CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. US AND IRAN NEAR POTENTIAL FLASHPOINT
Washington and Tehran are edging closer to a possible confrontation as Tehran says it’s breaking compliance with a nuclear accord and the Trump administration orders more troops to the Middle East.
2. WHO THREATENS TO DEPORT MILLIONS
President Donald Trump has tweeted that the United States will remove millions of people in the country illegally beginning next week.
3. TROUBLING TREND IN PRISONS
Suicide, long the leading cause of death in U.S. jails, hit a high of 50 deaths for every 100,000 inmates in 2014. That’s about 3½ times that of the general population.
4. ON THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT
As he mounts his bid for reelection, President Trump is offering himself as the outsider once again — but it’s a much more awkward pitch to make from the Oval Office.
5. GOLD TEETH STOLEN FROM THE DEAD IN VENEZUELA CRISIS
Some of the most acute misery plays out every day on the streets of Maracaibo, the country’s second-largest city and a hub of the once-booming oil industry.
6. ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Facebook unveils a plan to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services, but will also likely spark privacy concerns with people who are wary about giving the social network more information about themselves.
7. HOAXERS ON THE DEFENSIVE
The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened, as victims’ relatives take a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.
8. WHAT’S GOING UNDER THE HAMMER
The 275-year-old auction house Sotheby’s is being sold to a French Israeli businessman for about $3.7 billion. Sotheby’s is the oldest company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
9. FORMER SOCCER STAR HELD IN GRAFT CASE
Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The former France soccer great was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.
10. ACCENTUATING THE POSITIVE
Inclusivity and celebration seemed to be the themes of the night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.