FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:29:08 -0700Nadal reaches China Open quarters, criticizes ballhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a16491c0cc194ef2899436d9b6874829BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal is back in form on the tennis court — and in his sharp-tongued critiques of the ATP tour.JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisAthlete injuriesMen's sportsWomen's sportsAthlete healthChinaGermanyGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a16491c0cc194ef2899436d9b6874829Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:11:23 GMTWambach, players go to court over World Cup turfhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c5f27d8539d4e89877de9fec10c295eThe push to get Canada to stage the Women's World Cup on grass instead of artificial turf is now a legal matter, with American star Abby Wambach and a group of players "fully prepared to go forward zealously and aggressively in court" to force a change, their lawyer said Thursday.JOSEPH WHITEsSportsWomen's soccer2015 FIFA Women's World CupFIFA Women's World CupMen's soccerWomen's sportsProfessional soccerInternational soccerMen's sportsLegal proceedings2014 FIFA World CupSports governanceCelebritySoccerEventsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderGeneral newsFIFA World CupCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c5f27d8539d4e89877de9fec10c295eThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:07:46 GMTCourt to consider rules on judicial campaign cashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7bba543c4364b8d9bd1530979b31fc0WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will resolve a growing debate over whether states that elect judges can stop candidates from directly seeking campaign contributions.SAM HANANELwGovernment and politicsJudicial electionsCampaign finance improprietiesLegal proceedingsCampaignsCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsElectionsLocal governmentsCrimeGeneral newsLaw and orderPolitical fundraisingHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7bba543c4364b8d9bd1530979b31fc0Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:15:17 GMTNew Swedish PM can expect struggle aheadhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1976b97c188d4175b922c92966a167a6COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Stefan Lofven has become Sweden's new prime minister at the head of a weak, left-leaning minority government that is expected to struggle to push its agenda through Parliament.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDenmarkWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1976b97c188d4175b922c92966a167a6Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:43:31 GMTTurkey ponders new powers to fight IS militantshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e213ef61e6a44739889331598cd9f2bANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.SUZAN FRASERDIAA HADIDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerrorismHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsLegislatureBomb threatsSocial issuesSocial affairsTurkeySyriaIraqMiddle EastUnited StatesAnkaraWestern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e213ef61e6a44739889331598cd9f2bThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:31:56 GMTOfficials: About 80 being monitored for Ebolahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b2cd0a81f71400eafbcacc3820773faDALLAS (AP) — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.DAVID WARRENaGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessTexasAfricaDallasWest AfricaLiberiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b2cd0a81f71400eafbcacc3820773faThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:39:35 GMTHistory fight coming to a head in suburban Denverhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1ea1289014c348dd90a9a8cdc1aac1a8DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught is coming to a head in suburban Denver on Thursday, with students and teachers expected to pack a school board meeting where the controversial changes could face a vote.COLLEEN SLEVINaGeneral newsPrimary and secondary educationProtests and demonstrationsHuman rights and civil libertiesEducationSocial affairsSchool curriculaPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesTeachingLabor issuesSchool administrationColoradoDenverUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1ea1289014c348dd90a9a8cdc1aac1a8Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:57:15 GMTECB's Draghi gives no hint of more stimulushttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b609c4ca0d954552b370713ba1997bd1NAPLES, Italy (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi underlined the bank's willingness to ramp up its stimulus efforts with large-scale bond purchases if needed — but otherwise offered no new economic help at the bank's meeting Thursday.DAVID McHUGHCOLLEEN BARRYiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial marketsEuropeItalyNaplesWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b609c4ca0d954552b370713ba1997bd1Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:55:37 GMTMissing-student suspect doesn't appear in courthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1410eca50a594ae19500735db2307306CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges as expected.JONATHAN DREWaGeneral newsReckless endangermentLegal proceedingsMissing personsKidnappingEducationCrimeLaw and orderSocial affairsCharlottesvilleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1410eca50a594ae19500735db2307306Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:58:55 GMT3Q review: Mutual funds take a summer breakhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/edfa189193ef46038fb1dc8852487a54NEW YORK (AP) — Take a breath.STAN CHOEfBusinessPersonal financeEconomyFinancial servicesIndustriesPersonal investingCommodity marketsFinancial marketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/edfa189193ef46038fb1dc8852487a54Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:34:35 GMTSupreme Court takes up Idaho Medicaid challengehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50f74c2c46824c37abbd36cdad7c102cWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising costs.wHealthGovernment and politicsGovernment-funded health insuranceNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsGovernment programsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50f74c2c46824c37abbd36cdad7c102cThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:55:06 GMTSandy Hook school bomb scare 'low to no threat'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a0a16db7cb94db3bec10159d156adc2NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat phoned in to the Sandy Hook School that forced its evacuation was "complex," but was considered "low to no threat," Newtown's schools superintendent told parents.aGeneral newsBomb threatsSandy Hook Elementary School shootingEvacuationsEventsViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsEducation issuesEducationSchool shootingsShootingsViolent crimeCrimeConnecticutUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a0a16db7cb94db3bec10159d156adc2Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:19:13 GMTSears to raise cash through Canadian ops salehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1def4b61129a444998bcea08d6eccefeHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears, sorely in need of cash, is selling most of its stake in its Canadian unit to raise as much as $380 million through a rights offering.ANNE D'INNOCENZIOMICHELLE CHAPMANfBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCanadaIllinoisNorth AmericaUnited Stateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1def4b61129a444998bcea08d6eccefeThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:03:08 GMTObama steps away from global crises to talk jobshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8827c03be2a4aceb972bff2d9ec724eCHICAGO (AP) — While Washington's attention was focused on a Secret Service scandal, President Barack Obama slipped away for an overnight trip to his family home in Chicago and a speech Thursday to assure voters he is still focused on the economy.NEDRA PICKLERaBusinessGovernment and politicsLabor economyEconomyUnited StatesChicagoIllinoisNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8827c03be2a4aceb972bff2d9ec724eThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:26:10 GMTUS factory orders fall record 10.1 percenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e9cd1bf2ef94d4785d41ebb5811a7e6WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the big drop was heavily influenced by a plunge in volatile aircraft orders.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e9cd1bf2ef94d4785d41ebb5811a7e6Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:07:21 GMTIn Texas Ebola patient's neighborhood, scores sickhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c59a156ad8e4771a4192181724cc1f1MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.KRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c59a156ad8e4771a4192181724cc1f1Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:00:00 GMTECB's Draghi details stimulus planhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b2e4ec10db164437a1b2005a2fa527b9NAPLES, Italy (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says a stimulus program that includes buying private-sector bonds will mean a significant increase in the bank's efforts to help the economy.DAVID McHUGHCOLLEEN BARRYiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEuropeItalyWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b2e4ec10db164437a1b2005a2fa527b9Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:21:05 GMTApplications for US jobless benefits drop to 287Khttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/458eb524ae2e4c4b8ed2153321ecce45WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyUnemployment insuranceEconomyHiring and recruitmentGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/458eb524ae2e4c4b8ed2153321ecce45Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:24:44 GMTUS stocks stabilize after plunge; McCormick gainshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/38ec42b4aa25464da2c24afa16c5d032NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are stabilizing a day after a plunge.aBusinessGeneral newsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/38ec42b4aa25464da2c24afa16c5d032Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:40:49 GMTSupreme Court asked to block Wisconsin voter lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6ef534cdf4604cf68535ddcfb77bdd6fMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opponents of Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the requirement ahead of the Nov. 4 election, arguing there isn't enough time to implement the new rules.SCOTT BAUERaGovernment and politicsUnited States General ElectionState electionsVotingJudicial electionsElectionsNational courtsEventsJudiciaryNational governmentsCourtsGeneral electionsUnited StatesWisconsinNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6ef534cdf4604cf68535ddcfb77bdd6fThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:42:45 GMTJustices to review Arizona districting commissionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2db68cdfa18a48f0a6e1b65123b20494WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will consider a challenge by Arizona Republicans to the state's congressional districting map.wGovernment and politicsVoting districtsElectionsArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2db68cdfa18a48f0a6e1b65123b20494Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:54:47 GMTGlobal stocks down on recovery, Ebola worrieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/765c5e4693ee4922a7f373d1981af607SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets were lower on Thursday as investors remained cautious about the recovery in Europe and investors digested U.S. economic news.YOUKYUNG LEEfBusinessCurrency marketsEconomyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsSouth KoreaHong KongEuropeEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaChinaGreater ChinaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/765c5e4693ee4922a7f373d1981af607Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:16:21 GMTUS factory orders fall record 10.1 percent in August, as demand for aircraft plungeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/33811a98553f4f229b80eb3e4a46cf9dWASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders fall record 10.1 percent in August, as demand for aircraft plunges.wBusinessGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/33811a98553f4f229b80eb3e4a46cf9dThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:02:52 GMTNYPD: Police mistakenly kill man in confrontationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b586322387946c49766d2560f708749NEW YORK (AP) — The medical examiner says an unarmed man who intervened in a confrontation between police and a knife-wielding assailant died of a gunshot to the back after police fired shots.aGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b586322387946c49766d2560f708749Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:13:56 GMTTexas Ebola monitoring now beyond initial contactshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf5c845517bd4553bd4539f2adafef49DALLAS (AP) — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.DAVID WARRENaGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessTexasAfricaWest AfricaLiberiaDallasMonroviaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf5c845517bd4553bd4539f2adafef49Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:59:21 GMTBuffett praises changes to Coca-Cola pay planhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f00b8044c0504e73b956367983fd0626OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett is praising the changes Coca-Cola made to its executive compensation plan after he and other investors criticized it.fBusinesshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f00b8044c0504e73b956367983fd0626Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:20:40 GMT'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraudhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/032561d1073e45cfb1adc55bd6735249NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeLaw and orderNewarkNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/032561d1073e45cfb1adc55bd6735249Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:05:51 GMTAP PHOTOS: Lines linger for famed Chicago hot dogshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50b8911bf01e41eebdef29ee85896c1dCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's hippest hot dog stand helped elevate the lowly sausage into a culinary superstar by stuffing it with exotic ingredients including escargot, foie gras and rattlesnake. When the owner announced the gourmet shop was closing, everyone expected encased-meat aficionados to line up for one last taste.DON BABWINaGeneral newsOdditiesChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50b8911bf01e41eebdef29ee85896c1dThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:58:46 GMTCalifornia community reels after mayor shot deadhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/440ed96397154532ab08f6ffba07021eBELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — She was his high school sweetheart and wife of 28 years. He was mayor of the modest Los Angeles suburb where they moved and had two kids just after they were married.RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/440ed96397154532ab08f6ffba07021eThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:35:18 GMTNo action from high court on gay marriagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6fdf624e76184f55a3e284fb72a9f489WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has taken no action on appeals asking it to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.wGovernment and politicsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issueshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6fdf624e76184f55a3e284fb72a9f489Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:47:10 GMTBuffett's Berkshire Hathaway buys auto dealerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/46d49f88aa354a1ab8ea084d75548d45OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is getting into the automobile sales business.JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesOwnership changesCorporate newsOmahaNebraskaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/46d49f88aa354a1ab8ea084d75548d45Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:48:40 GMTRussia dims hopes for European auto reboundhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fdcf5706053745b1a4c6b7069be7b37cPARIS (AP) — Troubles in Russia's once-booming car market are dampening spirits at the Paris Motor Show.iBusinessGeneral newsFranceRussiaParisEuropeWestern EuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fdcf5706053745b1a4c6b7069be7b37cThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:41:38 GMTSupreme Court asked to block Wisconsin voter Iawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed67e9ac2fb445c9878c5339424dc1acWASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of Wisconsin's voter identification law are asking the Supreme Court to keep officials from enforcing it in the November election.wGovernment and politicsUnited States General ElectionVotingEventsCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsElectionsGeneral electionsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed67e9ac2fb445c9878c5339424dc1acThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:12:37 GMTEuropean car chiefs 'reeling' from Ford warninghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6ed569996ecd44e4936448fdaaa14a42PARIS (AP) — Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says fellow car bosses "are still reeling" from the profit warning that rival Ford announced on the eve of the biennial gathering in Paris.fBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFranceParisEuropeWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6ed569996ecd44e4936448fdaaa14a42Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:09:50 GMTHigh court to hear Ohio child abuse casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/94a3f30cf45643878743919fc419538fWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear Ohio's appeal of a court ruling that threw out the child abuse conviction of a Cleveland man.wGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsCrimes against childrenCrimeGeneral newsOhioUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/94a3f30cf45643878743919fc419538fThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:01:07 GMTImage of Asia: Paying tribute to Gandhihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4ef007262a574c3d9df37a6f52865cccIn this photo by Manish Swarup, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respects at the memorial of independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi on Thursday, the 145th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. Gandhi adopted the path of nonviolent protests to gain independence for India following British colonial rule. He was shot and killed by a Hindu fanatic in January 1948 at the age of 78, five months after India won independence. India's leaders visit Gandhi's memorial, on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, to pay homage each year on Oct. 2. The memorial includes a black marble platform where an eternal flame burns.The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIndiaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4ef007262a574c3d9df37a6f52865cccThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:39:46 GMTLewis shoots 66 to take lead at Reignwood Classichttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/162e3147acdc4577899f2c8b1d1b9b20BEIJING (AP) — Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied five holes on the back nine to shoot a 7-under 66 in the first round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic on Thursday.sSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsBeijingEast AsiaChinaGreater ChinaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/162e3147acdc4577899f2c8b1d1b9b20Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:55:28 GMTReputed drug cartel member to change plea in UShttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14412387ccb5420e8501238e6ed85868CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States is due in a New Hampshire court Thursday for a change of plea hearing.RIK STEVENSaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeOrganized crimeSmugglingNew HampshireUnited StatesMexicoSpainNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14412387ccb5420e8501238e6ed85868Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:17:33 GMTOfficial: Suicide bombers kill 7 at Libyan airporthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41a8a29db0ba4eaaa46d3bc23e7d751aCAIRO (AP) — Two suicide car bombings near an eastern airport in Libya killed seven troops and wounded 12 people Thursday, a spokesman for a renegade general said, as fierce clashes erupted nearby between the general's forces and the extremist militias trying to take over the airfield.iGeneral newsTransportationMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsTerrorismEgyptLibyaMiddle EastTripoliNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41a8a29db0ba4eaaa46d3bc23e7d751aThu, 02 Oct 2014 13:41:33 GMTSeth Green adds 'Ninja Turtles' to his to-do listhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b28dd5504ea04667890771dad8218448NEW YORK (AP) — It was Seth Green's destiny to join the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" team.FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentAnimation and comicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b28dd5504ea04667890771dad8218448Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:59:43 GMTGerman insurer Allianz appoints new CEOhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bbc0e3bc05434e4fb38a8a7b01877588BERLIN (AP) — German insurer Allianz SE says board member Oliver Baete will take over as chief executive in May when current CEO Michael Diekmann steps down after more than a decade in charge.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelGermanyWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bbc0e3bc05434e4fb38a8a7b01877588Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:43:45 GMTRuling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefitshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60671f6991394c57aeb127453b254f94SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation — pension funds or creditors.DON THOMPSONaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsBankruptcy figuresGovernment pensions and social securityCrimeGovernment payCivil serviceRecessions and depressionsLaw and orderEconomyGovernment business and financeStocktonCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60671f6991394c57aeb127453b254f94Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:28:32 GMTSaudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajjhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/697eb0fbf1434beda052dc08a2b2d633MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.MOKHTAR SHEHATABENJAMIN WIACEKiGeneral newsIslamReligionSocial affairsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthGovernment and politicsSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/697eb0fbf1434beda052dc08a2b2d633Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:02:12 GMTIraqi forces clash with IS group over small townhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de5e036107bc44fab665287f2db61884BAGHDAD (AP) — A military spokesman says fierce clashes are underway between Iraqi forces and extremists from the Islamic State group in and around a small western town.iGeneral newsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de5e036107bc44fab665287f2db61884Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:07:24 GMTOfficials say top militant killed in Egypt's Sinaihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/37d7ed4b8fc243caa937b6d8913b9ec2EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Senior military officials in Egypt say soldiers have killed a top militant in the Sinai Peninsula amid clashes.ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/37d7ed4b8fc243caa937b6d8913b9ec2Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:16:33 GMTMany sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometownhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a4fac1c94e454ddb901fc9fb73fe331cMONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.KRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a4fac1c94e454ddb901fc9fb73fe331cThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:16:20 GMTUS stocks fluctuate after ECB President commentshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d83b78d459744dabfa186be6b0bc392NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets were mostly flat in early trading Thursday, follow a sell-off the day before, as U.S. investors had little reaction to comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who announced new economic stimulus measures for the continent. European markets fell.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyFinancial servicesIndustriesUnited StatesEast AsiaEuropeNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d83b78d459744dabfa186be6b0bc392Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:04:25 GMTSupreme Court takes up housing bias casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18698bb7b9544661b5dc51cf1d9ab0d0WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in recent years, the Supreme Court will consider taking away a powerful legal tactic the Obama administration and others have used to combat housing discrimination.SAM HANANELwBusinessGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansWorkplace discriminationHousing policyHispanicsGovernment programsSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesPersonnelLabor issuesGovernment policyNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18698bb7b9544661b5dc51cf1d9ab0d0Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:04:16 GMTKiller of New Jersey rabbi's wife out of prisonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4ef3ccffe2a4802ac9a7b7a49df50d9CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A confessed hit man who was paid to help kill a New Jersey rabbi's wife in 1994 has been released from prison.aGeneral newsNew JerseyCherry HillUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4ef3ccffe2a4802ac9a7b7a49df50d9Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:33:17 GMTCourt takes up hear religious bias case over hijabhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2e1eedb540c440c872dc66b459466caWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed.SAM HANANELwBusinessGovernment and politicsWorkplace discriminationReligious strifeCorporate legal affairsReligious issuesNational courtsPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesGeneral newsCorporate newsReligionLegal proceedingsLaw and orderConsumer products and servicesIndustriesNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2e1eedb540c440c872dc66b459466caThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:13:09 GMT