Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. AVALANCHE BURIES HOTEL IN ITALY
The landslide in an earthquake-hit zone covers the four-star spa lodge in Abruzzo, and authorities say 30 people are missing there.
2. WHAT CARTER IS SAYING ABOUT US FORCES
The defense secretary tells AP that sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of IS would not speed up victory.
3. WHY ‘NO NEW FOREIGN DEALS’ VOW IS DRAWING SCRUTINY
The Trump Organization’s plans to expand its golf resort near Aberdeen, Scotland, is raising conflicts of interest concerns.
4. TREASURY PICK FACING CRITICISM OVER FORECLOSURES
Stephen Mnuchin is in the crosshairs of Democrats over his investment in a sub-prime mortgage lender.
5. IRAN: 30 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN COLLAPSE OF HIGH-RISE
State media reports that the blaze also injured some 75 people at the Plasco building, an iconic structure in Tehran, which is attached to a multistory shopping mall.
6. FROM IS TO GOVERNMENT CONTROL, SYRIANS LEFT WITH FEW CHOICES
Thousands of civilians in the northern part of the country are risking their lives to make the perilous journey out, paying smugglers to escape regime shelling and the extremist group.
7. IT’S THE END OF THE LINE FOR ‘HOPE AND CHANGE’ PRESIDENT
Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone as Obama faces his last day in office.
8. RED PLANET SIMULATION COMES TO HAWAII
Researchers will spend eight months isolated inside a dome on a remote volcano as part of a study of human behavior for future long-term space exploration.
9. WHO WON BIG AT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
Ellen DeGeneres wins three more trophies, becoming the winningest entertainer in the show’s history.
10. DJOKOVIC STUNNED AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, a wild card ranked 117th in the world, ousts the six-time champion in the second round.