FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Apr 2015 16:59:56 -0700Tulowitzki, Gonzalez show off power as Rockies beat Rangers, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki homered twice and Carlos Gonzalez added his first spring home run for the Colorado Rockies in a 10-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.By MIKE CRANSTONsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:32:31 GMTHugo Chavez' favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed NATIONS (AP) — With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsVenezuelaUnited StatesRussiaMiddle EastSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 23:56:27 GMTWestern cities had hottest March on record ANGELES (AP) — While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.aGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherHeat wavesLos AngelesSan DiegoCaliforniaMontanaNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:49:42 GMT35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsWar and unrestRebellions and uprisingsMilitant groupsAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTerrorismNational securityMilitary and defenseConsumer products and servicesAgricultureYemenSanaaTehranMiddle EastIran, 01 Apr 2015 23:13:31 GMTUConn women not looking past opposition in Final Four, Fla. (AP) — Four No. 1 seeds are in the Final Four of the women's NCAA Tournament for only the third time, yet there's still a distinctive feel it's really two-time defending champion Connecticut's title to lose. Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland merely are a distant best of the rest.By FRED GOODALLsSportsNCAA Women's Division I Basketball ChampionshipWomen's sportsCollege basketballBasketballWomen's basketballCoachingCollege sportsEventsProfessional basketball, 01 Apr 2015 23:09:06 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 22:06:21 GMTIn Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US Embassy, Jamaica (AP) — Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy 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 22:36:42 GMTRizzo hits 3-run homer as Cubs beat Brewers and Lohse 11-7, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off Kyle Lohse, and Jason Hammel allowed one run in five innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-7 Wednesday.sSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsMesaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:31:38 GMTPolice: 4 found dead in Tulsa home after mom, dad miss work, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say the bodies of four people, including two young boys, have been found in a home after a man and a woman missed two days of work.aGeneral newsWork-life balanceWorkplace cultureCareersBusinessLifestyleSelf-improvementTulsaOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:39:56 GMTFlames engulf Mexico oil platform in Gulf, killing 4 workers CITY (AP) — A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.By MARK STEVENSONiBusinessGeneral newsFiresEnergy industryIndustriesAccidents and disastersAccidentsMexicoGulf of MexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 22:30:09 GMTChavez allows 3 hits in 6 innings as A's beat Angels 4-1, Ariz. (AP) — Jesse Chavez allowed three hits in six innings, Mark Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Wednesday to finish their first spring training at HoHoKam Park with a 14-1 record.By RICK EYMERsSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthEventsMesaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:04:48 GMTDodgers release McGowan, owe former players $43.8M, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Dustin McGowan has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now paying $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of players no longer with the team.sSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsArizonaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:35:04 GMTObama urges unity in Nigeria after historic election (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging both the winner and loser in Nigeria's presidential elections to work together to unify Nigeria.wGovernment and politicsNigeriaUnited StatesWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:50:30 GMTHughes, Buchholz look sharp in Twins-Red Sox 4-4 tie MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had a final spring training tuneup Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings.sSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthEventsFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:03:59 GMTArkansas woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman who became the world's oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July.By CLAUDIA LAUERaGeneral newsBirthdaysOccasionsLifestyleHolidaysArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:04:46 GMTSources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panel (AP) — Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.wGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical partiesPolitical organizations, 01 Apr 2015 21:56:32 GMTBusiness Highlights The Associated PressfBusinessPricesConstruction sector performanceLabor economyGermanwings Flight 9525 crashConstruction put in placeGeneral newsOnline mediaState governmentsAutomobile showsEconomyLegislationGovernment and politicsIndustry conferences and trade showsWinter weatherEnergy industryIndustriesConsumer products and servicesEventsReal estateMediaAutomobilesLifestyleEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeStock marketsFinancial marketsAgricultureLegislatureCorporate newsWeatherMiamiUnited StatesNew YorkRussiaArkansasFloridaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 22:10:37 GMT11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.By KATE BRUMBACKaGeneral newsRacketeeringStudent testingLegal proceedingsCrimeEducationSocial affairsLaw and orderAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:37:54 GMTFelony indictments dismissed against former Va. legislator, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a teenager will no longer face felony charges in the case.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsLegal proceedingsState legislaturePolitical corruptionCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsPolitical issuesSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsRichmondVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:32:53 GMTCosart: 'I never have, never will bet on baseball', Fla. (AP) — Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball.By CHUCK KINGsSportsSocial mediaBaseballSports bettingGamblingSports governanceProfessional baseballMen's sportsOnline mediaMediaSports businessRecreation and leisureLifestyleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 21:44:36 GMTKeuchel allows 1 run, leads Astros over Tigers 3-2, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel allowed one run over 5 2-3 innings in his final tuneup for opening day, leading the Houston Astros over the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsAthlete healthFloridaDallasUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 01 Apr 2015 21:52:24 GMTWill Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate? (AP) — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue.By RALPH D. RUSSO and DOUG FEINBERGaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballMen's sportsCollege sportsBasketballCoachingMen's college basketballMen's basketballIndianapolisIndianaNashvilleUnited StatesNorth AmericaTennessee, 01 Apr 2015 22:24:26 GMTBumgarner outpitches Kluber as Giants beat Indians 5-2, Ariz. (AP) — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner outpitched AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, and the San Francisco Giants completed their Arizona portion of the exhibition season by beating the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday.By DON KETCHUMsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsArizonaClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaOhio, 01 Apr 2015 23:55:35 GMTBondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.By DANICA COTOiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryState governmentsEconomyDebt and bond marketsIndustriesUtilitiesGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsPuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 22:02:19 GMTJudge ends man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.aBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:19:00 GMTThe latest developments on religious objection laws (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.By JENI O'MALLEYaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsLegislationGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLegislatureArkansasIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:22 GMTReid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 21:51:08 GMTWill Indiana law force 2016 women's Final Four to relocate? (AP) — As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to look for a new venue for next year's women's Final Four.By RALPH D. RUSSO and DOUG FEINBERGaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballMen's sportsCollege sportsBasketballCoachingMen's college basketballMen's basketballIndianapolisIndianaNashvilleUnited StatesNorth AmericaTennessee, 01 Apr 2015 23:28:04 GMTAdvocates say Indiana woman's sentence for feticide alarming BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman's 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant was cruel and a misuse of the state's feticide law, which was not intended to punish women who try to end their own pregnancies, the head of a national advocacy group said Wednesday.Associated PressaGeneral newsPregnancy and childbirthCrimeWomen's healthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimes against childrenSexual and reproductive healthHealthSouth BendIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:23:24 GMTLos Angeles agrees to spend $1 billion to fix sidewalks ANGELES (AP) — The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked wheelchair ramps.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:03:03 GMTSuspect in death of boy found in bag in creek passes on bond, Ohio (AP) — A jailed suspect in the death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek has passed on having bond set.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeFloodsAccidents and disastersCrimes against childrenOhioColumbusUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:41:21 GMTNew Jersey's Menendez: I'll be vindicated in corruption case, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be "vindicated" in a corruption case against him.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsNew JerseyNewarkUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:21:15 GMTNew Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor's behalf.By ERIC TUCKER and SEAN CARLINwGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestIndictmentsLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionLegislatureCrimeGeneral newsLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsNew JerseyUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:05:30 GMTUtley hits 2 home runs in Phillies' 9-2 win, Fla. (AP) — Chase Utley hit two homers to give him long balls in four straight at-bats, Cole Hamels pitched six innings in his final start before opening day and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 Wednesday.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 21:50:30 GMTNew Jersey's Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be 'vindicated' in corruption case, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be 'vindicated' in corruption case.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:16:05 GMTSerena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun.By STEVEN WINEsSportsMen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:06:35 GMTAllegiant Air pilots strike averted by court ruling at discount carrier Allegiant Air were prevented in their plans to strike Thursday after a federal court issued a temporary restraining order.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZfBusinessStrikesGeneral newsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsCorporate stockCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:28:28 GMTSeattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIPaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeSmall businessWages and salariesState legislaturePersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsSeattleWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:03:15 GMTGarcia homers, Abreu has 2 more hits for White Sox in win, Ariz. (AP) — Avisail Garcia homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu added to his sizzling spring training with two more hits and a Chicago White Sox split squad beat the Seattle Mariners 12-4 on Wednesday.By JOSE M. ROMEROsSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsArizonaChicagoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 02 Apr 2015 00:02:45 GMTMcDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees:aBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 21:50:15 GMTCLARIFICATION: Religious Freedom Laws a story March 31 about laws known as Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, The Associated Press reported that Douglas Laycock, a constitutional scholar at the University of Virginia Law School, expressed frustration that gay rights advocates criticizing the Indiana version of the law did not acknowledge that the laws had never successfully been used to override non-discrimination statutes. Laycock was then quoted saying, "I don't know if they don't know that, or whether they're pandering to their base." The story should have made clear that his comment was about Republican sponsors of the law who Laycock felt were wrongly promising that the laws would protect religious objectors from having to recognize gay marriage.By The Associated PressaGeneral news, 01 Apr 2015 21:44:58 GMTJordan Spieth, Patrick Reid ready for Texas Open (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reid, Texas-born golfers and Ryder Cup partners, are part of a strong field at the Shell Houston Open with one eye toward next week.sSportsMen's golfMasters Golf TournamentMen's sportsGolfEventsHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:18:27 GMTDurst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for millionaire Robert Durst, who faces a California murder charge, say Durst's arrest in New Orleans on weapons charges was invalid, in part because the FBI searched his hotel room illegally.By JANET McCONNAUGHEYaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderIllegal weaponsViolent crimeLouisianaNew OrleansLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 23:49:37 GMTNY lawyer charged with helping con man in Maxim magazine bid YORK (AP) — A lawyer accused of conspiring to help a con man in a ruse to borrow millions of dollars in a failed bid to buy Maxim magazine was arrested on Wednesday.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderProducts and servicesCorporate news, 02 Apr 2015 00:07:40 GMTKershaw allows 1 hit, unearned run for Dodgers, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw and Yorduna Ventura each had their final outing in preparation for opening day, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals tied 4-4 Wednesday.By ALAN ESKEWsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete health, 01 Apr 2015 22:45:26 GMTCalifornia governor orders mandatory water restrictions LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.By FENIT NIRAPPILaGeneral newsWater use restrictionsState governmentsEmergency managementGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:02:04 GMTLacking faith in government, Mexican parents approach cartel CITY (AP) — Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.By E. EDUARDO CASTILLOiGeneral newsMissing personsMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Apr 2015 23:23:52 GMTGOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016.By THOMAS BEAUMONTaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsState legislatureReligious issuesLegislationPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsLegislatureState governmentsReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesPolitical organizationsSioux CityIowaBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 01 Apr 2015 22:57:58 GMTNYC detective's video rant at Uber cab driver spurs transfer YORK (AP) — A detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking, "How long have you been in this country?" was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday and will be transferred from the police anti-terrorism division, officials said.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:07:01 GMTPadres rout Samardzija and White Sox 8-2 as Shields tunes up, Ariz. (AP) — James Shields allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Jeff Samardzija and the San Diego Padres beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 8-2 Wednesday in the final game of the Cactus League season at Camelback Ranch.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 22:53:01 GMT