Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, April 24, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOSTAGE DEATHS A REMINDER OF RISK OF ‘DEADLY MISTAKES’
With the deaths of two Western captives in a CIA drone strike, Obama is brutally reminded of how civilians can be lost in wartime.
2. WORLD LEADERS TO MARK ARMENIA MASSACRE
The presidents of Russia and France are among the dignitaries attending ceremonies commemorating the slaughter 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
3. MIGRANTS KILLED ON MACEDONIA TRACKS
At least 14 refugees, believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia, are dead after being hit by a train as they walked along the railroad at night.
4. HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION TURNS DANGEROUS
More than a dozen people were injured after a stage filled with students collapsed during a musical performance at a central Indiana high school.
5. A BRIGHT SPOT IN A DARKENED CITY
In a city plagued by chronic power outages, poverty and shortages of construction materials, the rooftop restaurant “Level Up” in Gaza City defies all the rules.
6. WHAT CABLE MERGER COLLAPSE MAY MEAN
Even if Comcast’s $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies will carry on.
7. BYOB: IT’S BREW YOUR OWN BEER AT SOME COLLEGES
Two schools are teaching students how to make beer, giving students the skills to compete for jobs in a rapidly expanding section of the hospitality industry.
8. WHAT A MEMOIR IS AIMING TO DO
The fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan hopes her book will provide some resolution to a story that began in Ivory Coast and ended 15 years later in a Dallas hospital.
9. HOW TO USE YOUR LATEST APPLE GADGET
AP’s Anick Jesdanun has tips on setting up and using Apple Watch for the first time, as the first batch of smartwatches arrive in people’s homes.
10. WHO LED WARRIORS TO BIG COMEBACK WIN
Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and was the catalyst in a 20-point, fourth-quarter rally, as Golden State beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead.