FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Nov 2014 05:48:25 -0800Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000 (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsEmployee benefitsPersonnel, 26 Nov 2014 13:34:18 GMTUS orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral news, 26 Nov 2014 13:37:12 GMTPassengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push (AP) — In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.iGeneral newsOdditiesRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 12:52:30 GMTCampaigning under way in Liberia despite Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCampaignsSenate electionsLegislatureInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthElectionsLiberiaWest AfricaMonroviaSierra LeoneGuineaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 13:14:30 GMT2 FBI agents shot, wounded in St. Louis area LOUIS (AP) — An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County and that the incident isn't directly related to the Ferguson protests.aGeneral newsLaw enforcement agenciesViolent crimeCrimeGovernment and politicsSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 12:01:38 GMTGuard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeCriminal investigationsLegal proceedingsProtests and demonstrationsPolice brutalityArrestsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesCivil rights violationsLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceGovernment and politicsMissouriNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 26 Nov 2014 13:36:10 GMTPalestinian president against Jewish state bill, South Africa (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaPalestinian territoriesIsraelPretoriaMiddle EastSouthern AfricaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 13:07:32 GMTEU proposes $380 billion investment plan (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy, a scheme whose success will depend on leveraging 21 billion euros in guarantees and seed money to attract private funds.By RAF CASERTiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsEurope, 26 Nov 2014 10:54:04 GMT3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously YORK (AP) — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AND CHRIS RUGABERaBusinessGeneral newsPricesPersonal spendingHolidaysEconomyShoppingHoliday shoppingRecessions and depressionsPersonal financeOccasionsLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 26 Nov 2014 12:01:13 GMTActivists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95 (AP) — The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.iGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaIraqMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 10:27:21 GMTAP PHOTOS: Macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos, Venezuela (AP) — In one of the world's most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.By JORGE RUEDAiGeneral newsBirdsAnimalsHobbiesRecreation and leisureLifestyleOutdoor recreationVenezuelaCaracasSan FranciscoSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:20:10 GMTBlack Friday gun buys test background check system, W.Va. (AP) — Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.By MATT STROUDaBusinessGeneral newsCrimeWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 10:26:03 GMTMoldova: 5 suspected of planning election violence, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan prosecutors are questioning five people suspected of planning violent protests after parliamentary elections this weekend, amid concerns that Russia may try to gain greater influence in the country.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoldovaRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 13:07:15 GMTEgypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian authorities have temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsEgyptGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 26 Nov 2014 11:58:38 GMT2 FBI agents shot, injured in St. Louis area LOUIS (AP) — An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County, and that it is not directly related to the Ferguson protests.aGeneral newsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 11:31:35 GMTFreighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete, Greece (AP) — Local authorities and Red Cross volunteers on Crete were racing Wednesday to prepare shelter and food for hundreds of immigrants on a crippled freighter being slowly towed to safety by a Greek navy frigate, a rescue effort hampered by gale-force winds and high waves.By NICHOLAS PAPHITISiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsGreeceCreteItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 12:58:42 GMTOwner of destroyed Massachusetts strip club sues, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a strip club destroyed in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts has sued the utility for $5 million.aGeneral newsExplosionsUtilitiesAccidents and disastersIndustriesBusinessSpringfieldMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 11:26:56 GMTSmith to start at QB for Jets vs. Dolphins on MNF YORK (AP) — Geno Smith is getting another shot as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.sSportsProfessional footballFootballBuffaloNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:12:03 GMTGo-ahead for Liberia Senate campaign despite Ebola, Liberia (AP) — With the number of reported Ebola cases in Liberia dropping, authorities have given the go-ahead for elections next month in the West African nation.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthWest AfricaLiberiaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 11:53:30 GMTDeere dips on shaky outlook for fiscal 2015 YORK (AP) — Deere's fourth-quarter results were stronger than Wall Street expected but it says its farm equipment sales and profits will keep falling in its new fiscal year as the sector remains weak.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stock, 26 Nov 2014 13:16:00 GMTUS consumer spending edges up modest 0.2 percent in October after no change in September (AP) — US consumer spending edges up modest 0.2 percent in October after no change in September.wBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomy, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:13 GMTNominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards, Taiwan (AP) — The golden horse statues have been awarded, but drama hasn't ended from one of Asia's biggest film festivals.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityTaiwanEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 11:02:08 GMTDutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix (AP) — Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.iBusinessGeneral newsScienceEnergy industryUtilitiesIndustriesMaterials industryNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 12:47:39 GMTUS orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent in October, but investment category falls again (AP) — US orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent in October, but investment category falls again.wBusinessGeneral news, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:53 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyle, 26 Nov 2014 11:03:57 GMTUS consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October (AP) — U.S. consumers picked up spending by a modest amount in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomy, 26 Nov 2014 13:34:29 GMTLatin pop star Prince Royce hopes to cross over ANGELES (AP) — Prince Royce says although he's working on his first album in English, his fans can still expect to hear his signature Latin and tropical sound in his new music.By MARCELA ISAZAeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 26 Nov 2014 13:26:31 GMTImage of Asia: Anniversary of Mumbai terror attack this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, Indian police officers guard the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station in Mumbai on the anniversary of the 2008 terror attack. The rampage by Pakistani gunmen at the train station and other locations in India's financial capital killed 166 people and shattered relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors. At a regional summit in Nepal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Today, as we remember the horror of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of loss of lives. Let us work together to fulfil the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes."By The Associated PressaGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestMumbaiIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 12:34:00 GMTPutin's tiger kills 15 goats in northeast China (AP) — A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge.iGeneral newsOdditiesAnimalsTigersWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationAgricultureIndustriesBusinessMammalsGovernment and politicsChinaRussiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 11:56:23 GMTThomas Cook shares tumble as CEO quits (AP) — Thomas Cook Chief Executive Harriet Green has stepped down in a surprise move that wiped off around a fifth of the market value from the U.K.-based travel operator.iBusinessGeneral newsCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 10:55:06 GMTBrazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87 (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.By DIAA HADIDiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityObituariesBeirutLebanonMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 11:52:28 GMTTalking songs with She & Him YORK (AP) — The musical duo She & Him — that's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward — convened a 20-piece orchestra to make "Classics," a collection of songs written between 1930 and 1974.By DAVID BAUDEReArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:04:29 GMTWhite House veto threat shelves possible tax plan (AP) — A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.By ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsLegislationLocal governmentsPolitical organizationsEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 10:34:56 GMTWorld stocks rise as more US data on tap (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors looked to more economic indicators out of the U.S. in the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday.By The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsUnited KingdomEast AsiaUnited StatesChinaWestern EuropeEuropeAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 26 Nov 2014 12:59:33 GMTHong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.By KELVIN CHANiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsDemocracyPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 13:18:40 GMTUN concerned over escalation of violence in Libya (AP) — The U.N. Secretary General has expressed deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including recent airstrikes on a military air base that until this week was Tripoli's only functioning airport.iGeneral newsWar and unrestIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsLibyaEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaTripoliAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 13:18:17 GMT6 killed in rebel attack on house of Yemen leader, Yemen (AP) — Yemen security officials say Shiite Houthi rebels have attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital, killing six guards and injuring four.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsYemenSanaaMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 10:44:07 GMTOhio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving, Ohio (AP) — A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day.By JULIE CARR SMYTHaBusinessGeneral newsHolidaysSeasonal jobsOccasionsLifestyleCareersConsumer products and servicesIndustriesOhioColumbusUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:13:02 GMTApplications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months.wBusinessGeneral newsFirst time eventsUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicators, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:44 GMTThanksgiving travelers contend with rain, snow, N.Y. (AP) — One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow.By FRANK ELTMANaGeneral newsHolidaysLeisure travelWeatherWinter weatherTravelOccasionsLifestyleNew YorkNew York CityNewarkUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew Jersey, 26 Nov 2014 12:27:51 GMTImpoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group, Lebanon (AP) — Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.By DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsMunicipal governmentsCivil warsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsSyriaLebanonIraqMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 12:01:07 GMTCleveland to release video of boy shot by officer (AP) — Cleveland police planned to release surveillance video from an officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who turned out to be carrying a replica gun.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 11:50:37 GMT7 killed in rebel attack on house of Yemen leader, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, following clashes that killed six of the guards and one fighter, security officials and rebel media said.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsYemenSanaaMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 12:08:45 GMTIndia's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund DELHI (AP) — India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds.By NIRMALA GEORGEiBusinessGeneral newsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsFinancial servicesIndustriesIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 13:38:01 GMTIMF says Egypt's economy starting to recover (AP) — An International Monetary Fund official says that Egypt's economy has begun to recover after four years of slow activity.iGeneral newsEconomyBusinessFinancial servicesIndustriesEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 10:51:28 GMTA glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future LOUIS (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown spoke publicly for the first time about the confrontation, and for the second straight night crowds poured into the streets of Ferguson to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict him.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 11:42:56 GMTBenin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found, Benin (AP) — Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country's health minister said.iGeneral newsDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthBeninCotonouWest AfricaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 11:07:09 GMTCorrection: Iraq-Bombing Baghdad story (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman. His name is Saad Maan Ibrahim, not Maan Saad.iGeneral newsBombingsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerrorismImprovised explosivesGovernment and politicsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 11:55:35 GMTProtests against Ferguson decision grow across US protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsBlockadesCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMissouriCincinnatiNew York CityNew YorkSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth AmericaOhio, 26 Nov 2014 12:40:30 GMTBroken elevator traps disabled Connecticut residents, Conn. (AP) — Disabled and other residents are trapped in their six-story building in Connecticut due to a broken elevator that may not be fixed for up to a month.aGeneral newsStamfordConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 11:37:39 GMT