Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL MAKES HISTORY, BUT IT HAS ITS CRITICS
The agreement requires Iran to dismantle much of its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions, but skeptics say it would just delay Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear bomb.
2. NUCLEAR DEAL SETS UP CLASH BETWEEN CLINTON AND GOP 2016 CONTENDERS
Hillary Rodham Clinton has largely supported negotiations, but GOP candidates call the deal “naive” or “one of America’s worst diplomatic failures.”
3. GREECE PROMISES TO CRACK DOWN ON TAX EVADERS LARGE AND SMALL
But a longtime culture of tax dodging – sometimes seen as resistance against an inefficient state – as well as a large informal economy, might make that difficult.
4. FINAL ARGUMENTS IN COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING TRIAL
Prosecutors argue that James Holmes was sane and must be held accountable for killing 12 in a movie theater, but his lawyers say Holmes’ schizophrenia controlled him.
5. MAN CHARGED IN CALIFORNIA KIDNAPPING ONCE HAD BRIGHT FUTURE
Matthew Muller was a veteran and a Harvard Law School graduate, but is now charged in a kidnapping that was originally dismissed as a hoax
6. WHY OBAMA IS CALLING FOR SHORTER SENTENCES FOR NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS
The president says low-level drug dealers, for example, owe a debt to a society, but not a life sentence or 20-year term.
7. FATAL FLOODS STRIKE KENTUCKY
Rising waters killed two people and left six missing, and more rains are expected.
8. HOW A TEEN SURVIVED AFTER A MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH
Sixteen-year-old Autumn Veatch says she used tips gathered when watching “Survivor” with her dad.
9. WHOOPI GOLDBERG WITHDRAWS HER SUPPORT FROM BILL COSBY
Once his biggest defender, she says she now thinks available information “kind of points to (Cosby’s) guilt” in sexual assault allegations.
10. SCIENTISTS CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL PLUTO FLYBY
The New Horizons spacecraft will give humanity its first up-close look at Pluto after flying past at 31,000 mph.