FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Jan 2015 06:18:46 -0800Meet Coco: China's next Li Na, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country's two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisEventsMen's sportsChinaAustraliaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaOceaniaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:36:30 GMTLitvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazard (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken, a pathologist said Wednesday.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsPoisoningEspionageDiseases and conditionsHealthCrimeUnited KingdomLondonRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandEastern Europe, 28 Jan 2015 12:27:58 GMTMuseum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display.By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIASaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessMuseumsTheftCrimeRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelMaterials industryIndustriesSan FranciscoCaliforniaNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:44:05 GMTBiographer of World War I hero Alvin York wins $5,000 prize YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York, has won a $5,000 prize.eArts and entertainmentWorld War IBooks and literatureEntertainmentEvents, 28 Jan 2015 12:29:19 GMTImage of Asia: Mass wedding and an army parade in Indonesia this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, brides and grooms sit on top of an Indonesian army vehicle during a mass wedding organized in Jakarta for couples who could not afford the ceremony on their own. Thousands of couples registered for the event sponsored by the Jakarta government, a foundation and the military, which also paraded army vehicles at the Jakarta Sports Palace. Mass wedding ceremonies are common in Indonesia.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsParadesWeddingsRecreation and leisureLifestyleOccasionsIndonesiaJakartaSoutheast AsiaAsiaJava, 28 Jan 2015 13:22:39 GMTGreece sets up clash with eurozone over debt measures, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical new government on Wednesday signaled the country would backtrack or scrap a series of budget measures its eurozone creditor nations had demanded in exchange for bailout loans.By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS and DEREK GATOPOULOSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyGreeceAthensEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Jan 2015 13:25:19 GMTUkraine says 3 soldiers killed in fighting in the east, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official says three soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine.iGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 13:55:26 GMTSwedish swimming pool opens gender neutral changing room (AP) — A public swimming pool outside the Swedish capital is reopening this weekend after building a third changing room, for people with a "neutral gender identity."iGeneral newsGays and lesbiansGender issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsSwedenStockholmWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 12:23:25 GMTNissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.fBusinessProducts and servicesCorporate news, 28 Jan 2015 13:46:27 GMTThieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold rush nuggets on display.By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessSan FranciscoCaliforniaNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:29:27 GMTUN peacekeeper killed in Lebanon amid border clash YASHUV, Israel (AP) — A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force says a peacekeeper has been killed in southern Lebanon, in an incident likely related to a border clash between Lebanon and Israel.By ARIEL SCHALIT and ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsTerritorial disputesIsraelLebanonMiddle EastBeirutSyriaGaza StripPalestinian territories, 28 Jan 2015 12:20:45 GMT6 Bulgarians working for UN go missing in Sudan (AP) — A spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Program in Sudan says a six-person Bulgarian helicopter crew has gone missing after reports their aircraft made an unexpected landing in a conflict-torn area.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEgyptSudanNorth AfricaSouth SudanMiddle EastAfrica, 28 Jan 2015 13:58:29 GMTAfghanistan arrests militants linked to journalist killing, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has arrested two alleged militants from a Taliban splinter group that claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul, an official said Wednesday.iGeneral newsCabinetsArrestsJournalistsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeNews mediaMediaAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 13:52:49 GMTAfter being hit by car Tampa cat crawls back from grave, Fla. (AP) — If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one.aGeneral newsCatsMammalsAnimalsTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:18:35 GMTItaly cracks down on 'ndrangheta crime syndicate (AP) — Italian authorities have executed about 170 arrest warrants in a major crackdown on the 'ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate in southern Italy which officials say has become deeply rooted in the business world in the north.iBusinessGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderItalyBolognaWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:29 GMTOhio man says dog got the best of would-be burglar CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A family in northern Ohio says a man trying to break into their home left behind a trail of blood after meeting their dog at the front door.aOdditiesTheftCrimeGeneral newsPort ClintonOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:18:15 GMTMan hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say, Del. (AP) — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg.aGeneral newsOdditiesDrug-related crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:17:32 GMTFord recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:53 GMTBlizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.By BOB SALSBERG and WILLIAM J. KOLEaGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTravel laws and regulationsEventsStormsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsGovernment regulationsMassachusettsNew JerseyNew YorkBostonPhiladelphiaNew York CityMaineRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 28 Jan 2015 13:56:39 GMTReview: Tragedies of 'Timbuktu' told with rare beauty hot Malian sands of Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" are a cool reservoir of placid beauty, where desert dunes are swept by quiet ripples of colorful, everyday village life and haphazard storms of violence.By JAKE COYLEeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSoccerMen's soccerSportsMen's sports, 28 Jan 2015 12:56:22 GMTLebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, causing casualties YASHUV, Israel (AP) — A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.By ARIEL SCHALIT and ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsInternational incidentsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesWar casualtiesGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonBeirutSyriaMiddle EastGaza StripPalestinian territories, 28 Jan 2015 13:23:54 GMTFiat Chrysler earnings drop on Chrysler purchase (AP) — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler reported a two-thirds drop in 2014 earnings due mainly to costs of acquiring the final stake of U.S. carmaker Chrysler.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 28 Jan 2015 14:01:28 GMTSnails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.By DENIS D. GRAYtTravelLifestyleMollusksSpasAnimalsRecreation and leisureSkin disordersDiseases and conditionsHealthThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 13:14:55 GMTVoltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 13:26:44 GMTShake Shack raises projected price range for its IPO YORK (AP) — Shake Shack increased the projected price range for its initial public offering of stock in the burger chain.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:09:30 GMTReport: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon, Iran (AP) — A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial "soon," the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported Wednesday.By ALI AKBAR DAREINIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNewspapersNews mediaMediaLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTehranIranUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:19:38 GMTThai 'Red Shirt' leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM (AP) — A top leader of Thailand's "Red Shirt" political movement was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister, the latest blow to the supporters of another ex-prime minister, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 12:36:49 GMTPolish leaders seek relief for those with Swiss franc loans, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities say they are working to find a solution to help the more than 500,000 Poles who hold Swiss franc loans, the payments of which are spiking after a recent surge in the franc.iBusinessGeneral newsPolandEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 13:52:36 GMTHow much snow fell vs. how much was forecast look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast as of Wednesday after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as of Monday night:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherMassachusettsMaineProvidenceBostonNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaRhode IslandNew York, 28 Jan 2015 13:05:13 GMTA chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase (AP) — Johnny Depp has recovered from a cold. And a chupacabra attack.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityJapanEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 13:34:39 GMTSundance Watch: 'Tangerine' shot entirely with iPhones CITY, Utah (AP) — One Sundance movie was literally phoned in — the transgender prostitute tale "Tangerine."By RYAN PEARSONeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalGender issuesEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPark CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:23:13 GMTGerman consumer confidence at 13-year high (AP) — German consumer confidence is at a 13-year high, buoyed by a rise in disposable income due to collapsing fuel and heating oil costs, a closely-watches survey showed Wednesday.fBusinessEconomyLeading economic indicatorsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 12:39:20 GMTMilitary has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges (AP) — Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesArmed forcesMilitary legal affairsPrisoner exchangeMilitary and defenseWar and unrestUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:05:43 GMTVoltaire's book on tolerance climbs French bestseller lists (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after the attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.iGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsBooks and literatureEntertainmentArts and entertainmentTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:09 GMTJordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday.By KARIN LAUB and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsMilitant groupsTerrorismWar and unrestAmmanJordanJapanIraqSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:57:03 GMTFed is expected to remain 'patient' about a first rate hike (AP) — As the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, it is widely expected to repeat the pledge it made in December: That it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyCurrency marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:57:07 GMTAnthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts (AP) — Anthem has hiked the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders nearly 43 percent after reporting fourth-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations.By TOM MURPHYfBusinessHealth care reformFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsHealth care policyGovernment policy, 28 Jan 2015 12:23:33 GMTSenate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee (AP) — President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, faces Senate questioners Wednesday as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job.By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLegislatureCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsLegislature hearingsRace and ethnicityCrimeLaw and orderCabinetsSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew York, 28 Jan 2015 13:02:59 GMTRussian government details spending cuts in view of crisis (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 14:04:25 GMTStocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns (AP) — Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.By JOE McDONALDiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsUnited StatesEast AsiaAthensNorth AmericaAsiaGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 13:08:02 GMTPhilippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned that a collapse of a recent peace deal with the largest Muslim rebel group would help terrorists. Some lawmakers have questioned the deal after rebels were involved in a weekend clash that killed 44 police anti-terror commandos.iGeneral newsAccidents and disastersTerrorismPoliceWar and unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 13:03:21 GMTLibyan group loyal to Islamic State claims hotel attack, Libya (AP) — A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.By ESAM MOHAMEDiGeneral newsEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsLibyaTripoliMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:16:39 GMTBoeing reports 4Q profit of $1.47 billion on airplane sales (AP) — Demand for commercial jets airliners boosted Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter profit 20 percent, topping Wall Street expectations by a wide margin and offsetting weakness in the defense business.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:55:26 GMTTourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city, Lebanon (AP) — As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic — visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.By DIAA HADIDtTravelLifestyleArchitectureCivil warsLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessArts and entertainmentWar and unrestGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsBeirutLebanonSyriaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 13:08:46 GMTGovernors associations top list of biggest state-race donors (AP) — The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide.By BILL BARROWaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState electionsElectionsCampaignsUnited States General ElectionState governmentsThink tanksPolitical organizationsPolitical fundraisingEventsTeachingEducationSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issuesGeneral elections, 28 Jan 2015 13:06:53 GMTPerry to respond to ruling to continue his criminal case, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally respond to a judge's ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed.By WILL WEISSERTaGovernment and politicsIndictmentsLaw and orderGeneral newsAustinTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:43:13 GMTVideo: UPS driver throws box, urinates against Texas house (AP) — A UPS driver has been fired after a Houston homeowner posted security video that shows the delivery man throwing a parcel over a gate and urinating against a house.aGeneral newsHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 12:25:34 GMTClosing arguments set in Toyota fatal crash lawsuit (AP) — Jurors may soon begin deliberating a federal lawsuit stemming from a 2006 Minnesota car accident that killed three people.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:15:14 GMTEx-Los Alamos scientist to be sentenced in nuke spy sting, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced.By RUSSELL CONTRERAShtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceTechnologyWeapons technologyLegal proceedingsEspionageNuclear weaponsCrimeUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnergy industryLaw and orderWeapons of mass destructionVenezuelaSouth AmericaLos AlamosUnited StatesAlbuquerqueLatin America and CaribbeanNew MexicoNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 13:25:58 GMTIran bill would scrap nuclear deal over new sanctions, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would scrap a landmark 2013 interim nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed.iGeneral newsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsLegislationLegislatureTehranIranMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 13:33:19 GMT