Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. EXPLOSIONS TARGET POLICE IN CAIRO
Three near-simultaneous blasts, which come ahead of the third anniversary of the Jan. 25 start of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak, kill at least 5 people and wound dozens more.
2. NO FACE-TO-FACE MEETING IN SYRIAN PEACE TALKS
The U.N. says an encounter between Assad’s government and the Western-backed opposition hoping to overthrow it is not going to happen as planned.
3. WHY HAGEL ORDERS REVIEW OF NUCLEAR FORCES
After cheating allegations and an investigation of drug use among missile launch officers, the defense chief summons military leaders to discuss the potential threat to the public trust.
4. UKRAINIAN PROTESTERS OCCUPY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
The crowds broke into the downtown Ministry of Agricultural Policy and are also maintaining the siege of several governors’ offices in the country’s west, raising the pressure on the government.
5. REPORT SAYS MORE THAN 40 MUSLIMS KILLED IN MYANMAR
The U.N. confirms that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of the country, a massacre that has been denied by the government.
6. WHICH REPUTED MOBSTER PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN `GOODFELLAS’ HEIST
Vincent Asaro, 78, is accused of helping to direct the 1978 $6 million Lufthansa Airlines theft at Kennedy airport, which was dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie.
7. SECOND WOMAN ALLEGES ABUSE BY CALIFORNIA EDUCATOR
After seeing a YouTube video of a former student confronting a former middle school teacher, an 18-year-old decides to speak out.
8. PASSENGERS DESCRIBE FRIGHTENING BUS RIDE
A late-night Greyhound ride through Arizona turned harrowing when witnesses say a man rose from his seat and screamed, “Everyone’s going to die!”
9. NASA’S LAUNCHES NEWEST HARDWARE
An unmanned rocket blasts into the sky carrying the latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, which are used to support the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope, among other craft.
10. NEW MADRID FAULT LINE ALIVE AND ACTIVE
The 150-mile zone, crossing parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, could spawn future large earthquakes, a new study says.