Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. U.S. SUSPICIONS MAY HAVE LED TO DEADLY ATTACK ON AFGHAN HOSPITAL
American special ops analysts believe the site was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, the AP learns.
2. WHAT OBAMA’S SUCCESSOR FACES IN MIDEAST
When the president leaves office in 15 months, the next commander in chief will inherit military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
3. WHO IS POISED TO THROW HAT IN RING
Vice President Joe Biden sends a clear signal through his political team that not only might he enter the presidential race soon, he has a strategy prepared to run and win.
4. FILMMAKER ENDEAVORS TO ID MEN BEHIND LOCKERBIE BOMBING
After Ken Dornstein’s brother perished aboard Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, he was determined to track down the bombers — and now there’s been a breakthrough with two new suspects identified.
5. WHY MEETING WITH SOUTH KOREAN LEADER IS PIVOTAL
Obama welcomes Park Geun-hye to the White House, aiming to deter nuclear-armed North Korea while leaving the door open to negotiations.
6. FANTASY SPORTS SITES DEALT SETBACK IN NEVADA
DraftKings and FanDuel have been ordered out of the state unless they get a gambling license — a decision that’s likely to be closely watched by other states that allow gambling.
7. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IMPACTING NEIGHBORS
A senior United Arab Emirates official tells a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium.
8. FEDS EXPAND CYBERCRIME REACH INTO SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Justice Department broadens its overseas efforts against cybercrime, stationing an adviser in Malaysia to ensure the region has the laws and tools to fight hackers.
9. HOW AMERICA’S ‘HEROIN CITY’ IS TURNING ITSELF AROUND
The small New England city of Rutland, Vermont, is fed up with the drug problem that has brought it notoriety, but efforts to fight the scourge have started working.
10. METS TO FACE CUBS IN NLCS
Two teams with plenty of history, just none against each other in the postseason, will decide who represents the National League in the World Series.