FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Oct 2014 06:34:26 -0700Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes (AP) — Investigators in China have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of receiving bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday.iGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 13:14:28 GMTUN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.CARA ANNAiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 13:02:41 GMTUS consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September, first slip in 8 months while income slows (AP) — US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September, first slip in 8 months while income slows.wBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomy, 31 Oct 2014 12:32:06 GMT5 college football players charged in assault, Pa. (AP) — Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballArrestsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderCaliforniaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 13:16:56 GMTUS consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingPricesEconomyRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsManufacturing sector performanceLabor economy, 31 Oct 2014 12:56:32 GMTRowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.JILL LAWLESSeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentChildren's entertainmentUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 10:51:16 GMTLiberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers, Liberia (AP) — Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centers yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.iGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthWest AfricaLiberiaMonroviaAfrica, 31 Oct 2014 11:47:16 GMT6th person charged in connection to sex assault, Ky. (AP) — Police in western Kentucky say they've charged a sixth person — a 15-year-old girl — in connection to a sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy.aGeneral newsCrimes against childrenCrimeViolent crimeHopkinsvilleKentuckyTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:23 GMTIsrael presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome' BOURGET, France (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.JAMEY KEATENhtGeneral newsMilitary technologyWeapons technologyWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTechnologyDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelFranceMiddle EastGaza StripWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 11:32:51 GMTNissan recalls Infiniti SUVs to fix air bags (AP) — Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 13:20:51 GMTOfficial: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China (AP) — A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others Friday in the country's latest violent attack on children.iGeneral newsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 10:40:47 GMTRussia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike (AP) — Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaCrimeaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 12:51:26 GMTBurkina Faso President Blaise Compaore says in statement he has stepped down after protests, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore says in statement he has stepped down after protests.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsOuagadougouBurkina FasoWest AfricaAfrica, 31 Oct 2014 13:24:31 GMTPa. college forfeits game after 5 players arrested, Pa. (AP) — A state university in western Pennsylvania says it's forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballArrestsFootballViolent crimeCrimeCollege sportsLaw and orderCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:54:49 GMTOmega to buy Aviv in all-stock deal valued at $3B Healthcare is buying rival real estate investment trust Aviv in an all-stock deal worth about $3 billion.The Associated PressfBusiness, 31 Oct 2014 10:38:08 GMTAttorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of kidnapping University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is asking that his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation.MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeCrimeVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 13:03:07 GMTNATO says service member has died in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.iGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:20:24 GMTPirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.htGeneral newsTechnologyComputer crimeHackingCrimeTechnology issuesDenmarkCopenhagenSwedenWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 13:04:55 GMTShelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to.BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseGovernment and politicsAgricultureIndustriesBusinessSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:11:52 GMTOmega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal Healthcare will buy rival real estate investment trust Aviv in a $3 billion all-stock deal combining two companies that each run hundreds of nursing homes.The Associated PressfBusinessOwnership changesCorporate news, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:44 GMTJapan's huge pension fund to boost share purchases (AP) — Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment and politicsPopulation agingLeading economic indicatorsEconomyGovernment business and financeStock marketsFinancial marketsDemographicsSocial affairsPricesJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:02 GMTFire causes evacuation of French state radio (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windowsiGeneral newsEvacuationsFiresAccidents and disastersFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:17 GMTBombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people (AP) — A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants.SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 12:18:32 GMT2 missing after blaze at UK fireworks warehouse (AP) — British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.iGeneral newsFiresMissing personsAccidents and disastersUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 12:56:03 GMTNorth Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses (AP) — North Korea's quarantine of foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.DIDI TANGiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLeisure travelTravel laws and regulationsTravel agentsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLifestyleInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsChinaNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaBeijingGreater ChinaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 13:02:55 GMTEurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy.DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyPricesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:57:57 GMTGermany's main Jewish leader steps down (AP) — Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down.iGeneral newsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 11:42:41 GMTJapan expands stimulus to spur recovery (AP) — Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsPricesFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsFinancial servicesIndustriesStock marketsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 10:57:36 GMTUK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds (AP) — Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I.iBusinessGeneral newsDebt and bond marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 13:19:06 GMTAbbVie hikes forecast, tops Street expectations AbbVie surprised Wall Street with a third-quarter performance that turned out much better than expected and provided a new 2014 forecast that extends well beyond what analysts predict.The Associated PressfBusiness, 31 Oct 2014 12:36:02 GMTExxon posts surprise profit jump on refining, Texas (AP) — ExxonMobil Corp. profits rose 3 percent in the third quarter as strong refining performance offset lower revenues from falling oil prices and production.The Associated PressfBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:37 GMTSpain seeks to halt informal Catalan breakup vote (AP) — Spain's government is asking the country's Constitutional Court to block plans by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9.iGeneral newsReferendumsElectionsGovernment and politicsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 13:10:03 GMTExxon defies low oil price with refining strength YORK (AP) — ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production.JONATHAN FAHEYaBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryFinancial performanceCorporate news, 31 Oct 2014 13:27:36 GMTAfricans worst responders in Ebola crisis (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsHealthInternational incidentsDisease outbreaksGovernment and politicsInternational relationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthAfricaSierra LeoneGuineaSouth AfricaLiberiaWest AfricaUgandaEast AfricaSouthern Africa, 31 Oct 2014 11:12:16 GMTCollege football players charged with assault, Pa. (AP) — Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania have been arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant.aGeneral newsSportsCollege sportsCollege footballFootballArrestsViolent crimeCrimeEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationLaw and orderCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 13:04:06 GMTParachutist rescued from Missouri television tower LOUIS (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a parachutist who became stuck on the wires of a broadcast tower about 125 feet off of the ground and dangled for about two hours.aGeneral newsTelevisionMediaMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:39 GMTLife goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola KENT, Maine (AP) — In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.ROBERT F. BUKATYaGeneral newsHealthState governmentsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleGovernment and politicsMaineUnited StatesSierra LeoneWest AfricaNorth AmericaAfrica, 31 Oct 2014 13:07:07 GMTHungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPolitical and civil unrestHungaryBudapestEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:43:30 GMTPeshmerga fighters leave Kobani to return later, Turkey (AP) — A Kurdish official in the Syrian border town of Kobani says the 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled town the day before have returned to Turkey to prepare for their forces' full deployment.iGeneral newsSyriaTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 12:43:03 GMTProtesters gather again in Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso (AP) — Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso's capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country's longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment transitionsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsBurkina FasoOuagadougouAfricaWest Africa, 31 Oct 2014 10:44:59 GMTGlobal stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan (AP) — Global stocks spiked sharply higher Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a fresh stimulus to boost the country's flagging economy.The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsCommodity marketsStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesPricesUnited KingdomJapanEast AsiaEuropeWestern EuropeAsia, 31 Oct 2014 12:49:26 GMTAfghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.CHRISTOPHER BODEENiBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsDiplomacyChinaAfghanistanKabulBeijingUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaCentral AsiaNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:39:53 GMTRebuilt Hawaii town offers look at life after lava, Hawaii (AP) — Ten miles from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there's another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago.AUDREY McAVOYJENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsScienceHome buildingVolcanoesHome and gardenLifestyleResidential real estateEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 12:59:56 GMTCaptured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect GROVE, Pa (AP) — They searched for him in impenetrable woods and forbidding caves, in schools and vacation homes and even in a roadside clothing donation bin, all the while hoping that ambush suspect Eric Frein wouldn't take a potshot at them from some unseen, distant perch.MICHAEL RUBINKAMiGeneral newsCrimeWar and unrestViolent crimeHolidaysOccasionsLifestylePennsylvaniaStroudsburgUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 13:17:18 GMTSwitzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan (AP) — Three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeSwitzerlandEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:30 GMTRussia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsCrimeaUkraineMoscowRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:30:09 GMTDowney, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.MIKE CIDONI LENNOXeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityAward showsCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:40:27 GMTSyria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) — The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsWar casualtiesMilitant groupsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsTerrorismGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsSyriaMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:33 GMTCourt upholds death verdicts in slashing attack (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing a brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.iGeneral newsTerrorismLegal proceedingsTransportationCrimeViolent crimeWar and unrestLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:51:21 GMTHeavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.PETER ENAViGeneral newsIslamWar and unrestGovernment and politicsReligionSocial affairsPalestinian territoriesIsraelWest BankJerusalemMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 13:22:02 GMT