Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, July 10, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. U.S. PERSONNEL CHIEF RESISTS CALLS TO RESIGN
Katherine Archuleta is rebuffing bipartisan calls for her to quit following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch.
2. TSIPRAS TO SELL LAST-DITCH DEAL TO RELUCTANT PARTY
Greece’s prime minister will seek backing from lawmakers for a harsh new bailout package to keep his country in the euro less than a week after a resounding “no” vote to austerity.
3. WHAT’S COMING DOWN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE
With emotional debates and protests behind them, officials are preparing to quietly remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol where it has flown for more than a half-century.
4. WHERE PONTIFF IS OFF TO NEXT
Pope Francis will have a chance to enhance his reputation as the spiritual and political leader of the world’s oppressed when he visits Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola prison.
5. HOW LOOSENING OF SANCTIONS IS HELPING ACADEMIA
AP’s Collin Binkley reports that U.S. colleges are looking to Cuba as an area of academic exploration and with an interest in attracting Cuban students.
6. IS SHOWS TWO FACES DURING RAMADAN
The Islamic State group is handing out food and alms to the poor in Iraq and Syria to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out brutality and bloodshed in areas under its control.
7. STAMPEDE KILLS TENS IN BANGLADESH
At least 23 people are trampled to death in the central part of the country when hundreds storm the home of a businessman for a charity handout during Ramadan.
8. NEW HARPER LEE NOVEL PREVIEWED
The first chapter of “Go Set a Watchman” begins with a grown up Scout returning by train to Alabama where she is greeted by a young man who wants to marry her.
9. THIS ‘SNAKE’ WAS A STAR OF THE GRIDIRON
Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s MVP in 1974, dies at 69 of complications from colon cancer.
10. WHO IS BEING FETED IN LOWER MANHATTAN
The Canyon of Heroes will be swirling with confetti as the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup win is celebrated with a parade.