Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING RATTLES U.S.
A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle open fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing 14 people in a precision assault, authorities say, later dying in a shootout with police.
2. PISTORIUS CONVICTED OF MURDER IN APPEALS COURT REVERSAL
The double-amputee Olympian saw a lower court’s ruling on the lesser charge of manslaughter overturned in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
3. BRITAIN BOMBS SYRIA SOON AFTER VOTE
Britain’s defense secretary says British Tornados struck at oil fields that help finance the activities of the Islamic State group.
4. WHAT TRUMP IS SAYING ABOUT MIDEAST PEACE
In an interview with AP, the front-runner says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.
5. SENATE SET TO OK GOP BILL DISMANTLING ‘OBAMACARE’
Republicans are driving toward Senate approval — and a certain veto — of legislation that would demolish Obama’s health care law and halt Planned Parenthood’s federal money.
6. FREDDIE GRAY COURT CASE GETS UNDERWAY
Prosecutors say Baltimore Officer William Porter committed a crime through negligence when he failed to get help as Gray lay on the floor of a transport van complaining he couldn’t breathe, but the defense paints a starkly contrasting narrative.
7. FROM STREET PEDDLER TO BUSINESSMAN
A refugee from Syria photographed selling pens in the streets of Beirut is now running three businesses after an online crowdfunding campaign in his name collected $191,000.
8. WHERE THERE’S NO PLACE TO REST IN PEACE
In Hong Kong, limited land to build cemeteries and soaring property prices mean the city is fast running out of space to bury the dead.
9. WHO IS UNDERTAKING THE ULTIMATE ENDURANCE TEST
Becca Pizzi is vying to become the first U.S. woman to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
10. NEW RAIDS NET FIFA OFFICIALS
Two officials of soccer’s governing body are arrested at the request of U.S. authorities in a widening bribery case that has rocked the sport.