FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Jan 2015 06:19:01 -0800Romania's spy chief who backed security laws resigns, Romania (AP) — The chief of Romania's Intelligence Service has resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws which allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.iGeneral newsPolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsRomaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 13:42:29 GMTRussia: US spy ring charges part of 'anti-Russian campaign' (AP) — Russia has accused the United States of having no evidence against three Russian citizens charged with spying, and says the Americans are using the charges for political purposes.iGeneral newsEspionageCrimeRussiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:11:48 GMTObama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. laws and regulations haven't yet caught up with technological developments that have made drones readily available.By JOAN LOWY and CALVIN WOODWARDhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone aircraftAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:59:14 GMTMassachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a Massachusetts nuclear power plant was forced to shut down during the blizzard but there was no danger to the public.aBusinessGeneral newsWeatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryEventsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 14:15:27 GMTIndonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday.By FADLAN SYAMiGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 13:11:28 GMTJapan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."By YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHostage situationsSocial mediaCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 13:16:32 GMTCaterpillar 4Q results mixed, 2015 outlook disappoints, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar took a hit in the fourth quarter from restructuring costs and the heavy machinery maker issued a weak outlook for 2015, citing the tumbling price of commodities.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsFinancial performanceEnergy industryIndustriesPeoriaIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:33:47 GMTStorm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast YORK (AP) — A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow, but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.By MEGHAN BARRaGeneral newsStormsWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015State governmentsEmergency managementTravel laws and regulationsEventsGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsNew YorkMassachusettsNew York CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:23:00 GMTOrders for US durable goods fall 3.4 percent in December with big drop in airlines (AP) — Orders for US durable goods fall 3.4 percent in December with big drop in airlines.wBusinessGeneral news, 27 Jan 2015 13:43:02 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Murray's advice, Maria's message, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray knows what it's like to feel the burden of a country's expectations. So he has some advice for Australian tennis fans.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisMen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 13:19:45 GMTMark Ronson to mentor emerging acts through Grammy program YORK (AP) — Mark Ronson is lending his "Uptown Funk" to budding musicians.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentAward showsCelebrity, 27 Jan 2015 13:11:33 GMTIndia nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough' DELHI (AP) — India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies.By KATY DAIGLEiBusinessGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational agreementsProduction facilitiesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmental concernsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAir qualityCorporate newsNew DelhiIndiaUnited StatesSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:29:46 GMTPhilippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePhilippinesManilaUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:58:49 GMTAmerican Airlines tops Street 4Q forecasts WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is logging record profits and rewarding shareholders just one year removed from bankruptcy court and a big merger.By DAVID KOENIGfBusinessCorporate stockIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsFinancial performanceTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:08:58 GMTChristina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande isn't the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup.eArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentNBA All-Star GameEventsNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:32 GMTDubai claims title of world's busiest international airport, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.By ADAM SCHRECKiGeneral newsDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 12:50:27 GMT5 foreigners, 3 guards killed in Libyan hotel attack, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya's capital Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, authorities said.By ESAM MOHAMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestImprovised explosivesAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLibyaTripoliMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 12:48:46 GMTShiite rebel official: Abducted aide to Yemen's leader freed, Yemen (AP) — An official representing Yemen's Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free, after his seizure set in motion days of political turmoil that prompted the country's embattled president to resign.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsIslamReligionSocial affairsYemenSanaaMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 13:50:07 GMTFacebook blames internal glitch for hourlong global outage, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesOnline mediaMediaSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 14:07:12 GMTObama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.By JULIE PACEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesForeign policyDiplomacyIslamInternational relationsNational securitySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyReligionMilitary and defenseUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaSyriaRiyadhJiddahMiddle EastNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:58:08 GMTKosovo police use tear gas to clear anti-gov't protesters, Kosovo (AP) — Police in Kosovo have fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister who had denied that war crimes were committed against ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsKosovo WarWar and unrestPolitical and civil unrestYugoslav WarsEventsSerbiaKosovoEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 13:31:06 GMTToddler left in day care van found wandering on NY street, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy left alone in a day care van has been found wandering on a New York street.aGeneral newsRochesterNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:45:08 GMTPfizer net down on lower sales, higher research, legal costs Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell by half as worsening generic competition and unfavorable currency rates reduced sales, and higher research spending and legal costs also hurt the bottom line.By LINDA A. JOHNSONfBusinessMedical researchMedicationHealth care industryIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsHealthDiagnosis and treatment, 27 Jan 2015 13:34:21 GMT3,000 child soldiers to be freed in war-torn South Sudan, South Sudan (AP) — About 3,000 child soldiers will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children's agency said after 280 children were freed on Tuesday.By CHARLTON DOKI and RODNEY MUHUMUZAiGeneral newsWar and unrestInternational agreementsRebellions and uprisingsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsSouth SudanEthiopiaUgandaEast AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaSudanMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 13:13:28 GMTUS home price gains slow in November on weaker sales (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of available houses.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome pricesHome salesHome sellingReal estatePricesEconomyResidential real estateLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 14:04:28 GMTGreek bailout critic named new finance minister, Greece (AP) — A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic has been named as finance minister in the country's new left-wing government.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 13:58:16 GMTLeaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin, Poland (AP) — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsThe HolocaustNazismEventsPolandRussiaUkraineGermanyEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 13:10:51 GMTBrazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say a raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.iGeneral newsOdditiesBrazilSao PauloSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Jan 2015 13:44:02 GMTDutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack.By MIKE CORDERhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyExtraditionHackingLegal proceedingsComputer and data securityLaw and orderTechnology issuesComputing and information technologyNetherlandsRussiaUnited StatesThe HagueWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 14:04:00 GMTSpain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said.By ALAN CLENDENNING and DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZAiGeneral newsAccidentsMilitary facilitiesAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSpainMadridGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 13:40:57 GMTGreek bailout critic says he will be new finance minister, Greece (AP) — A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic wrote in a blog post Tuesday that he will be sworn in as finance minister in the country's new left-wing government.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 12:54:09 GMT3M tops 4Q profit forecasts PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M Co. (MMM) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.18 billion.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:46:51 GMTJapan envoy hopeful about hostage release (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis.By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsDiplomacyEmbassiesGovernment and politicsTerrorismKidnappingInternational relationsWar and unrestCrimeJapanAmmanJordanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 13:48:17 GMTOrders for US durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsManufacturing sector performanceProduction facilitiesEconomyLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 14:14:50 GMTHoly mackerel! Belfast warned not to eat free fish, Northern Ireland (AP) — This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach.iOdditiesBelfastIrelandNorthern IrelandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 12:59:39 GMTNortheast residents digging out, moving on from snowstorm of the busy Northeast corridor were left to deal with a storm that packed a winter wallop of heavy snow and high winds for some and left others with more typical snow accumulations.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015State governmentsAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsEventsGovernment and politicsTransportationGovernment regulationsNew York CityMassachusettsNew JerseyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:54:17 GMTAP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa (AP) — Renewed violence in Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists this week set off threats from the West of further sanctions against Moscow, while Greek voters weary of austerity measures elected the anti-bailout Syriza party to lead the country.iGeneral newsAfricaUnited KingdomEuropeUkraineWestern EuropeEastern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 13:34:14 GMTImagine Dragons to give surprise performance on plane YORK (AP) — Imagine Dragons is ready to rock you — in the sky.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 27 Jan 2015 13:56:56 GMTAudrey Tautou, Matthew Weiner among Berlin film fest jury (AP) — "Amelie" actress Audrey Tautou and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner will be among the eight jury members for this year's Berlin Film Festival.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentBerlin International Film FestivalEventsBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 12:50:41 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm A.M. ESTBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherStormsWeatherRail travel disruptionsState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTrain travelAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsTransportationLocal governmentsTravelLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew JerseyMassachusettsBostonMaineRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 13:51:12 GMTInquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice (AP) — A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once — as authorities initially thought — but twice.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsEspionagePoisoningLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsHealthLaw and orderUnited KingdomMoscowLondonRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeEngland, 27 Jan 2015 14:02:17 GMTZimbabwe's white farmers face threats of new evictions, Zimbabwe (AP) — Most of Zimbabwe's white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to the country's long-running political turmoil.By FARAI MUTSAKAiGeneral newsZimbabweSouthern AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 13:35:17 GMTTravel bans lifted in New Jersey, New York City YORK (AP) — Motorists can get back on the roads in New Jersey and New York City, and subways and buses are restarting.aGeneral newsTravel laws and regulationsState governmentsWeatherWinter weatherGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsNew JerseyNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:21:55 GMTP&G fiscal 2Q earnings drop 31 pct, hurt by exchange rates & Gamble's second-quarter earnings sank 31 percent as the strong U.S. dollar cut into the performance of the world's largest consumer products maker.By TOM MURPHYfBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 27 Jan 2015 13:57:33 GMTOfficers shot at Minnesota city building OK, gunman dead HOPE, Minn. (AP) — Two police officers who were shot by a gunman inside a suburban Minneapolis city building are expected to recover.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMinnesotaMinneapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:13:27 GMTDuPont profit rises, but strong dollar cuts into sales, Del. (AP) — Changes to DuPont's portfolio and improved productivity boosted fourth-quarter earnings and helped to offset the negative impact of a stronger dollar.By RANDALL CHASEfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:04:09 GMTObama: US must balance human rights, security with Saudis, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led a high-level U.S. delegation to the kingdom Tuesday to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah.By JULIE PACEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesForeign policySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaRiyadhMiddle EastJiddahNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:52:28 GMTKurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town (AP) — Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 13:55:04 GMTFederal government failing to protect children, report says federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsHuman welfareObituariesLegislatureGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSpecial interest groupsPolitical organizationsCrimes against childrenCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 27 Jan 2015 13:42:56 GMTPush for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates.By KIMBERLEE KRUESIaGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsGays and lesbiansState legislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislationReligionLegislatureState governmentsSocial issuesSocial affairsGender issuesIdahoBoiseIdaho FallsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 13:43:40 GMT