FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jul 2014 06:30:49 -0700Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.SCOTT BAUERaGeneral newsElectionsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment and politicsState governmentsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessCourtsJudiciaryLegislationLegislatureWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:54:19 GMTWhat problem? Ariana Grande is new princess of pop YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande is the new princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single "Problem," impressing critics with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image that her young Nickelodeon fans can vibe with, signature ponytail and all.MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrity, 31 Jul 2014 13:26:35 GMTFloods submerge south Romania, 2nd person drowns, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania said a second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks and the flooding has also damaged around 2,200 houses in the south of the country.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherAccidents and disastersFloodsAccidentsRomaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:13:04 GMTObama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors (AP) — Some companies that earn billions of dollars as government contractors are among the worst violators of U.S. labor laws, yet year after year they keep winning new contracts. So President Barack Obama is aiming to end impunity for labor violators by pushing companies to clean up their act if they want to keep taking federal money.JOSH LEDERMANwBusinessGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsLabor issuesContracts and ordersCorporate newsGovernment business and financeIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:12 GMTVeteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90 YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.FRAZIER MOOREaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentObituariesMovies, 31 Jul 2014 12:39:59 GMTAP Sportlight — The Olympic Games open in Berlin. The opening ceremonies is presided over by Adolf Hitler.The Associated PresssWomen's sportsWomen's golfMen's golfWomen's badmintonMen's tennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsGolfTennisHorse racingBadmintonSportsMLB baseballProfessional baseballBaseballIndonesiaSouth KoreaEast AsiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:58 GMTMan suspected in Irish soldiers' deaths in court (AP) — A Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the killing of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980 is making his first appearance in immigration court.aGeneral newsArrestsImmigrationLaw and orderCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsDetroitUnited StatesMichiganNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:04:26 GMTImage of Asia: Weaving silk in Thailand this trio of photos, workers weave Thai silk and adjust batches of dried thread at a decades-old workshop that supplies silk material to upmarket stores in Bangkok. Thailand's share of world silk production is relatively modest at less than 1,000 tons a year compared with leader China, with well over 100,000 tons annually. But Thailand is noted for its hand-woven silk products, which add value and serve a luxury market separate from commercial, low-price products. American entrepreneur Jim Thompson revived the country's traditional silk-weaving industry in the 1950s, overseeing the process from raising silkworms to retail sales and promoting silk as a high-fashion item around the world.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 12:40:25 GMT2 killed, 1 injured in northeast China shootings (AP) — Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured Thursday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents.iGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:27 GMTVirginia, student settle lawsuit over arrest, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has reached a $212,500 settlement with a University of Virginia student who was arrested after her purchase of water was mistaken for beer.aGeneral newsArrestsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:02:58 GMTMasterCard 2Q profit rises 9.8 percent, N.Y. (AP) — MasterCard Inc.'s second-quarter net income climbed 9.8 percent, topping analysts' expectations.fBusinessFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 31 Jul 2014 12:44:52 GMTMyanmar reports largest heroin seizure of year, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar drug squad seized more than 140 kilograms (300 pounds) of heroin in a town near the Thai border in the country's largest confiscation this year, state media reported Thursday.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeMyanmarSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 11:45:52 GMTTV SportsWatch — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for 400, at Long Pond, Pa.The Associated PresssMen's golfGolfBaseballProfessional baseballNASCARMen's sportsSportsAutomobile racingTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports mediaWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:12:50 GMTPanel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis (AP) — A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.MARI YAMAGUCHIiBusinessGeneral news2011 Japan earthquake and tsunamiCorporate crimeUtilitiesProduction facilitiesAccidents and disastersNatural disastersAccidentsEventsCorporate newsCrimeIndustriesTsunamisJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 12:58:45 GMTTarget names Pepsi's Cornell as chairman, CEO (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.htBusinessGeneral newsComputer and data securityCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesComputing and information technologyTechnologyMinneapolisMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:42:22 GMTChinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit (AP) — A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.LOUISE WATTiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansDiagnosis and treatmentHealthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderBeijingChinaChongqingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 12:26:44 GMTDad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice, Kenya (AP) — The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.JASON STRAZIUSOiGeneral newsKenyaNairobiEast AfricaAfrica, 31 Jul 2014 11:51:19 GMTWWE Network hits 700K subscriber mark in 5 months is set to make its video vault of classic matches on its video-streamed network available around the globe.DAN GELSTONsSportsWrestling, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:05 GMTUS jobless aid applications rise to 302,000 (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels.JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyUnemployment insuranceEconomyRecessions and depressionsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicators, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:00 GMTGoffin beats top-seed Kohlschreiber in Kitzbuehel, Austria (AP) — David Goffin of Belgium won the last five games to complete a 6-3, 7-5 win over top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round of the Bet-at-Home Cup on Thursday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:17:37 GMTEx-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial, Senegal (AP) — The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.iGeneral newsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSenegalWest AfricaAfrica, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:48 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral newsIsraelMiddle East, 31 Jul 2014 11:49:04 GMTAs US job market strengthens, many don't feel it (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains.JOSH BOAKCHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyRecessions and depressionsCar buyingLeading economic indicatorsAutomobilesLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:01:06 GMTJudge rejects suit by Pa. teacher fired over blog (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago over a blog in which she called students "disengaged, lazy whiners."aGeneral newsNational courtsBloggingEducationNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOnline mediaMediaLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSocial affairsPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:03:40 GMTRussia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay out another 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to a group of shareholders of Yukos, the oil company the government dismantled over a decade ago.iBusinessGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegal proceedingsSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderRussiaEuropeFranceEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 11:58:44 GMTApplications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302k; still at pre-recession levels (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302k; still at pre-recession levels.wBusinessGeneral newsRecessions and depressionsUnemployment insuranceEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyLeading economic indicators, 31 Jul 2014 12:32:22 GMTArgentina slides into default as debt talks fail YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.CLAUDIA TORRENSaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyGovernment and politicsArgentinaSouth AmericaBuenos AiresUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:13 GMTInvestigators reach Ukraine jet crash site, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.MSTYSLAV CHERNOViGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashAccidentsWar and unrestPolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationUkraineNetherlandsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 13:04:49 GMTExpat Turks begin voting in presidential elections, Turkey (AP) — Turks living abroad began voting Thursday to choose Turkey's first directly elected president. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are voting in their countries of residence for Turkish elections.SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsVotingElectionsPolitical scandalsNational electionsGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesTurkeyGermanyBerlinMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:19:34 GMTThursday's Time Schedule White Sox at Detroit, 1:08 p.m.The Associated PresssProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSportsSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:52:30 GMTAussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault, Scotland (AP) — Australia's Commonwealth Games team was reeling Thursday after an alleged assault by one of its medalists and a rift within the track and field squad — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition could be coming to an end.ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsCommonwealth GamesTrack and fieldSummer Olympic gamesWomen's track and fieldArrestsOlympic gamesEventsViolent crimeCrimeWomen's sportsLaw and orderGlasgowAustraliaScotlandLondonEnglandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropeOceania, 31 Jul 2014 11:58:17 GMTHezbollah commander killed in Iraq (AP) — Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestBaghdadIraqLebanonMiddle East, 31 Jul 2014 12:13:48 GMTOakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash, Calif. (AP) — Animals at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway.aGeneral newsOdditiesAnimalsOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:57:23 GMTMasterCard 2Q profit rises on volume growth, N.Y. (AP) — MasterCard's second-quarter net income climbed 9.8 percent as it benefited from volume growth and handled more transactions in the period.fBusinessFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 31 Jul 2014 13:06:42 GMTThis Date In Baseball — Harry McIntire of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched 10 2-3 innings of no-hit ball before Claude Ritchey of Pittsburgh singled. McIntire weakened in the 13th and lost 1-0 to the Pirates on an unearned run, finishing with a four-hitter.Compiled by PAUL MONTELLAsDopingProfessional baseballSportsBaseballMen's sportsSan DiegoNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 31 Jul 2014 12:11:02 GMTPassenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing an 80-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.aGeneral newsAccidentsFiresAccidents and disastersTransportationSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:33:06 GMTWisconsin Supreme Court upholds law that ended collective bargaining for most public workers, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds law that ended collective bargaining for most public workers.aGeneral newsCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:27:05 GMTAmputee jumper won't contest team exclusion, Germany (AP) — A German amputee long jumper will not contest the decision by his national federation to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.NESHA STARCEVICsSportsMen's track and fieldTrack and fieldMen's sportsSummer Olympic gamesOlympic gamesEventsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:11:57 GMTExxon 2Q profit climbs 28 percent, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Thursday reported net income that climbed by 28 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 12:45:28 GMTTweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing, N.Y. (AP) — A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityOnline mediaMediaReckless endangermentCrimeNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:02:35 GMTMalaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.TOBY STERLINGiGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsMalaysiaNetherlandsUkraineSoutheast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 12:01:20 GMTNBA Calendar 30-Sept. 14 — FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Spain.The Associated PresssProfessional basketballBasketballSportsMen's basketballMen's sports, 31 Jul 2014 12:07:18 GMTEurozone inflation down again but ECB seen on hold (AP) — The inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, in a worrying sign that adds pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.JUERGEN BAETZiBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:30:31 GMTNBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.DAN GELSTONsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:25:24 GMTFired band director says he fixing vulgar culture, Ohio (AP) — The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change a culture of hazing and inappropriate rituals among members when he was dismissed.aGeneral newsSportsHazing ritualsSocial issuesSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:08:40 GMTRussia tensions hurting European companies (AP) — Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.GEIR MOULSONiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyInternational relationsInternational tradeGovernment and politicsForeign policyGovernment policyRussiaGermanyEuropeUkraineUnited StatesEastern EuropeWestern EuropeNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 13:01:35 GMTNHL Calendar 20-Aug. 6 — Salary arbitration hearings held.sNHL hockeyProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sports, 31 Jul 2014 12:07:28 GMTNFL Calendar 3 — Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio.sNFL footballProfessional footballFootballSports, 31 Jul 2014 12:07:38 GMTWorld stocks drift after US Fed stays course, India (AP) — Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected. Investors are now reckoning with an expiry date for the lavishly easy monetary policy that has underpinned gains in global stock markets for years.KAY JOHNSONiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyManufacturing sector performanceCurrency marketsStock marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsIndiaUnited StatesEast AsiaChinaRussiaSouth AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater ChinaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 12:58:53 GMTUK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing (AP) — A British judge on Thursday opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.iGeneral newsPoisoningEspionageDiseases and conditionsHealthCrimeUnited KingdomRussiaMoscowWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 12:59:09 GMT