FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Aug 2014 13:26:47 -0700US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.EMILY SCHMALLaBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsOceansEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureUnited StatesGulf of MexicoTexasNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:23:33 GMTSupreme Court puts hold on same-sex marriages in Virginia (AP) — Supreme Court puts hold on same-sex marriages in Virginia.wGovernment and politicsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issues, 20 Aug 2014 19:09:38 GMTBrine hauler sues over biblical fracking billboard, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing deep-injection wastewater wells faces a legal threat from the wells' operator.JULIE CARR SMYTHaBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWaste managementEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentNatural resource managementEnergy and the environmentOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:06:13 GMTHolder: 'Change is coming' after police shooting, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a small group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged.JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePoliceProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:54:59 GMTHigh court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.MICHAEL FELBERBAUMaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansCouplesMarriageNational courtsWeddingsFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesRelationshipsLifestyleNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOccasionsVirginiaUnited StatesNorfolkNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:10:24 GMTEmmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams ANGELES (AP) — Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, next week's Emmy Awards.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityEmmy AwardsTelevision programsEventsAward showsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:32:05 GMTFormer Virginia governor begins testifying in his defense in public corruption trial, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia governor begins testifying in his defense in public corruption trial.aGeneral newsPolitical corruptionLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:26:49 GMTLiberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record, Liberia (AP) — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHWADE WILLIAMSiGeneral newsHealthScienceDisease outbreaksRecord setting eventsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndustrial products and servicesAfricaWest AfricaLiberiaMonroviaSierra LeoneGuineaNigeria, 20 Aug 2014 19:58:05 GMTAlmanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer, N.H. (AP) — The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.RIK STEVENSaGeneral newsWeatherNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:39:19 GMTWarren Buffett's firm to pay $896,000 penalty, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. beforehand.JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral newsOmahaNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:25:39 GMT8 homes destroyed, 1,500 threatened by wildfire, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.aGeneral newsFire weatherProperty damageFiresAccidents and disastersEvacuationsNatural disastersWeatherCaliforniaBakersfieldUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:45:21 GMTIsraeli ship unloads cargo despite Oakland protest, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an Israeli-owned commercial ship has unloaded its cargo at a port in Northern California after being delayed for days by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsLabor issuesPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:23 GMTEx-Virginia gov. testifies in his corruption trial, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell began his much-anticipated testimony in his public corruption case Wednesday, focusing — as much of the trial has — on his wife, Maureen.MATTHEW BARAKATLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:02:55 GMTAirstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.IBRAHIM BARZAKTIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsInternational incidentsTerritorial disputesFunerals and memorial servicesBlockadesPolitical assassinationsCease firesAssassinationsAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 19:53:23 GMTParents demand federal probe in NY police shooting YORK (AP) — The parents of a black teenager shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 are demanding a federal civil rights probe.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimePoliceLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBronxNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:19:05 GMTDespite Fed, a late push sends US stocks higher YORK (AP) — A late round of buying is leaving stock indexes mostly higher.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial servicesIndustries, 20 Aug 2014 20:11:19 GMTMan who lived as hermit adjusting to society, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.aGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeAugustaMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:18:41 GMTMartinez, Rangers top Marlins, 5-4 (AP) — Nick Martinez allowed two runs over six innings in his homecoming, Alex Rios drove in two runs and the Texas Rangers roughed up Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi early on the way to a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.TIM REYNOLDSsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiFloridaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:46:12 GMTToyota looking for horsepower in NASCAR engines, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was clearly frustrated a week ago at Michigan, when some jockeying for position led to a confrontation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. after the race.JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingMen's sportsNASCARIndyCarCharlotteNorth CarolinaMadisonUnited StatesNorth AmericaWisconsin, 20 Aug 2014 19:56:31 GMTSlain American journalist remembered as driven, N.H. (AP) — In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.RIK STEVENSaGeneral newsHostage situationsJournalistsNews mediaMediaSyriaUnited StatesLibyaMiddle EastNew HampshireIraqNorth AmericaNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Aug 2014 19:42:40 GMTJohnny Manziel: 'I'm the backup quarterback', Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel hopes the hype around him calms down.TOM WITHERSsSportsProfessional footballFootballOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:13 GMTDrug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys (AP) — Texas researchers are reporting that an experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began.LAURAN NEERGAARDwGeneral newsHealthMedical researchVirologyMedicationInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsBiologyScienceDiagnosis and treatment, 20 Aug 2014 19:05:18 GMTUS military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,200 of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at least 2,200 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.The Associated PressaGovernment and politicsWar casualtiesMilitary and defenseWar and unrestGeneral newsAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:08:15 GMTAPNewsBreak: BofA reaches $17B settlement with US (AP) — Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.JEFF HORWITZMICHAEL VIRTANENwBusinessGovernment and politicsFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsEconomyFinancial marketsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateFinancial servicesIndustriesDebt and bond marketsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:51:48 GMTLos Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy.aOdditiesLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:51 GMTEmmys: Bill Crystal to pay tribute to Williams ANGELES (AP) — The producer of the Emmys says that Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams during the awards ceremony.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityEmmy AwardsTelevision programsEventsAward showsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:20:42 GMTObama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State (AP) — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsHostage situationsMilitant groupsWar and unrestKidnappingJournalistsGeneral newsCrimeNews mediaMediaUnited StatesIraqSyriaMiddle EastNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:51 GMTTeenager struck by lightning breathing on his own CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southern New Mexico say a 13-year-old middle school student who was critically injured by lighting during football practice is breathing on his own.aGeneral newsSportsFootballLas CrucesNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:44:53 GMTBrine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.JULIE CARR SMYTHaBusinessGeneral newsPoisoningEnergy industryIndustriesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsCrimeDiseases and conditionsHealthWaste managementWater environmentNatural resource managementIndustrial products and servicesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:05:52 GMTJudge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial (AP) — An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.BRIAN SKOLOFFaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimePhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:51:31 GMTUS official: More airstrikes in Iraq (AP) — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.LOLITA C. BALDORLARA JAKESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsHostage situationsMilitant groupsWar and unrestExtortion and threatsWar casualtiesCrimeUnited StatesBaghdadIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 19:55:33 GMTGrain lower, livestock lower (AP) — Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:32:16 GMTStocks push higher in last hour of trading YORK (AP) — Stocks were on pace for third straight day of gains Wednesday, despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In the bond market, prices fell and yields rose as investors prepared themselves for higher interest rates.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesCommodity marketsUnited StatesJacksonNorth AmericaWyoming, 20 Aug 2014 19:31:54 GMTFather of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?, Denmark (AP) — The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCrimeNorwayDenmarkWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 19:37:40 GMTWozniacki upset by Giorgi at Connecticut Open HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki was upset 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday by Camila Giorgi of Italy in the second round of the Connecticut Open.PAT EATON-ROBBsSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsNew HavenConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:59:31 GMTWednesday's Time Schedule at Miami, 12:40 p.m.The Associated PresssProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSportsLos AngelesSeattleNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaWashingtonNew York, 20 Aug 2014 18:46:02 GMTArgentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.ALMUDENA CALLATRAVAiBusinessGeneral newsDebt and bond marketsLegislatureFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsArgentinaSouth AmericaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:36:56 GMTRory McIlroy not wrapped up torches or rivalries, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy stands a good chance to be part of golf's next rivalry.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:30 GMTGuilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeBoston Marathon bombingBombingsLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:15 GMTMcConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum, Ky. (AP) — What was supposed to be a forum on agriculture turned into a political slugfest as the candidates in a key Senate race traded blows on everything from attendance in committee meetings to allegations of improper campaign finance.ADAM BEAMpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislatureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsAgricultureIndustriesUnited StatesKentuckyNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:10 GMTNYC mayor, faith leaders meet over chokehold death YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor and archbishop convened a round-table meeting of police and minority community leaders on Wednesday to diffuse tensions between the groups, days before a march to protest the death of a black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsCrimePoliceViolent crimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesStaten IslandNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:09 GMTFormer lab worker sentenced in nuke secrets plot, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her physicist husband to sell nuclear secrets.aGeneral newsScienceLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderLos AlamosNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:02:51 GMTReport: Firefighting costs eroding conservation (AP) — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.KEVIN FREKINGwGovernment and politicsNatural resource managementForestsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLand environmentFiresAccidents and disastersGeneral newsNatural disasters, 20 Aug 2014 18:47:47 GMTSome Fed officials want to slow economic help soon (AP) — Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 20:01:38 GMTProsecutor: Gunman camped out before killings Levi Brimhall had picnicked with his parents at a remote spot in Oregon's Coast Range last weekend then stayed to camp.JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOregonMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:02:37 GMTPicture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting, Mo. (AP) — A police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLegal proceedingsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:19:46 GMTReview: Video blackouts impede baseball online PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeSportsTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentEntertainment and media technologyBaseballTelevisionCable televisionProfessional baseballConsumer electronicsMen's sportsMediaLa PorteNew York CityIndianaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 20 Aug 2014 18:54:15 GMTEx-deputy: Gunfire after driver shot not in report, Texas (AP) — An ex-deputy told jurors Wednesday he failed to note in a report that more gunfire had taken place well after a drunken driver was fatally shot in Texas following an accident that killed two boys, a detail a defense attorney says helps point to the innocence of the boys' father who is on trial for murder.JUAN A. LOZANOaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsAccidentsCrimeViolent crimeAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:15:23 GMTNice guy Andrew Rannells channels his inner Hedwig YORK (AP) — Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time — and a load of mascara as well.MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityPerforming artsNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 19:29:26 GMTBail slashed in Nevada trespasser's shooting death, Nev. (AP) — A judge in a Nevada murder case has slashed bail from $2 million to $150,000 for a 73-year-old man who shot and killed one unarmed trespasser and seriously wounded another at a home he owns in Sparks.SCOTT SONNERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderNevadaRenoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:48:55 GMT