Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. WHO UNEXPECTEDLY WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia won for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement.
2. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP MAKES GAINS NEAR ALEPPO
Militants seize several villages from rival insurgents, a surprise attack that comes despite Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists say.
3. ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE RATCHETS UP
An Israeli man stabs four Arabs in the south of the country as spiking tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank threaten to spread throughout Israel.
4. WHY THE GOP IS IN TUMULT
House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to not run for speaker.
5. WHERE OBAMA IS HEADED TO
The president will comfort grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about gun control where firearms are popular.
6. PROMISE VS. ETHICS: GENE EDITING SPARKS DEBATE
Scientists are intrigued about the potential: wiping out mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating sickle-cell disease, and preventing babies from inheriting life-threatening disorders.
7. WHO IS BEEFING UP THE HEALTH QUOTIENT
Consumers could be persuaded to eat more beef if it were fortified with the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids more commonly found in fish and nuts.
8. MEDICAL JOURNAL CAUTIONS ON CHINESE SMOKING
The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.
9. WHAT ATTORNEYS ARE SAYING ABOUT NORTH CHARLESTON SETTLEMENT
The South Carolina city did not erupt in violence after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man and the victim’s family was awarded $6.5 million.
10. ASTROS PLAY KING FOR A DAY
Collin McHugh and Houston beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game, relying on sharp pitching and stingy defense for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series