a 26-year-old Guinea medical student who survived the disease, finds herself shunned by her family and professors, who fear being contaminated.
8. CHINESE TEENAGERS FLOCK TO AMERICAN SCHOOLS
With the rise of a richer middle class in China, high schoolers head to the U.S. in record numbers.
9. WHO IS FEELING THE HEAT IN TIMES SQUARE
Costumed characters are receiving less in tips because of police leaflets that tell tourists they don’t have to tip them.
10. WHERE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE WORDS RULE
Buffalo is hosting the 25th National Scrabble Championship on Sunday with over 500 players from 11 countries competing for the top title.