Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. TURKISH STRIKES VEX ISLAMIC STATE PLAN
Ankara’s air campaign against IS militants and Kurdish forces creates a conundrum for Obama, who is leading the fight against one of those targets while relying heavily on the other.
2. AMERICAN WHO SPIED FOR ISRAEL TO GET FREEDOM
The decision to parole spy Jonathan Pollard revisits the 1980s case that divided the United States and Israel.
3. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL TURNS UP LOBBYING HEAT
Both the Obama administration and pro-Israel groups are putting pressure on Congress, which must decide whether to ratify the deal with Tehran.
4. FEARED SUNNI MILITANT LEADER KILLED
Pakistani police gun down Malik Ishaq and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout, killing the man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation’s minority Shiites.
5. WHERE THERE’S A HOTBED OF FRAUD ACTIVITY
South Florida has become renowned for scammers stealing hundreds of millions from the government, banks and individuals by using laptops, stolen identities and fake medical procedures.
6. MAN ACCUSED IN LION DEATH THOUGHT HUNT WAS LEGAL
A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe says that he had no idea a lion he killed was protected.
7. JAIL RELEASES MORE SANDRA BLAND FOOTAGE
Texas authorities release several hours of footage showing the Illinois woman during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.
8. GOODBYE, WINDOWS 8. HELLO, 10
AP’s Anick Jesdanun says with a major update, Windows no longer feels jarring, as though he’s using two different computers at once.
9. ‘MORMONLANDIA’ RAVES ABOUT ‘BOOK’
The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons receives a rousing reception in its first-ever showing in Salt Lake City.
10. WHO HAD HIS SUSPENSION UPHELD BY NFL
New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was not reduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell.