CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The regional bureau of The Associated Press shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HURRICANE STILL DEVASTATING BAHAMAS
Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the islands, killing at least five people with 21 injured airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard. People in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate before the storm rolls up the Eastern Seaboard.
2. TRAGIC SCUBA DIVING HOLIDAY
At least 25 people were confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a boat fire near an island off the Southern California coast.
3. BREXIT SHOWDOWN AS DEADLINE NEARS
Opposition parties are challenging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the U.K. will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 even without a deal.
4. WHERE RISING TENSIONS COULD LEAD TO CONFRONTATIONS
The U.S. Navy is trying to put together a new coalition to counter what it sees as a renewed maritime threat from Iran in the Persian Gulf. Experts say an “accidental escalation” of hostilities is a plausible scenario.
5. Neighbour: GUNMAN WAS ‘VIOLENT, AGGRESSIVE’
The man who carried out a deadly West Texas shooting rampage “was on a long spiral of going down,” the FBI says.
6. SELL YOUR WEAPONS HERE
New Zealand is buying back tens of thousands of guns from owners. Laws banning military-style semi-automatics were rushed through after a lone gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques in March.
7. CHECKING IF CASH GIVEAWAYS WORK
An experiment testing the impact of “universal basic income,” an old idea getting new life thanks to the 2020 presidential race, is underway in a California city.
8. IN SYRIA, RESILIENCE AMID TRAGEDIES
A father, whose loss of 9-month-old twins in a poison gas attack in April 2017 was seen around the world in viral videos, is still facing hardship caused by his country’s civil war, now in its ninth year.
9. NO LAUGHING MATTER
Comic actor Kevin Hart’s wife says he’s “going to be just fine” following a weekend car crash that left him with a major back injury.
10. AVICII’S MUSIC TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH
A benefit concert for suicide prevention featuring the music of the late DJ and producer is being organized in Sweden.
The Associated Press