FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Aug 2014 09:33:17 -0700Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests, Mo. (AP) — As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made his way to Ferguson on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePoliceProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:33 GMTGeorge W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.aGeneral newsOdditiesGovernment and politicsMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 16:28:13 GMTAP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating (AP) — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.ROBERT BURNSwGovernment and politicsNuclear weaponsCriminal investigationsArmed forcesMilitary legal affairsCrimeWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsLaw and orderMilitary and defenseCharlestonUnited StatesSouth CarolinaNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:57:20 GMTMacy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe, N.Y. (AP) — Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.MICHAEL VIRTANENaBusinessGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesUnited StatesNew YorkManhattanNorth AmericaNew York City, 20 Aug 2014 15:28:58 GMTAnother American hostage at risk by Islamic State (AP) — In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. Even so, the U.S. military pressed ahead, conducting nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsHostage situationsWar and unrestMilitant groupsJournalistsExtortion and threatsTerrorismKidnappingGeneral newsNews mediaMediaCrimeUnited StatesIraqSyriaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 16:29:17 GMTSchilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.aGeneral newsSportsOral cancerOral healthCancerProfessional baseballHealthDiseases and conditionsBaseballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 16:20:42 GMTEmbattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. But Tuesday's primary produced a GOP nominee who can appeal to key constituents, such as one of Alaska's biggest voting blocs: military personnel.BECKY BOHRERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislatureMunicipal governmentsPrimary electionsGovernment appointments and nominationsCabinet appointments and nominationsWeapons laws and regulationsLocal governmentsCabinetsGovernment regulationsAlaskaUnited StatesAnchorageNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:45:41 GMTHoyer gets starting spot over rookie Manziel, Ohio (AP) — Brian Hoyer barely held on to the starting job.TOM WITHERSsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:22 GMTStolen shopping scooter ride leads to jail, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer.aOdditiesCrimeGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:28:48 GMTSerena Williams seeded No. 1 at US Open; Halep 2nd YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title.sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsAthlete injuriesWomen's tennisTennisEventsAthlete healthWomen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:07 GMTZimbabwe economy takes another dive, Zimbabwe (AP) — It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.FARAI MUTSAKAiGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisPassports and visasImmigration policyJob huntingGovernment and politicsImmigrationBusinessFinancial marketsTravelLifestyleGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsCareersZimbabweAfricaHarareSouth AfricaSouthern Africa, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:25 GMTObama to speak after militants behead American, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited StatesSyriaMassachusettsNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 15:49:39 GMTGlobal cruise lines set sail for China KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesChinaHong KongShanghaiEast AsiaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanGreater ChinaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 16:17:50 GMTUAE ruler approves sweeping counter-terrorism law, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has approved a sweeping new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastDubai, 20 Aug 2014 16:17:26 GMTPakistan's army chief wants mass protests settled (AP) — Officials in Pakistan say the country's powerful army chief has asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament.ASIF SHAHZADiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipPolitical and civil unrestMilitary and defenseArmed forcesPolitical resignationsLegislatureFraud and false statementsVotingElectionsCrimePakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:38 GMTReligion news in brief American journalist's employer seeks prayersThe Associated PressaGeneral newsAccidentsTerrorismAccidents and disastersTransportationViolent crimeCrimeWar and unrestSaudi ArabiaSan FranciscoMiddle EastArgentinaCordobaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 16:07:05 GMTImage of Asia: Food and water during the monsoon this photo by Anupam Nath, a woman cooks inside her flooded house in Assam state in northeastern India. Heavy rains in recent days have flooded dozens of villages in Assam and displaced thousands of people. Monsoon season brings rains vital to growing crops in India, but floods and landslides each year kill thousands of people and submerge hundreds of villages.The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disastersStormsWeatherAccidents and disastersIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 15:32:08 GMTYellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades (AP) — Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the U.S. economy through a grave crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleWeddingsOccasionsUnited StatesJacksonNorth AmericaWyoming, 20 Aug 2014 16:23:59 GMTSeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale.MIKE SCHNEIDERaGeneral newsDolphinsAnimalsMammalsOrlandoFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:57 GMTYouth coach: Inspiring speech was spontaneous WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart.aGeneral newsSportsYouth baseballBaseballMen's sportsYouth sportsWilliamsportPennsylvaniaRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:45:09 GMTUkrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk, Ukraine (AP) — After days of constant street battles, Ukrainian troops took control Wednesday of a large part of the rebel stronghold in Luhansk, a government spokesman announced, while battles around the rebel's largest city of Donetsk left at least 43 people dead.NATALIYA VASILYEVAPETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaKievMoscowDonetskBelarusRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 15:43:25 GMTTourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns (AP) — Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.iGeneral newsScienceEvacuationsVolcanoesTravelGlaciersNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureLifestyleIcelandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 16:22:28 GMTFla. Panhandle military beach is little-known gem AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Alabama tourist Lance Du Bose has long enjoyed taking his family to a little-known spit of beach underneath a highway bridge on the Florida Panhandle, where there's sand, shade and shallow water and fewer visitors than the beaches in nearby Destin. The only drawback: occasional encounters with military police armed with AR 15 assault rifles.MELISSA NELSON-GABRIELtTravelLifestyleMilitary facilitiesCoastlines and beachesArmed forcesAnimalsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:49:49 GMTPope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationVatican CityArgentinaWestern EuropeEuropeSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 20 Aug 2014 15:58:48 GMTStates' longtime lethal injection expert ends role, Ohio (AP) — A leading expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods has ended his role, creating another potential hurdle for states scrambling to find workable execution systems.ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSaGeneral newsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:21:49 GMTWater intake resumes after Ohio River oil spill (AP) — Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.aGeneral newsRivers and streamsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsAccidentsAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:05:26 GMTUS official: More airstrikes in Iraq (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded.LOLITA C. BALDORwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHostage situationsMilitant groupsWar and unrestWar casualtiesIraqUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:40:33 GMTAfghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan ordered a New York Times journalist Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.REBECCA SANTANAiGeneral newsNewspapersNational electionsElectionsGovernment and politicsNews mediaMediaAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 16:25:30 GMT8 homes destroyed by Kern County wildfire, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire north of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and is threatening more than a thousand others.SCOTT SMITHaGeneral newsProperty damageFiresAccidents and disastersNatural disastersFire weatherEvacuationsWeatherCaliforniaBakersfieldUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 16:06:41 GMTLast 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff, Ill. (AP) — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours.M. SPENCER GREENJASON KEYSERaGeneral newsIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:05 GMTDutch museum to hold Crimean gold (AP) — A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNetherlandsCrimeaUkraineWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:35 GMTMarine killed in crash planned to surprise brother COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in central Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.aGeneral newsFort CollinsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:22 GMTPolice have beef with shoplifting suspect, Ore. (AP) — Police have a beef with a man they say stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon.aGeneral newsTheftCrimePortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:28 GMTUS official says American planes, drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday (AP) — US official says American planes, drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.wGovernment and politicsDrone aircraftGeneral newsIraqMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 15:34:57 GMTUS stocks quiet ahead of Fed minutes YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were slightly higher Wednesday in midday trading as investors waited for minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsUnited StatesJacksonNorth AmericaWyoming, 20 Aug 2014 16:27:10 GMTClashes in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital clashed with security forces Wednesday to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government's desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHWADE WILLIAMSiGeneral newsDisease outbreaksProtests and demonstrationsWar and unrestInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthPolitical and civil unrestLiberiaWest AfricaMonroviaSierra LeoneGuineaNigeriaAfrica, 20 Aug 2014 16:07:47 GMTSouth Africa: Soap opera cast is fired (AP) — "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 20 Aug 2014 15:31:40 GMTUS Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.DONNA CASSATAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsPrimary electionsUnited States General ElectionSenate electionsPolitical partiesGeneral electionsEventsPolitical organizationsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:16:32 GMTDemocratic women teaming up in key Senate states, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic women are teaming up to raise campaign cash in key states that will help decide the Senate majority.pGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsPolitical fundraisingLegislaturePolitical partiesPolitical organizationsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:43:10 GMTProtesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case, Mo. (AP) — A small group of protesters has gathered outside a suburban St. Louis building where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimePoliceProtests and demonstrationsLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:09:26 GMTIn deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed.JAKE PEARSONaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:40:32 GMTEmma Stone to enter 'Cabaret' on Broadway YORK (AP) — Emma Stone is about to get saucy — she'll be slipping into the slinky Broadway revival of "Cabaret."MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentPerforming arts, 20 Aug 2014 16:06:33 GMTObama to deliver statement in aftermath of video showing beheading of US journalist, Mass. (AP) — Obama to deliver statement in aftermath of video showing beheading of US journalist.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJournalistsNews mediaMediaMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:42:40 GMTHeineken reports sales, profit drop in first half (AP) — Heineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings that show a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 15:15:49 GMTGerman govt backs authors in spat with Amazon (AP) — Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher.iBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 15:43:49 GMTGilberto spreads her 'Bebel Sound' in new album YORK (AP) — Bebel Gilberto isn't just about bossa nova.CLAUDIA TORRENSeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:55 GMTJoe Gibbs: Tony Stewart is 'a racer's racer', N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs is waiting for Tony Stewart to emerge from seclusion to reach out to his former driver.JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:22 GMTPakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.NIRMALA GEORGEiGeneral newsInternational relationsInaugurationsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyIndiaNew DelhiPakistanKashmirIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 15:09:09 GMTEx-Virginia governor's finances examined at trial, Va. (AP) — The personal finances of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were closely scrutinized in testimony at the couple's corruption trial in federal court in Richmond.MATTHEW BARAKATLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 15:36:32 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — US official says American planes drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.wGovernment and politicsDrone aircraftGeneral newsIraqMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:30 GMT