FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 05 Mar 2015 06:57:38 -0800Unit shut down at Prairie Island nuclear plant in Minnesota WING, Minn. (AP) — Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing are shutting down one of its two units because of a fire alarm.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryFiresProduction facilitiesCorporate news, 05 Mar 2015 14:07:11 GMTEl Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late (AP) — A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say.By SETH BORENSTEINwScienceWeather patternsWeatherClimateEnvironment and natureNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:46 GMTBoko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps SOLO, Chad (AP) — Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.By KRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesWar and unrestHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationNigeriaChadCameroonNigerWest AfricaAfricaCentral Africa, 05 Mar 2015 13:57:02 GMTCBS sponsoring Vietnam exhibit at Newseum to honor Bob Simon (AP) — CBS will sponsor an upcoming exhibit about the Vietnam war at the Newseum in Washington to honor "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon and his five decades of war reporting.By BRETT ZONGKERwGeneral newsTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravel, 05 Mar 2015 14:12:35 GMTEuropean Central Bank raises eurozone growth forecast, Cyprus (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the eurozone economy is picking up.By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial servicesIndustriesEuropeCyprusNicosiaWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 14:26:09 GMTItalian PM in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Moscow Thursday for talks focusing on Russia-EU ties, which have been badly strained by the Ukrainian crisis.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsForeign policyGovernment policyBusinessMoscowRussiaMilanItalyEuropeUkraineEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 13:22:39 GMTEuropean Central Bank raises its eurozone growth forecast for 2015 to 1.5 pct from 1 pct, Cyprus (AP) — European Central Bank raises its eurozone growth forecast for 2015 to 1.5 pct from 1 pct.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial servicesIndustriesCyprusEuropeWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 13:39:27 GMTApplications for US jobless aid inch up to a 10-month high (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLayoffsPersonnelLeading economic indicators, 05 Mar 2015 14:19:39 GMTAPNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.By TAMARA LUSHaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsAnimalsLegal proceedingsCorporate managementSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderCorporate newsPersonnelFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:11:38 GMTEuropean stocks firm as ECB's Draghi sounds fairly rosy tone (AP) — European stock markets rose strongly Thursday as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi sounded a fairly positive tone about the 19-country eurozone. Once his press briefing is over, the focus in the markets will turn to Friday's U.S. jobs data.By The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment payEconomyStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEconomic policyGovernment policyFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesUnited KingdomChinaEast AsiaEuropeUnited StatesWestern EuropeGreater ChinaAsiaNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:07:25 GMTApplications for US unemployment benefits tick up 7,000 to 320,000, highest in 10 months (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits tick up 7,000 to 320,000, highest in 10 months.wBusinessGeneral newsUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicators, 05 Mar 2015 13:37:45 GMTBlizzard cuts off villages, electricity in Bosnia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A blizzard which dumped 2.5 meters (8 feet) of snow on mountains around Sarajevo has isolated dozens of Bosnian mountain villages and left them without electricity.iGeneral newsWeatherStormsWinter weatherBosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevoEuropeEastern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 14:26:20 GMTPoland's lawmakers to go through military training, Poland (AP) — Poland's Parliament speaker says that the lawmakers will be given a chance to go through military training because "turbulent times" require it.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolandUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 13:43:16 GMT2016 Rolex race to be 1st event at renovated Daytona BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona International Speedway will showcase its renovated motorsports stadium next January with the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.sSportsAutomobile racingDaytona BeachFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:02:06 GMTSteelers' Adams sues 3 men acquitted in attack for assault (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams has sued three men who were acquitted of criminal charges that they attacked him outside a sandwich shop in June 2013.aGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeProfessional footballFootballPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:43:47 GMTSouth African Airways refunds customers after bungle (AP) — It looked like a steal: $72 for a round-trip business class ticket on South African Airways between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAtTravelLifestyleTravel dealsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 13:41:23 GMTWinter's last hurrah? Temperatures plummet again; more snow of the South was forecast to see temperatures drop 30 to 45 degrees in a 24-hour period thanks to yet another arctic cold front.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsEmergency managementLegislatureGovernment and politicsVirginiaMassachusettsMississippiBostonStarkvilleKentuckyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:19:47 GMTLibya says 11 oil fields non-operational after IS attacks, Libya (AP) — Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.By ESAM MOHAMEDiBusinessGeneral newsDiplomacyMilitant groupsWar and unrestMilitary leadershipArmed forcesParliamentary electionsGovernment and politicsIslamismEnergy industryIndustriesInternational relationsTerrorismMilitary and defenseElectionsLibyaTripoliMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:28 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politics, 05 Mar 2015 14:10:03 GMTHinchcliffe to be sponsored by Arrow Electronics at SPM (AP) — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed technology company Arrow Electronics as primary sponsor for new driver James Hinchcliffe.sSportsSports sponsorshipCorporate sponsorshipAutomobile racingIndyCarSports businessCorporate newsBusinessIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:02:05 GMTBemelmans opens Davis Cup against Laaksonen, Belgium (AP) — The 132nd-ranked Ruben Bemelmans will play against No. 344 Henri Laaksonen in the opening singles of Belgium's Davis Cup match against defending champion Switzerland.sSportsDavis CupMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsBelgiumSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 14:14:46 GMTClinton urges State Dept. to release her emails (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate.By FREDERIC J. FROMMERhtGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyPresidential electionsNational electionsElections, 05 Mar 2015 13:59:45 GMTAttack on US envoy part of S.Korea's violent protest history, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNGiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsDiplomacyEmbassiesSocial mediaInternational relationsPolitical activismGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestOnline mediaMediaPolitical issuesSouth KoreaSeoulNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:04:12 GMTMayor to NYC business leaders: Start pay at $13 an hour YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.By JONATHAN LEMIREaBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:24:33 GMTAbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B will spend about $21 billion to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics in its first major deal attempt since walking away from a $55 billion takeover of Shire last fall.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsHealth care industryIndustriesCorporate stockCorporate newsCancerDiseases and conditionsHealth, 05 Mar 2015 14:11:15 GMTFormer chief of Bolivia police jailed in drug probe PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A judge has ordered jail for the retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents.By CARLOS VALDEZiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeSmugglingLegal proceedingsCrimeCriminal investigationsPoliceLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBoliviaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:06:04 GMTSyracuse frat members charged after pledge suffers frostbite, N.Y. (AP) — Police have charged two Syracuse University fraternity members for an outdoor hazing stunt that could cost a pledge four of his fingers due to frostbite.aGeneral newsHazing ritualsArrestsCollegiate organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsHigher educationEducationSocial issuesLaw and orderCrimeSyracuseNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:13:00 GMTUS productivity falls at 2.2 percent rate in fourth quarter (AP) — U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomy, 05 Mar 2015 13:59:50 GMTEx-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiGeneral newsWorld War IIEventsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 13:38:30 GMTSwiss court throws out Pakistan kidnapping insurance claim (AP) — Switzerland's highest court has thrown out a man's claim to an insurance payout for post-traumatic stress suffered after he was kidnapped by the Taliban while driving through Pakistan.iGeneral newsKidnappingCrimePakistanSwitzerlandSouth AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 14:21:44 GMTUS productivity falls at 2.2 percent annual rate in fourth quarter, weaker than first estimate (AP) — US productivity falls at 2.2 percent annual rate in fourth quarter, weaker than first estimate.wBusinessGeneral news, 05 Mar 2015 13:38:46 GMTNew Cincinnati law on dog bites allows big fines for owners (AP) — A new Cincinnati law meant to hold pet owners accountable for dog bites allows for fines of up to $15,000.aGeneral newsDogsLegislationMammalsAnimalsAccidentsAccidents and disastersLegislatureGovernment and politicsCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:20:57 GMTExperts: Clinton email practices risked data disclosures (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email address and private computer server for official State Department business heightened security risks to her communications, such as the inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information and the danger from hackers, several information security experts said.By STEPHEN BRAUNhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCabinetsClassified informationInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyPolitical issuesPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsLibyaNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 14:02:26 GMTJurors hear graphic accounts of Boston Marathon bombing (AP) — It didn't take long for prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. They let victims do it for them.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSportsBoston Marathon bombingLegal proceedingsBombingsCrimeEventsLaw and orderBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:49:56 GMTImage of Asia: Well-wishes for the US ambassador in Seoul this photo by Lee Jin-man, South Koreans hold candles in downtown Seoul in support of U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, who was slashed on his face and wrist by an anti-U.S. protester screaming demands for uniting North and South Korea. Earlier Thursday, South Koreans shouted slogans denouncing the attack and North Korea's leaders and supporting the U.S.-South Korean alliance. Small to medium-sized demonstrations regularly occur across Seoul, and most are peaceful. But the suspect, Kim Ki-jong, 55, was known to police and activists as one of a hard-core group of protesters willing to use violence to highlight their causes. Photos from last week show Kim and other activists rallying in front of the U.S. Embassy to protest U.S.-South Korean military drills that started Monday and run through April.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsInternational relationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaSeoulUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:48:24 GMTRemains of 2 babies found in ceiling at Indiana funeral home, Ind. (AP) — Police say the remains of two babies have been found in small boxes above ceiling tiles in a northwestern Indiana funeral home.aGeneral newsGaryIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:31:35 GMTPolice: Florida mom forces boy to jump from window PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg say a woman forced her 8-year-old son to jump out of a second-floor window before she jumped as well in an apparent suicide attempt.aGeneral newsSt. PetersburgFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:31:06 GMTJuror questioning finished in running death trial, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys have finished questioning jurors in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she died.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAlabamaGadsdenUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:18:54 GMTMan accused of buying auto insurance from scene of car wreck, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man called an insurance company from a crash scene to buy auto coverage and later claimed his wreck happened after he got the policy.aOdditiesAutomobilesCar buyingLifestyleAltoonaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:12:07 GMTDjokovic to face Delic in opening singles in Davis Cup, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic will play Mate Delic in the opening singles Friday when Serbia takes on Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup.sSportsDavis CupMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsCroatiaSerbiaEastern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 13:52:06 GMTPolice: Homeless man stole beacon from atop Boston bridge (AP) — Police have charged a homeless man with stealing an aircraft warning beacon from atop Boston's distinctive Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 13:45:19 GMTEssentials for visiting LA: What's new, classics and more ANGELES (AP) — Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, Korean tea houses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for classic Hollywood, but these days the city is getting attention for other attractions too.By CHRISTINE ARMARIOtTravelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLeisure travelLos AngelesCaliforniaMexicoHollywoodUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 05 Mar 2015 14:12:34 GMTBlocked runway at Nepal airport strands thousands of people, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's only international airport remained closed for a second day Thursday, forcing the cancellation of all flights to and from foreign destinations and stranding thousands of passengers.tTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTransportationGeneral newsNepalKathmanduSouth AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 13:33:40 GMTActivists: Syrian barrel bombs kill at least 18 in Aleppo (AP) — Government helicopter gunships on Thursday bombed the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, activists said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsCivil warsHuman rights and civil libertiesPolitical activismSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 05 Mar 2015 13:43:36 GMTEuropean Central Bank says it will start its bond-buying stimulus program on March 9, Cyprus (AP) — European Central Bank says it will start its bond-buying stimulus program on March 9.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial servicesIndustriesCyprusEuropeWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 13:34:49 GMTArt, fine wine: Thai auction puts police corruption on view (AP) — At a military base outside Bangkok, soldiers stand guard over Buddha statues, showcases of Rolex watches and some very expensive French wine — a $4,000 bottle of Petrus and choice vintages of Dom Perignon.By JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestExtortion and threatsMoney launderingPoliceCrimeArts and collectibles auctionsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsShoppingLifestyleThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 14:19:01 GMTUS productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise (AP) — U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomic outlookEconomyLabor issuesRecessions and depressionsSocial issuesSocial affairs, 05 Mar 2015 14:26:32 GMTTeacher sentenced to 6 years for attempt to join ISIS (AP) — A teacher whose family helped thwart his plans to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday in a case that highlighted the struggles of parents trying to stop their children from being radicalized.By DANICA KIRKAiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 13:51:00 GMTLast Ebola patient is released in Liberia, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthImmunizationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthLiberiaWest AfricaMonroviaGuineaSierra LeoneAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 13:50:29 GMTEgypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle (AP) — Officials say Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reshuffled his Cabinet and replaced the minister in charge of the nation's police.By HAMZA HENDAWIiGeneral newsCabinetsGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 13:49:34 GMT