Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. FRANCE LAUNCHES NEW AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA’S RAQQA
The strikes destroy the Islamic State group’s command post and training camp and come a day after President Hollande vowed to forge a united coalition to defeat the jihadists.
2. METROJET PLANE BROUGHT DOWN BY HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
“I can certainly say that this was a terrorist act,” says the head of Russia’s FSB security service.
3. RISK LOWER, BUT PARIS ATTACKS COULD HAPPEN STATESIDE
Analysts note that the U.S. is better positioned to thwart such an effort but point out to the spontaneous nature of the Islamic State group’s plotting.
4. WHAT PUTS GOP OUTSIDERS ON THE SPOT
They have been getting a pass on their limited grasp of foreign policy in the presidential campaign. That may be ending in the wake of the Paris attacks.
5. WHO CONDEMNS PARIS ATTACKS
Leaders of the 21-member APEC forum, which convened in the Philippines, say in a draft statement that the events in France “demand a united voice from the global community.”
6. MISSOURI WOULD LIKELY BE ALONE WITH 10 PERCENT BLACK FACULTY
No state’s “flagship” public university campus has a black faculty population approaching that level, and only a handful tops even the 5 percent mark.
7. GOP LAWMAKERS TAKE AIM AT SYRIAN REFUGEE PLAN
The assault on Paris sparks calls from congressional Republicans to end or limit U.S. refugee admissions from Syria, with some threatening to use critical spending legislation as leverage.
8. 51 ARRESTED IN MINNESOTA DURING 2ND DAY OF SHOOTING PROTESTS
Hundreds of people protesting 24-year-old Jamar Clark’s death block Interstate 94, shutting down the northbound lanes for about two and a half hours.
9. BLIZZARD BLANKETS ROCKIES WITH SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW
It forces the cancellation of more than 200 flights in Denver and setS up what could be a dicey Tuesday morning commute in some areas.
10. WHY CANADA MISS WORLD IS UNHAPPY
Anastasia Lin believes that China, the host country for the Miss World pageant, is stalling over her visa application because of her human rights advocacy.