Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, April 23, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. EU URGED TO TAKE ACTION ON MEDITERRANEAN MIGRANTS
The leaders will examine a plan to respond to the crisis, after more than 10,000 migrants are plucked from seas between Italy and Libya in a week and hundreds more perish.
2. MAN’S DEATH AFTER ARREST EXPOSES TENSIONS IN BALTIMORE
Freddie Gray’s critical injury sparks demonstrations across the city that touch on the fears many from his neighborhood feel about their interactions with police.
3. PAKISTAN’S LEADERS IN SAUDI ARABIA TO PRESS YEMEN TALKS
Islamabad welcomes the kingdom’s decision to halt the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Yemeni Shiite rebels.
4. VICTIMS DESCRIBE INJURIES, LOSS AT TSARNAEV’S TRIAL
The lawyers press the argument that Dzhokar was a “kid” led astray by his big brother, contending that the bomber does not deserve the death penalty.
5. WHY SOME OFFICERS SEEK THEIR OWN BODY CAMERAS
The device “eliminates any questioning or second-guessing or speculation as to what really occurred,” says police chief Randy Harvey.
6. WHO IS NAME-DROPPING
The 2016 presidential hopefuls are salting their speeches and interviews with mentions of everyone from Ronald Reagan to rapper Nicki Minaj and astronomer Galileo.
7. JOY, ANGER FOR FAMILY OF MEXICAN GIRL WRONGLY SENT TO U.S.
A 14-year-old is ordered by a Mexican judge to go to Texas with a woman claiming her as her long-lost daughter, but DNA tests in Houston show Alondra Luna Nunez isn’t the missing child.
8. AFGHAN MUSEUM SEEKS TO REMEMBER ANTI-SOVIET WAR
Herat’s Jihad Museum creators say they did not seek to glorify war, but rather to preserve the memories of sacrifice and cruelty from the decade-long jihad.
9. WHAT COLBERT HAS BEEN UP TO
The former Comedy Central host reads Flannery O’Connor’s story for the celebrated “Selected Shorts” program at Manhattan’s Symphony Space.
10. JUDGE OKS 65-YEAR DEAL OVER NFL CONCUSSIONS
Awards could reach $1 million to $5 million for those diagnosed in their 30s and 40s with Parkinson’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, or for deaths involving chronic brain trauma.