Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. GOP DEBATE STAGE DRAMA
Seven of the 17 Republican presidential candidates will be left out in the cold when Fox News announces which of them can participate in the first formal debate of the 2016 primary season.
2. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE JUMPS CONTAINMENT LINE
The fire’s rapid growth — at one point spreading across 31 square miles of terrain in five hours — catches firefighters off guard and shocks residents.
3. ISRAEL ARRESTS MAN AFTER WEST BANK ARSON THAT KILLED TODDLER
The Israeli Shin Bet security agency is interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group seeking to bring about religious “redemption” through attacks on Christian religious sites and Palestinian homes.
4. FIRE SALE ON STUFF THAT BURNS
Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years, making consumers happy, but hitting energy shareholders hard.
5. WHAT IS DRIVING EGYPT’S DISAFFECTED YOUTH TO VIOLENCE
Young Islamists in Egypt are drifting toward extremism two years into a police crackdown launched after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.
6. MISSION AT HIROSHIMA’S DOME
One survivor of the U.S. nuclear attack finds it hard to return to the site, while a graduate student devoted to recovering every bit of debris finds it hard to turn away.
7. WHY IRAQ DIGITIZES NATIONAL LIBRARY
As the Islamic State group destroys priceless Iraqi artifacts, a digitization project is underway at the Baghdad National Library to safeguard a millennia worth of history.
8. OFFICIALS PUZZLED OVER KILLED JUMPERS IN YOSEMITE
Investigators rule the deaths of two wingsuit fliers earlier this year in California as accidental, but the reasons why they died remain a mystery.
9. HOW TO REV UP GREEK ECONOMY
The experts advise to focus on the basics: Have a steady government, simplify the rules of business, and zoom in on existing sectors, like tourism and agriculture.
10. 2 MISSING SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMPETITORS FOUND SAFE
It remains unclear what happened to the two while they were gone.