FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Sep 2014 18:38:58 -0700US official: Venezuela fighting drug trafficking, Venezuela (AP) — Even as the U.S. and Venezuela publicly feud about the role the South American country plays in fighting drug smuggling, there are signs the two nations may not be as far apart on the issue as it seems.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeSmugglingVenezuelaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Sep 2014 00:42:33 GMTWallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk (AP) — Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:09:24 GMTGiants snap tie in 9th, beat Arizona to narrow gap (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy delivered a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants narrowed their gap in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Wednesday.JOSE M. ROMEROsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:35:19 GMTDrag queens dress down Facebook over names FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.BARBARA ORTUTAYPAUL ELIAShtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaGender issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:19:28 GMTSchool district police stock up free military gear ANGELES (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.TAMI ABDOLLAHaGeneral newsProduction facilitiesPoliceViolent crimeCrimeCorporate newsBusinessLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseNevadaCaliforniaFloridaTexasUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:52:44 GMTBen McKenzie primed to lead Fox's Batman prequel ANGELES (AP) — Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday.ALICIA RANCILIOeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:05:44 GMTFuture of Olympic course unclear after hearing DE JANEIRO (AP) — The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer — both defendants in a lawsuit — failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court.STEPHEN WADETALES AZZONIiGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsOlympic gamesEnvironmental laws and regulationsSports governanceLaw and orderSummer Olympic gamesEventsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:36 GMTDodgers routed by Rockies 16-2, NL West lead cut (AP) — Clayton Kershaw and a few of his teammates gathered on the couch, eyes glued to the flat-screen TV. They were rooting on Arizona against rival San Francisco.PAT GRAHAMsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsLos AngelesSan FranciscoColoradoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:44:50 GMTOfficials: Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes, Calif. (AP) — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsProperty damageAccidents and disastersFiresNatural disastersProduction facilitiesEvacuationsCorporate newsBusinessCaliforniaSacramentoUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:07 GMTJane Smiley on longlist for National Book Awards YORK (AP) — Novels by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Powers were among the 10 nominees announced Wednesday for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.HILLEL ITALIEeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainment, 18 Sep 2014 00:09:44 GMTFiji's military ruler headed for big election win, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader.NICK PERRYPITA LIGAIULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareFijiSuvaOceania, 18 Sep 2014 01:27:47 GMTFirst lady visits St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama visited with young patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis on Wednesday, telling them she was inspired by their focus and courage as they battle life-threatening diseases.ADRIAN SAINZaGeneral newsHealthLifestyleChild and teen healthMemphisTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:54:00 GMTDoctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer (AP) — Toronto's embattled mayor has a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday, days after Rob Ford's dramatic announcement that he was pulling out of a re-election campaign.ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsTumorsCancerChemotherapyHealthCampaignsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsDiseases and conditionsLocal electionsElectionsDiagnosis and treatmentLocal governmentsTorontoCanadaOntarioNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:47:24 GMTCardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.JOSH HOFFNERaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsCelebrityCrimeArrestsSports governanceViolent crimeSports businessEntertainmentArts and entertainmentViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsProfessional footballFootballLaw and orderPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:59:12 GMTScientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsScienceVulcanologyVolcanoesEarth scienceEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:27:30 GMTPolice: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPennsylvaniaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:49 GMTTallent, Norton reach US Senior Amateur final BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Tallent and Bryan Norton each won two matches Wednesday in the U.S. Senior Amateur to advance to the final at Big Canyon.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolf, 18 Sep 2014 00:30:51 GMTIran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister is ruling out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warning that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.aGeneral newsUnited StatesIranIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Sep 2014 01:25:38 GMTAP Interview: Brazil's Silva wants better US ties DE JANEIRO (AP) — Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become the first black to lead Brazil's government, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba.BRAD BROOKSiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestNational electionsElectionsBrazilRio de JaneiroCubaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:39:14 GMTJournalists criticize White House for 'secrecy' (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.MICHAEL TARMaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJournalistsNews mediaMediaDistrict of ColumbiaChicagoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 18 Sep 2014 01:10:12 GMTMan charged in vandalism at congressman's office CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man was charged Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.aGeneral newsLegislatureVandalismGovernment and politicsCrimeKansas CityUnited StatesMissouriNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:09:10 GMTJapan trade deficit falls to $8.8B as imports ebb (AP) — Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell, the Finance ministry reported Thursday.ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyBusinessJapanEast AsiaChinaAsiaGreater China, 18 Sep 2014 01:08:10 GMTObama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels (AP) — President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.JOSH LEDERMANDARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsLegislatureTerrorismNational securityReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestGeneral newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesSyriaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 17 Sep 2014 23:36:55 GMTOrman business tie part of Kansas Senate race, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading.JOHN HANNAfBusinessGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureCorporate crimeCorporate newsCrimeGeneral newsState governmentsUnited StatesKansasTopekaNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:18:05 GMTHouse grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.DAVID ESPODONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsLegislatureMilitant groupsWar and unrestLegislationReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGeneral newsUnited StatesSyriaIraqDistrict of ColumbiaMiddle EastNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:56:26 GMTArrests made in Australian counterterrorism raids (AP) — Australian police made a series of arrests on Thursday in a counterterrorism operation that comes just days after the country lifted its terror warning to the second-highest level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.iGeneral newsTerrorismArrestsIntelligence agenciesWar and unrestLaw and orderCrimeNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneySyriaOceaniaMiddle East, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:27 GMT10 Things to Know for Thursday daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:The Associated PressaGeneral newsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:02:55 GMT15 detained in Australian counterterrorism raids (AP) — Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsTerrorismArrestsIntelligence agenciesWar and unrestLaw and orderCrimeNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneySyriaOceaniaMiddle East, 18 Sep 2014 00:33:01 GMTProduction of Lincoln Logs toy returning to US, Maine (AP) — Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A.aBusinessGeneral newsToysRecreation and leisureLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:35:55 GMTTrial lawyer gives $50M to Drexel law school (AP) — Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline has amassed a fortune during a long career representing people harmed in unusual, and unusually tragic, ways.MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsCharity fundraisingPhilanthropyHigher educationEducationSocial affairsProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPittsburghPennsylvaniaHazletonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:21:17 GMTA look at key developments in NFL controversies YORK (AP) — The NFL is under pressure from sponsors, fans and lawmakers for its handling of domestic violence allegations against several players. At issue is whether the league is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players.aGeneral newsSportsSports governanceCelebrityCrimeViolent crimeMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsProfessional footballFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 18 Sep 2014 00:45:52 GMTLos Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.ALBA MORA ROCAVICTOR CAIVANOiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherHurricane Odile 2014StormsTravelCoastlines and beachesLeisure travelEventsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersLifestyleEnvironment and natureMexicoUnited StatesTucsonSan JoseArizonaLa PazNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCosta RicaBoliviaSouth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:11:53 GMTOver 1,600 homes threatened in California fire, Calif. (AP) — Officials say more than 1,600 homes are threatened and huge swaths of timberland have been destroyed by an out-of-control wildfire in Northern California.JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersNatural disastersProperty damageEvacuationsProduction facilitiesCorporate newsBusinessCaliforniaSacramentoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:23:29 GMTAmazon debuts new e-readers, kid-friendly Fire YORK (AP) — Amazon keeps rolling out the devices.MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessTechnologyE-book readersConsumer electronicsMobile phonesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:17 GMTSheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash, Idaho (AP) — A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIdahoBoiseUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:23:10 GMT10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSports, 17 Sep 2014 23:22:58 GMTContractor gets 7 years in military secrets case (AP) — A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison on Wednesday for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home.AUDREY McAVOYaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeClassified informationEspionageLaw and orderIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsChinaUnited StatesHawaiiGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:13 GMTSuffolk Downs notifies workers it will close (AP) — Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred horse racing track, has told its workers it will close by year's end because Mohegan Sun did not win a Massachusetts casino license.PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsSportsHorse racingThoroughbred racingConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 01:13:14 GMTPrincipal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit, Wyo. (AP) — A skit at a Wyoming high school in which new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions has resulted in disciplinary action against some employees and the resignation of the principal.aGeneral newsSchool administrationEducationSocial affairsViolenceSocial issuesEducation issuesWyomingCasperUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:21:22 GMTFather: NFL mishandled my daughter's abuse case, Ga. (AP) — The father of a woman who once dated NFL receiver Brandon Marshall called for the league's commissioner to resign Wednesday because he's disappointed in the way his daughter's abuse allegations were handled.aGeneral newsSportsSports governanceWomen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootballMariettaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:08:30 GMTProsecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.JIM SALTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:05:14 GMTTexas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.MICHAEL GRACZYKaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderTexasHuntsvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:18:18 GMTBahamas imposes new immigration restrictions, Bahamas (AP) — The Bahamas' government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years.iGeneral newsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsBahamasHaitiCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Sep 2014 23:33:56 GMTAP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.VIVIAN SALAMAQASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRAiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsCivil warsGovernment and politicsArmed forcesTerrorismInternational relationsMilitary and defenseSyriaUnited StatesBaghdadIraqDamascusMiddle EastIranFranceParisNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 17 Sep 2014 23:25:07 GMTColumn: Time for Goodell to really say something Mayweather Jr., who has spent some time in jail for abusing women himself, was speaking some truth when he briefly rose to Ray Rice's defense last week while trying to sell some pay-per-views for his latest fight.TIM DAHLBERGsSportsSports facility constructionCrimes against childrenCrimeGeneral newsViolent crimeSports businessProfessional footballFootballMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 23:00:43 GMTMinority scholar denies separatism at China trial, China (AP) — A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he entered the second and likely final day of hearings Thursday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.JACK CHANGiGeneral newsEthnic conflictsArrestsWar and unrestDiplomacyGovernment and politicsTerrorismLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesCrimeInternational relationsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 01:21:45 GMTTop TV doc Dempsey makes name in sports-car racing Dempsey's character in "Can't Buy Me Love" spent all summer mowing lawns to save up for a telescope.DAN GELSTONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsTelevision programsEntertainmentAutomobile racing, 18 Sep 2014 00:28:18 GMTTulsa deputy resigns after sexual assault arrest, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty, a case that comes on the heels of a state trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer being arrested on sexual assault complaints.JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUSaGeneral newsViolent crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderOklahomaTulsaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:26:22 GMTTV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing, Ariz. (AP) — A television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend, police said Wednesday.FELICIA FONSECAaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentCrimeArrestsViolent crimeLaw and orderArizonaTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 00:42:59 GMTEisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design (AP) — A federal commission planning a memorial near the National Mall honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower considered whether to move forward Wednesday with a famed architect's design after years of controversy surrounding the project.BRETT ZONGKERwGeneral newsArchitectureGovernment and politicsArts and entertainment, 17 Sep 2014 23:09:23 GMT