FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:23:40 -0700Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jailhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d11722462454f3e99d9a3a5ff8901e9KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV.aGeneral newsPrison breaksCrimeLegal proceedingsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolent crimeKankakeeIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d11722462454f3e99d9a3a5ff8901e9Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:57:10 GMTDish's Internet TV, Sling, gets HBO service for $15 a monthhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a3e07ce133b4663a4847736fc2cf6e9NEW YORK (AP) — HBO lovers have one more way to watch "Game of Thrones."By TALI ARBELhtBusinessArts and entertainmentTechnologyInternet televisionSatellite televisionEntertainment and media technologyMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesOnline mediaMediaTelevisionInternet technologyComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsTelecommunicationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a3e07ce133b4663a4847736fc2cf6e9Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:10 GMTService held for 2 Coast Guard cadets killed in crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6c3e98078e57482a92cb0a28787546cdNEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Two Coast Guard Academy cadets from the Republic of Georgia who died in a car crash last month had lived the dream of many young people in their country by attending school in the United States, a fellow cadet said Wednesday at a memorial ceremony at the Connecticut school.aGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationNew LondonUnited StatesConnecticutTrentonNorth AmericaNew Jerseyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6c3e98078e57482a92cb0a28787546cdWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:03:06 GMTMcDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned storeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bfd9b0acae354b729d29e678af4d0979NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesEmployee benefitsLabor issuesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPersonnelSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bfd9b0acae354b729d29e678af4d0979Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:25:23 GMTAllegiant pilots plan Thursday strike, scrapping 250 flightshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c864a176d2e4d03b3585dab777243f7Pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air are planning a strike Thursday which they say could ground 250 flights, affecting 33,000 customers.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZfBusinessStrikesGeneral newsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c864a176d2e4d03b3585dab777243f7Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:18:00 GMTHot cars at the New York International Auto Showhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eea0c14812424fcc8ecf0fbf8f41e2b7NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe.aBusinessGeneral newsAutomobile showsAutomobile racingIndustry conferences and trade showsFormula OneConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAutomobilesLifestyleSportsCorporate newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eea0c14812424fcc8ecf0fbf8f41e2b7Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:06:21 GMTService held for 2 Coast Guard cadets killed in car crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a58af7511cd43549ed4b9d32e62ddfeNEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered for a ceremony in Connecticut to honor two Coast Guard Academy cadets from the Republic of Georgia who died in a car accident last month.aGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationNew LondonConnecticutUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a58af7511cd43549ed4b9d32e62ddfeWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:30:31 GMTChavez allows 3 hits in 6 innings as A's beat Angels 4-1http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e02d61ada012441396e3b69d6fc7ad7cMESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jesse Chavez allowed three hits in six innings, Mark Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Wednesday to finish their first spring training at HoHoKam Park with a 14-1 record.By RICK EYMERsSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthEventsMesaArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e02d61ada012441396e3b69d6fc7ad7cWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:04:48 GMTJohns Hopkins sued over sexually transmitted disease studyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7010be26cb1e4898ba6233b74a55695eBALTIMORE (AP) — More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were infected with venereal diseases.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsHigher educationSexually transmitted diseasesMedical researchSexual healthDiseases and conditionsEducationSocial affairsSexual and reproductive healthHealthInfectious diseasesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGuatemalaBaltimoreUnited StatesCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanMarylandNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7010be26cb1e4898ba6233b74a55695eWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:21:22 GMTToo much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problemshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fff6a22302dc47cca0da7b6282cdfcf1NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthKidney diseaseDiseases and conditionsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleArkansasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fff6a22302dc47cca0da7b6282cdfcf1Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:25:56 GMTHughes, Buchholz look sharp in Twins-Red Sox 4-4 tiehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bebec7b075f64cb89aefbf8cb731e885FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had their final spring training tuneups Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings.sSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthEventsFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bebec7b075f64cb89aefbf8cb731e885Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:04:20 GMTSources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panelhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e1478564bf54264b023253676a47578WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.wGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical partiesPolitical organizationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e1478564bf54264b023253676a47578Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:56:32 GMTEx-congressman who gave Bill Clinton first defeat dies at 92http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d4794b3b9994a139bbd4576015e281aLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for political office, died Wednesday. He was 92.By CLAUDIA LAUERaGovernment and politicsObituariesElectionsArkansasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d4794b3b9994a139bbd4576015e281aWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:31:42 GMTBusiness Highlightshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a3662d3157824360877e8997f669a079___By The Associated PressfBusinessPricesConstruction sector performanceLabor economyGermanwings Flight 9525 crashConstruction put in placeGeneral newsOnline mediaState governmentsAutomobile showsEconomyLegislationGovernment and politicsIndustry conferences and trade showsWinter weatherEnergy industryIndustriesConsumer products and servicesEventsReal estateMediaAutomobilesLifestyleEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeStock marketsFinancial marketsAgricultureLegislatureCorporate newsWeatherMiamiUnited StatesNew YorkRussiaArkansasFloridaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a3662d3157824360877e8997f669a079Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:10:37 GMTMarlon James among winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awardshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/873cfbae0f1d4e53b4ac57a873100172NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Marlon James and poet Marilyn Chin are among this year's winners of the Anisfield-Wolf (AN'-is-feeld) Book Awards, given for literature that "confronts racism and examines diversity."eArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/873cfbae0f1d4e53b4ac57a873100172Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:26:32 GMT11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fadbebae761042e29ce87106261ac8f1ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.By KATE BRUMBACKaGeneral newsRacketeeringStudent testingLegal proceedingsCrimeEducationSocial affairsLaw and orderAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fadbebae761042e29ce87106261ac8f1Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:37:43 GMTFelony indictments dismissed against former Va. legislatorhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82ae2fa68ffd4f95ae58b914c821ed6aRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a teenager will no longer face felony charges in the case.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionCrimeGovernment and politicsIndictmentsLaw and orderPolitical issuesSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82ae2fa68ffd4f95ae58b914c821ed6aWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:02:50 GMTCosart: 'I never have, never will bet on baseball'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ab00c543507a4557b998a8788ff64f77JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball.By CHUCK KINGsSportsSocial mediaBaseballSports bettingGamblingSports governanceProfessional baseballMen's sportsOnline mediaMediaSports businessRecreation and leisureLifestyleFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ab00c543507a4557b998a8788ff64f77Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:44:36 GMTTrinity Test site opening to face protest from residentshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d2480cbf0f44dba9d3f72c2d4199c5cALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, descendants of families near a New Mexico test want tourists to know residents suffered for years afterward and some of their children may have been affected.By RUSSELL CONTRERASaGeneral newsScienceTravelLifestyleNew MexicoLos AlamosUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d2480cbf0f44dba9d3f72c2d4199c5cWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:21:01 GMTKeuchel allows 1 run, leads Astros over Tigers 3-2http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a886af902be3406a9452dacfbd6ef496KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel allowed one run over 5 2-3 innings in his final tuneup for opening day, leading the Houston Astros over the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsAthlete healthFloridaDallasUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a886af902be3406a9452dacfbd6ef496Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:52:24 GMTWill Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate?http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e740ce066dee43c480bb3f15df545c39INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue.By RALPH D. RUSSO and DOUG FEINBERGaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballMen's sportsCollege sportsBasketballCoachingMen's college basketballMen's basketballIndianapolisIndianaNashvilleUnited StatesNorth AmericaTennesseehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e740ce066dee43c480bb3f15df545c39Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:24:26 GMTMacerich and Sears are big market movershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb8f7f2540dd44d6b05bcfc8c840f184NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb8f7f2540dd44d6b05bcfc8c840f184Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:40:41 GMTMom of biracial man killed by officer trusts prosecutorhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f5b1d79c54ea44f681ebeec41c3e2fc2MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mother of a biracial man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer said Wednesday that she's barely coping with her son's death but believes prosecutors will seek the truth as they review the case.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimeProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeEventsPolitical and civil unrestMadisonWisconsinUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f5b1d79c54ea44f681ebeec41c3e2fc2Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:16:32 GMTBondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power companyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6afe0cf130c4fd4b792c6d8521da8f7SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.By DANICA COTOiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryState governmentsEconomyDebt and bond marketsIndustriesUtilitiesGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsPuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6afe0cf130c4fd4b792c6d8521da8f7Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:02:19 GMTPuerto Rico approves law to crack down on tax evasionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/69686dedaba841d687e656a65f0370d1SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law that requires service providers to accept at least two different types of payment in a push to crack down on tax evaders.iBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsTax evasionGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsLegislationLegislatureCrimePuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/69686dedaba841d687e656a65f0370d1Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:34:19 GMTArkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections billhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/667ef469ff324f1f98f432c763b1f466LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.By ANDREW DEMILLOaGeneral newsState governmentsGays and lesbiansLegislationGovernment and politicsLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsReligious issuesReligionArkansasLittle RockIndianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/667ef469ff324f1f98f432c763b1f466Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:20:28 GMTJudge ends man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreckhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8574d49dfb4a4de08b672b1c1c5f2f92PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.aBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMaineUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8574d49dfb4a4de08b672b1c1c5f2f92Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:19:00 GMTThe latest developments on religious objection lawshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c33a68c62cbe414899c7ebba568067c4INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.By JENI O'MALLEYaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsLegislationGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLegislatureArkansasIndianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c33a68c62cbe414899c7ebba568067c4Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:22 GMTUS agency charges Kraft, Mondelez with wheat price rigginghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6b280b2a879a4af6871ad0b36f204157WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit.By MARCY GORDONfBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCommodity marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6b280b2a879a4af6871ad0b36f204157Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:18:54 GMTReid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramblehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e91352c620eb4a5d9269ce3e5728719fWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e91352c620eb4a5d9269ce3e5728719fWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:51:08 GMTIran extensions underscore Obama's dilemma in talkshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af2a0528458d4909bc1c42284db901e8WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord.By JULIE PACEwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesTehranIranMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af2a0528458d4909bc1c42284db901e8Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:26:51 GMTWhy businesses are speaking out on religious-objections lawshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a28347b1f274e9bbc6ed7c2e1553ed1NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.By MICHELLE CHAPMANaBusinessGeneral newsGays and lesbiansSocial mediaWorkplace discriminationLegislationOnline mediaState governmentsLabor economyGovernment and politicsMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislatureCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleEconomyUnited StatesIndianaArizonaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a28347b1f274e9bbc6ed7c2e1553ed1Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:22:52 GMTNew Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption chargeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf178a0fed5b4a72824df4d684c7729eWASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor's behalf.By ERIC TUCKER and SEAN CARLINwGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestIndictmentsLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionLegislatureCrimeGeneral newsLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsNew JerseyUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf178a0fed5b4a72824df4d684c7729eWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:05:30 GMTUtley hits 2 home runs in Phillies' 9-2 winhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/774186406d454937b8a8ccb87f3f2deeCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Chase Utley hit two homers to give him long balls in four straight at-bats, Cole Hamels pitched six innings in his final start before opening day and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 Wednesday.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/774186406d454937b8a8ccb87f3f2deeWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:50:30 GMTSt. Louis County pulls taxpayers from NFL stadium financinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b015c24cf1124a188e3817d6596da905CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County taxpayers will not be asked to help pay for a new NFL stadium on the downtown riverfront.aGeneral newsSportsSports facility constructionCollege footballSports businessMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional footballFootballCollege sportsSt. LouisMissouriCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b015c24cf1124a188e3817d6596da905Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:16:07 GMTSerena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af57ae7aecaa400ba582fadabdb1d513KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun.By STEVEN WINEsSportsMen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af57ae7aecaa400ba582fadabdb1d513Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:06:35 GMTMcDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wageshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7984d3cd9574549a1cdea7e6f5abd15NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees:aBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7984d3cd9574549a1cdea7e6f5abd15Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:50:15 GMTSeattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66dd4ae992da4c94977540695392aaf0SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIPaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeSmall businessWages and salariesState legislaturePersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsSeattleWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66dd4ae992da4c94977540695392aaf0Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:57:58 GMTProsecutor fired amid reports of sterilization in plea dealshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6a02c4b6d624ea5b312baaf98046b57NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville prosecutor has been fired after reports surfaced that he made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations in some cases.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsCrimeMental healthHealthNashvilleTennesseeUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6a02c4b6d624ea5b312baaf98046b57Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:13:01 GMTCLARIFICATION: Religious Freedom Lawshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ab70b254230646b0a9ef5413504091abIn a story March 31 about laws known as Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, The Associated Press reported that Douglas Laycock, a constitutional scholar at the University of Virginia Law School, expressed frustration that gay rights advocates criticizing the Indiana version of the law did not acknowledge that the laws had never successfully been used to override non-discrimination statutes. Laycock was then quoted saying, "I don't know if they don't know that, or whether they're pandering to their base." The story should have made clear that his comment was about Republican sponsors of the law who Laycock felt were wrongly promising that the laws would protect religious objectors from having to recognize gay marriage.By The Associated PressaGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ab70b254230646b0a9ef5413504091abWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:44:58 GMTJordan Spieth, Patrick Reid ready for Texas Openhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e166c86edfd44c3295a81d14c16b3a85HOUSTON (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reid, Texas-born golfers and Ryder Cup partners, are part of a strong field at the Shell Houston Open with one eye toward next week.sSportsMen's golfMasters Golf TournamentMen's sportsGolfEventsHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e166c86edfd44c3295a81d14c16b3a85Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:18:27 GMTDuke's Mike Krzyzewski adapts to '1-and-done' worldhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dbb937e3fd5e44b189b6d4d052980d3cDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.By AARON BEARDsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipAthlete recruitingCoachingMen's basketballCollege basketballEventsCollege sportsBasketballMen's sportsNBA basketballProfessional basketballDurhamKentuckyNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dbb937e3fd5e44b189b6d4d052980d3cWed, 01 Apr 2015 21:35:40 GMTAntiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museumhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/64e6f8cb18d44ded9518d2723f788ed2HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArt museumsMuseumsSmugglingVisual artsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCrimeUnited StatesHonoluluNorth AmericaHawaiihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/64e6f8cb18d44ded9518d2723f788ed2Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:19:14 GMTBrazil NGO declines contract to clean up dirty Olympic bayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c08486d5305049c39c280836bf5730f6RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.By JENNY BARCHFIELDiGeneral newsSportsSummer Olympic gamesNon-governmental organizationsOlympic gamesEventsGovernment and politicsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c08486d5305049c39c280836bf5730f6Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:07:34 GMTEx-executive at fatal-crash sentencing: I wasn't suicidalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c050fff705234806a63c092b578e5746NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive who admitted causing a highway crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus told a judge on Wednesday that he wasn't suicidal at the time of the crash.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsLegal proceedingsCrimeAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderViolent crimeNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c050fff705234806a63c092b578e5746Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:18:07 GMTCoroner rules that death of man fatally shot by New Orleans police after Katrina was homicidehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f53dc35cf46f401fbf22a2b33585d866NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coroner rules that death of man fatally shot by New Orleans police after Katrina was homicide.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f53dc35cf46f401fbf22a2b33585d866Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:29:48 GMTLacking faith in government, Mexican parents approach cartelhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dd26fe1d44b846069fa746251edb6e97MEXICO CITY (AP) — Families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government has driven them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.By E. EDUARDO CASTILLOiGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dd26fe1d44b846069fa746251edb6e97Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:30:45 GMTCalifornia governor orders mandatory water restrictionshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6699bffd699047009fefac93df5b96b9ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.By FENIT NIRAPPILaGeneral newsWater use restrictionsEmergency managementState governmentsGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6699bffd699047009fefac93df5b96b9Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:29:39 GMTHutchison 3 shutout innings as Blue Jays top Red Sox 9-7http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7b1c733ecc9461296d5961137173c12FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Drew Hutchison tuned up for his opening-day start at Yankee Stadium next week by pitching three scoreless innings Wednesday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 9-7 win over a Boston Red Sox split squad.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7b1c733ecc9461296d5961137173c12Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:08:36 GMTGOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issuehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/beb40edbfde74632b58d9ad374e5eeeeSIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016.By THOMAS BEAUMONTaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsReligious issuesPolitical partiesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsSioux CityIowaBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/beb40edbfde74632b58d9ad374e5eeeeWed, 01 Apr 2015 22:19:41 GMT