FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Jan 2015 02:21:43 -0800Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94 DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94.By NIRMALA GEORGEiGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:55:54 GMTFacebook suffers own goal outage affecting users worldwide, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesMobile mediaOnline mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:38:53 GMTEmployee says 5 gunmen attack luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners; 1 guard killed, Libya (AP) — Employee says 5 gunmen attack luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners; 1 guard killed.iGeneral newsLibyaNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 10:04:13 GMTAsia stocks rise, Europe drifts as initial Greek nerves ease (AP) — European stocks drifted lower and Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday as investors calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result.By YURI KAGEYAMAiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsJapanGreeceEast AsiaEuropeAsiaWestern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 09:11:14 GMTPhilippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the country's south.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesInternational agreementsInternational relationsDiplomacyManilaPhilippinesSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:43:35 GMTSiemens quarterly profit slips 25 pct on slow power business, Germany (AP) — Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says net profit fell 25 percent in its most recent quarter as lower earnings at its key power and gas business weighed on the bottom line.iBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesFinancial performanceIndustriesCorporate newsEnergy industryGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:52 GMTQuadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys?By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDrone aircraft, 27 Jan 2015 08:47:09 GMTWhat to Watch at the Australian Open semifinals, Australia (AP) — Once upon a time, the story of women's tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsAustraliaUnited StatesOceaniaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:34:32 GMTJapan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."By YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHostage situationsSocial mediaCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 08:12:26 GMTVOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill two Japanese hostages.By NORIKO KITANOiGeneral newsHostage situationsKidnappingCrimeGovernment and politicsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:46:42 GMTPhilips' net profit slumps in 4th quarter, sales edge lower (AP) — Royal Philips NV, the world's biggest lighting maker, said Tuesday that its net profit slumped in 2014's fourth quarter to 134 million euros ($ 151 million) from 412 million euros a year due to declining sales and restructuring costs.fBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 09:17:17 GMTFrance urges EU crackdown on terror financing (AP) — France is urging its European Union partners to step up the fight against terror financing and will propose new measures to make transactions more transparent.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestFranceEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 09:14:44 GMTFacebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting an hour on Tuesday affecting users worldwide.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesMobile mediaOnline mediaMediaSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 08:17:15 GMTPhilippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePhilippinesManilaUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 09:24:03 GMTSwiss drug maker Novartis posts Q4 profit drop (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG says fourth quarter net income dropped 26 percent but the company still posted a healthy 2014 annual profit.iBusinessGeneral newsHealth care industryIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 08:36:03 GMTNorway: Sanctions possible for rivals in S. Sudan conflict ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says the international community will seriously consider sanctions on South Sudan's warring factions if they don't reach a power sharing agreement this week.iGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDiplomacySouth SudanEthiopiaAddis AbabaNorth AfricaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 08:47:59 GMTJapan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsDiplomacyEmbassiesTerrorismGovernment and politicsInternational relationsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestJapanJordanAmmanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 07:55:47 GMTRussia's ruble down on rating downgrade (AP) — The Russian currency is on the way down after a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit rating to junk.iGeneral newsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 08:45:24 GMTEU leaders threaten more anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine (AP) — European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days.iGeneral newsCrimeaEuropeUkraineRussiaEastern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 09:47:54 GMTObama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was leading a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death.By JULIE PACEiGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyGovernment policyIndiaUnited StatesSyriaSaudi ArabiaRiyadhMiddle EastSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:34:53 GMTEricsson Q4 profits hit by decline in North America (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson's fourth-quarter fell by more than a third, with strong growth in Middle East, Europe and Asia offset by a decline in North America.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsNorth AmericaSwedenWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 08:04:29 GMTThe drone debate hits close to home for White House (AP) — The drone-control debate has hit uncomfortably close to home for the White House, thanks to an apparently hapless operator who sent his quadcopter crashing inside the presidential compound.By JOAN LOWY and CALVIN WOODWARDhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone aircraftDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:45:38 GMTClippers ride Crawford's shooting to 102-98 win over Nuggets ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford never stews over statistics. As a prolific scorer, he knows he's usually one shot away from triggering an offensive outburst.By BETH HARRISsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsColoradoLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 27 Jan 2015 08:27:00 GMTBodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact, Ga. (AP) — Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.By RUSS BYNUMaGeneral newsMissing personsCrimeGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 09:31:48 GMTCoast Guard suspends search for small plane in Wash. canal, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its efforts to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington's Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:52:23 GMTRussia announces anti-crisis plan after rating downgrade (AP) — After a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit grade to "junk" status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsEmergency managementEconomyCurrency marketsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeFinancial marketsRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:14:11 GMTVanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballLaw and orderCollege sportsFootballNashvilleTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 09:46:44 GMTAppeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting (AP) — An appeals court is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court, a case that's unfolding amid a national debate about police use of force and the legal protections afforded to law enforcement.By ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsViolent crimePolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriNational courtsPoliceCrimeEventsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw enforcement agenciesUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:39:13 GMTLeaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin, Poland (AP) — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsThe HolocaustEventsRussiaPolandUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 09:12:45 GMTKraft takes the offensive, defends team, seeks NFL apology, Ariz. (AP) — The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl.By BARRY WILNERsSportsSports mediaNFL Super BowlProfessional footballFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:09:49 GMTAer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support (AP) — Aer Lingus announced Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after the national flag carrier's privatization.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsGovernment and politicsIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 07:57:19 GMTEmirati airlines halt flights to Baghdad after shooting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Multiple airlines from the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday they were cancelling flights to Baghdad after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital.By ADAM SCHRECKiGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 09:37:22 GMTSpain: Investigators probe jet crash at base that killed 10, Spain (AP) — Spanish investigators are trying to determine the cause of a jet fighter crash at a military base that killed 10 military personnel involved in a NATO training exercise and injured 21 when the plane crashed into at least five other parked planes after a failed takeoff.aciGeneral newsAccidentsMilitary facilitiesAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 09:26:43 GMTSpain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 at a Spanish military base rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the French airmen who suffered serious burns died at a Madrid hospital, Spain's Defense Ministry said.By ALAN CLENDENNING and DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZAiGeneral newsAccidentsMilitary facilitiesArmed forcesAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSpainUnited KingdomMadridGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:13:14 GMTDenver police shoot, kill teen who struck officer with car (AP) — Several dozen people with candles and protest signs gathered near the alley where Denver police officers fatally shot a 16-year-old girl, recalling her bright smile and demanding answers about the deadly encounter.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsPolice brutalityViolent crimeCrimePoliceAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:29:14 GMTGreek bailout critic says he will be new finance minister, Greece (AP) — A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic says in a blog post that he will be sworn in as finance minister under the country's new left-wing government.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:05:33 GMTLibyan security official says gunmen at luxury Tripoli hotel take hostages; 3 guards killed, Libya (AP) — Libyan security official says gunmen at luxury Tripoli hotel take hostages; 3 guards killed.iGeneral newsHostage situationsLibyaTripoliNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:41 GMTFacebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesMobile mediaOnline mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:28 GMTKey facts about the US government's loans in Liberia facts about the $217 million in loans approved by the U.S. government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation for its proposed project in Liberia:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLiberiaUnited StatesWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:27:35 GMTDemocrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation (AP) — A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with promises of bipartisanship and cooperation.By MATTHEW DALYwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSubpoenasPolitical partiesLegislatureLaw and orderCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessPolitical organizationsLibyaUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:33:25 GMTSuper Bowl bad guys don't take long to circle the wagons, Ariz. (AP) — Those bad guys from New England finally made it out West, and it didn't take long for them to begin circling the wagons.By TIM DAHLBERGsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballCelebrityEventsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:16 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm A.M.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherStormsWeatherState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTrain travelAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsLocal governmentsTravelLifestyleTransportationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew JerseyMaineMassachusettsBostonRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 09:56:13 GMTCar bomb explodes outside luxury hotel in Libya's Tripoli, Libya (AP) — A Libyan security official says a car bomb exploded outside a luxurious hotel in the capital Tripoli.By ESAM MOHAMEDiGeneral newsBombingsImprovised explosivesAccommodationsTravelLifestyleWar and unrestLibyaTripoliMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 08:53:32 GMT5 things about the trans-Pacific balloon challenge, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting a helium-filled balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break two major ballooning records. Here are five things to know about the challenge.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNorth AmericaJapanNew MexicoPacific OceanUnited StatesEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:29:20 GMTPolice raid southern French town with strong jihadi network (AP) — French security forces on Tuesday raided a small town in the south that is known as a center for the jihadi recruiting networks that have sent hundreds of French youths to fighting in Syria and Iraq.By LORI HINNANTiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestFranceParisSyriaMiddle EastIraqWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 09:28:10 GMTVandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.By JANET McCONNAUGHEYaGeneral newsTravelVoodooLeisure travelVandalismChristianityReligionSocial affairsLifestyleCrimeNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 10:11:37 GMTUS loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia, Liberia (AP) — The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold.By RONNIE GREENE and JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryDiplomacyEmbassiesHuman rights and civil libertiesEmergency managementAgricultureWar and unrestAccidents and disastersEnergy and the environmentTreesSex in societyEnvironmentIndustriesBusinessInternational relationsCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelSocial issuesSocial affairsEnvironment and naturePersonal investingPersonal financeUtilitiesHuman welfarePlantsLiberiaIraqMonroviaUnited StatesTexasMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:24:17 GMTWhat you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring anywhere from a few inches to a couple of feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherStormsWeatherRail travel disruptionsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Air travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsTransportationEventsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsNew JerseyPhiladelphiaMaineDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 10:05:04 GMTWhat to Watch Wednesday at the Australian Open quarterfinals, Australia (AP) — Once upon a time, the story of women's tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsAustraliaUnited StatesOceaniaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:38:17 GMTA green energy blueprint's vision, unmet in Liberia paper, the pitch was simple.By RONNIE GREENEaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessLiberiaWest AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 08:26:28 GMT