FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 08:18:37 -0800Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and naturePacific OceanAlbuquerqueAtlantic OceanNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:52:29 GMTMorocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration, Morocco (AP) — France and Morocco have announced that they have ended a long running spat by restoring judicial cooperation severed nearly a year earlier.iGeneral newsMoroccoFranceNorth AfricaAfricaWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:08:23 GMTIS fighters acknowledge defeat in Syrian town of Kobani (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani.iGeneral news, 31 Jan 2015 13:36:21 GMTJust whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?By ANNE FLAHERTYhtBusinessGovernment and politicsTechnologyNetwork neutralityGovernment regulationsIndustry regulationTelecommunicationsConsumer protection and advocacyLegislatureIndustriesTechnology issuesConsumer products and servicesGovernment business and financeInternet technologyComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsGovernment financeLocal governmentsConsumer affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 14:10:58 GMTFormer German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94 (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.By GEIR MOULSONiGeneral newsObituariesWorld War IIGovernment and politicsNazismInternational relationsEventsGermanyNetherlandsWest GermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 11:57:42 GMTIraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsIraqBaghdadSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:19:45 GMTFire devastates major Russian library (AP) — A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents.iGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:43:18 GMTLawmakers vote for new Italian president in test for Renzi (AP) — Italian lawmakers are voting again to elect the country's next president.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 10:29:40 GMTFamily, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 09:04:45 GMTAU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union Saturday joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.By ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsWar and unrestForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSouth SudanEthiopiaAddis AbabaNorth AfricaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:43 GMTChicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances.By SOPHIA TAREENpGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical endorsementsMunicipal governmentsCampaignsLocal governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTeachingEducationChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:43:52 GMTPilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight, N.M. (AP) — Pilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight.aGeneral newsRecord setting eventsOceansEnvironment and naturePacific Ocean, 31 Jan 2015 14:34:07 GMTHingis, 34, back in Aussie Open final, 20 years after debut, Australia (AP) — When Martina Hingis came out retirement for the second time in her career two years ago, she set some ground rules for herself.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisMen's tennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 13:03:46 GMTSerena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title.iGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsEventsTennisAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:29 GMTBahrain revokes citizenship of IS group ideologue, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the Islamic State militant group and dozens of other people.iGeneral newsBahrainManamaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 14:39:26 GMTRevel sale put on hold while nightclub appeals terms (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals.aBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:45:33 GMTSerena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.By JOHN PYEiGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 14:13:09 GMTOfficial: UK police need more stun guns due to terror threat (AP) — The head of Britain's Police Federation says all front-line officers need to be equipped with stun guns because of the rising terror threat.iGeneral newsTerrorismPoliceWar and unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:45:28 GMTMan detained over suitcase found stuffed with human remains FRANCISCO (AP) — A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with human remains, authorities said.aGeneral newsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 13:03:13 GMTJapan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAnimation and comicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:36 GMTSergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers .iGeneral newsJudicial electionsNational courtsNational electionsElectionsGovernment and politicsJudiciaryNational governmentsCourtsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:18 GMTSouth Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansProtests and demonstrationsRiotsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSouth AfricaJohannesburgAfricaSomaliaEast AfricaSouthern Africa, 31 Jan 2015 14:55:18 GMTNASA launches Earth-observing satellite AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.aScienceSpace launchesMilitary facilitiesGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 31 Jan 2015 15:45:33 GMTVatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsWorkplace diversityChristianitySocial diversityReligionPersonnelBusinessSocial issuesSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:27:35 GMTEx-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.By JOSHUA GOODMANiGeneral newsEspionagePolitical corruptionCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryBogotaPanamaColombiaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCentral America, 31 Jan 2015 15:51:01 GMTIslamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 15:48:52 GMTGermany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGermanyGreeceEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 12:20:23 GMTImagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero, Ariz. (AP) — Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl — he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:45:33 GMTFognini, Bolelli win men's doubles at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final on Saturday.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 15:20:15 GMTPile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary (AP) — As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning.By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitary leadershipLegislatureGeneral newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesAfghanistanIraqSyriaRussiaUkraineMiddle EastNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:17:48 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Serena raises money with serves, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams had nothing but love for the fans at Rod Laver Arena after winning her 19th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaKrakowPolandOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:25:50 GMTSpanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.By HAROLD HECKLE and JORGE SAINZiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical corruptionPolitical activismGeneral electionsPolitical issuesMadridSpainEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 15:53:50 GMTSpain*s radical leftist party shows strength in big rally (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are marching through Madrid's streets in a show of strength by Spain's fledgling radical leftist party Podemos (We Can) which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in elections later this year.iGeneral newsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:45 GMTHatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va., W.Va. (AP) — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:55:52 GMT5 boaters rescued from sailboat 200 miles off NC coast, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued five people from a sailboat after the boat's mast broke about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 11:42:55 GMTItaly's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial electionsNational governmentsNational courtsElectionsJudiciaryCourtsItalySicilyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 15:56:05 GMTCivilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.By PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsWar and unrestEvacuationsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsUkraineBelarusMinskDonetskKievEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:33:50 GMTSan Francisco police detain man in human remains case FRANCISCO (AP) — Police detained a "person of interest" Friday night who had been shown in photos released earlier in the probe of human remains found inside a suitcase, authorities said.aGeneral newsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:11 GMTAla judges weighing whether to perform same-sex weddings, Ala. (AP) — Fred Hamic is a marrying judge: He's performed about 1,000 weddings during seven years as Geneva County's probate judge and considers the ceremonies a highlight of his job.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageWeddingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesLocal governmentsOccasionsLifestyleAlabamaBirminghamUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:39:02 GMTChina offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestChinaTibetBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 10:54:03 GMTSerena Williams wins 1st set of Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams, coughing frequently and still clearly affected by a recent cold, won the first set of her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova 6-3 on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 09:36:18 GMT5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France (AP) — French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.iGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestFranceParisMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 15:37:14 GMTSpain's radical leftist party shows strength in big rally (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.By HAROLD HECKLE and JORGE SAINZiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical activismPolitical issuesSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:14:36 GMTOfficials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital (AP) — A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 13:48:31 GMTAfrica agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.BY ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsAfricaEthiopiaNigeriaAddis AbabaWest AfricaChadEast AfricaCentral Africa, 31 Jan 2015 14:10:59 GMTPhilippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:33 GMTMcIlroy extends lead to 4 shots at Dubai Desert Classic, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots with a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 14:32:09 GMTSharapova humbled but gracious after latest loss to Williams, Australia (AP) — After more than a decade of losses to Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova is getting good at being gracious in defeat.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 14:04:26 GMTRomney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JILL COLVINpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical fundraisingCampaigns2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesElectionsNational electionsPolitical organizationsIowaBeaumontChicagoNew JerseyTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 31 Jan 2015 14:05:58 GMTSports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsCelebrityEntertainmentMusicPartiesProfessional footballNFL Super BowlTelevision programsSports mediaOccasionsLifestyleFootballEventsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 12:03:27 GMT