FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Feb 2015 08:47:20 -0800Correction: Sears-Results story YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about Sears Holdings Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Chief Financial Officer Rob Schriesheim said in a statement that the actions Sears took in 2014 — such as store closures and inventory reduction — generated $2.3 billion in liquidity.fBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsCorporate stockConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCanadaNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:41 GMTAmsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine (AP) — Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week.iGeneral newsHealthTravelLifestyleDrug-related crimeCrimeAmsterdamNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 16:37:48 GMT8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage, Mo. (AP) — A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in a small Missouri town before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:35:41 GMT30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsPolitical resignationsPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMaleMaldivesSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 16:47:38 GMTCredit card thief swallows diamond ring, police say, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York man suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy expensive jewelry tried to hide some of the evidence by swallowing a diamond ring.aGeneral news, 27 Feb 2015 16:15:55 GMTKurdish fighters enter IS stronghold in northeastern Syria (AP) — Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of the Islamic State group and planted their flag on the edge of the town, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.By ASHRAF KHALILiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsChristianityImprovised explosivesReligionSocial affairsSyriaIraqMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 16:05:09 GMTSomali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years, Somalia (AP) — Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.By ABDI GULEDiGeneral newsHostage situationsMaritime piracyKidnappingCrimeSomaliaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:10 GMTPolice: Mom let tot sip margarita, poured some in sippy cup, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup.aGeneral newsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:59 GMTCongress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPOwGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyLegislationNational securityImmigrationEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment financeSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:46:03 GMTHesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97 BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents — or legendary football coaches.By TOM COYNEaGeneral newsSportsCollege footballHuman rights and civil libertiesObituariesFootballCollege sportsSocial issuesSocial affairsSouth BendIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:40:55 GMTSigned contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estateConstruction put in placeConstruction sector performanceResidential real estateLifestyle, 27 Feb 2015 15:59:12 GMTNASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceSpace explorationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:47:30 GMTOSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace NATIONS (AP) — Top officials of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Ukraine say the country is at a crossroads with a significant reduction in combat operations and the withdrawal of some heavy weapons.iGeneral newsWar and unrestUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 16:21:52 GMT'Black Madam' testifies at buttocks-injection murder trial (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer she injected with silicone is testifying about the products she used for underground buttocks enhancements.By MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsGender issuesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairs, 27 Feb 2015 15:53:23 GMTUN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision (AP) — The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyNetwork neutralityTechnology issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 27 Feb 2015 15:45:02 GMTEarl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86 Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.By The Associated PresssSportsObituariesMen's basketballBasketballAfrican-AmericansCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional basketballMen's sports, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:58 GMTFormer Gov. Rick Perry: Obama has made the world less safe HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday blasted President Barack Obama's record on foreign policy, calling for a harder-line approach in the Middle East and accusing the administration of "making grave calculations that make the world less safe."By JILL COLVINaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsForeign policyInternational relationsPolitical partiesGovernment policyPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 16:31:55 GMTRussian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat has accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could retaliate.iGeneral newsInternational relationsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:41:52 GMTStock market slips after weaker-than-expected growth in US financial markets were essentially flat in morning trading Friday, as investors weighed a mix of U.S. economic data and the latest corporate earnings. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic growthDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:57 GMTMexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state CITY (AP) — Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords who terrorized the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and KATHERINE CORCORANiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeMunicipal governmentsGangsGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesWar and unrestNational governmentsViolent crimeSmugglingLocal governmentsSocial issuesSocial affairsOrganized crimeMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:25 GMTDebates rage over color of dress photographed in rare light's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?By SHAWN POGATCHNIKaGeneral newsOddities, 27 Feb 2015 16:31:27 GMTPolice: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southern Missouri CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gunman went house to house, fatally shooting seven people and wounding one overnight in a small southern Missouri town before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:41:10 GMTTravis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race (AP) — Police say Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car has been stolen ahead of a race this weekend near Atlanta.By KATE BRUMBACKaGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:35:55 GMTObama meets with Liberian leader to discuss Ebola recovery (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus.wGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthLiberiaUnited StatesWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:30 GMTRussian court upholds sentence for opposition leader Navalny (AP) — An appeals court in Moscow on Friday upheld a 15-day sentence for prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 16:13:30 GMTDetentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years CITY (AP) — Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:By The Associated PressiGeneral newsArmed forcesArrestsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeDrug-related crimeOrganized crimeMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 16:13:17 GMTSouth African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop (AP) — South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsImmigrationBombingsSocial issuesSocial affairsSouth AfricaJohannesburgSouthern AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 16:41:57 GMTBombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Iraq (AP) — A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 16:24:48 GMTFiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate news, 27 Feb 2015 16:20:54 GMTICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete, Uganda (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court.By RODNEY MUHUMUZAiGeneral newsUgandaKampalaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 16:22:12 GMTFighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a planned trip to Uruguay because of an illness.By JOSH LEDERMANwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited StatesUruguayNorth AmericaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 16:38:28 GMTHouse clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPOwGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyLegislationNational securityImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:50 GMTGrain lower, livestock mostly higher (AP) — Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:55:27 GMTAs tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessGeneral newsRestaurantsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFood and drinkLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:33:58 GMTEU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery (AP) — The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation.By RAF CASERTiBusinessGeneral newsScienceFishAnimalsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeTurkeyEuropeJapanMediterranean SeaMiddle EastWestern EuropeEast AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 16:24:42 GMTInternational court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational lawLaw and orderInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDemocratic Republic of the CongoCentral AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 16:08:32 GMTBlack Madam talks silicone in buttocks-injection murder case (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer she injected with low-grade silicone said Friday she never heard any complaints from the numerous transgender women who sought her services for a more plump buttocks.By MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsGender issuesCrimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:40:01 GMTSoviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw square, Poland (AP) — Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square.By MONIKA SCISLOWSKAiGeneral newsEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsPolandMoscowWarsawEastern EuropeEuropeRussia, 27 Feb 2015 15:34:20 GMTUK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John' (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain's intelligence services do a good job and make "incredibly difficult judgments," after revelations that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" had been on their radar for years.By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsEspionageIslamTerrorismCrimeReligionSocial affairsWar and unrestIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomLondonSyriaMiddle EastKuwaitWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 27 Feb 2015 16:33:42 GMTScale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.By ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicity2018 FIFA World CupFIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World CupInternational soccerSports governanceMen's soccerProfessional soccerNazismNeo-NazismSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesEventsSoccerMen's sportsGovernment and politicsRussiaMoscowSaint PetersburgRostov-on-DonUnited KingdomEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Feb 2015 16:18:37 GMTAttackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.By JULHAS ALAMiGeneral newsReligious strifeIslamismBloggingRadicalismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaBooks and literatureEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleBangladeshDhakaUnited StatesSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:54:42 GMTColts' Luck to join NFL players, celebrities on USO trip (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will join his coach, two other football players and a small group of celebrities on a future overseas USO trip.eArts and entertainmentSportsCelebrityProfessional footballFootballEntertainmentIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:43:57 GMTZimbabwe's Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday (AP) — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is "not the power behind my throne."By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsElectionsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSocial issuesSocial affairsAfricaZimbabweSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaLesotho, 27 Feb 2015 16:23:44 GMTTestimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A phone company official testifying in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial says several text messages the former NFL player exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing are missing from his phone.aGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:46:12 GMTRubio: Obama sees deal with Iran as his legacy HILL, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law was the legacy of his first term and he is pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran as the hallmark of his second, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told conservative activists on Friday.By PHILIP ELLIOTTaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsForeign policyPolitical partiesGovernment policyInternational relationsPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesIsraelIranNorth AmericaMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 15:35:57 GMTUS consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsWeatherRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 27 Feb 2015 16:08:09 GMTUS, Cuba restart embassy talks; breakthrough seems unlikely (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba held a second round of negotiations Friday on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption, although an immediate breakthrough appeared unlikely.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEmbassiesDiplomacyTerrorismInternational relationsWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesSouth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:05:27 GMT911 caller: Girlfriend confessed to killing chief's brother (AP) — A 911 caller reporting the fatal shooting of the brother of Cleveland's police chief said the man's girlfriend confessed to killing him, according to a recording of the call released by the city.aGeneral newsCrimePoliceViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsClevelandOhioPittsburghUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:37 GMTICC prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete, Uganda (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor says she needs more time to build the case against against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.iGeneral newsUgandaKampalaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 15:51:20 GMTCompetitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can't negotiate something new.By JENNIFER KAYaBusinessGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsGambling laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsLegislatureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 16:39:10 GMT