Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. GLOBAL TERROR LINK IS ‘UNLIKELY’ IN BANGKOK BOMBING
Chinese tourists, who were among the 20 victims, were not the “direct target,” says Thai military spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree.
2. KEEPING CITIES SAFE REFLECTS GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE
While it can seem that in some bygone era the world was a safer place, the reality is that coverage in our social media age brings events and imagery on to our screens globally and much more quickly.
3. MASSIVE CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN CAIRO, WOUNDING 6 POLICE
A statement apparently issued by the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt hours later claims responsibility for the blast, saying it was to avenge the execution of six convicted militants in May.
4. WHAT ANGERS GOP
Republican opposition to Obama’s nuclear deal is flaring over a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections which was revealed by the AP.
5. TIANJIN’S DEADLY BLASTS EXPOSE CHINA’S WORK SAFETY WOES
By official data, the country is becoming safer from accidents, but the port explosions are a reminder that it has far to go in preventing workplace disasters.
6. 3 WASHINGTON FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN WILDFIRE
Their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze.
7. EX-SUBWAY PITCHMAN AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO CHILD SEX, CHILD PORN CHARGES
Jared Fogle capitalized on his business trips to New York City to arrange trysts with minors in luxury hotels, federal prosecutors say.
8. JIMMY CARTER TO DISCUSS CANCER DIAGNOSIS PUBLICLY
The former U.S. president plans to talk about his tumor at a news conference in Atlanta.
9. WHICH EX-CONVICT IS NOW A SKYDIVING INSTRUCTOR
Alex Kelly, who gained international infamy as the “preppy rapist” two decades ago, makes a post-prison career out of jumping from planes, often with customers strapped to his body.
10. WHY ASHLEY MADISON MEMBERS MIGHT NOT SUE OVER HACKING
Those who decide to take legal action will likely out themselves as one of the website’s purported 39 million members and would have to prove they were harmed to collect damages.