FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Oct 2014 17:27:55 -0700Cyclists kidnapped, ransomed near Mexico City CITY (AP) — Seven cyclists and an assistant who were kidnapped while on a training ride in the mountainous outskirts of the Mexican capital were released hours later after a ransom was paid, authorities said Friday.iGeneral newsSportsKidnappingViolent crimeCrimeMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Nov 2014 00:01:32 GMTMets strike back at ex-exec's discrimination suit YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say a former top team executive was fired for legitimate business reasons despite her allegations she lost her job because she had a child without being married.aBusinessGeneral newsSportsWorkplace discriminationPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMLB baseballProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:38:37 GMTRaonic downs Federer at Paris Masters (AP) — Milos Raonic perfectly timed his maiden win over Roger Federer.SAMUEL PETREQUINsSportsMen's sportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsFranceParisLondonSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandUnited Kingdom, 01 Nov 2014 00:12:29 GMTKansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enforcing its gay-marriage ban until the state Supreme Court weighs in, while the American Civil Liberties Union argued same-sex couples suffer legal harm if the judge delays a decision.JOHN HANNAaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsKansasUnited StatesKansas CityWichitaNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:01:31 GMTHerbalife eyes settlement in federal lawsuit ANGELES (AP) — Herbalife says it has agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company's business structure and marketing practices violated federal and state laws.fBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:01:04 GMTFinancial troubles dogging F1 before American race, Texas (AP) — Formula One's third year at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas is an excellent opportunity for the series to expand its footprint in a rich, largely untapped market for fans and money.JIM VERTUNOsSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneAthlete injuriesNASCARAthlete healthAustinUnited StatesTexasNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:49:48 GMTRepublicans take big lead in Colorado early voting (AP) — Republicans have taken a big lead in mail-in votes cast in Colorado.NICHOLAS RICCARDIaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsUnited States General ElectionVotingState electionsPolitical partiesLegislatureEventsPolitical organizationsGeneral electionsColoradoDenverUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:29:47 GMTUntapable wins Breeders' Cup Distaff, Calif. (AP) — Untapable polished off an impressive year with a 1 1/4-length victory Friday in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, making Rosie Napravnik the first female jockey to win the $2 million race in its 31-year history.BETH HARRISsSportsWomen's sportsBreeders' Cup World ChampionshipsHorse racingEventsThoroughbred racingCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:09:47 GMT2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.AUDREY McAVOYJENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsScienceArrestsVolcanoesLaw and orderCrimeEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:09:46 GMTOrange fever reins again at Giants victory parade FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions.PAUL ELIASKRISTIN J. BENDERaGeneral newsSportsMLB World SeriesParadesBaseballGovernment and politicsProfessional baseballMen's sportsEventsRecreation and leisureLifestyleSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:08:45 GMTColombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run, Colombia (AP) — A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.JOSHUA GOODMANiBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsArrestsMunicipal governmentsBorder securityCrimeGovernment and politicsSmugglingLaw and orderLocal governmentsMilitary and defenseVenezuelaColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Nov 2014 00:09:01 GMTUN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSocial issuesSocial affairsMyanmarBangladeshSoutheast AsiaAsiaSouth Asia, 31 Oct 2014 23:22:37 GMTAIG to pay NY $35M to settle licensing allegations, N.Y. (AP) — Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsProducts and servicesCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:26:11 GMTLake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore (AP) — Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline, sending water onto part of Lake Shore Drive. The waves slowed traffic and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction.aGeneral newsWeatherChicagoLake MichiganIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:46:30 GMTWitness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert, Calif. (AP) — Commercial space tourism suffered a huge setback Friday when a prototype passenger rocket exploded during a test flight, scattering debris over the Mojave Desert and killing one pilot while seriously injuring the other.BRIAN MELLEYJUSTIN PRITCHARDhtTravelLifestyleSpace launchesExplosionsAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationAerospace technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNew MexicoLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:10:21 GMTLos Angeles airport shooting lessons linger ANGELES (AP) — A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.TAMI ABDOLLAHtTravelLifestyleViolent crimeCrimeEmergency managementLegislationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGeneral newsProfessional servicesGovernment and politicsLegislatureLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:03:05 GMTAttorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsKidnappingMissing personsCrimeJudicial appointments and nominationsLaw and orderViolent crimeJudiciaryGovernment and politicsGovernment appointments and nominationsVirginiaCharlottesvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:07:45 GMTBerberian leads PGA Assistant Championship ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Richard Berberian Jr. shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA Assistant Championship.sSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:58:22 GMTVirgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:DAVID KOENIGaBusinessGeneral newsTravelCelebrityLeisure travelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 31 Oct 2014 23:55:55 GMTMexican judge orders immediate release of jailed US Marine, family spokesman says DIEGO (AP) — Mexican judge orders immediate release of jailed US Marine, family spokesman says.aGeneral news, 01 Nov 2014 00:07:37 GMTPolice release recordings from school shooting (AP) — Newly released police dispatch recordings from a deadly Washington state high school shooting reveal the difficulties law enforcement faced as they tried to secure a sprawling campus.MARTHA BELLISLEaGeneral newsMarysville-Pilchuck High School shootingEventsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationViolent crimeCrimeViolenceWashingtonSeattleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:41:07 GMTFeds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.RUSSELL CONTRERASaGeneral newsPoliceMunicipal governmentsViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsCrimeAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:08:27 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 Oct 2014 23:12:25 GMTBronx resident Deba seeks to win NYC Marathon YORK (AP) — The last time a New Yorker won the city's namesake marathon, the race didn't even go through the Bronx.RACHEL COHENsSportsWomen's track and fieldNew York City MarathonTrack and fieldWomen's sportsMarathonsEventsMen's track and fieldMen's sportsBronxNew YorkNew York CityWhite PlainsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:54:21 GMTStewart hits 200 mph, Kenseth takes Texas pole WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tony Stewart had NASCAR's first 200-mph qualifying lap on an intermediate track, and Matt Kenseth took the pole for the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:18:55 GMT4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois, Ill. (AP) — A mother and three of her children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child injured when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train, authorities said Friday.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:06:04 GMTJudge won't close hearing in Islamic State case (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a government request to partially close a detention hearing for a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man who authorities say violated U.S. law by trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants.MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsNational courtsCrimeArrestsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderChicagoUnited StatesMiddle EastIllinoisNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:12:22 GMTAPNewsBreak: Judge orders release of jailed Marine DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.JULIE WATSONaGeneral newsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:16:57 GMTShooting recordings released: 'We need aid ASAP' (AP) — As police raced to a Washington state high school last week in response to reports of a possible shooter, they faced the daunting task of trying to secure a maze of buildings that make up the sprawling campus, according to police radio traffic from the scene.MARTHA BELLISLEaGeneral newsMarysville-Pilchuck High School shootingEventsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationViolent crimeCrimeViolenceWashingtonSeattleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:10:15 GMTWallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks (AP) — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.CARLA K. JOHNSONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentWeatherChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:18:56 GMTJury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings, Ohio (AP) — A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeOhioAkronUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:18:49 GMTColumn: Seminoles a team everyone loves to hate it. You're rooting against Florida State.PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsCoachingFootballFloridaTallahasseeMiamiLouisvilleUnited StatesNorth AmericaKentucky, 31 Oct 2014 22:29:03 GMTSeattle megachurch dissolves after founder resigns (AP) — Two weeks after lead Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll resigned amid questions about his leadership, the Seattle megachurch he founded announced Friday it was dissolving its network of branches across four states.aGeneral newsSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:31:02 GMTCanada restricts visas amid Ebola scare (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsDisease outbreaksTravel healthPassports and visasTravel laws and regulationsInternational agreementsGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthInternational relationsTravelLifestyleGovernment regulationsLung diseaseTravel safetyCanadaOntarioWest AfricaGuineaLiberiaSierra LeoneTorontoNorth AmericaAfrica, 31 Oct 2014 22:58:12 GMTReligious talk: Salem school bars church leader, Ore. (AP) — A church youth leader has been barred from volunteering at a Salem public school after a student said he was promoting Christianity and insulted her for being an atheist.aGeneral newsPrimary and secondary educationReligionAtheismEducationSocial affairsEducation issuesSocial issuesReligious issuesSalemOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:20:12 GMTCubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria (AP) — Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers.ANDREW SELIGMANJAY COHENsSportsSports transactionsBaseballProfessional baseballSports businessMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 23:16:17 GMTJudge denies former NBA player's fraud appeal, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected jailed former NBA player Tate George's appeal of his 2013 fraud conviction, ruling that the government provided ample evidence for a jury to find him guilty of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.DAVID PORTERaGeneral newsSportsFraud and false statementsSports governanceNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCorporate crimeCorporate newsBusinessNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:48:58 GMTProtests push Burkina Faso president from power, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestBurkina FasoOuagadougouWest AfricaAfricaFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 22:52:07 GMTSpacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.BRIAN MELLEYJUSTIN PRITCHARDhtBusinessGeneral newsScienceTravelLifestyleExplosionsAccidents and disastersAccidentsTransportationAerospace technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesCaliforniaNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:03:32 GMTNTSB: Kansas plane drifted to left before crashing, Kan. (AP) — Six eyewitness have reported that a small plane drifted to the left side of the runway after taking off from a Kansas airport, then made a steep left bank before crashing into a flight training facility, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.ROXANA HEGEMANaGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationWichitaKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:49:38 GMTMostly treats, no tricks at White House Halloween (AP) — There were mostly treats at the White House this Halloween.DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:25:02 GMTStudents isolated as expulsion alternative (AP) — A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.STEVEN K. PAULSONaGeneral newsPrimary and secondary educationState governmentsEducationSocial affairsEducation issuesSocial issuesSchool administrationGovernment and politicsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:19:34 GMTPainted faces at parks need painstaking removal LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsNational parksVisual artsSocial mediaVandalismEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelArts and entertainmentOnline mediaMediaCrimeUtahCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:12:17 GMTSharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsViolent crimeHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimeLegal proceedingsSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:02:59 GMTKansas tax collections short as election nears, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that its October tax collections fell short of expectations, potentially complicating conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to win a tough a re-election race after successfully pushing for large personal income tax cuts.JOHN HANNAaGovernment and politicsState electionsPersonal taxesState governmentsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessElectionsNational governmentsPersonal financeKansasTopekaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Nov 2014 00:16:30 GMTEx-band FAMU member convicted in hazing death, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.KYLE HIGHTOWERaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsHazing ritualsCrimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:32 GMTNYPD's highest ranking black official quits YORK (AP) — The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:17:07 GMT3 California counties voting on fracking bans FRANCISCO (AP) — Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.ELLEN KNICKMEYERaGeneral newsState electionsEnergy and the environmentVotingCoastlines and beachesEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureElectionsCaliforniaSanta BarbaraMontereyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 22:24:30 GMTSpace tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.SETH BORENSTEINSUSAN MONTOYA BRYANhtBusinessGeneral newsScienceTechnologySpace explorationAccidents and disastersTravelLeisure travelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 01 Nov 2014 00:17:07 GMTBiden concerned by tension between Cyprus, Turkey (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has telephoned the president of Cyprus to express concern over renewed tension with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.wGovernment and politicsCyprusUnited StatesTurkeyMediterranean SeaWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 23:04:36 GMT