FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Feb 2015 12:40:59 -0800Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming, Morocco (AP) — Morocco saw a six-fold increase in the amount of money foreign film companies spent in the country to make movies, the head of the film commission said Saturday.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentMoroccoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 18:06:18 GMTHarrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington has the lead going into Sunday at the Honda Classic. Thanks to rain that washed out the third round, it will still feel like Saturday.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 20:13:30 GMTNo. 14 Maryland beats Michigan 66-56 for 5th straight win PARK, Md. (AP) — Melo Trimble scored 19 points, and No. 14 Maryland beat Michigan 66-56 Saturday to complete an undefeated season at home in the Big Ten.By DAVID GINSBURGsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsMarylandMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 19:15:30 GMTGOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyLegislationPolitical partiesNational securityImmigrationEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 19:46:18 GMTLesotho votes in bid to overcome tension (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSouth AfricaLesothoSouthern AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 18:42:41 GMTOne of Turkey's best-known novelists, Yasar Kemal, dies, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists whose focus on social injustices brought him into conflict with authority, died in Istanbul on Saturday. He was 91.By SUZAN FRASERiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureObituariesRebellions and uprisingsEntertainmentWar and unrestTurkeyIstanbulMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 19:12:10 GMTUS drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.By AHMED AL-HAJiBusinessGeneral newsInternational agreementsWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseYemenSanaaMiddle EastIran, 28 Feb 2015 18:49:37 GMTDefending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.By SANDRA HARWITTsSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:26:45 GMTLos Angeles airport could see delays due to runway project ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport could face flight delays due to a four-year construction project aimed at increasing the size of safety areas at the ends of its runways.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTransportation safetyTransportationLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:07:09 GMTEnvironmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmental activists burst into the lobby of a luxury hotel on Rio's Copacabana Beach where IOC officials were meeting Saturday, protesting against ecological destruction related to the 2016 Rio Olympics.By STEPHEN WADE and JENNY BARCHFIELDiGeneral newsSportsEnvironmental activismOlympic gamesSports governanceSummer Olympic gamesEventsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 28 Feb 2015 19:22:15 GMTUkrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist was killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as the cease-fire deal brokered by Western leaders seems to fail to silence the guns completely.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsJournalistsNewspapersWar and unrestNews mediaMediaUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:12:42 GMTGreek police arrest 2 suspected members of anarchist group, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested two people allegedly belonging to armed anarchist group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.iGeneral newsConspiracyArrestsCrimeLaw and orderGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:05 GMT30 struggling Colorado schools have 1 more year to improve, Colo. (AP) — A magnet middle school in Colorado Springs with a focus on aviation and Pueblo City Schools are among 30 schools in Colorado in their fifth consecutive year of low academic performance. Under Colorado's accreditation rating system, those schools are considered to be failing and could face state sanctions.aGeneral newsPrimary and secondary educationSchool rankingsEducationSocial affairsSchool administrationPuebloColoradoColorado SpringsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 19:59:45 GMTYouth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a Massachusetts skating rink on Saturday morning, officials said.aGeneral newsYouth sportsAthlete injuriesFigure skatingHockeyYouth hockeyAccidentsAccidents and disastersSportsAthlete healthSkatingMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 20:00:20 GMTIndiana's Pence among the few to deflect 2016 GOP question BEACH, Florida (AP) — Some Republicans meeting conservatives in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida, in the past few days have spoken openly about possible presidential campaigns. Not Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.By THOMAS BEAUMONTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsState governmentsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsFloridaIndianaBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 28 Feb 2015 19:22:24 GMTGreece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.By DEMETRIS NELLASiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:56:22 GMTFrom Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.By RYAN LUCASiGeneral newsArrestsMilitant groupsCultural preservationTerrorismCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestCulturesSocial affairsUnited KingdomSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesLondonNew YorkNew York CityIraqIstanbulWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaEnglandTurkey, 28 Feb 2015 20:18:45 GMTActivists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday.By ASHRAF KHALILiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaBeirutDamascusLebanonMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:14:05 GMTBlackshear leads No. 17 Louisville past Florida St 81-59, Fla. (AP) — Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points and Montrezl Harrell added 16 points as No. 17 Louisville cruised to an 81-59 win over Florida State on Saturday.sSportsCollege basketballMen's sportsMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 20:06:44 GMTHarrington takes 36-hole lead at Honda Classic in Florida BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington felt like a three-time major champion long enough to take the lead after 36 holes of the Honda Classic.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:00:53 GMTStolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta, Ga. (AP) — The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.By PAUL NEWBERRYaGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingTheftNASCARCrimeAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 20:22:41 GMT8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris (AP) — Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday.iBusinessGeneral newsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:42:34 GMTCar bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad (AP) — Car bombs targeting a public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.BY SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsTerrorismGovernment and politicsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 17:55:58 GMTFinance Minister: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling while working on reforms, Greece (AP) — Finance Minister: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling while working on reforms.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:44:08 GMTAP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday.By ELENA BECATOROSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyLegislatureEconomic growthGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGreeceAthensGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 19:53:03 GMTLawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta's dismay (AP) — Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for all airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport.By KATHLEEN FOODYfBusinessGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:39:58 GMTBerkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts.By JOSH FUNKfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 28 Feb 2015 18:31:40 GMTWhite Sox pitching ace Chris Sale has foot fracture, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss opening day.sSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:30:54 GMTAnti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges YORK (AP) — The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said.By RACHEL ZOLLaGeneral newsHigher educationRace and ethnicityEducationCollegiate organizationsAfrican-AmericansProfessional organizationsProtests and demonstrationsTerritorial disputesSchool administrationHuman rights and civil libertiesBoycottsPolitical activismEthnic cleansingPolitical organizationsSpecial interest groupsSocial affairsSocial issuesSocial groups and organizationsEducation issuesPolitical and civil unrestWar and unrestViolencePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastJerusalemUnited StatesCaliforniaIllinoisPalestinian territoriesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:39:06 GMTSafarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open, Qatar (AP) — Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsQatarDohaMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:41:04 GMTMoody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities.By JASON KEYSERaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityMunicipal governmentsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsGovernment financeChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 19:37:10 GMTObama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesLegislatureForeign policyWar and unrestGeneral newsNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyIsraelPalestinian territoriesUnited StatesTehranIranMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:41:43 GMTBuffett reflects on his firm's success and strength, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral news, 28 Feb 2015 18:54:21 GMTPolice in German city warn of potential extremist threat (AP) — Police in the German city of Bremen warned Saturday of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and stepped up security measures.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestGermanyBremenWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 19:39:17 GMTNew Hampshire lake is Lower 48's only ice runway, N.H. (AP) — Winter on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes.By JIM COLEaGeneral newsLakesEnvironment and natureNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 19:40:46 GMTMayor of Fresno won't seek US Senate seat, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureMunicipal governmentsState governmentsLocal governmentsFresnoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:02:53 GMTDallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs.aBusinessGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherAir travel disruptionsTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesStormsDallasFort WorthTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:59:40 GMTAP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling, Greece (AP) — Greece intends to start discussions with its creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country's massive debt sustainable, at the same time as working on reform measures that need to be cemented by April, the finance minister said Saturday.By ELENA BECATOROSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:47:30 GMTPirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 95 games in 2005, the year they drafted outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first round. Four years later, when McCutchen made his major league debut, they lost 99 games.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsBradentonFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:31:33 GMTFemininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week (AP) — Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan.By COLLEEN BARRYiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleFashionBeauty and fashionMilan Fashion WeekFashion showsEventsEntertainmentFashion designMilanItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:29:05 GMTEgyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' (AP) — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government.By BRIAN ROHAN and FARES AKRAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesTerrorismGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptCairoIsraelMiddle EastGaza StripNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 28 Feb 2015 17:58:52 GMTCrop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population CITY, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat.By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTHaBusinessGeneral newsAgriculture and the environmentButterfliesFlowersWildlifePopulation growth and declineEnvironmental conservation and preservationNatural resource managementInsectsEnvironmental scienceEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnergy and the environmentAnimalsAgricultureIndustriesPlantsMaterials industryDemographicsSocial affairsScienceUnited StatesMexicoNorth AmericaMissouri, 28 Feb 2015 17:46:59 GMTAttacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq's capital (AP) — A series of attacks targeting public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 37 people Saturday, authorities said.BY SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsMilitant groupsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 19:11:14 GMTBlind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold, Alaska (AP) — A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner.aGeneral newsDogsMammalsAnimalsOdditiesFairbanksAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:42:05 GMTYemen, Iran sign agreement to open direct flight routes, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels who control Yemen's capital have signed an agreement with Iranian authorities in Tehran to set up direct flights between the two countries, the nation's official news agency reported Saturday.iBusinessGeneral newsEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaMiddle EastIran, 28 Feb 2015 18:01:42 GMTJudge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire at during a municipal meeting, killing three people, a year and a half ago is competent to stand trial, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:44:20 GMTAuthorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:38:15 GMTSheriff releases names of 3 rural Missouri shooting victims, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff has identified the final three victims in a shooting rampage that left seven people dead before the gunman killed himself.aGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 20:22:01 GMTItaly's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome (AP) — The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti-Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsImmigrationPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsItalyRomeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 17:37:47 GMTNemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics (AP) — Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical activismLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesMoscowRussiaUnited KingdomChechnyaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 20:14:15 GMT