FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Jan 2015 04:23:41 -0800Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:20 GMTPM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation (AP) — Thailand's beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday.iBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 11:43:28 GMTUS drone kills 3, first strike since Yemen leader resigned, Yemen (AP) — Tribal leaders and security officials in Yemen say the U.S. has carried out its first drone strike in the country since its president resigned.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsPolitical resignationsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseWar and unrestProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestYemenSanaaMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:34:05 GMTRussia defiant after threats from West over Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister struck a defiant note Monday after Western leaders threatened to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestInternational relationsCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:08 GMTOfficials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison (AP) — The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.By HAMZA HENDAWIiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsPolitical and civil unrestProtests and demonstrationsCrimeRebellions and uprisingsPolice brutalityPoliceLaw and orderWar and unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Jan 2015 10:55:03 GMTToll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsGuerrilla warfareWar and unrestBombingsMunicipal governmentsTerrorismPoliceCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesManilaPhilippinesSoutheast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:54 GMTSeekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood ANGELES (AP) — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies.By JOHN ROGERSaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTrafficTransportationOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLos AngelesHollywoodCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:01:18 GMTSurvivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary, Poland (AP) — Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp a day before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation.iGeneral newsThe HolocaustNazismEventsGovernment and politicsPolandEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 11:52:26 GMTGerman business confidence rises for third month running, Germany (AP) — German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe's biggest economy as executives foresee export gains from the weaker euro.By DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyBusiness confidenceGermanyEuropeWestern Europe, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:09 GMT2 small planes ditch into sea off Hawaii; all aboard survive (AP) — Authorities say two small planes ran out of fuel and went into the Pacific off Hawaii, but all five aboard the aircraft survived.aGeneral newsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 09:41:13 GMTGreece's Syriza to form gov't after election victory, Greece (AP) — Greece's Syriza party gained the key backing needed to form a government Monday, creating a surprise alliance with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country's bailout.By DEREK GATOPOULOSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsGreeceEuropeAthensWestern Europe, 26 Jan 2015 10:29:53 GMTAustralia's knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAustraliaOceania, 26 Jan 2015 11:41:17 GMTMalaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online KONG (AP) — Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.By KELVIN CHANhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingSocial mediaMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370Technology issuesOnline mediaMediaIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesEventsMalaysiaHong KongEast AsiaSoutheast AsiaAsiaChinaGreater ChinaMiddle East, 26 Jan 2015 11:16:09 GMTMeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging behemoth, Va. (AP) — Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.fBusinessRichmondVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:55:53 GMTActivists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Kobani (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, marking a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants.By ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaTurkeyMiddle EastUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 12:09:51 GMTMiss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami (AP) — Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.By KELLI KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentBeauty pageantsMiamiColombiaVenezuelaUnited StatesFloridaNorth AmericaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 26 Jan 2015 10:11:04 GMTChurch of England to ordain first female bishop (AP) — Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop.iGeneral newsReligionChristianitySocial affairsUnited KingdomEnglandWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 11:59:14 GMTNor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow YORK (AP) — Northeast residents are girding for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow.By VERENA DOBNIKaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherState governmentsTrafficTransportationFloodsStormsGovernment and politicsAccidents and disastersNew YorkNew York CityBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:57:40 GMTBiden jokes of feigning interest in Obama's State of Union (AP) — If Vice President Joe Biden looked captivated by last week's State of the Union address, chalk it up to good acting.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politicsState of the Union AddressEventsExecutive branch, 26 Jan 2015 12:14:35 GMTVenus Williams' strong Australian Open run continues, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams' strong run at the Australian Open continued Monday when she beat sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since 2010.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 26 Jan 2015 10:38:37 GMTTurkish court orders Facebook pages blocked, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.htBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestTurkeyAnkaraMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 10:35:59 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 newsScreen Actors Guild AwardsEventsAward showsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMiddle East, 26 Jan 2015 10:57:51 GMTSyrian president dismisses talks with 'puppets' in interview, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad dismissed negotiations with Western-backed opposition representatives, calling them "puppets" in an interview with a U.S. magazine published Monday ahead of talks set to begin in Moscow.By ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsSyriaDamascusMoscowMiddle EastRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 10:42:45 GMTSpain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials (AP) — Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have found a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones inside it in a crypt underneath a cloistered convent in Madrid.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 11:29:54 GMTPost Holdings to pay $1.15B for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker LOUIS (AP) — Post Holdings is spending $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.fBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:47:31 GMTSerena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters, Australia (AP) — Motivated by a Grand Slam loss that stung her more than most, Serena Williams dug deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 26 Jan 2015 10:09:48 GMTMotorola unveils 3 smart phones for return to China (AP) — Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market.By JOE McDONALDhtBusinessTechnologyTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesMobile phonesConsumer electronicsOwnership changesCorporate newsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 11:51:59 GMTBP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty ORLEANS (AP) — It will be oil giant BP's turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsEconomyGovernment and politicsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersCrimeEnergy industryIndustriesCorporate newsLaw and orderGulf of MexicoNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 12:17:15 GMTReview: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV YORK (AP) — Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeSportsTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentInternet televisionConsumer electronicsBaseballOnline mediaMediaTelevisionInternet technologyComputing and information technologyEntertainment and media technologyMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 12:09:16 GMTEuro wobbles as anti-austerity party set to govern Greece, South Korea (AP) — The euro wobbled Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel. Stock markets in Europe and Asia, however, were relatively stable while futures pointed to modest falls on Wall Street.By YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsNational electionsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsStock marketsElectionsGovernment and politicsGreeceSouth KoreaEast AsiaEuropeWestern EuropeAsia, 26 Jan 2015 10:23:57 GMTAirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.iBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleMalaysiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 09:56:21 GMTAirlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow are cancelling thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsWeatherWinter weatherTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 26 Jan 2015 12:17:45 GMTFederal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?By KIM CHANDLER and JEFF MARTINaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsCouplesProfessional organizationsMarriageWeddingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderRelationshipsLifestyleSocial groups and organizationsOccasionsAlabamaMontgomeryMobileUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 09:41:35 GMTRussia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine (AP) — Russian officials struck a defiant note Monday after Western leaders threatened to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 11:53:59 GMTJury could be seated in murder trial of ex-Patriot Hernandez RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A jury could be seated in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez.aGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeCelebrityLegal proceedingsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCrimeLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:21 GMTMeadWestvaco Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging company, Va. (AP) — Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco are joining to form a $16 billion packaging company.fBusinessMaterials industryIndustries, 26 Jan 2015 11:24:55 GMTSpokesman: Secret Service recovers 'device' at White House (AP) — A spokesman for President Barack Obama said Monday that a "device" was found on the grounds of the White House while the president and first lady were in India but that it posed no threat.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:14:10 GMTWilliams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. Together. At the same time.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:30 GMTMorocco arrests suspected Algerian member of IS-linked group, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of an Algerian citizen suspected of belonging to a group linked to the Islamic State militant organization which was responsible for the beheading of a French hiker.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeMoroccoAlgeriaNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Jan 2015 09:44:49 GMTAer Lingus confirms IAG takeover bid at 2.55 euros per share (AP) — Aer Lingus announced Monday that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering the proposal.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsDublinIrelandUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:39:34 GMT2 suspected looters killed in South Africa (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot following a week of attacks on immigrant-owned shops in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSouth AfricaJohannesburgAfricaSouthern Africa, 26 Jan 2015 11:41:10 GMTAT&T buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings (AP) — AT&T is buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for about $1.88 billion, minus the company's debt.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 26 Jan 2015 12:04:32 GMTCyprus aims to become regional search-and-rescue hub, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' defense minister says the country is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe's southeastern edge.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsCyprusMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 10:53:35 GMTShiite rebels violently disperse demonstrators in Yemen, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons attacked and detained demonstrators Monday protesting against their power grab in Yemen's capital, witnesses said.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 11:01:12 GMTEgypt state newspaper calls out president following shooting (AP) — In an unusually critical column, the chairman of Egypt's state-run daily Al-Ahram newspaper has specifically called out the country's president as being responsible for protecting the public after the shooting death of a protester.iGeneral newsNewspapersViolent crimeCrimeNews mediaMediaEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Jan 2015 10:51:16 GMTEgypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer says an appeals court has convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing a female genital mutilation that killed a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison.iGeneral newsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Jan 2015 11:22:40 GMTNTT becomes first domestic sponsor of 2020 Tokyo Olympics (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers have signed up Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation as the first domestic sponsor of the 2020 Games.fBusinessSportsCorporate sponsorshipSports sponsorshipOlympic gamesSummer Olympic gamesEventsCorporate newsSports businessJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 09:47:50 GMTWHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama celebrates India's Republic Day DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama's experience at India's Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations.By MUNEEZA NAQVIhtGovernment and politicsInaugurationsUnited States Presidential InaugurationParadesConsumer electronicsEventsRecreation and leisureLifestyleTechnologyPerforming artsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentExecutive branchIndiaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 10:45:04 GMTPolice ID victims in NYC Home Depot shooting YORK (AP) — New York City police have identified the two co-workers killed in a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan.aGeneral newsSuicidesViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeManhattanNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 12:11:23 GMTKurdish officials, Syrian activists: Islamic State group militants nearly pushed out of Kobani (AP) — Kurdish officials, Syrian activists: Islamic State group militants nearly pushed out of Kobani.iGeneral newsPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politics, 26 Jan 2015 11:37:09 GMT