The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, August 2, 2018. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHAT PONTIFF IS SAYING ABOUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Pope Francis changes the church’s teaching on death penalty, says it is always inadmissible because it “attacks” human dignity.
2. DONOR TO CLINTON, TRUMP HELPED ‘HIGH-RISK’ MERCHANTS
Records obtained by the AP show that a prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system.
3. AUSTRALIAN STATE ERASES DECADES OF ANONYMITY FOR SPERM DONORS
A new law in Victoria gives children the legal right to know who their donors are, no matter what those donors were promised, AP finds.
4. HOW WHITE HOUSE REACTED TO ‘RIGHT NOW’ TWEET
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump’s tweet about how his attorney general should end Mueller’s Russia probe was an opinion, not an order.
5. ID WORK BEGINS ON KOREAN WAR REMAINS NOW IN US
The painstaking process of analyzing and identifying dozens of remains from the 1950-53 conflict could take months if not years.
6. FACEBOOK ENACTS STRICT DIGITAL POLITICAL ADS POLICY
Among other things, the social network is forcing political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address.
7. ABORTION-RIGHTS ACTIVISTS BRACE FOR NEW RESTRICTIONS
The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long distances to terminate a pregnancy, and raising awareness about the option of do-it-yourself abortions.
8. PAPA JOHN’S FOUNDER WANTS BACK IN THE GAME
Disgraced pizza magnate John Schnatter tells AP the chain needs him back as its public face, and that it was a mistake for the company to scrub him from its marketing materials.
9. HEMINGWAY STORY FROM 1956 PUBLISHED FOR FIRST TIME
“A Room on the Garden Side” draws upon the famed author’s experiences as a correspondent and combatant during World War II.
10. OHIO STATE PLACES TOP FOOTBALL COACH ON LEAVE
The university is investigating claims by the ex-wife of a recently fired assistant coach that Urban Meyer’s wife knew of allegations of the former assistant’s abusive behavior.