FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Jan 2015 10:12:18 -0800Female Gitmo guard: no-touch rule diminished me as soldier MEADE, Md. (AP) — A female soldier at Guantanamo Bay says an order barring women from jobs that require physical contact with male prisoners makes her feel less of a soldier.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsLaw and orderMilitary and defenseCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 16:52:07 GMTUSDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms, Vt. (AP) — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying.By LISA RATHKEaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsLifestyleCanadaVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:26:36 GMTTony Stewart acquires national sprint car series tour, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart won't be back in a sprint car, by his own estimation, for "a very, very long time."By JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingAccidentsNASCARAccidents and disastersGeneral newsCharlotteOhioCanandaiguaFloridaNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 28 Jan 2015 17:34:13 GMTHistory ahead: first Super Bowl OT upcoming (AP) — Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.By BARRY WILNERsSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEvents, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:59 GMTIran names new UN envoy after earlier pick blocked, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry has named a new envoy to the United Nations after the U.S. declined to issue a visa to an earlier pick last year.iGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsTehranUnited StatesIranMiddle EastNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:13 GMTGitmo officer: limits on female guards puts mission at risk MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army officer at Guantanamo Bay says court orders barring female soldiers from jobs requiring physical contact with Muslim detainees create a safety risk at the U.S. military prison in Cuba by limiting his staffing options.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsLaw and orderMilitary and defenseCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 17:48:20 GMTHouse passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.By DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGovernment and politicsEnergy industryInternational tradeIndustriesEconomyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsLegislationLegislatureUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:36 GMTProsecutor: Gregg Allman filmmaker never given immunity, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor says her office never promised immunity to one of four filmmakers charged in a fatal train crash that occurred during shooting of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman.By RUSS BYNUMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentAccidentsMoviesCelebrityAccidents and disastersTransportationSavannahGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:22:09 GMTJudge says Caesars bankruptcy case will be held in Illinois, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware ruled Wednesday that the Chapter 11 case of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. will proceed in Illinois, denying a motion by several creditor groups who wanted the case heard in Delaware.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsFinancial performanceCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryIllinoisDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:06:07 GMTWorkers at Britain's National Gallery vote for 5-day strike (AP) — Workers at Britain's National Gallery will be staging a five-day strike beginning next week in a dispute over whether some of its services should be run by an outside contractor.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsStrikesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 17:44:59 GMTAncient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.By MALCOLM RITTERaGeneral newsScienceFossilsCavesEarly humansPaleontologyEnvironment and naturePhysical anthropologyIsraelEuropeMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 18:06:24 GMTWisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates, and that he doesn't have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic.By SCOTT BAUERaGovernment and politicsState governmentsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:53:33 GMTEgypt seeks to distance police from protester killing (AP) — Egypt has sought to distance the police from the weekend shooting death of a female protester, saying a forensic examination shows she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces.iGeneral newsPoliceCriminal investigationsViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLaw and orderEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:34 GMTReligion news in brief leaders call for measures protecting gay rightsBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsChristianityGays and lesbiansReligionScientologySocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:28:06 GMTAP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLSaGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthSports governanceNFL Super BowlLegislationHealthLegislatureGovernment and politicsProfessional footballFootballEventsDistrict of ColumbiaWashingtonArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:22:58 GMTVenezuela's No. 2 distances himself from defecting bodyguard, Venezuela (AP) — The powerful head of Venezuela's congress moved Wednesday to distance himself from a bodyguard who defected to the United States and reportedly has implicated his former boss as head of drug ring of political and military officials.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimePolitical defectionsCrimeOrganized crimeGovernment and politicsSmugglingVenezuelaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:52:50 GMTArkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day has failed before a state House panel.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState legislatureLegislatureState governmentsArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:51:05 GMTLynch defends Obama's immigration policies (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesImmigration policyLegislature hearingsImmigrationGovernment surveillanceIntelligence agenciesLaw and orderCabinetsSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyPolitical issuesUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew York, 28 Jan 2015 17:47:32 GMTProsecutor questions Lindsay Lohan's community service ANGELES (AP) — A judge set another hearing in Lindsay Lohan's reckless driving criminal case after a prosecutor questioned whether the actress had completed her community service in London.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityLaw and orderGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:44:15 GMTToyota lawyer urges jury to find it not responsible in crash (AP) — A Toyota Motor Corp. lawyer has told a Minnesota jury deciding whether the automaker is responsible for a crash that killed three people that the car couldn't have accelerated so quickly if the driver hit the brakes as he claimed.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsCorporate legal affairsAccidents and disastersTransportationCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 18:08:04 GMTStocks rise at midday after strong Apple, Boeing results YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is rising slightly at midday as investors wait for the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial markets, 28 Jan 2015 17:11:36 GMTPetrobras releases profit drop in 3rd quarter 2014 PAULO (AP) — Brazil's scandal-plagued state-run oil company Wednesday released its third quarter report for 2014, showing that profits dropped 9 percent compared to the same period in 2013.By STAN LEHMANiBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsBrazilSao PauloSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:52 GMT1st time advertisers gamble on Super Bowl ads YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsNFL Super BowlFirst time eventsProfessional footballEventsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFootballSportsMedia and entertainment industry, 28 Jan 2015 17:57:03 GMTRoush Fenway looks to rebuild after rough 2014 season, N.C. (AP) — Roush Fenway Racing is rebuilding after what team president Steve Newmark called a "brutal" 2014 that included just two Sprint Cup wins and top driver Carl Edwards bolting for Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year.By STEVE REEDsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:55:23 GMTFugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.By AMANDA LEE MYERSaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsFugitivesArrestsCrimeLaw and orderColumbusFloridaWest Palm BeachOhioCentral AmericaUnited StatesNorth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 17:17:02 GMTAfter killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy YORK (AP) — For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimePolice brutalityLaw and orderState governmentsState legislatureGovernment and politicsViolent crimeEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLegislatureNew YorkNew York CityFergusonUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouri, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:01 GMTNew England digs out after getting exactly what it expected (AP) — Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area.By BOB SALSBERG and MARK PRATTaGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsStormsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMassachusettsBostonNew YorkMainePhiladelphiaRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 28 Jan 2015 18:04:12 GMTJets hire brother of judge in New Jersey sports betting suit, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have hired the brother of a judge considering New Jersey's efforts to allow sports betting, but that won't affect the case for now.aBusinessGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsGamblingLegal proceedingsSports bettingSports businessRecreation and leisureLifestyleLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:59:34 GMTState Dept: Ready to meet with Gowdy on Benghazi (AP) — The State Department says it is prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.By MATTHEW DALYwGovernment and politics, 28 Jan 2015 17:43:11 GMTSenate bill: Vets won't trigger employer health law coverage (AP) — A Senate committee has voted unanimously to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under President Barack Obama's health care law.By ALAN FRAMwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureVeteransLegislationAccess to health careIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseHealth issuesHealthUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:58:35 GMTMom to face murder charge after dead baby found in recycling, Mich. (AP) — Police say a woman whose newborn baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center will face murder and child abuse charges.By ED WHITEaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeCrimes against childrenEco-friendly practicesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWaste managementMichiganDetroitUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 16:51:39 GMTOklahoma governor will consider stay for condemned men CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the U.S. Supreme Court should halt three pending executions as the death row inmates challenge lethal injection protocols.aGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 18:06:59 GMTWilliams sisters, Madison Keys picked for US Fed Cup team PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The Williams sisters and teenage Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys have been chosen for the United States as it seeks to return to the top group in the Fed Cup.sSportsFed CupAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsArgentinaUnited StatesBuenos AiresWhite PlainsSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaNew York, 28 Jan 2015 16:53:46 GMTJordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday.By KARIN LAUB and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeTerrorismGovernment and politicsMilitant groupsInternational relationsWar and unrestAmmanJordanJapanIraqSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:43:38 GMTNew Englanders dig out after forecasters get it right (AP) — Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area.By BOB SALSBERG and MARK PRATTaGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsStormsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMassachusettsBostonNew YorkPhiladelphiaRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 28 Jan 2015 16:58:47 GMTYemen rebels beat, detain demonstrators in capital, Yemen (AP) — Rebels who control the Yemeni capital beat back dozens of people marching in protest against them on Wednesday, firing automatic rifles in the air and striking protesters with batons and knives.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical resignationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 17:07:55 GMTNo bail for former music promoter in $300M fraud case (AP) — A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case.By CURT ANDERSONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusiness, 28 Jan 2015 17:38:57 GMTExtremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday.By IBRAHIM ABDULAZIZ and HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestNigeriaWest AfricaCameroonAfrica, 28 Jan 2015 17:27:30 GMTBoeing reports 4Q profit of $1.47 billion on airplane sales (AP) — Demand for commercial airliners boosted Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter profit by 19 percent, topping Wall Street expectations by a wide margin and offsetting weakness in the defense business.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:02:00 GMTPerry: Ongoing felony case won't delay 2016 preparations, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says an ongoing felony abuse-of-power case against him won't delay his preparations for a possible 2016 presidential run.By WILL WEISSERTaGovernment and politicsIndictmentsLaw and orderGeneral newsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:41:33 GMTMore resignations at top of anti-Islam organization (AP) — There's more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived "Islamization" of Europe.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 17:23:29 GMTPet reptile not a lizard, Lithuanian student finds out, Lithuania (AP) — A baby caiman has found a new home at a Lithuanian zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realizing that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom wasn't a harmless lizard.iGeneral newsOdditiesLizardsReptilesAnimalsZoological parksRecreation and leisureLifestyleLithuaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 17:27:58 GMTWhy what's missing in states' youth concussion laws matters (AP) — With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of about five years.By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLSaGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthHigh school sportsPrimary and secondary educationNFL Super BowlHealth care industryLegislationEducationSocial affairsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsProfessional servicesIndustriesEventsProfessional footballFootballLegislatureWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:14:33 GMTGoogle: YouTube is so overloaded staff cannot filter content (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist propaganda and hostage videos.By LORNE COOKhtGeneral newsTechnologyOnline videoOnline mediaMediaEntertainment and media technologyMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessEurope, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:43 GMTFiat Chrysler profits drop but outlook brightens (AP) — The cost of buying the final stake of Chrysler weighed on the newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile's profits in the fourth quarter, but CEO Sergio Marchionne said Wednesday that the company is turning itself around.By COLLEEN BARRYfBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsProducts and servicesMilanEuropeItalyWestern Europe, 28 Jan 2015 17:02:09 GMTUN can't reach residents of Islamic State's de facto capital NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it cannot deliver aid to 600,000 people in two Syrian cities controlled by the Islamic State group.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:52 GMTSlain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRYaGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeCrimeTheftGeorgiaMariettaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:02:34 GMTMobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement (AP) — The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.By JENNIFER C. KERRhtBusinessPersonal financeGovernment and politicsTechnology, 28 Jan 2015 17:05:04 GMTFirefighters rescue cows that took icy dip in Colorado pond, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters in Colorado have rescued two cows that plunged through the ice on a pond.aOdditiesAgricultureIndustriesBusinessColorado SpringsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 16:51:07 GMTUS stocks edge higher in midday trading; Apple up sharply earnings from Apple, Boeing and other companies helped nudge U.S. stocks slightly higher in midday trading Wednesday.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesInformation technologyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 17:17:13 GMT