FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Jan 2015 14:22:21 -0800NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from stroke, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR Hall of Famer and former three-time Cup champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered on Dec. 9.sSportsAutomobile racingNASCARCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:49:52 GMTModerate earthquake strikes Northern California coast, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck off the coast of Northern California.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEurekaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:45:53 GMTGovernor: News site will meet expectations or be scrapped (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he regrets the "confusion" caused by a memo about a planned state-run news website and will scrap the project if it doesn't "respect the role of a free and independent press."aGovernment and politicsOnline news mediaState governmentsOnline mediaMediaNews mediaIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 20:41:49 GMTFor Sundance hits, theatrical still rules over VOD CITY, Utah (AP) — After the $40 million digital release of "The Interview," video-on-demand may seem like all the rage. Particularly for independent films, VOD is seen by some as a better pathway to moviegoers than trying to lure them to theaters.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalEventsPark CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:02 GMTBankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, open.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFinancial performanceCorporate newsLegislature hearingsLegislatureGovernment and politicsAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:36:42 GMTAir Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general (AP) — The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason.By ROBERT BURNSwBusinessGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary leadershipMilitary legal affairsLegislatureMilitary and defense, 28 Jan 2015 21:25:16 GMT4 buddies did unheard of in 'World Series' of NFL betting VEGAS (AP) — When four buddies bet they could beat the house in the "World Series of sports gambling," no one — including them — expected they would be right 76 percent of the time.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessGeneral newsSportsSports bettingSports businessProfessional footballFootballLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 20:57:23 GMTCourt: Media don't have to delete stories when charges nixed YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court has rejected a Connecticut woman's claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed.aBusinessGeneral newsArrestsNational courtsMediaLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciary, 28 Jan 2015 21:04:07 GMTAttorney: Consider client's anguish in Toyota crash (AP) — A Minnesota man whose Toyota rammed into another car in 2006, killing three people, has been wracked by guilt since the crash, his attorney told a jury Wednesday in closing arguments in the man's lawsuit against the company.aBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 22:05:02 GMTSuper Bowl advertisers aim not to offend YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlEventsInformation technologyIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryNFL footballProfessional footballFootball, 28 Jan 2015 21:43:47 GMTFigures on government spending and debt (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.fGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment finance, 28 Jan 2015 21:29:37 GMTPenn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Wednesday dismissed the university-commissioned review of how top administrators handled complaints about Jerry Sandusky as "not useful to make decisions."By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsCollege sportsCollege footballSports governanceCrimeFootballCrimes against childrenSportsViolent crimeState CollegePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 22:02:46 GMTOhio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner, Ohio (AP) — A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals — including several tigers and a lion — to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.By JOHN SEEWERaGeneral newsAnimalsLionsTigersMammalsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsToledoOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:56:13 GMTAt farewell, Obama praises Hagel as 'true American patriot' MYER, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States.By JIM KUHNHENNaGovernment and politicsUnited StatesVirginiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:50:03 GMTDetroit officer won't go on trial 3rd time in girl's death (AP) — A prosecutor will not pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl during a raid that was filmed by a reality TV show.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:35:56 GMTOfficials: Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in blaze that killed 6 at Maryland mansion, Md. (AP) — Officials: Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in blaze that killed 6 at Maryland mansion.aGeneral newsFiresArsonAccidents and disastersHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:09:23 GMTRaul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.By JAVIER CORDOBA and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEINiGeneral newsRestoring U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relationsInternational relationsEmbassiesDiplomacyEventsGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeCubaHavanaUnited StatesCosta RicaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 28 Jan 2015 22:06:11 GMTSheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app (AP) — Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk.By EILEEN SULLIVANhtBusinessGovernment and politicsTechnologyLaw enforcement technologySoftwareTrafficMobile mediaLaw enforcement agenciesPoliceMobile communication technologyCommunication technologyComputing and information technologyTransportationGeneral newsMediaVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:47:54 GMT'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.By MITCH WEISSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsRace and ethnicityHuman rights and civil libertiesAfrican-AmericansProtests and demonstrationsCrimePolitical movementsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsRock HillSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:39:10 GMTCalifornia declares electronic cigarettes a health threat, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.By FENIT NIRAPPILhtBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsSmall businessSmokingMedical technologyState legislaturePublic healthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesTechnologyLegislatureState governmentsProducts and servicesCorporate newsAgricultureCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:56:05 GMTVenezuela's No. 2 distances himself from defecting bodyguard, Venezuela (AP) — The powerful head of Venezuela's congress moved Wednesday to distance himself from a bodyguard who defected to the United States and reportedly has implicated his former boss as head of drug ring of political and military officials.By HANNAH DREIERiGeneral newsDrug-related crimePolitical defectionsCrimeOrganized crimeGovernment and politicsSmugglingVenezuelaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:36:24 GMTOwners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M (AP) — The owners of a $4 million suburban mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims.aBusinessGeneral newsFiresLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsFinancial servicesIndustriesAccidents and disastersCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:37:52 GMTAlibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyCorporate stockPersonal taxesOwnership changesCorporate newsPersonal financeInformation technologyIndustriesChinaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:49:31 GMTIsrael: UN must live up to mission of war against genocide NATIONS (AP) — The president of Israel is urging nations to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."iGeneral newsThe HolocaustWar and unrestGenocidesEventsIsraelMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 21:05:18 GMTVentura won't see 'American Sniper'; says Kyle is no hero (AP) — "American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.By STEVE KARNOWSKIaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 21:48:04 GMTGitmo officer: Limits on female guards put mission at risk MEADE, Md. (AP) — The commander of a top-secret Guantanamo prison housing unit testified Wednesday that two court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of his operation by limiting his staffing options.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsCrimeLaw and orderMilitary and defenseHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGender issues, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:34 GMTOklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug CITY (AP) — Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCorrectional systemsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:52:30 GMTFacebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations YORK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.By BARBARA ORTUTAYhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaFinancial performanceCorporate newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesInformation technologyCorporate stockProducts and services, 28 Jan 2015 21:26:42 GMTElectrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire, Md. (AP) — Investigators say an electrical fire spread to a Christmas tree, prompting a massive blaze that reduced a riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins and killed six people.BRIAN WITTEaGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleAnnapolisMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:15:06 GMTS&P close to $1.37B deal over risky mortgage bond ratings (AP) — Standard & Poor's is close to a $1.37 billion settlement with the Obama administration and U.S. states over allegations it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis.By MARCY GORDONwBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisLegal proceedingsDebt and bond marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate creditLaw and orderEconomyFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:34:21 GMTIndiana governor: Regrets 'confusion' over state news site (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he regrets the "confusion" caused by a memo about his administration's planned state-run news website and will kill the project if it doesn't respect the role of an independent press.By TOM DAVIESaGovernment and politicsOnline news mediaState governmentsJournalismProfessional organizationsOnline mediaMediaNews mediaSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 22:04:23 GMT'Ghostbusters' cast set with McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones YORK (AP) — The "Ghostbusters" reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of "Saturday Night Live" performers.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 28 Jan 2015 21:36:33 GMTWhite Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo (AP) — The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 22:02:20 GMTVanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCollege footballCrimeSex in societyWomen's sportsLaw and orderCollege sportsFootballSocial issuesSocial affairsNashvilleTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 22:06:48 GMTUkraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.By PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsForeign aidInternational relationsUkraineDonetskMinskKievRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeBelarus, 28 Jan 2015 20:50:20 GMTComparing US Federal Reserve's views on rate rise timing comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting December 16-17:By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustries, 28 Jan 2015 20:50:47 GMTCuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.By JONATHAN LEMIREaBusinessGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsWinter weatherMunicipal governmentsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Local governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsNew York CityNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:24:02 GMTPolice: Man arrested in wrong-way accident knew he was drunk (AP) — A 39-year-old Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday.PAUL DAVENPORTaGeneral newsAccidentsArrestsCrimeAccidents and disastersTransportationViolent crimeLaw and orderPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 20:50:01 GMTNY Assembly considers rewriting rules after speaker's arrest, N.Y. (AP) — Sheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending — a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity rewrite Albany's political playbook.By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL VIRTANENaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsArrestsState legislatureLaw and orderCrimeLegislatureAlbanyNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:07:10 GMTAttorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsLegislatureLegislature hearingsMilitary legal affairsCrimeImmigrationIntelligence agenciesCabinetsMilitary and defenseSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew York, 28 Jan 2015 21:36:23 GMTMain Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs (AP) — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.By KRISTEN WYATTaBusinessGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsGift shoppingGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeShoppingLifestyleConsumer products and servicesDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:01 GMTNFL players who started young show more thinking problems (AP) — NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.By JIMMY GOLENaGeneral newsHealthScienceSportsAthlete healthSports medicineAthlete injuriesNFL Super BowlYouth sportsFootballProfessional footballYouth footballEvents, 28 Jan 2015 21:02:47 GMTPenn State president criticizes Freeh report, NCAA penalties COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president says he's "not a fan" of the university-commissioned review by former FBI director Louis Freeh of how top administrators handled complaints about Jerry Sandusky in 1998 and 2001.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSports governanceSocial affairsSportsState CollegePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:15:33 GMTFed stays 'patient' on rates while noting improving economy (AP) — The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyRecessions and depressionsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 20:53:01 GMTFACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts (AP) — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.By DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGovernment and politicsScienceEnergy industryHiring and recruitmentEconomyLabor economyEnergy and the environmentEnvironmental concernsIndustriesPersonnelIndustrial products and servicesInternational tradeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:39:41 GMTBrian Barnhart returns as head of IndyCar race control (AP) — IndyCar on Wednesday returned Brian Barnhart to his former role as head of race control.sSportsAutomobile racingIndyCarIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:52:59 GMTPanel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.By ALAN FRAMwBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsHiring and recruitmentLegislatureVeteransLegislationOccupational healthPersonnelEmployee benefitsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsMilitary affairsMilitary and defensePublic healthUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 21:38:30 GMTAide says Argentine prosecutor didn't trust security detail AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The man who gave prosecutor Alberto Nisman the gun that killed him said Wednesday that Nisman feared for the safety of his daughters and didn't trust the policemen protecting him.By DEBORA REYiGeneral newsCrimeGovernment and politicsArgentinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 20:44:56 GMTDoping case gives unwanted attention to Olympic host nation DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian swimming reached new heights in December when it topped the gold-medal table at the short-course world championships in Qatar.By STEPHEN WADEsSportsMen's sportsDopingSwimmingSports governanceSummer Olympic gamesOlympic gamesAquaticsMen's aquaticsEventsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Jan 2015 21:49:47 GMTCensus: 1 in 5 children on food stamps (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwGovernment and politicsSupplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramCensusesUnited States CensusGovernment programsDemographicsSocial affairsEvents, 28 Jan 2015 21:33:28 GMT