FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Aug 2014 11:56:52 -0700Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks (AP) — An appeals court panel on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn't their driving motive.AMANDA LEE MYERSaGeneral newsReligious strifeHate crimesLegal proceedingsReligionCrimeChristianitySocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesLaw and orderLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:49:42 GMTPhiladelphia honors Little League team with parade (AP) — A youth baseball team whose appearance in the Little League World Series drew it a wide following is getting a champion's treatment in a parade underway in downtown Philadelphia.SEAN CARLINaGeneral newsSportsLittle League World SeriesYouth baseballBaseballParadesEventsMen's sportsYouth sportsRecreation and leisureLifestylePhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:38:06 GMTBrowns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season (AP) — Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.TOM WITHERSaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsCelebritySports businessEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional footballFootballOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:48:04 GMTTexas drunken driving slaying case goes to jury, Texas (AP) — A jury on Wednesday began deliberating the murder case against a southeast Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who had just killed his two sons in a crash.JUAN A. LOZANOaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeReckless endangermentLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:30:59 GMTUS Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.ADAM SCHRECKiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsIranDubaiIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastPersian GulfUnited Arab EmiratesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:36:53 GMTProsecutor urges jury to convict Blackwater guards (AP) — A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving "bloody, bullet-riddled corpses" at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad.PETE YOSTwGovernment and politicsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderGeneral news, 27 Aug 2014 18:19:11 GMTEU beefs up border agency to deal with migrants (AP) — The European Commission has agreed to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.iGeneral newsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsItalyEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Aug 2014 18:11:25 GMTMass.-based fighter jet crashes in Virginia, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Air National Guard officer says authorities are still searching for the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed in Virginia and do not know whether the pilot may have ejected.STEPHEN SINGERaGeneral newsAccidentsArmed forcesAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsMassachusettsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:21:12 GMTUS indexes drift a day after record; Express gains U.S. stock indexes were mixed Wednesday afternoon, changing little on a quiet day of trading. Investors monitored company earnings and the latest corporate deal news ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 18:27:23 GMTLouisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.MELINDA DESLATTEaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEducation policyEducation standardsStudent testingState legislatureLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment policyEducationSocial affairsLegislatureState governmentsLouisianaBaton RougeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:37:50 GMTEx-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.THOMAS BEAUMONTaGovernment and politicsState legislaturePolitical resignationsLegal proceedingsCrimeLegislaturePolitical partiesState governmentsLaw and orderGeneral newsPolitical organizationsIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:42:51 GMTDetroit man arraigned in estranged wife's slaying (AP) — A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife whose decomposed body was discovered in June in the basement of a vacant house on the city's west side.COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:39:08 GMTSloane Stephens upset in US Open 2nd round YORK (AP) — Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can't even win there.RACHEL COHENsSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:29:36 GMTKenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report, Kenya (AP) — Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.TOM ODULAJASON STRAZIUSOiGeneral newsAnimal poaching and smugglingWildlifeHuman rights and civil libertiesEnvironmental concernsElephantsCrimeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsAnimalsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 18:03:20 GMTJudge OKs $25,000 bond for boxer Jermain Taylor, Ark. (AP) — Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at his suburban Little Rock home.aGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeBoxingLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderLittle RockArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:22:37 GMT3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksDiagnosis and treatmentInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthSierra LeoneWest AfricaGuineaLiberiaNigeriaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 17:39:28 GMTCypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation, Cyprus (AP) — Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans.iBusinessGeneral newsLegislationProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestCyprusWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 18:09:03 GMTArmy IDs soldier who shot self at Virginia base, Va. (AP) — A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist from New York, the Army said Wednesday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:31:21 GMTUS journalist thankful for work to secure freedom, Mass. (AP) — A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release.PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsHostage situationsJournalistsNews mediaMediaSyriaUnited StatesMassachusettsBostonMiddle EastNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:46:58 GMTCam Newton says he'll be ready to play in Week 1, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton expects to be ready for the Panthers Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay.STEVE REEDsSportsProfessional footballFootballNewtonCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:35:14 GMTCalifornia beach town sees flooding from hurricane BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsCoastlines and beachesStormsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleCaliforniaPacific OceanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:15:46 GMTChris Soules is ABC's new 'Bachelor' YORK (AP) — ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor."ALICIA RANCILIOeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 27 Aug 2014 18:18:16 GMTCardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis.aGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:21:59 GMTEU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants (AP) — The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesSearch and rescue effortsImmigrationHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsItalyEuropeMiddle EastWestern Europe, 27 Aug 2014 18:45:22 GMTArmy knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank (AP) — A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.ROBERT BURNSwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipArmed forcesViolent crimeMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseCrime, 27 Aug 2014 17:23:08 GMTShooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns (AP) — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimePhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:27:18 GMTAP PHOTOS: Storm-roiled waves hit beach towns BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Big waves turned into floodwaters Wednesday along the Southern California shore as Hurricane Marie stirred up the surf from far asea.aGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherCoastlines and beachesBig wave surfingFloodsStormsEnvironment and natureSurfingSportsAccidents and disastersCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:46:22 GMTIsraeli leader declares victory in Gaza war (AP) — Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.TIA GOLDENBERGIBRAHIM BARZAKiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesCease firesWar casualtiesGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelEgyptGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 18:08:37 GMTCBS releases outtakes from interview it held back YORK (AP) — The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.DAVID BAUDEReArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsGeneral news, 27 Aug 2014 18:43:02 GMT10 things to know about corporate inversions (AP) — Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislaturePersonal taxesCorporate newsPolitical partiesOwnership changesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPersonal financePolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:21:13 GMTUS: Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine (AP) — The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 18:38:45 GMTPioneering Egyptian civil rights lawyer dies at 63 (AP) — Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner, died Wednesday from complications following heart surgery. He was 63.SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesObituariesProtests and demonstrationsPolitical activismGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 17:20:50 GMTDonors give nearly $700K after police shooting LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into online fundraising sites on behalf of the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him.JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:31:16 GMTLibya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war' NATIONS (AP) — Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyMilitant groupsWar and unrestCease firesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsLibyaMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 18:39:10 GMTMissouri governor names new public safety director LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.ALAN SCHER ZAGIERDAVID A. LIEBaGeneral newsState governmentsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsCabinetsGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:28:05 GMTImmigration judges' union wants independent court (AP) — The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyJudiciaryImmigrationCourtsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairs, 27 Aug 2014 17:50:11 GMTFla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.GARY FINEOUTaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansMarriageCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesFloridaTampaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:33:06 GMTUS official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYJONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthSierra LeoneWest AfricaGuineaLiberiaNigeriaUnited StatesAfricaNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:25:45 GMTExperts want to see NFL act on domestic violence, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season.TERESA M. WALKERaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsDopingSports governanceViolenceWomen's sportsSports businessMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeHuman welfareHuman rights and civil libertiesProfessional footballFootballNashvilleUnited StatesTennesseeNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:28:10 GMTBoston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse (AP) — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSports medicineBoston Marathon bombingWeddingsBombingsMarathonsHealthSportsEventsOccasionsLifestyleTrack and fieldBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:33:14 GMTCourt hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abduction (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old girl abducted from kindergarten and sexually assaulted gently asked her daughter about the ordeal on a tape recording played Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:05:45 GMTSources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.ROBERT BURNSwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEmbassiesMilitant groupsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsMilitary affairsInternational relationsLocal governmentsMilitary and defenseIraqUnited StatesBaghdadMiddle EastNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:38:21 GMTBoy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead', Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersHealthDavisCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:49:42 GMTForest Service decides future of burned trees, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire.SCOTT SMITHaGeneral newsFiresTreesAccidents and disastersForestsMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessPlantsEnvironment and natureNatural disastersNatural resource managementEnvironmentLand environmentCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:34:02 GMT3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsHealthAccess to health carePersonal spendingHealth care reformMedicationConsumer protection and advocacyFinancial servicesIndustriesHealth issuesPersonal insurancePersonal financeHealth care industryHealth care costsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsHealth care policyGovernment policyDiagnosis and treatmentConsumer affairs, 27 Aug 2014 18:38:36 GMTIMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.LORI HINNANTiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderFinancial servicesIndustriesFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 18:19:00 GMTBorder Patrol revamps practices to settle lawsuit DIEGO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit settlement made public Wednesday.JULIE WATSONaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsImmigrationLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsSan DiegoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 17:42:20 GMTMom pleads for release of captive US journalist (AP) — The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsHostage situationsSocial mediaNewspapersJournalismIslamJournalistsGovernment and politicsForeign policyOnline mediaMediaNews mediaReligionSocial affairsGovernment policyInternational relationsMiamiMiddle EastFloridaUnited StatesSyriaNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 18:21:21 GMTAP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza AVIV, Israel (AP) — The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.DAN PERRYiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesInternational incidentsDiplomacyCease firesProperty damageGovernment and politicsInternational relationsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelEgyptTel AvivGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 17:52:23 GMTIsraeli prime minister: 'Hamas was hit hard,' won few concessions in Gaza war cease-fire (AP) — Israeli prime minister: 'Hamas was hit hard,' won few concessions in Gaza war cease-fire.iGeneral newsWar and unrestCease firesGovernment and politicsIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 27 Aug 2014 17:34:02 GMT