Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. HOW RUBIO WOULD DEAL WITH CUBA AS PRESIDENT
The Florida Republican tells AP’s Julie Pace his policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born.
2. OBAMA VOWS VETO OF REFUGEE BILL
House Republicans are ready to push legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the U.S., asserting a public demand for greater protection.
3. FRENCH PRIME MINISTER CAUTIONS ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Manuel Valls warns that the associates of extremists who targeted France could use chemical and biological weapons, as he urged Parliament to extend a state of emergency.
4. FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER IN FRANCE ONE OF MANY IN HISTORY
The woman who blew herself up with an explosive vest during a police raid linked to the Paris attacks is the latest in a long line of female suicide bombers who have struck on behalf of various Islamic militant groups and other organizations.
5. MINNEAPOLIS POLICE SHOOTING SPOTLIGHTS RACIAL TENSION
The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer rankles the city’s small but concentrated minority community.
6. USING SIGHT, SOUND TO TRIGGER DEMENTIA PATIENTS’ MEMORIES
Themed rooms and old tunes are being used to evoke fond memories in those stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.
7. STUDENTS EFFECTING CHANGE ON CAMPUSES
Colleges across the U.S. are updating mottos, mascots and building names that have been deemed politically incorrect.
8. FORMER SUBWAY SPOKESMAN JARED FOGLE TO LEARN FATE
The disgraced pitchman is set to be sentenced on child porn and sex-crime charges.
9. UAW TAKING ‘MICRO’ APPROACH TO ORGANIZING VW PLANT
The union is taking a more concentrated approach after suffering a loss in its efforts to gain collective bargaining rights for workers at the German automaker’s only U.S. plant.
10. FOOTBALL GETS ITS DAY IN COURT
The NFL will ask a federal appeals court in Philadelphia to uphold a potential $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players.