Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. PRESIDENT CAPITALIZES ON RECOVERY
Obama’s State of the Union address used economic successes to leverage his position over the GOP which now fully controls Congress.
2. OBAMA OVERSELLS “RISE” FROM THE RECESSION
AP’S Fact Check finds that seven years after the downturn, household income hasn’t yet recovered and the job market is adding low-paying jobs.
3. JAPAN RACING AGAINST TIME TO SAVE HOSTAGES
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country will never give in to Islamic State terrorists who threatened to kill two Japanese captives within 72 hours if not paid $200 million ransom.
4. PALESTINIAN STABS NINE PEOPLE ON TEL AVIV BUS
Israeli police are calling the assault a “terror attack” that comes after several others in which Palestinians used knives, acid and vehicles as weapons.
5. FOUR CHARGED IN PROBE OF PARIS RAMPAGE
The men are accused of providing logistical support to one of the slain terrorists, Amedy Coulibaly.
6. WHERE’S BEST PLACE TO INVEST
The U.S. has leapfrogged China as the world’s most important growth market, according to a survey of CEOs.
7. CUBA LOWERS EXPECTATIONS ON EVE OF US TALKS
While Obama hailed restoring relations with the Cold War foe in his State of the Union address, Havana is cautioning that a full relationship won’t come so quickly.
8. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SETTLES CASE OVER FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE
The government will pay a New York woman $134,000 after setting up the bogus page as part of an undercover drug investigation.
9. HOW SAUDI TRADITIONS ARE BEING CHALLENGED
Single women in their late 20s and 30s are seeking careers and independent choices that put them at odds with tribal mentalities in the conservative kingdom.
10. WHO’S BOOSTING ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ AT THE BOX OFFICE
Conservatives — a seldom catered-to demographic — have been a key to the film’s strong ticket sales.