Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. RIOTS ERUPT IN BALTIMORE AFTER FUNERAL OF BLACK MAN WHO DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY
The governor declares a state of emergency and calls in the National Guard to restore order – questions about police response are raised.
2. WAITING FOR HELP IN THE EPICENTER AFTER NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
Trucks carrying aid are on their way to affected districts outside the hard-hit and densely-populated Kathmandu valley, and distribution of the food is expected to start today.
3. SUPREME COURT TAKING UP GAY MARRIAGE
All eyes will be on the justices for any signals that they are prepared to rule that the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states in the union.
4. CONFLICTED PORTRAIT OF COLORADO THEATER GUNMAN
Defense lawyers portray James Holmes as a smiling child who enjoyed surfing with his family but who also sensed something was wrong with his mind.
5. TSARNAEV’S LAWYER URGES JURY TO SPARE HIS LIFE
The Boston Marathon bomber’s defense contrasts him with his older brother, who was “consumed by jihad” and determined to drag Dzhokhar down his path to terrorism.
6. WHERE IRAQ FACES CHALLENGES DISLODGING ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
Retaking Anbar, a Sunni-dominated desert province captured by Islamic militants last year, is a tall order for a much-diminished Iraqi army as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown.
7. WHOSE HARD-WON FRIENDSHIP IS PUT TO TEST
Bitter foes decades ago, the U.S. and Vietnam become “frenemies” with a shot at becoming strategic partners.
8. UKRAINE’S REBELS METE OUT ROUGH JUSTICE
In the maelstrom of conflict, summary justice becomes commonplace in rebel-controlled areas, and it targets civilians and combatants alike.
9. WHAT APPLE’S LATEST EARNINGS SHOW
The iPhone continues to fuel the tech giant’s financial engine, but its supporting players including the iPad and Macs, are turning in mixed results.
10. IDEA FOR FANS OF FRESH EGGS
Chicken rentals are booming nationwide as residents in cities, suburbs and the countryside flock to the anti-factory, locally sourced food movement.