FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Aug 2014 18:14:16 -0700Dominican legal status still elusive for migrants DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify.EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZiGeneral newsDominican RepublicHaitiCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Aug 2014 22:43:21 GMTTexas school funding still unconstitutional, Texas (AP) — A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among wealthy and poor areas.WILL WEISSERTaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPrimary and secondary educationState legislatureLegal proceedingsStudent testingLegislatureEducationSocial affairsState governmentsLaw and orderTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:07:12 GMTTexas man gets 20 years in synthetic drug deaths, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man accused of selling synthetic drugs to customers in every state and distributing the chemicals that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, area was sentenced Thursday to more than 20 years in prison.DAVE KOLPACKaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsDrug-related crimeCrimeLaw and orderTexasGrand ForksNorth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:36 GMT2 California counties ask to form separate state, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.JULIET WILLIAMSaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsLegislatureCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:02:51 GMTAPNewsBreak: Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive (AP) — Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.MIKE HOUSEHOLDERJESSE J. HOLLANDaGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsDetroitNew YorkMontgomeryMichiganUnited StatesNorth AmericaAlabama, 29 Aug 2014 00:55:19 GMTObama sets no timeline for action on immigration (AP) — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationLegislatureProtests and demonstrationsSeparation of powersGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestGeneral newsPolitical issuesUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:52:40 GMTUS OPEN SCENE: You can own a piece of the Open YORK (AP) — In past U.S. Opens, it may have been the kind of stuff that was swept up and thrown away: Placards that identified players at news conferences. Banners hung from light poles. Towels players used to wipe away their sweat.sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsSports transactionsSports businessMen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:46:24 GMTMom won't be charged in school confrontation ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter.aGeneral newsCrimeArrestsCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderSanta RosaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:27:15 GMTUS OPEN SCENE: Serena's opponent sure can sing YORK (AP) — She might have been out-hit by Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, but Vania King hit all the right notes at her news conference afterward.sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisWomen's tennisEventsWomen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:32:16 GMTPolice: Man rams car into SC assisted living home, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say an 84-year-old man intentionally rammed a car into an assisted living home in South Carolina and he has been charged with attempted murder.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crime, 28 Aug 2014 22:48:48 GMTGroup trips across Grand Canyon will need permit, Ariz. (AP) — Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit — a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.FELICIA FONSECAaGeneral newsNational parksOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelEnvironment and natureArizonaFlagstaffUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:54:00 GMTObama taps veteran diplomat to be Afghan envoy (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.wGovernment and politicsVeteransInternational relationsDiplomacyUnited StatesAfghanistanKabulNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 28 Aug 2014 23:34:17 GMTCORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive (AP) — CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive. (Corrects APNewsAlert with correct spelling of Buffett)aGeneral news, 28 Aug 2014 23:47:10 GMTPennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid, Pa. (AP) — A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law.MARC LEVYHOPE YENaGeneral newsGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsPennsylvaniaUnited StatesTrumannNorth AmericaArkansas, 29 Aug 2014 00:56:23 GMTUSC coach accepts some blame in Shaw situation ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian believes he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's fictitious story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning.GREG BEACHAMsSportsCoachingMen's sportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:40:03 GMTCorrection: Pediatric Nurse-Molestation story DIEGO (AP) — In an Aug. 27 story about a pediatric nurse being charged with molesting a 2-month-old baby in San Diego, The Associated Press, based on information from the FBI, reported erroneously that Michael William Lutts had pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecutor Alessandra Serano says that Lutts appeared in federal court on Wednesday but did not enter a plea.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsCrimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:25:27 GMTOfficial: Bidders compete for Uruguay pot business, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's new market for legalized marijuana has attracted at least 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country's pharmacies, a government official said Thursday.LEONARDO HABERKORNiBusinessGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeUruguaySouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Aug 2014 23:45:02 GMTShell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015.DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAlaskaAnchorageGulf of AlaskaGulf of MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:25 GMT10 Things to Know for Friday daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:The Associated PressaGeneral news, 29 Aug 2014 01:07:54 GMTThai worker settlements with Hawaii farms at risk (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsWorkplace discriminationAgricultureIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesUnited StatesHawaiiCaliforniaNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 01:08:07 GMTFeds say balance struck in California logging plan, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.SCOTT SMITHaBusinessGeneral newsHiring and recruitmentFiresEnvironmentTreesOwlsForestsEnvironmental activismPersonnelMaterials industryIndustriesAccidents and disastersEnvironment and naturePlantsBirdsAnimalsNatural disastersCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:24:12 GMTNotre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list of four Irish players being withheld from practice and games as the university completed its investigation into whether they may have turned in homework and papers completed by others.TOM COYNEsSportsHigher educationCollege footballEducationSocial affairsCollege sportsFootballSouth BendIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:41:43 GMTWoman may pursue libel case against Sammy Hagar MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Iowa woman who claims rock singer Sammy Hagar fathered her baby 25 years ago may sue him for libel, invasion of privacy, and breach of contract.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityLaw and orderIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:05:21 GMTAbercrombie name to shrink from clothing YORK (AP) — The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded.ANNE D'INNOCENZIOfBusinessLifestyleFashionBeauty and fashionConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 28 Aug 2014 22:34:56 GMTMuseum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton (AP) — The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room.aGeneral newsOdditiesScienceMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:38:28 GMTVirgin Australia airline posts $333 million loss (AP) — Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsAustraliaOceania, 29 Aug 2014 01:04:29 GMTIn return to doubles, Serena Williams wins at Open YORK (AP) — Playing doubles for the first time since her odd, three-game appearance at Wimbledon, Serena Williams teamed with older sister Venus to win a match at the U.S. Open.sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsWimbledon ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:03:01 GMTDoubts surround plane in Brazil campaign PAULO (AP) — Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.ADRIANA GOMEZ LICONiGeneral newsCampaignsCriminal investigationsElectionsGovernment and politicsPolitical fundraisingNational electionsLaw and orderCrimeBrazilSao PauloSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Aug 2014 23:41:56 GMTFlight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.aBusinessGeneral newsCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesParisNorth AmericaTexas, 29 Aug 2014 00:05:55 GMTFEMA denies Hawaii's post-storm disaster request (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsHurricane Iselle 2014StormsEmergency managementProperty damageEventsWeatherGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersHurricanesHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:55:50 GMTUN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesHumanitarian assistanceWar and unrestGovernment and politicsSyriaJordanTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 29 Aug 2014 00:34:34 GMTABC names new boss at 'The View' YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow's top producer at MSNBC is the new man in charge on the daytime talk show "The View."eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 28 Aug 2014 23:46:37 GMTNo jail for man arrested amid Hoffman death probe YORK (AP) — A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested after the actor's overdose death pleaded guilty on Thursday to a low-level drug charge in a deal that spared him jail time.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCriminal investigationsDrug-related crimeCelebrityArrestsCrimeEntertainmentLaw and orderNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:26:34 GMTRanger in Africa's oldest park wounded by grenade, Senegal (AP) — A ranger in Africa's oldest national park has been seriously wounded by a grenade during a confrontation with poachers.iGeneral newsNational parksEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelSenegalAfricaWest Africa, 28 Aug 2014 23:24:45 GMTAsian tourists injured in Canada bus crash, British Columbia (AP) — Police say a bus carrying Asian tourists has rolled over on a mountain highway in British Columbia and dozens of people have been injured, six of them critically.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:50 GMTJudge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.JANET McCONNAUGHEYaGeneral newsAbortionNational courtsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWomen's healthHealthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLouisianaBaton RougeNew OrleansUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:01:29 GMTUN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000 (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.JOHN HEILPRINKRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksImmunizationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWest AfricaNigeriaGuineaSierra LeoneAfricaLiberia, 28 Aug 2014 23:21:54 GMTJamaica agriculture minister dies in Florida, Jamaica (AP) — Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74.DAVID McFADDENiGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsAgricultureIndustriesBusinessJamaicaMiamiKingstonFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:22:23 GMTDrugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.TIM TALLEYaGeneral newsHeart attackCriminal punishmentLaw and orderHeart healthHealthCardiovascular diseaseDiseases and conditionsOklahomaOklahoma CityArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:59:36 GMTCalifornia Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.JUDY LINaGeneral newsEducationState legislatureLegislationSex in societyGovernment and politicsLegislatureViolent crimeCrimeSocial affairsState governmentsHigher educationSocial issuesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:01 GMTWife of Maryland U.S. Rep. Andy Harris dies (AP) — The wife of a Maryland congressman has died unexpectedly.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureMarylandBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 23:18:35 GMTUS rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards CITY (AP) — The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUSKEN MILLERaGeneral newsEducationMath and science educationGovernment payEducation standardsMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsEducation policySocial affairsScienceSchool curriculaGovernment business and financeBusinessLocal governmentsGovernment policyOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:29:49 GMTMystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.aGeneral newsScienceNational parksWeatherEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Aug 2014 22:22:13 GMTRyan Blaum leads Tour Finals opener WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Ryan Blaum shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four events in the Tour Finals.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfFort WayneIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:38:40 GMTJapan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish (AP) — Japan reports its economy remained stalled in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyJapanEast AsiaAsia, 29 Aug 2014 00:48:51 GMTSyrian charged in plot against troops is now in US (AP) — A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.JACQUES BILLEAUDPAUL DAVENPORTaGeneral newsExtraditionCrimeLaw and orderIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited StatesArizonaPhoenixIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 28 Aug 2014 23:31:38 GMTIsner yet again to face Kohlschreiber at US Open YORK (AP) — John Isner is back in the U.S. Open's third round, so that can only mean one thing for the highest-ranked American man: a match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:22:03 GMTRussia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet (AP) — It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."CHARMAINE NORONHAiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsCrimeaCanadaUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:41:17 GMTYates states case to be Falcons' backup QB, Fla. (AP) — T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in both teams' preseason finale.MARK LONGsSportsProfessional footballFootballJacksonvilleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 01:07:18 GMTGoogle building fleet of package-delivering drones FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyDrone aircraftSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 00:45:12 GMT