Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. RUSSIAN PILOT RESCUED BY SYRIAN COMMANDO UNIT
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says the man is now “safe and sound” at the Russian air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.
2. RUSSIAN CRACKDOWN ON MUSLIMS FUELS EXODUS TO ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
Thousands of young men in Russia’s republic of Dagestan leave to join the militants in Syria in part because of the intimidating security presence and the culture of violence.
3. HOW MILITANTS NAVIGATED BENEATH IRAQI TOWN
Video footage shows a complex network of tunnels stocked with U.S. made ammunition and plenty of supplies carved into rock underneath Sinjar where they were vanquished.
4. OFFICER CHARGED WITH MURDER IN FATAL SHOOTING OF CHICAGO TEEN
The graphic video of the slaying is made public, and in the hours after the footage is released, protesters seem to honor pleas for restraint.
5. FRANCE INCREASES SECURITY FOR CLIMATE CONFERENCE
The country is deploying additional police and troops to guard about 140 world leaders expected in the Paris region for critical talks on fighting global warming.
6. WHY CHINA’S XI FACES DIPLOMATIC QUANDARY
The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali require the president to decide how Beijing can respond without betraying its stance against intervention.
7. MOST TRAVELERS ON THE ROAD FOR THANKSGIVING SINCE 2007
An estimated 46.9 million Americans will be taking cars, planes, buses or trains over the holiday weekend, fueled by cheap gas prices, but concerns over attacks persist.
8. WHO FINESSES ABORTION STANCE
In an interview with The AP, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he unequivocally backs abortion exceptions when the life of the mother is in danger.
9. IT’S RECORD HOT OUT THERE
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization is set to announce.
10. REFEREES STRUGGLE WITH RESPECT AMID GROWING HOSTILITY
Recognizing the potential shortage, many state high school associations take lead roles in recruiting new talent to an aging workforce facing hostile conditions.