Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know today, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. SURVIVORS SHARE CHILLING TALES OF KENYA MALL SEIGE
As word spread about Islamic militants quizzing people on their knowledge of Islam, a woman in hiding quickly tutors others on how to recite a short Arabic-language Islamic creed.
2. WHY THE U.S. IS MOVING CLOSER TOWARD A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
House Republicans say they won’t accept stopgap legislation likely to remain after Senate Democrats strip away a plan to the health care law.
3. MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH ON SYRIA AS DIPLOMATS REACH DEAL
The U.S. and Russia had been at odds on how to enforce the resolution to secure and dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons.
4. IRAN’S “NEW TONE” STRIKES A PLEASING CHORD AT UN
“All of us were pleased that the foreign minister came today and that he did put some possibilities on the table,” Secretary of State John Kerry says.
5. INTELLIGENCE CHIEF SIDESTEPS INQUIRIES ON TRACKING
Elusive maneuvers foil questioning by Sen. Ron Wyden on whether the NSA had ever used cellphone signals to collect information allowing callers’ whereabouts to be charted.
6. NY FOOTBALL TEAM HANGS UP THE SPIKES AFTER TEEN DIES
The Westfield-Brocton Wolverines’ varsity players took a paper-ballot vote and decided that the pain was too great, that their season would end after just two games.
7. INTERPOL ISSUES ALERT FOR “THE WHITE WIDOW”
Kenyan authorities want a fugitive Briton in connection with a 2011 plot to bomb holiday resorts.
8. GIANTS-DODGERS RIVALRY TURNS DEADLY
Police say a confrontation between two groups of opposing fans resulted in the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man.
9. “BREAKING BAD” THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore talks with director of photography Michael Slovis about the stark look fans know and will miss as much as the characters themselves.
10. BASEBALL COMMISSIONER TO RETIRE IN 2015
Bud Selig will step down after a term of more than 22 years marked by explosive growth in attendance and revenue along with a canceled World Series and a drug scandal.