Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. INTERPOL PUTS 6 LINKED TO FIFA ON MOST WANTED LIST
An international alert is issued for the federation’s two former officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.
2. WHERE HOPE FOR SURVIVORS IS FADING
Authorities in southern China escalate efforts to recover more than 420 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.
3. POLLSTERS ANALYZING RECENT FAILURES TO DO BETTER IN THE FUTURE
In recent elections in Israel, Britain and Poland pre-election polls failed spectacularly to predict results, sending shock waves through entire nations on election night.
4. WHAT RILES CUBA AMID EFFORT TO HEAL RIFT
About 30 Cubans take courses in journalism, led by U.S. professors via video link, inside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, which has spent decades trying to undermine the island’s communist government.
5. NORTH KOREA RACES TO LIFT POWER SUPPLY
In an unusually high-profile campaign, the North mobilizes legions of brigades to complete two large hydropower projects by Oct. 10, the 70th anniversary of the ruling party, The AP learns.
6. MOTHERS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE JOINED ISLAMIC STATE GROUP REACH OUT ONLINE TO PERSUADE THEM TO RETURN
In an open letter posted to social media websites, the group Mothers for Life says young men and women who have traveled to Syria and Iraq should remember that Islam requires them to honor their parents and spare them suffering.
7. BUCKINGHAM PALACE TAKES UNUSUAL STEP OF CONFIRMING MEDICAL APPOINTMENT FOR THE QUEEN
The 89-year-old monarch attended her annual medical checkup at King Edward VII Hospital in London, and left after the routine exam.
8. GREEK PM HEADS TO BRUSSELS TO PRESENT DEAL PROPOSAL
Alexis Tsipras hopes that his plan will unlock bailout funds, without which Greece could default on its debts and crash out of the euro.
9. BUY, RENT OR WAIT
Upgrading your phone is no longer as simple as paying $100 or $200 and extending your service contract by two years.
10. BRYCE HARPER CALLS THIS SHOT
The Washington Nationals slugger thrills a fan, gesturing for her cellphone, snapping a playful selfie and then tossing it back into the stands.