Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. KIM BEATS WAR DRUM AFTER SOUTH KOREAN SHELLING
North Korea’s leader orders troops to prepare for battle a day after South Korea fires dozens of artillery rounds in response to what the South says were several rounds of North Korean artillery fire.
2. GREECE BETS ON EARLY POLLS TO BOOST REFORM MANDATE
Greece’s president will ask opposition leaders to form a new government, after a party rebellion over a bailout deal forces the prime minister to call early elections next month.
3. FEMALE ARMY RANGER GRADUATES EARN ELITE TAB
The first female soldiers to complete the Army’s rigorous Ranger School are graduating, spurring debate over opening all combat roles to women.
4. MACEDONIAN TROOPS FIRE STUN GRENADES AT MIGRANTS
The action was designed to disperse thousands of people stuck on a no-man’s land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency.
5. AP: FEDS COMPLICIT IN CHEATING WEBSITE SCANDAL
U.S. government employees with jobs in national security or law enforcement are among hundreds found to be using federal networks to access and pay membership fees to Ashley Madison.
6. KATRINA’S IMPACT, A DECADE LATER
New Orleans rebounds better than expected since the hurricane, but some neighborhoods are still struggling to rebuild — and the city is still dogged by crime and racial inequality.
7. WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE URGING HILLARY CLINTON TO DO
Congressional Democrats implore the presidential hopeful to offer a better explanation of her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state.
8. WHY TUNNEL CLOG MAY GO ON
No one seems willing to finance another tube that would alleviate the bottleneck rail commuters experience every day from New Jersey to New York City.
9. POLL DEBUNKS BELIEF BLACKS DISADVANTAGED TECHNOLOGICALLY
An AP-NORC Center poll finds African-American millennials are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts.
10. WHO PHILLY ORGANIZERS ARE HOPING PAYS A VISIT
Artists collect more than 30,000 knots representing people’s everyday struggles and will soon house them near the cathedral where Pope Francis is celebrating Mass next month.