FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 05:17:08 -0800Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 09:04:45 GMTFormer German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94 (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.By GEIR MOULSONiGeneral newsObituariesWorld War IIGovernment and politicsNazismInternational relationsEventsGermanyNetherlandsWest GermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 11:57:42 GMTIraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsIraqBaghdadSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:19:45 GMTLawmakers vote for new Italian president in test for Renzi (AP) — Italian lawmakers are voting again to elect the country's next president.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 10:29:40 GMTA Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger, Ariz. (AP) — Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting.By DOUG FERGUSONaGeneral newsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:50:44 GMTNo. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State in 57-34 win, Ariz. (AP) — T.J. McConnell jumped into passing lanes for steals and reached in to strip unsuspecting players of the ball.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsArizonaOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:15:59 GMTAU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union Saturday joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.By ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsWar and unrestForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSouth SudanEthiopiaAddis AbabaNorth AfricaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:43 GMTJapan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."iGeneral newsHostage situationsJournalismNews mediaMediaAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 07:57:55 GMTSafiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaSlovakiaOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 06:21:29 GMTHingis, 34, back in Aussie Open final, 20 years after debut, Australia (AP) — When Martina Hingis came out retirement for the second time in her career two years ago, she set some ground rules for herself.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisMen's tennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 12:39:59 GMT5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday (AP) — A quick quiz:By CONNIE CASSwGovernment and politicsGovernment programsLegislatureGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:30:00 GMTSnoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn't just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it's also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentNFL Super BowlProfessional footballYouth sportsFootballYouth footballEventsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:11:57 GMTSerena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title.iGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsEventsTennisAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:29 GMTSerena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory despite a hacking cough on Saturday night.By JOHN PYEiGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 12:10:33 GMTWhat to watch at the Aussie Open Sunday: The Men's Final, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, contesting the Australian Open final on Sunday, are both members of the so-called "Big Four" of men's tennis, the group which has dominated Grand Slam titles for most of the past decade led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 07:49:07 GMTAnger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59 (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsReligious strifeBombingsWar and unrestFunerals and memorial servicesProtests and demonstrationsMilitant groupsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesPolitical and civil unrestTerrorismPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:44:58 GMTJapan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAnimation and comicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:36 GMTSergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers .iGeneral newsJudicial electionsNational courtsNational electionsElectionsGovernment and politicsJudiciaryNational governmentsCourtsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:18 GMTDueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in ANGELES (AP) — As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCrimeViolent crime, 31 Jan 2015 08:29:33 GMTCrash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsHealthBlood donationAccidentsBiologyPublic healthAccidents and disastersTransportationScience, 31 Jan 2015 08:40:43 GMTPats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson (AP) — A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it.By HOWARD ULMANsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballEventsFootball, 31 Jan 2015 08:48:22 GMTAttorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and order, 31 Jan 2015 07:46:07 GMTVatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsWorkplace diversityChristianitySocial diversityReligionPersonnelBusinessSocial issuesSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:27:35 GMTQuotations in the News"I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee." — Mitt Romney, who ended his roller-coaster return to presidential politics.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNFL footballProfessional footballFootballSports, 31 Jan 2015 08:05:26 GMTMitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run (AP) — He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaigns2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesElectionsNational electionsPolitical fundraisingPolitical organizationsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:22:36 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 20 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:53:45 GMTGuest lineups for the Sunday news shows (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:eArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 31 Jan 2015 08:33:01 GMTAfter historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsAlbuquerqueUnited StatesAtlantic OceanNew MexicoNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:02 GMTAt a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016.By PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical fundraisingCampaignsPolitical action committeesPolitical organizationsPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsElectionsDistrict of ColumbiaTexasSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:24:46 GMTGermany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGermanyGreeceEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 12:20:23 GMTImagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero, Ariz. (AP) — Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl — he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:45:33 GMTKane, Sharp lead Blackhawks' 4-1 rout of Anaheim Ducks, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Sharp got the puck on the boards and abruptly whipped it in front to Patrick Kane, who scored before the Anaheim Ducks even knew where it went.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsCaliforniaBuffaloUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 31 Jan 2015 06:37:43 GMT5 boaters rescued from sailboat 200 miles off NC coast, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued five people from a sailboat after the boat's mast broke about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 11:42:55 GMTItaly's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsItalySicilyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:46:52 GMTDrive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress (AP) — It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.By ALAN FRAMhtBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsLegislatureMedical technologyMedical devicesPolitical partiesLegislationHealth care industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsState governmentsTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:28:13 GMTSan Francisco police detain man in human remains case FRANCISCO (AP) — Police detained a "person of interest" Friday night who had been shown in photos released earlier in the probe of human remains found inside a suitcase, authorities said.aGeneral newsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:11 GMTBledsoe, Dragic team for 44 points as Suns beat Bulls 99-93 (AP) — As they have so often this season, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic pushed the Phoenix Suns to victory.By BOB BAUMsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 07:15:08 GMTChina offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestChinaTibetBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 10:54:03 GMTSerena Williams wins 1st set of Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams, coughing frequently and still clearly affected by a recent cold, won the first set of her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova 6-3 on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 09:36:18 GMTBeijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.By CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsSportsSummer Olympic gamesWinter Olympic gamesHockeyMunicipal governmentsOlympic gamesTrain travelWinter weatherAir qualityEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsWeatherBeijingChinaPyeongchangEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsiaSouth Korea, 31 Jan 2015 06:46:39 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 22 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 22 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:17:44 GMT5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France (AP) — French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.iGeneral newsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 08:05:59 GMTOfficials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:14:45 GMTAfrica agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.BY ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsAfricaEthiopiaNigeriaAddis AbabaWest AfricaChadEast AfricaCentral Africa, 31 Jan 2015 12:51:03 GMTPhilippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:33 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Swan has debut Rod Laver appearance, Australia (AP) — U.S.-based British 15-year-old Katie Swan's first time at Rod Laver Arena came not as a spectator, but as a player on center court.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 07:56:04 GMTWhite House grapples with fraught terrorism language (AP) — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsTerrorismForeign policyRadicalismWar and unrestGeneral newsGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAfghanistanMiddle EastNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:31:02 GMTIs he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsNational securityMilitary and defenseManilaPhilippinesMalaysiaIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:55:38 GMTNYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeOrganized crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 07:25:15 GMTSports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsCelebrityEntertainmentMusicPartiesProfessional footballNFL Super BowlTelevision programsSports mediaOccasionsLifestyleFootballEventsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 12:03:27 GMT