FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Feb 2015 16:23:12 -0800UN envoy heads to Damascus to pursue Aleppo truce plan NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says its special envoy to Syria is heading to Damascus on Saturday to meet with senior government officials on key details of a proposed six-week suspension of government airstrikes and artillery shelling in the country's largest city, Aleppo.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyCivil warsHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsInternational relationsWar and unrestSyriaDamascusMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 00:05:08 GMTObama steps up pitch for trade, exports; targets Democrats (AP) — President Barack Obama is stepping up his campaign to expand exports and negotiate new trade deals in Asia and Europe, a rare spot of common ground with Republicans and a raw point of friction with Democrats.By JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational tradePolitical partiesEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational agreementsInternational relationsPolitical organizations, 26 Feb 2015 22:13:45 GMTLawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.By JONATHAN J. COOPER and GOSIA WOZNIACKAaGeneral newsState governmentsPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPolitical issuesOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 00:17:25 GMTPuerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican officials sought Thursday to convince U.S. legislators that the island's financially struggling public corporations should be allowed to restructure their debt under the federal bankruptcy code.By DANICA COTOiBusinessGeneral newsBankruptcy figuresState governmentsLegislatureCorporate restructuring and recapitalizationDebt and bond marketsGovernment and politicsNational courtsEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryPuerto RicoUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:31:01 GMTJohansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet "an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome."aGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 26 Feb 2015 22:15:19 GMTLawyer for Al-Jazeera journalist blasts Canadian government (AP) — The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist criticized the Canadian government Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsGovernment and politicsJournalistsLaw and orderNews mediaMediaCanadaEgyptNorth AmericaMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 00:06:30 GMTFog machine in art installation prompts false fire alarms (AP) — Where there's smoke, there's fire. But fog signals art, as Pittsburgh firefighters are quickly learning.aOdditiesVisual artsInstallation artArts and entertainmentPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:22:37 GMTWoman knocked out in Seattle "drive-by egging" (AP) — Seattle police say a woman was knocked unconscious when she was pelted by an egg in a so-called drive-by egging.aGeneral newsOdditiesSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:16:45 GMTCouple married 67 years dies holding hands, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.By SCOTT SMITHaGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:47:43 GMTHerman survives windy day; McIlroy stumbles at Honda Classic BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy hit a 2-iron out of play.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfFloridaIrelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 00:15:41 GMTCapitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi teases Reid with dark glasses (AP) — Comedy on Capitol Hill — the intentional kind, anyway — is pretty rare.By CHARLES BABINGTON and DINA CAPPIELLOwGovernment and politicsLegislatureEnvironmental concernsWeather patternsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimateDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:40:29 GMTVictory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case.By ALMUDENA CALATRAVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsNational courtsBombingsViolent crimeCrimeNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryArgentinaIranSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 00:06:36 GMTBulls say Rose to have surgery on Friday (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say Derrick Rose will have surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee and a timetable for his return will be determined after the operation.sSportsAthlete injuriesHealthMen's basketballAthlete healthMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:35:36 GMT'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad (AP) — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsUnited KingdomLondonNetherlandsKuwaitWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandMiddle East, 26 Feb 2015 22:57:21 GMTProsecutor: Mom craved attention, poisoned child with salt PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderWhite PlainsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:43:05 GMTMigrants in Puerto Rico illegally can now open bank accounts JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows migrants living without legal permission in the U.S. territory to open bank accounts and order checks.iGeneral newsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsPuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 26 Feb 2015 23:29:48 GMTAmEx adds perks to popular charge card, but increases fee YORK (AP) — American Express will increase the annual fee on some of its most popular charge cards, the company said Thursday, but the company also increased some of those cards' benefits as well.By KEN SWEETfBusinessPersonal financeFinancial servicesIndustries, 26 Feb 2015 23:30:07 GMT4-star general to lead nuclear Air Force for 1st time (AP) — The Air Force has for the first time nominated a four-star general to lead the organization responsible for its nuclear missile corps and strategic bomber fleet.wGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary leadershipMilitary and defense, 26 Feb 2015 23:10:27 GMTJC Penney shares slide after 4Q miss, Texas (AP) — Shares of J.C Penney tumbled Thursday after the struggling retailer posted a surprise loss for the holiday quarter, despite improving sales trends.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockLeading economic indicatorsEconomyRetail and wholesale sector performanceConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPlanoTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:13:56 GMTFCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand, N.C. (AP) — People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.By EMERY P. DALESIOhtBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsTelecommunicationsIndustriesLocal governmentsInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyWilsonUnited StatesChattanoogaTennesseeNorth CarolinaNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:08:43 GMTPope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances.iBusinessGeneral newsReligionChristianitySocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Feb 2015 22:18:53 GMTNevada gambling regulators sign off on Olympic betting VEGAS (AP) — Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessGeneral newsSportsGamblingGambling laws and regulationsSports bettingOlympic gamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsSports businessEventsNevadaLas VegasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 00:07:50 GMTObama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit (AP) — President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls "the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life."By STACY A. ANDERSONwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansSocial issuesSocial affairsSelmaAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:26:16 GMTNew charges for group that disrupted Supreme Court (AP) — Prosecutors are taking a hard line with demonstrators who participated in a rare disruption inside the U.S. Supreme Court, adding additional charges against them and saying disrupting the high court is different from other protests in the nation's capital.By JESSICA GRESKOwGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciary, 27 Feb 2015 00:10:32 GMTImprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison complaining of poor food and bad conditions.iGeneral newsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 00:16:39 GMTObama steps up pitch for trade, exports, targets Democrats (AP) — Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan.By JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational tradeLabor economyLegislatureEconomyPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational agreementsInternational relationsLegislationUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaOregonNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:48:09 GMTDefense in Las Vegas mom killing wants gunshot residue test VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old accused of killing a neighborhood mother in a spray of gunfire asked a judge on Thursday to let them check the dead woman's body for gunshot residue.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:08:51 GMTJudge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.By DAVE CAMPBELL and JON KRAWCZYNSKIaGeneral newsSportsAthlete compensationSports governanceNational courtsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciary, 27 Feb 2015 00:06:46 GMTSenate votes to award congressional medal to Selma marchers (AP) — The Senate has voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to honor those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote.wGovernment and politicsLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsVotingSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestGeneral newsElectionsSelmaUnited StatesAlabamaNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:35:22 GMT3 deny trying to sell military-grade arms to Colombia rebels YORK (AP) — Three men pleaded not guilty on Thursday in an arms-dealing conspiracy case that spans three continents: They are charged with scheming in Europe to sell military-grade weapons to buyers posing as terrorists seeking to shoot down American aircraft in Colombia.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsIllegal weaponsLegal proceedingsMilitant groupsTerrorismCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestGovernment and politicsColombiaUnited StatesMontenegroRomaniaSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 00:07:24 GMTStock market shrugs off net neutrality vote YORK (AP) — The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.htBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyNetwork neutralityGovernment regulationsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsTechnology issuesGovernment and politics, 26 Feb 2015 22:31:02 GMTAsia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor amid inquiry, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship picking up seafood to take back to Asia has been detained in an Alaska harbor amid an environmental crimes investigation, federal prosecutors said.aBusinessGeneral newsCriminal investigationsMilitary legal affairsHarborsLaw and orderCrimeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:19:51 GMTJury deciding punishment for Arias goes home for weekend (AP) — Jurors deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for killing her boyfriend in Arizona will resume deliberations Monday.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 00:18:16 GMT2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.By TERRY TANGaGeneral newsOdditiesProfessional footballFootballSportsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:56:16 GMTAsia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been held two weeks in Alaska amid a federal environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.By MARK THIESSENaBusinessGeneral newsCriminal investigationsLaw and orderCrimeAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 00:06:21 GMTWalker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.By STEVE PEOPLESaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsTerrorismState governmentsForeign policyPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsWar and unrestGovernment policyInternational relationsPolitical organizationsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:39:04 GMTFlorida Panthers add Jaromir Jagr for playoff run, Fla. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1992. The Florida Panthers have never hoisted hockey's holiest grail, chasing it since their inception in 1993.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsSports transactionsMen's sportsStanley Cup PlayoffsSports businessProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyEventsFloridaNew JerseyPhiladelphiaPittsburghUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Feb 2015 00:02:02 GMTBlack Madam: Client's buttocks injection death haunts me (AP) — A transgender hip-hop performer who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial Thursday she has been haunted since the 2011 death of a client she injected with low-grade silicone.By MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentGender issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:16:27 GMTProsecutor: No immediate charges in California train crash, Calif. (AP) — A decision on whether charges should be brought against a truck driver involved in a crash that derailed a California commuter train will not be made until the investigation is complete, Ventura County's top prosecutor said Thursday.By TAMI ABDOLLAHaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsHit-and-runAccidentsArrestsCrimeAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCaliforniaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:18:07 GMTFirst lady: US experiencing food 'culture change' (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that's been made is "incredibly fragile."By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwFood and drinkHealthLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsChild nutritionHealthy eatingNutritionChild and teen healthDiet and exerciseConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessObesityDiseases and conditionsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:42:37 GMTJindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday had a tough message for fellow Republicans who were wrestling with how to fund the Homeland Security Department: "Grow a spine."By PHILIP ELLIOTTaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsLegislatureImmigrationPolitical partiesNational securitySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defensePresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:33:24 GMTPolice call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide', Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban St. Louis are calling the death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich an "apparent suicide."aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSuicidesState governmentsPrimary electionsElectionsState electionsMissouriUnited StatesNorth AmericaSt. LouisKansas City, 26 Feb 2015 22:44:58 GMTFSU's Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes' name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and "Pistol" Pete Maravich.By AARON BEARDsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballNBA PlayoffsBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsProfessional basketballEventsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:43:05 GMTUS stock indexes drift mostly lower as oil prices sink stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish on Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened.By ALEX VEIGAhtBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyTechnologyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:13:21 GMTPacers' George goes through 1st full practice since injury (AP) — Paul George put himself on the clock Thursday.By MICHAEL MAROTsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 23:06:50 GMTCosta Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia.iGeneral newsSuicidesCosta RicaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 00:12:45 GMTCol. Paul Green, member of Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 91, Calif. (AP) — Col. Paul L. Green, one of the Tuskegee Airmen — the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II — has died in a Southern California senior care home. He was 91.aGeneral newsObituariesCaliforniaSan BernardinoUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:25:27 GMTUnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies YORK (AP) — UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies.fBusinessSurgical proceduresWomen's healthHealthDiagnosis and treatmentUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 00:17:55 GMTPanel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks (AP) — A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.By MIKE STOBBEaBusinessHealthDisease outbreaksImmunizationsDiseases and conditionsGeneral newsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesChild and teen healthUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:24:08 GMTConvict pleads not guilty to killing 20th Century Fox exec ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer has pleaded not guilty to killing a 20th Century Fox executive whose remains were found in the Southern California desert 2 1/2 years after he vanished.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeMoviesLaw and orderMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Feb 2015 22:59:51 GMT