FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Apr 2015 11:29:01 -0700Engineers create boot-like device to make walking easier (AP) — Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done.By SETH BORENSTEINhtGeneral newsScienceTechnology, 01 Apr 2015 17:03:24 GMTFast, furious, unstoppable: Franchise stays in high gear ANGELES (AP) — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz.By LINDSEY BAHRaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentChinaLos AngelesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:38:19 GMTEntrance fees rising in some national parks (AP) — Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer.By KEVIN FREKINGwBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTravelLifestyleNational parksLegislatureEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:38:04 GMTTrial to seek role of online bullying in teen girl's suicide JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her at a 2012 party, petrified the boys would circulate the photos online and believing gossip about her was spreading widely.By PAUL ELIAShtGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaComputer crimeLegal proceedingsSuicidesCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeOnline mediaMediaHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:28:55 GMTMacedonian intel chief accused of bribery in Israel deal, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's main left-wing opposition leader has accused the head of the country's intelligence service of taking a large bribe for a surveillance equipment deal with Israel in 2011.iGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeMacedoniaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 16:49:25 GMTMexican oil rig burns off coast, 4 dead, 16 injured CITY (AP) — A fire at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers, injured 16 and forced the evacuation of 300, Mexico's state-owned oil company said Wednesday.By MARK STEVENSONiBusinessGeneral newsFiresCoastlines and beachesEnergy industryIndustriesAccidents and disastersAccidentsEnvironment and natureMexicoGulf of MexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 17:37:53 GMTGreek air traffic controllers call for radar system upgrade, Greece (AP) — Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle increasing number of tourist arrivals.By ELENA BECATOROSiBusinessGeneral newsAir traffic controlTravelTransportationLifestyleGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 16:46:31 GMT10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthEpidemicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfrica, 01 Apr 2015 17:46:51 GMTHot cars at the New York International Auto Show YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe.aBusinessGeneral newsAutomobile showsAutomobile racingIndustry conferences and trade showsFormula OneConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAutomobilesLifestyleSportsCorporate newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:39:12 GMTLagares, Mets working on deal to guarantee $23M from 2016-19 ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The Mets are working to complete a new contract with Juan Lagares that would guarantee the center fielder $23 million from 2016-19, including a buyout of a $9.5 million option for 2020.sSportsAthlete compensationSports businessSports transactionsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:47:01 GMTIn Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US Embassy, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy in the island's capital on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.By DAVID McFADDENiGeneral newsEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsJamaicaKingstonUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:26:28 GMTScientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears forced off sea ice because of global warming will not find enough food to replace their current diet of fat-laden marine mammals such as seals, researchers say in a paper, a conclusion that contradicts studies indicating they could be embracing bird eggs, berries and other land food sources.By DAN JOLINGaGeneral newsScienceAnimalsFood scienceBearsGlaciologyBirdsSealsOceansWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsAgricultural scienceMammalsEarth scienceHudson BayCanadaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:27:28 GMTOld colonial statues are in the crosshairs in South Africa TOWN, South Africa (AP) — It began with a container of excrement.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansHigher educationSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesEducationEducation costsGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaAfricaCape TownPretoriaZimbabweSouthern Africa, 01 Apr 2015 16:35:41 GMTLive in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.By JOSH BOAKaBusinessGeneral newsHome buyingLuxury shoppingArchitectureCurrency marketsResidential real estateLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesShoppingArts and entertainmentProfessional servicesFinancial marketsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesRussiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 16:43:04 GMTDriver killed at NSA identified as transgender, friend says (AP) — The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore, according to a friend.By JULIET LINDERMAN AND MEREDITH SOMERSaGeneral newsCrimeIntelligence agenciesNational securityGender issuesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseMarylandBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:25:42 GMTCynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer (AP) — Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.By GREGORY KATZiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityObituariesUnited KingdomSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:46 GMTUS military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy (AP) — The release of U.S. military aid to Egypt withheld following the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 has boosted the legitimacy of the former military chief now running the country, nearly a year into his four-year term.By BRIAN ROHANiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesBorder securityTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsWar and unrestNational securityEgyptUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:39:58 GMTGreek pensioners hold anti-government rallies, Greece (AP) — Holding up walking sticks and chanting anti-government slogans, thousands of pensioners have joined protest rallies around Greece to demand that the country's new left-wing government end cuts to their monthly payments.By DEREK GATOPOULOSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment pensions and social securityPolitical and civil unrestGovernment business and financeGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 17:43:17 GMTUS construction spending falls for second month in February (AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsConstruction sector performanceConstruction put in placeEconomyReal estateEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:52:28 GMTStewart: F1 should stand by traditional European races One great Jackie Stewart has bemoaned the downfall of the German Grand Prix and is urging the sport's bosses not to forsake tradition for money as the number of European races on the calendar dwindles.By STEVE DOUGLASsSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneGermanyEuropeWestern Europe, 01 Apr 2015 16:55:11 GMTMark Wahlberg to produce Boston Marathon bombing movie ANGELES (AP) — CBS Films says Mark Wahlberg is set to produce "Patriots' Day," a feature film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis' firsthand account.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentBoston Marathon bombingTV newsBombingsEventsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 01 Apr 2015 17:29:53 GMTUS gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat (AP) — The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease.By DAVID N. GOODMANaBusinessGeneral newsScienceAnimalsBatsWildlifeEnvironmental conservation and preservationDiseases and conditionsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementMammalsAnimal healthHealthEnvironmental concernsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesMichiganNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:30:40 GMTPresidents of Brazil, Chile both see approval ratings plunge PAULO (AP) — Two news polls show the approval ratings of the presidents of Brazil and Chile both plunging amid corruption scandals that have battered their governments.iGeneral newsPublic opinionPolitical corruptionPolitical approval ratingsPolitical scandalsSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsBrazilChileSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 16:58:41 GMTIsrael reports successful test of missile-defense system (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year — a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.By JOSEF FEDERMANiGeneral newsMilitary and defenseIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWeapons administrationGovernment and politicsIsraelMiddle EastUnited StatesIranNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:43:33 GMTIran nuke talks stumble a day after missing deal deadline, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program appeared headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal and agreed to press on.By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHNiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational agreementsInternational relationsForeign policyGovernment policyIranIsraelUnited StatesSwitzerlandRussiaMiddle EastGermanyNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 01 Apr 2015 17:43:46 GMTBondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders is offering $2 billion to help boost the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyPuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 16:47:23 GMTDuke University investigates noose found hanging on campus, N.C. (AP) — Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity.aGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsDurhamNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:31:27 GMTItaly senate approves law to fight corruption amid scandals (AP) — Italy's Senate has approved an anti-corruption bill amid a rash of kickback and bribery scandals.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionPolitical scandalsLegislaturePolitical issuesLegislationItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 17:02:13 GMTWhy businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.By MICHELLE CHAPMANaBusinessGeneral newsGays and lesbiansSocial mediaWorkplace discriminationLegislationOnline mediaState governmentsLabor economyGovernment and politicsMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleLegislatureEconomyUnited StatesIndianaArizonaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:34:14 GMTSUV crashes into shed, killing sleeping man, pregnant woman, Fla. (AP) — Police say an SUV crossed a highway median and slammed into a shed where a man and a woman who was nine months pregnant were sleeping, killing them both.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:53:59 GMTWal-Mart seeks assist from its suppliers to lower prices YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising spending in its stores as it seeks better prices on goods that it sells to its own customers.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOfBusinessPricesOnline mediaEconomyMedia, 01 Apr 2015 16:45:45 GMTCrystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing ANA, Calif. (AP) — A daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, says her father is ailing and could be in his final days.aBusinessGeneral newsSanta AnaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:05:21 GMT'Furious 7' film shows off sharp new Imax laser technology ANGELES (AP) — Deeper blacks, brighter whites, even bigger screens and better sound. When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format.By RYAN NAKASHIMAhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 01 Apr 2015 17:32:57 GMT2015 GMC Canyon grows larger and better GMC Canyon pickup truck is sizable, powerful, capable and attractively styled for 2015, but it's still smaller than a full-size, half-ton truck.By ANN M. JOBaBusinessGeneral newsCanyonsAutomobilesEnvironment and natureLifestyle, 01 Apr 2015 16:47:49 GMTUS stock indexes extend slide in afternoon trading stocks moved lower in afternoon trading Wednesday, as discouraging economic reports on manufacturing, jobs and construction spending stoked concerns about corporate profits and global growth. The slide extended the market's losses from the day before. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners. Oil prices surged.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsManufacturing sector performanceConstruction sector performanceFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:24:47 GMT4th man guilty in 2007 slaying of Redskins' Sean Taylor (AP) — A fourth man has been convicted in the 2007 shooting death of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor during a botched burglary.aGeneral newsSportsCrimeLegal proceedingsViolent crimeLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:28:41 GMT9 UK citizens headed to Syria arrested, Turkey military says (AP) — Turkey's military says that nine British citizens have been arrested trying to cross into Syria.By DESMOND BUTLERiGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomTurkeySyriaWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 17:19:58 GMTThailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power (AP) — Thailand's junta lifted martial law in most of the nation, but 10 months after staging a coup, it remains firmly in control — with new laws invoked Wednesday that essentially give it absolute power.By JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral newsCoups d'etatMartial lawNational governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsMilitary legal affairsWar and unrestLegislationLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseArmed forcesThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 17:11:19 GMTA look at Iran's various nuclear assets look at Iran's nuclear assets:By GEORGE JAHNaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNuclear weaponsProduction facilitiesWeapons of mass destructionCorporate newsBusinessTehranIranMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 16:44:22 GMTConvicted drug dealer testifies against 6 former officers (AP) — A convicted marijuana dealer has told jurors in a Philadelphia corruption case that drug squad officers threatened to throw him over his 19th-floor balcony.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeExtortion and threatsPolice brutalityCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolencePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 16:41:13 GMTStates rewrite microbrew laws as demand for craft beer grows (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a microbrewery and restaurant in a historic red brick building into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.By RYAN VAN VELZERaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessAlcohol laws and regulationsState legislatureGovernment and politicsLegislationBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLegislatureState governmentsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:03 GMTWoman walking inside fence at San Jose airport is 5th breach JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A woman walking on the airfield at a Silicon Valley airport probably jumped a fence, said authorities, who are now investigating their fifth security breach there in less than a year.aBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessTransportation safetyTransportationSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:39 GMTVariety of fee increases in store for park visitors (AP) — The National Park Service has proposed or enacted fee increases that will be used to make a dent in an estimated $11.5 billion backlog of work needed to maintain or fix roads, trails and campgrounds in federal parks and recreation areas. Examples include:wBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTravelLifestyleNational parksEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travel, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:12 GMTPopularity of presidents of Brazil, Chile fall amid scandals PAULO (AP) — The once-popular presidents of Brazil and Chile have both seen their approval ratings plunge amid corruption scandals that have battered their center-left governments, according to two polls released Wednesday.iGeneral newsPublic opinionPolitical corruptionPolitical approval ratingsPolitical scandalsSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsBrazilChileSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 17:08:49 GMTNuVasive CEO Lukianov resigns after reimbursement probe YORK (AP) — Spinal device maker NuVasive says Chairman and CEO Alex Lukianov resigned after the board concluded he didn't follow expense reimbursement and personnel policies.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsPersonnel, 01 Apr 2015 16:37:21 GMTPittsburgh diocese eliminating fees for marriage annulments (AP) — The Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments.By JOE MANDAKaGeneral newsChristianityMarriageReligionSocial affairsFamily issuesPittsburghEriePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:42:12 GMTFact sheet: 2015 GMC Canyon GMC Canyon 4WD SLE Crew Short BoxBy The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsCanyonsAutomobilesEnvironment and natureLifestyle, 01 Apr 2015 16:45:39 GMTNigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win; challenges loom, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians celebrated Muhammadu Buhari's electrifying victory in presidential elections Wednesday but sobering challenges confront their next leader, from an Islamic uprising to widespread poverty and graft.By MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational electionsElectionsNigeriaAfricaAbujaWest Africa, 01 Apr 2015 16:31:52 GMTClinton: Ark. governor should veto religious liberty bill (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday pressed Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a religious objections bill in her former home state, warning it would allow "unfair discrimination" against gays and lesbians.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial mediaState governmentsGays and lesbiansReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesOnline mediaMediaLegislationLegislaturePresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsClintonIndianaArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 17:06:59 GMTBefore & After: A look at McDonald's grilled chicken's says it's simplifying the recipe for its grilled chicken in the latest sign the chain is trying to keep up with changing tastes. Here's a look at the ingredient lists for the new grilled chicken, compared with the previous ingredient list:By The Associated PressaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsLifestyleMaterials industryIndustries, 01 Apr 2015 17:21:00 GMT