CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The regional bureau of The Associated Press shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. ISRAEL’S MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES DEADLOCKED AFTER ELECTION
Seeming kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman says he’ll insist upon a secular unity government between the main Likud and Blue and White parties, and that could lead to Benjamin Netanyahu’s ouster.
2. IRAN SAYS IT’S READY TO HIT BACK
Tehran warns Washington that any U.S. action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will “immediately” be met with a response.
3. FACEBOOK AUTO-GENERATING PAGES FOR ISLAMIC STATE GROUP, AL-QAIDA
The social networking company appears to have made little progress on the issue since the AP detailed how pages that Facebook auto-generates for businesses are aiding extremists.
4. SURVIVORS ON BAHAMAS ISLAND IN WAIT-AND-SEE MODE
A new community of survivors on Abaco island vows to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian, but remain in limbo as officials debate how they will help Bahamians rebuild their lives.
5. SCANDALS COMPLICATE DONATION POLICIES
The allegations surrounding wealthy donors such as the Sackler family raise questions for the museums they supported, including whether to keep the family’s name on prominent galleries.
6. STEEP DECLINE SEEN IN ABORTION NUMBERS
The number and rate of abortions across the U.S. plunge to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures.
7. WHAT REMAINS ‘VERY REAL’
The risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says.
8. IMELDA COULD BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, FLOODING TO HOUSTON AREA
The tropical storm is threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana over the next few days.
9. ‘YOUR PET IS YOUR CHILD’
A nationwide program is providing aid to pet owners in low-income neighbourhoods to reduce the number of animals sent to shelters.
10. FED LIKELY TO CUT RATES AS ECONOMIC THREATS LOOM
The central bank looks poised to help extend the economic expansion in the face of global weakness, Trump’s trade war with China and geopolitical risks such as the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.
The Associated Press