Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOW TRUMP PAID HOMAGE TO KING’S LEGACY
After roiling the waters in a spat with civil rights figure John Lewis, the president-elect hosts the eldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. on the day that remembers his father’s achievements.
2. ACROSS US, MLK DAY MARKED AS TRANSITION NEARS
Amid celebrations, civil rights leaders try to reconcile the transfer of power from the nation’s first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.
3. ISTANBUL NIGHTCLUB ATTACKER REPORTEDLY CAUGHT
The gunman suspected of carrying out a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 is captured in a police operation, Turkish media say.
4. WIDOW OF ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTER ARRESTED
Noor Salman, who says she had no advance knowledge of the attack that killed 49 people, is facing charges including obstruction of justice.
5. FORMER ASTRONAUT GENE CERNAN DIES AT 82
Cernan was the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon. He returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind.”
6. WHY BRITISH POUND IS TAKING A HIT
Prime Minister Theresa May is poised to announce that Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out.”
7. REBELS GIVE BOOST TO SYRIAN PEACE TALKS
Some Syrian rebel groups say they’ll attend negotiations sponsored by Russia and Turkey, despite mounting violations of a cease-fire across the war-ravaged country.
8. MERCHANTS’ CRY: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
The city’s fortunes are looking up, thanks to a surprising surge in business startups.
9. WHICH RADICAL IDEA IS SLOWING GAINING GROUND
The notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone — rich and poor, those who work and those who don’t — is winning adherents in Europe.
10. PACKERS’ RAZOR-THIN WIN GETS BOFFO RATINGS
Green Bay’s 34-31 victory over Dallas was seen by an average of 48.5 million on Fox, the most-viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever.