FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:10:18 -0800Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lamahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/415f77255d6d46cca25ee7f83a17279eBEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.By LOUISE WATTiGeneral newsBuddhismRace and ethnicityGovernment and politicsReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesChinaTibetBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/415f77255d6d46cca25ee7f83a17279eWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:40:32 GMTChina criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPOhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e2faaf6e6294715899b639178653b2aBEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.By JOE McDONALDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer protection and advocacyGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsCorporate stockConsumer affairsGovernment and politicsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e2faaf6e6294715899b639178653b2aWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:22:53 GMTLawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resignhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ef3db6870ba445f197c8407426830d23COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsJudicial electionsMilitary legal affairsPolitical activismGovernment and politicsElectionsJudiciaryNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsMilitary and defensePolitical issuesSri LankaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ef3db6870ba445f197c8407426830d23Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:14:24 GMTCommunist officials in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lamahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3441b359c87143ababb12dea562eafcdBEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.By LOUISE WATTiGeneral newsBuddhismRace and ethnicityGovernment and politicsReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesChinaTibetBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3441b359c87143ababb12dea562eafcdWed, 28 Jan 2015 09:03:46 GMTStan Wawrinka through to semifinals of Australian Openhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/97f15adb6b31443994ef4d43957f8f49MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/97f15adb6b31443994ef4d43957f8f49Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:19:19 GMTThieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for goldhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f55236d2311640dc9e1c6bfd2d08f4e7SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold rush nuggets on display.By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessSan FranciscoCaliforniaNevadaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f55236d2311640dc9e1c6bfd2d08f4e7Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:52:04 GMTWhat to watch at Aussie Open: Keys takes on another Williamshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fff3c62c3b95460eabd59ea06e469b05MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, a 19-year-old with nothing to lose has made a big run to the women's semifinals at the Australian Open, putting the old guard on notice.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisMen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMelbourneAustraliaRussiaOceaniaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fff3c62c3b95460eabd59ea06e469b05Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:30:44 GMTAndersen earns 3rd career shutout, Ducks blank Canucks 4-0http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2815e1ce0a6a4887adf9a09937ded82eVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Frederik Andersen had to make only 17 saves in his third career shutout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Tuesday night.sSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesSports businessAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2815e1ce0a6a4887adf9a09937ded82eWed, 28 Jan 2015 06:43:50 GMTLA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stonehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26787a91f94a4f9987f27feb7013e861LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26787a91f94a4f9987f27feb7013e861Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:53:35 GMTReview: A tired gimmick weakens thriller 'Project Almanac'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/37a9d6c903c7468dae587f1979aa8fa2What have we done to deserve another found-footage movie? The tired hand-held technique that seemed so fresh in 1999 with "The Blair Witch Project" long ago wore out its welcome.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/37a9d6c903c7468dae587f1979aa8fa2Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:46:44 GMTMother of IS hostage makes tearful appeal to Japan's leader to save her son as deadline loomshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75f6435d98764b5b9319371ff0f72e8dTOKYO (AP) — Mother of IS hostage makes tearful appeal to Japan's leader to save her son as deadline looms .iGeneral newsHostage situationsJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75f6435d98764b5b9319371ff0f72e8dWed, 28 Jan 2015 05:40:54 GMTCoyle's late goal lifts Wild past Oilershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7dfed8fc830f4ed4b06644b79d8749ecEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:23 remaining to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsAlbertaMinnesotaEdmontonCanadaNorth AmericaUnited Stateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7dfed8fc830f4ed4b06644b79d8749ecWed, 28 Jan 2015 05:44:26 GMTBlizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/426bd19a1dc641e49ccd16b1957fd88eBOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.By BOB SALSBERG and WILLIAM J. KOLEaGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTravel laws and regulationsEventsStormsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsGovernment regulationsMassachusettsNew JerseyBostonNew YorkPhiladelphiaNew York CityAuburnWorcesterMaineRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/426bd19a1dc641e49ccd16b1957fd88eWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:32:41 GMTFreedom House sees disturbing global decline in democracyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0e59151420c5421e9bf10271ceb4e75bNEW YORK (AP) — Global freedom has suffered a disturbing decline with 60 percent of the world's population, or 2.6 billion people, living in countries that are not completely free, according to a report released Wednesday.By ALEXANDRA OLSONaGeneral newsTerrorismGovernment and politicsDemocracyWar and unrestCrimeaRussiaUnited StatesUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0e59151420c5421e9bf10271ceb4e75bWed, 28 Jan 2015 06:52:50 GMTHostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenjihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b5fd1b88a17f46909ea478394f1e2cc6TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestJapanAmmanJordanSyriaMiddle EastIraqEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b5fd1b88a17f46909ea478394f1e2cc6Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:24:43 GMTNishikori not disappointed with Australian Open finishhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/329fea6d151c4d199d0ebe6337ce3747MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was circumspect about his quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open on Wednesday, saying there's nothing wrong with getting to the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/329fea6d151c4d199d0ebe6337ce3747Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:37:19 GMTAnderson earns 3rd career shutout, Ducks blank Canucks 4-0http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c5d292947ed44282ac9b4d14ff829ddbVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Frederick Andersen had to make only 17 saves in his third career shutout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Tuesday night.sSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesSports businessAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c5d292947ed44282ac9b4d14ff829ddbWed, 28 Jan 2015 06:15:43 GMTSnails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around worldhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/17d49b68318b41aeb72c38f2e031f639CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.By DENIS D. GRAYiBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleMollusksSpasAnimalsRecreation and leisureSkin disordersDiseases and conditionsHealthThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/17d49b68318b41aeb72c38f2e031f639Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:52:27 GMTRussian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee4ad8e0a6bb4781b48b22542ed44ad4MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent in all categories except military and social expenditures.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee4ad8e0a6bb4781b48b22542ed44ad4Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:45:34 GMTEgyptian police criticized over death of female protesterhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f283130e0ccc4a9781795c9e5a530392CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.By HAMZA HENDAWIiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestCrimeViolent crimeEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f283130e0ccc4a9781795c9e5a530392Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:17:06 GMTEx-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentencedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/934285755cfd4c368cb15586f4a05f59ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced.By RUSSELL CONTRERAShtGeneral newsScienceWeapons technologyLegal proceedingsEspionageNuclear weaponsCrimeUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnergy industryTechnologyLaw and orderWeapons of mass destructionVenezuelaLos AlamosAlbuquerqueUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNew MexicoNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/934285755cfd4c368cb15586f4a05f59Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:19:16 GMTVietnam helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e90b82bf08304cafa55104f32c72b6b5HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's military says a helicopter has crashed on a training mission, killing all four soldiers aboard.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationVietnamHo Chi Minh CitySoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e90b82bf08304cafa55104f32c72b6b5Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:30:38 GMTMalaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aeb171b29f81451da61cf0be61288f4cKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 7, a day before the flight's one-year anniversary.iGeneral newsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370AccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsMalaysiaKuala LumpurSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aeb171b29f81451da61cf0be61288f4cWed, 28 Jan 2015 09:02:17 GMTRose's shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtimehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ebdb199b2014464eb0913d8f75625fb3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA's hottest team on their home floor.By ANTONIO GONZALEZsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ebdb199b2014464eb0913d8f75625fb3Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:32 GMTHow much snow fell vs. how much was forecasthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cd502277a1824455b89c8225004f971eA look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast by late Tuesday afternoon after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as Monday night:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherMassachusettsMaineProvidenceBostonNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaRhode IslandNew Yorkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cd502277a1824455b89c8225004f971eWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:03 GMTLawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice to resignhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5eaa3f7e57f84757986e059e0124646fCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Lawyers and rights activist are demanding Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.iGeneral newsPolitical activismNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryPolitical issuesSri LankaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5eaa3f7e57f84757986e059e0124646fWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:14:23 GMTRandolph, Grizzlies hand Mavs 1st 3-game skid, 109-90http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/43205c39e2494713b8924aa7c4d86fecDALLAS (AP) — Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballDallasFloridaTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/43205c39e2494713b8924aa7c4d86fecWed, 28 Jan 2015 05:21:15 GMTGerman consumer confidence at 13-year highhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4e432489090d4e399e461a13f75c3643BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is at a 13-year high, buoyed by a rise in disposable income due to collapsing fuel and heating oil costs.fBusinessEconomyLeading economic indicatorsGermanyWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4e432489090d4e399e461a13f75c3643Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:21:32 GMTMilitary has wide discretion on Bergdahl chargeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3c8e5353936142eb9fb8647c1b5c9accWASHINGTON (AP) — Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesMilitary legal affairsArmed forcesPrisoner exchangeMilitary and defenseWar and unrestUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3c8e5353936142eb9fb8647c1b5c9accWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:19:38 GMTAfter setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/57d7824f87b14aebb223b8bf1083a046SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday.By BRANDON BAILEYhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyRecord setting eventsFinancial performanceCorporate newsInformation technologyIndustriesProducts and serviceshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/57d7824f87b14aebb223b8bf1083a046Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:58:41 GMTFed is expected to remain 'patient' about a first rate hikehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf3f1304d73a48e99bdc955a2c48e4fbWASHINGTON (AP) — As the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, it is widely expected to repeat the pledge it made in December: That it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyCurrency marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf3f1304d73a48e99bdc955a2c48e4fbWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:01:15 GMTVietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d1fc3046bb94611a42531ffc319e141HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.iGeneral newsVietnam WarWar and unrestAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsVietnamHanoiHo Chi Minh CitySoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6d1fc3046bb94611a42531ffc319e141Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:37:10 GMTUtah parents showed troubling signs before deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c1bda1fa7ab4b679da5805ad3ab0f0fSPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid.By LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsDrug-related crimeViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderUtahProvoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c1bda1fa7ab4b679da5805ad3ab0f0fWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:16 GMTPalestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rockshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/52058572d53a4ff9b4b73b0ec7cf4b38BETIN, West Bank (AP) — The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEHiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesArrestsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsJudiciaryWar and unrestLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsWest BankPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/52058572d53a4ff9b4b73b0ec7cf4b38Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:01:36 GMTWall's Wizards rally, send Lakers to 9th straight loss 98-92http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18f8b4698b954e879fe86c09e709dfffLOS ANGELES (AP) — For one entertaining half, Wayne Ellington and Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson outscored and outplayed Washington's star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsCelebrityMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18f8b4698b954e879fe86c09e709dfffWed, 28 Jan 2015 06:54:09 GMTSenate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nomineehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6b3157e09d8449c8a21a564d538a40b1WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job.By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsLegislatureLegislature hearingsCrimeRace and ethnicityCabinetsSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew Yorkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6b3157e09d8449c8a21a564d538a40b1Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:11:06 GMTGroup: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eba25b7af32847f782d82d5b38dc82cfJERUSALEM (AP) — A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesInternational lawInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIsraelPalestinian territoriesGaza StripMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eba25b7af32847f782d82d5b38dc82cfWed, 28 Jan 2015 05:56:51 GMTH&M posts 12 percent rise in 4Q profit, plans 400 new storeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/711efe0a1dae40f0a293d8469e839c2fSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz says its earnings rose by 12 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by expansion in the United States and China.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSwedenStockholmWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/711efe0a1dae40f0a293d8469e839c2fWed, 28 Jan 2015 09:04:34 GMTLibyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attackhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68eebdeb6cf446dd8873fd67b45b5ef2TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.iGeneral newsLibyaTripoliMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68eebdeb6cf446dd8873fd67b45b5ef2Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:04:49 GMTCuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/59f91d3d43004904973bcb0e7bb48292NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.By JONATHAN LEMIREaBusinessGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsWinter weatherMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsNew York CityNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/59f91d3d43004904973bcb0e7bb48292Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:51:22 GMTMother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save sonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efeccc1262614318bc1bc0607b7086b0TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestAmmanJapanJordanSyriaMiddle EastIraqEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efeccc1262614318bc1bc0607b7086b0Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:02:12 GMTNintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41709adbef694e72a0281705afa3051eTOKYO (AP) — Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales.By YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessTechnologyInformation technologyIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41709adbef694e72a0281705afa3051eWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:48 GMTIsrael military says its airstrikes target Syrian army postshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6122348763174411b4100ba8305b6f02JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Wednesday it launched airstrikes targeting Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets fired the previous day into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.iGeneral newsWar and unrestCivil warsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIsraelSyriaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6122348763174411b4100ba8305b6f02Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:22:39 GMTSerena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Openhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bd43b9422bf44e02826dfc0f9548df43MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys defeated one Williams sister Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher, even with a cold.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisTennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bd43b9422bf44e02826dfc0f9548df43Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:18:06 GMTLong after Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respecthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f257880aeb2543a19b3dfd57d37ada54PHOENIX (AP) — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.By BOB BAUMsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballSports transactionsSports businessEventsFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f257880aeb2543a19b3dfd57d37ada54Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:34 GMTTourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese cityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/879400ff29b54bbbbaf809dd4dd11a4bTRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic — visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.By DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsArchitectureTravelCivil warsLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessArts and entertainmentLifestyleWar and unrestChristianityReligionSocial affairsBeirutLebanonSyriaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/879400ff29b54bbbbaf809dd4dd11a4bWed, 28 Jan 2015 07:02:01 GMTHuman smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrianshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/371d9aac5da54ab7a57bcfc2c0ccb143ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.By PAUL SCHEMM, ELENA BECATOROS and ANDREA ROSAiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsImmigrationItalyTurkeyEuropeWestern EuropeMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/371d9aac5da54ab7a57bcfc2c0ccb143Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:25:18 GMTGovt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deporthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a135fed8ce2d4b12a1a99871e8553295WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationBorder securityGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a135fed8ce2d4b12a1a99871e8553295Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:15:15 GMTVenus Williams exits Aussie Open with heartfelt advicehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f1b49a22f69143ffaa449dfe0fccfcebMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Asked what the future might hold for her young opponent, Venus Williams offered some heartfelt advice that could easily apply to her own career.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAthlete retirementAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f1b49a22f69143ffaa449dfe0fccfcebWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:35:44 GMTProsecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce320b4372bf45f5b78090e1a413b267DENVER (AP) — A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsViolent crimePoliceCrimeLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce320b4372bf45f5b78090e1a413b267Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:46:57 GMT