FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 02 Mar 2015 06:56:14 -0800Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years.By EILEEN NGtTravelLifestyleDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashCurrency marketsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFinancial marketsEventsAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationChinaMalaysiaKuala LumpurSoutheast AsiaSingaporeGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 02 Mar 2015 14:03:30 GMTSpain asks US for help on extraditions from Cuba (AP) — Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group ETA from the communist country.By CIARAN GILESiGeneral newsExtraditionMilitant groupsTerrorismGovernment and politicsLaw and orderWar and unrestCubaSpainMadridCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:23:11 GMTVolkswagen Passat wins car of the year award (AP) — The large family car Volkswagen Passat has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show.iBusinessGeneral newsAutomobile showsIndustry conferences and trade showsAutomobilesLifestyleCorporate newsGenevaSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:49:45 GMTUS stocks open slightly higher; Freescale jumps on deal YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors focused on earnings and deal news.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:43:37 GMTCostco strikes credit card deal with Citi, Visa YORK (AP) — Costco says it struck a deal for Citi to be the exclusive issuer of its co-branded credit cards, with Visa replacing American Express as the card network.fBusinessFinancial servicesIndustries, 02 Mar 2015 14:43:19 GMTLongtime South Carolina journalist John Shurr dies, S.C. (AP) — John Shurr, a longtime journalist and open government advocate who was The Associated Press' bureau chief in South Carolina for 20 years, has died. He was 67.aGeneral newsObituariesState governmentsOpen governmentJournalistsGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesNews mediaMediaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:36:17 GMTPakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say hundreds of parents have been arrested in recent days because they refused to allow vaccinators to give their children the polio vaccine.iGeneral newsArrestsImmunizationsLaw and orderCrimeInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthChild and teen healthPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 02 Mar 2015 14:54:29 GMTToronto police say no criminal intent with tunnel (AP) — Police said Monday that two men built a mysterious tunnel discovered in Toronto and there was no criminal intent.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsCanadaTorontoNorth AmericaOntario, 02 Mar 2015 13:57:22 GMTConsumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January (AP) — Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income rose, reflecting strong job gains during the month.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingPricesEconomic outlookEconomy, 02 Mar 2015 14:19:33 GMTMcCain calls Obama's foreign policy 'delusional' (AP) — Sen. John McCain is charging the Obama administration's foreign policy is "delusional" and says Secretary of State John Kerry's global diplomacy has "accomplished nothing except mileage."wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsForeign policyInternational relationsGovernment policyRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 13:43:53 GMTCar strikes boy riding pony through stop sign; animal dies, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a car has struck a boy riding his pony through a stop sign, throwing the pair 90 feet. The pony died, and the child was hospitalized.aGeneral newsHorsesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMammalsAnimalsPennsylvaniaPittsburghUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:09:55 GMTEstonian PM aims for coalition talks to create new govt, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's prime minister is preparing to form a new government after his ruling Reform Party won the parliamentary election. The country's president is suggesting that he create a broad coalition.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsElectionsEstoniaEastern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:11:51 GMTEurozone gets double dose of mildly positive economic news (AP) — The 19-country eurozone got a double dose of mildly positive economic news Monday that will likely be met with relief by the European Central Bank's policymakers as they prepare to hold their next meeting on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.By PAN PYLASfBusinessPricesEconomyCurrency marketsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:45:42 GMTHigh court rejects California dispute over disclosing donors (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from same-sex marriage opponents in California who want to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret.wGovernment and politicsGays and lesbiansMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issues, 02 Mar 2015 14:48:12 GMTReview: 'Rule of Four' author thrills with Vatican mystery"The Fifth Gospel" (Simon & Schuster), by Ian CaldwellBy M.L. JOHNSONeArts and entertainmentChristianityBooks and literatureReligionSocial affairsEntertainmentGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 13:51:34 GMTAaron Hernandez trial gets delayed start because of snow RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is getting a delayed start because of more snow.aGeneral newsCelebrityWinter weatherEntertainmentArts and entertainmentViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWeatherFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:22:07 GMTHP's big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks for $2.7B FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, the biggest acquisition by HP in recent years.By BRANDON BAILEYhtGeneral newsTechnologyOwnership changesCorporate newsBusinessTelecommunicationsIndustriesInformation technology, 02 Mar 2015 14:43:18 GMTHigh court to hear appeal from Baltimore police officer (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a former Baltimore city police officer convicted on charges of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:41:37 GMT'Jihadi John' born into 'stateless' family in Kuwait CITY (AP) — Two members of Kuwait's so-called "stateless" community say the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to an undocumented family in an impoverished corner of the oil-rich nation.By HUSSAIN AL-QATARIiGeneral newsKuwaitKuwait CityMiddle East, 02 Mar 2015 14:30:28 GMTEU gives member states right block GM crops (AP) — The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.htBusinessGeneral newsFood scienceAgricultural scienceScienceGeneticsBiologyBiotechnologyTechnologyAgriculture and food technologyIndustrial technologyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:42:55 GMTAP Sources: Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski to retire, longest serving women in Congress (AP) — AP Sources: Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski to retire, longest serving women in Congress.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislature, 02 Mar 2015 14:24:10 GMTUS ambassador's Cyprus-Russia tweet upsets Cypriot president, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president on Monday sharply rebuked the U.S. ambassador on the Mediterranean island for a tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.By MENELAOS HADJICOSTISiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsPolitical assassinationsAssassinationsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCyprusRussiaEuropeUnited StatesWestern EuropeEastern EuropeNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:33:05 GMTIsrael says it busted Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas (AP) — Israel said on Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war.By TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestMaterials industrySmugglingIndustriesBusinessCrimePalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 02 Mar 2015 13:42:04 GMTTexas oil company: Sahara offshore test well not commercial, Morocco (AP) — Dallas-based Kosmos Energy said Monday its exploration well off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara territory has not yielded a commercial find and will be plugged, though the search would continue.By PAUL SCHEMMfBusinessTerritorial disputesEnergy industryIndustriesWar and unrestGeneral newsMoroccoWestern SaharaTexasNorth AfricaAfricaWest AfricaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 13:46:08 GMTThat stinks: Source of bad smell evades Louisville officials, Ky. (AP) — There's a bad smell in parts of the Louisville, Kentucky, area but nobody knows where it's coming from.aOdditiesLouisvilleKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:57:20 GMTLindsey Vonn criticizes FIS after racing in fog in Bulgaria, Bulgaria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn criticized the International Ski Federation Monday for allowing skiers to race in foggy conditions in Bulgaria.By DEREK GATOPOULOSsSportsAlpine skiingSkiingWomen's skiingWomen's sportsBulgariaEastern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 13:57:40 GMTObama's UN envoy: US committed to preventing a nuclear Iran (AP) — President Barack Obama's U.N. ambassador says the focus on U.S.-Israeli tensions obscures a larger truth that ties the two countries together: Washington's commitment to preventing Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsIsraelUnited StatesIranMiddle EastNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:49:17 GMTConsumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January, second monthly decline, while income up (AP) — Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January, second monthly decline, while income up.wBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomy, 02 Mar 2015 13:39:12 GMTBoston short of season snow record _ for now (AP) — It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record — for now.aGeneral newsWinter weatherAccidents and disastersCrimeWeatherViolent crimeAccidentsTransportationBostonMassachusettsPhoenixFlagstaffLansingArizonaMichiganBinghamtonIthacaSyracuseUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 02 Mar 2015 14:29:46 GMTGermany's Merkel: want good future in eurozone for Greece (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGermanyGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:29:09 GMTCardinal Health offers to buy J&J unit for about $1.94B BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion.fBusinessNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:33:36 GMTReview: Dave Barry's new book filled with humor, insight"Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)" (G. P. Putnam's Sons), by Dave BarryBy JEFF AYERSeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainment, 02 Mar 2015 14:45:54 GMTBomb blast in downtown Cairo wounds 9 people (AP) — A midday bomb blast in one of the busiest boulevards in downtown Cairo wounded nine people on Monday, the police said. Shortly after the explosion, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.iGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestAccidents and disastersEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 02 Mar 2015 14:52:45 GMTNamibian president wins African leadership prize, Kenya (AP) — Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSchool administrationEducationSocial affairsAfricaNamibiaKenyaNairobiEast AfricaMozambiqueSouthern Africa, 02 Mar 2015 14:45:35 GMTLabor disputes disrupt SAS, Norwegian flights in Scandinavia (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines says some 50 flights have been canceled Monday to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS.iBusinessGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsStrikesTransportationLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNorwayWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:42:12 GMTNetanyahu, US officials to face off on Iran (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top U.S. officials were set to face off Monday in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations, a signature foreign policy objective of President Barack Obama.By JULIE PACE and ARON HELLERwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyGovernment policyIsraelUnited StatesIranMiddle EastNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:29:29 GMTHomeland Security funding deal elusive (AP) — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department looming, House Speaker John Boehner is demanding negotiations with Democrats on a funding bill that rolls back President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Senate Democrats are unwilling to even consider such a step.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyPolitical partiesLegislationNational securityImmigrationTV newsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseNews mediaMediaTelevisionUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:06:03 GMTReport: Brooklyn Bridge repairs $100 million over budget YORK (AP) — Records show that repair work on the Brooklyn Bridge is $100 million over budget and the completion date has been pushed back again.aGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:41:15 GMTEU moves to reduce use of flimsy plastic bags by 80 percent (AP) — The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment.iBusinessGeneral newsEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:11:20 GMTBritish police charge 10 people in child sex exploitation (AP) — Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England.iGeneral newsRace and ethnicityCrimes against childrenCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 02 Mar 2015 14:53:41 GMTBill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires YORK (AP) — The world's richest person got even richer this year.aBusinessGeneral news, 02 Mar 2015 13:42:14 GMTChina state media seen stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric (AP) — Western values are a "ticket to hell," a newspaper published by China's Communist Party said in a recent editorial that held up Ukraine and some Arab countries as examples of outside ideas causing turmoil.By CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsHigher educationGovernment and politicsNationalismMediaPolitical and civil unrestEducationSocial affairsUnited KingdomChinaHong KongBeijingEast AsiaWestern EuropeEuropeGreater ChinaAsia, 02 Mar 2015 14:01:23 GMTNext Google Maps adventure: Soaring through Amazon jungle FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEtTravelLifestyleRain forestsForestsEnvironment and nature, 02 Mar 2015 14:02:03 GMTFederal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect for a week and the state plans to appeal.By MARGERY BECKaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:49:12 GMTFederal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban and state says it plans to appeal, Neb. (AP) — Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban and state says it plans to appeal.aGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:43:12 GMTIraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.By SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestDiplomacyGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesInternational relationsIslamIraqBaghdadIranUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 13:47:56 GMTSurvey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.By LINDSEY TANNERaHealthLifestyleParentingRelationshipsImmunizationsPreventive careDisease outbreaksChild and teen healthDiseases and conditionsPublic healthInfectious diseasesGeneral news, 02 Mar 2015 14:15:09 GMTReview: Detective Isaac Bell returns in 'The Assassin'"The Assassin" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Clive Cussler and Justin ScottBy JEFF AYERSeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentEnergy industryIndustriesBusiness, 02 Mar 2015 14:24:30 GMTAP Sources: Democratic Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, is announcing her retirement, Democratic officials say.By DONNA CASSATAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationAppropriationsDistrict of ColumbiaBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Mar 2015 14:57:12 GMTSupreme Court won't hear appeal in foam class action case (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a group of flexible foam manufacturers challenging one of the largest class action lawsuits ever certified.wBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciary, 02 Mar 2015 14:51:46 GMT