10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. DEMOCRATS SHOW STRENGTH IN KEY STATES
Democrats take full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in a generation while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call.
2. WHERE REPUBLICANS ARE LOSING GROUND
The suburban revolt against Trump’s Republican Party is growing and the GOP’s struggle across the South reveals that they don’t have plan to fix it, an AP analysis finds.
3. STATE DEPARTMENT WORRIED ABOUT DEFENDING TOP ENVOY TO UKRAINE
David Hale plans to tell House impeachment investigators that political considerations were driving the department’s refusal to strongly defend Marie Yovanovitch, sources tell AP.
4. CHILD SURVIVORS OF MEXICO AMBUSH SAVED BY COURAGE
The eight U.S. children who survived an attack by drug cartel gunmen managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite bullet wounds.
5. THE SHOES ARE COMING OFF AGAIN IN IRAQ
Iraqi protesters are mocking Iran’s leaders, firebombing the offices of its local political allies and threatening its diplomatic missions.
6. TROUBLE IN PARADISE
A year after a wind-driven wildfire killed dozens and destroyed thousands of structures, questions remain whether this California community will be any safer.
7. ‘IT’S BEGINNING TO BE SERIOUS’
Elephants, zebras, hippos, impalas, buffaloes and many other wildlife are being stressed by a severe drought in Zimbabwe.
8. ‘EAST GERMANY OPENS BORDERS’
That iconic news alert by AP journalist Frieder Reimold captured the unfolding history after the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago.
9. FEDS TO CONSIDER GENETICALLY ALTERED TREE
The closely-watched move could expand the frontier for genetically engineered plants beyond farms and into forests.
10. WHO MADE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State are the top four teams in the selection committee’s first rankings of the season.