FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jan 2015 19:56:07 -0800Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author (AP) — Australia's largest newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureSocial mediaObituariesEntertainmentOnline mediaMediaAustraliaSydneyOceania, 31 Jan 2015 03:12:25 GMTFederal appeals judge Arthur Alarcon dies in Los Angeles ANGELES (AP) — Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsJudicial appointments and nominationsHispanicsObituariesCourtsState governmentsLaw and orderJudiciaryGovernment and politicsGovernment appointments and nominationsUnited StatesRussiaLos AngelesCaliforniaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 00:11:02 GMTFinished: Pit to access broken Seattle tunneling machine (AP) — The Washington state Transportation Department says the contractor building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has finished digging a 120-foot-deep pit that can be used to access and repair the broken tunneling machine.aGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 01:48:56 GMTBrandeis University president to step down, take job at Yale, Mass. (AP) — Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence will step down at the end of the current school year and take a job at Yale.aGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsMassachusettsLawrenceWalthamUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:07:26 GMTNYC pharmacist who tried to make ricin sentenced to prison, N.J. (AP) — A New York City pharmacist who admitted to trying to make weapons-grade ricin and other legal toxins has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew JerseyNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 30 Jan 2015 23:47:11 GMTAmended lawsuit filed in police shooting of Cleveland boy (AP) — An amended wrongful death lawsuit over a Cleveland policeman's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy includes claims related to his parents and sister and references to other use-of-force cases.aGeneral newsViolent crimePoliceCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:40:03 GMTGerman World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92 (AP) — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.iGeneral newsWorld War IIObituariesEventsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 02:12:45 GMTVenezuela uses detained reporter in tourism promo (AP) — A short-lived promo posted to Twitter by Venezuelan tourism officials to highlight the nation's openness to foreigners featured a Miami Herald reporter who had been detained while covering the country's elections.aGeneral newsSocial mediaTravelOnline mediaMediaLifestyleMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:34:25 GMTBulgak leads No. 9 Florida State women past Georgia Tech (AP) — Adut Bulgak had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 9 Florida State to an 82-62 win over Georgia Tech on Friday night, extend the Seminoles' winning streak to seven games.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsGeorgiaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:27:46 GMT3rd man charged in alleged plot to overthrow Gambian leader (AP) — A Tennessee man was charged Friday in last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.By AMY FORLITIaGeneral newsConspiracyHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical activismSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGambiaUnited StatesMinnesotaWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:08:17 GMTMore measles cases found in California ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.aGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksAmusement and theme parksPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 01:13:31 GMTSumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.aBusinessGeneral newsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 01:23:23 GMTUber says outside review shows customer data safe, private FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.htBusinessTechnologyData privacyConsumer privacyConsumer safetyTechnology issuesConsumer affairs, 31 Jan 2015 01:32:06 GMTDespres' OT goal rallies Penguins over Devils 2-1, N.J. (AP) — Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night.By TOM CANAVANsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:06:22 GMTSt. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files list of assets, debts (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has assets totaling more than $45 million — including about $11 million in real estate — according to a schedule of assets and liabilities filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.By AMY FORLITIaGeneral newsReligionChristianitySocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesViolent crimeCrimeMinneapolisMinnesotaSt. PaulUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:16:54 GMTHawks keep streak alive, top Trail Blazers 105-99 (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.By CHARLES ODUMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:10:53 GMTSeahawks' D could earn spot in NFL lore with Super Bowl win (AP) — As it is, a pretty persuasive case could be made that Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks defense is among the very best groups on that side of the ball in NFL history.By HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballCoachingEventsFootball, 31 Jan 2015 00:17:30 GMTJudge to rule on motion to end veterans parade crash trial, Texas (AP) — A Midland judge says he will rule next week on a motion from Union Pacific Railroad to end the civil trial involving people who were hurt or whose family members died when a freight train struck a veterans parade float.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsVeteransAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and order, 30 Jan 2015 23:50:22 GMTWisconsin team works to defend snow sculpting championship GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin snow sculpting team that won the last two national championships is trying to defend its trophy in Lake Geneva.aGeneral newsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:20:06 GMTBerntsen leads No. 19 Princeton women past Harvard 96-46, Mass. (AP) — Amanda Berntsen hit 6 of 7 shots for a career-high 17 points to lead No. 19 Princeton to a 96-46 win over Harvard on Friday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:07:34 GMTAuthorities say Knight argued with man before hit-and-run ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say Marion "Suge" Knight argued and exchanged punches with a man before allegedly running him over and fatally striking a friend with his pickup truck.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runCrimeViolent crimeLegal proceedingsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderLos AngelesHollywoodCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:02:33 GMTAaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the Super Bowl (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the team take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl while on trial for murder.aGeneral newsSportsCelebrityProfessional footballCrimeNFL Super BowlEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFootballViolent crimeEvents, 31 Jan 2015 01:19:21 GMTMotorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsBlood donationAccidentsHealthBiologyPublic healthAccidents and disastersTransportationScience, 31 Jan 2015 01:52:47 GMTConnecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.aGeneral newsJudicial appointments and nominationsState legislatureGovernment and politicsLegislatureJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsState governmentsLegal proceedingsGun politicsLaw and orderPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsConnecticutUnited StatesNorth AmericaHartford, 31 Jan 2015 02:02:26 GMTFather of 1st known surviving US quintuplets dies FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so large: She was about to give birth to five babies, who would become the first known surviving quintuplets born in the U.S.By REGINA GARCIA CANOaGeneral newsObituariesAberdeenSouth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:48:56 GMTCity will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen YORK (AP) — New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimePoliceLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBronxNew York CityManhattanFergusonNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouri, 31 Jan 2015 02:37:32 GMTRap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsArrestsLaw and orderHollywoodLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:55:58 GMTKansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the budget.By JOHN HANNAaGovernment and politicsState legislatureLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessState governmentsNational governmentsKansasTopekaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:24:31 GMTOw, ow, owl: Birders ID culprit in Salem jogger attacks, Ore. (AP) — The bird attacking joggers in a Salem city park has been identified as a barred owl, a species the federal government is spending millions to kill in Northwest forests.aGeneral newsOwlsBirdsAnimalsExerciseDiet and exerciseLifestyleHobbiesRecreation and leisureOutdoor recreationSalemOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:10:16 GMTPhil Mickelson misses cut in Phoenix Open, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson missed the cut Friday in the Phoenix Open, failing to advance for the sixth time in 26 appearances at TPC Scottsdale.By JOHN NICHOLSONsSportsGolfMen's golfProfessional footballMen's sportsFootballArizonaPhoenixSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 31 Jan 2015 01:45:49 GMTWisconsin Gov. Walker previews likely White House theme (AP) — Criticizing Washington as a city of power-hungry elites, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday offered a preview of his likely White House message between private job interviews with those looking to help his expected presidential campaign.By STEVE PEOPLESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2012 United States Presidential Election2016 United States Presidential ElectionState governmentsCampaignsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsPolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaWisconsinMadisonSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:36:20 GMTShattenkirk's shootout goal lifts Blues past Hurricanes 3-2, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout and the St. Louis Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.By JOEDY McCREARYsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockey, 31 Jan 2015 02:57:45 GMTKo takes lead at LPGA opener, closes in on golf history, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko is one round from potentially making golf history.By MARK LONGsSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsOcalaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:32:41 GMTRaptors blow big lead, edge Nets 127-122 in overtime YORK (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballBrooklynNew York CityTorontoNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 31 Jan 2015 03:39:09 GMTGordon leads Davis-less Pelicans past Clippers, 108-103 ORLEANS (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 28 points and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' six-game winning streak, 108-103 on Friday night.By BRETT MARTELsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:36:29 GMTCarter-Williams leads 76ers past Timberwolves 103-94 (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in a matchup of two of the league's worst teams.By AARON BRACYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports transactionsSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthPhiladelphiaMinnesotaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:54:02 GMTMotiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row (AP) — Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics 93-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:24:05 GMTLeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings (AP) — Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed hot, beating the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:13:10 GMTMavericks embarrass Heat in 2nd half, win 93-72 (AP) — Charlie Villanueva scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks went on an incredible 37-2 run in the second half to embarrass the Miami Heat 93-72 on Friday night.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:41:42 GMTElliott headlines 5 drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.By JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingCelebrityAfrican-AmericansNASCAREntertainmentArts and entertainmentMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:06:35 GMTTreasurer McCord to plead guilty in campaign finance case, Pa. (AP) — Rob McCord, who resigned abruptly Friday after serving six years as Pennsylvania's elected treasurer, plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial primary race last year.By MARC LEVYaGeneral newsCampaign finance improprietiesCrimeGovernment and politicsCampaignsElectionsState electionsHarrisburgPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 01:17:06 GMTLawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.JUAN A. LOZANOaBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsExplosionsGovernment and politicsAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderProducts and servicesCorporate newsTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:04:27 GMTAir Force instructor gets 20 years in prison for rapes ANTONIO (AP) — A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsMilitary recruitmentLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:31:59 GMTUS mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.By JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityUnited States CensusCensusesLegislatureImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsEventsDemographicsUnited StatesDetroitNorth AfricaMichiganMiddle EastNorth AmericaAfrica, 31 Jan 2015 02:41:19 GMTPrison for NYC duo accused of abusing partly paralyzed woman YORK (AP) — A New York City couple accused of battering a partially paralyzed woman and controlling her finances for more than a year has been sentenced to over a decade in prison.aGeneral newsCrimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:56:55 GMTSheriff: Gun in City Hall shooting came from straw buyer (AP) — The shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting in suburban Minneapolis was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer, a sheriff said Friday night.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsMinnesotaMinneapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:09:34 GMTColorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.By KRISTEN WYATTaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment welfare systemsRecreational drug laws and regulationsState legislatureGovernment and politicsGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsLegislatureState governmentsPersonal spendingPersonal financeLegislationColoradoDenverWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:23:51 GMTLaird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut, Ariz. (AP) — Rain wasn't the only thing that put a damper on the Phoenix Open on Friday.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsGolfMen's golfMen's sportsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:05:06 GMTJudge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald's casket WORTH, Texas (AP) — A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald's pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin's brother, a judge ruled Friday.By EMILY SCHMALLaGeneral newsAssassination of John F. KennedyLegal proceedingsHome sellingEventsLaw and orderResidential real estateLifestyleAssassinationsTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 00:21:57 GMTFirst lady defends 'American Sniper' at veterans event YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated "American Sniper," which has received criticism for its depiction of war.By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentVeteransGovernment appointments and nominationsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 01:34:23 GMT