FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 02:03:09 -0800Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author (AP) — Australia's main national 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 04:38:58 GMTFamily, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 09:04:45 GMTIraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsIraqBaghdadSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:19:45 GMTA Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger, Ariz. (AP) — Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting.By DOUG FERGUSONaGeneral newsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:50:44 GMTNo. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State in 57-34 win, Ariz. (AP) — T.J. McConnell jumped into passing lanes for steals and reached in to strip unsuspecting players of the ball.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsArizonaOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:15:59 GMT1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsNFL Super BowlFirst time eventsProfessional footballEventsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFootballSportsMedia and entertainment industry, 31 Jan 2015 05:14:15 GMTJapan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."iGeneral newsHostage situationsJournalismNews mediaMediaAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 07:57:55 GMTSafiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaSlovakiaOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 06:21:29 GMT5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday (AP) — A quick quiz:By CONNIE CASSwGovernment and politicsGovernment programsLegislatureGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:30:00 GMTSnoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn't just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it's also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentNFL Super BowlProfessional footballYouth sportsFootballYouth footballEventsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:11:57 GMTAP Sportlight — Jim Thorpe, star of the 1912 Olympics, signs to play baseball with the New York Giants.By The Associated PresssSports transactionsMen's skiingWomen's skiingWomen's sportsMen's skatingWomen's skatingMen's sportsMen's golfWomen's golfMen's boxingWomen's boxingMen's tennisWomen's tennisAlpine skiingNBA All-Star GameFIS Alpine Skiing World ChampionshipsSkiingNFL Super BowlCoachingBasketballBoxingAfrican-AmericansNHL All-Star GameCollege sportsGolfSkatingCelebrityBaseballProfessional footballWomen's basketballWinter Olympic gamesMen's basketballProfessional basketballTennisNFL Pro BowlOlympic gamesProfessional baseballSportsSports businessEventsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFootballJournalismNews mediaMediaNew YorkUnited StatesPhiladelphiaIllinoisIndianaNew York CityWisconsinCaliforniaLos AngelesChicagoMissouriGermanySan FranciscoPennsylvaniaKentuckyClevelandSacramentoPittsburghHoustonOrlandoDallasGreen BayTampaNorth AmericaUtahColoradoCincinnatiFloridaIndianapolisPortlandSeattleWashingtonNew OrleansOregonTorontoAustriaSt. LouisTorranceEdmontonMontrealWestern EuropeEuropeOhioTexasLouisianaOntarioCanadaAlbertaQuebec, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:25 GMTHayward, Utah Jazz upset Golden State Warriors 110-100 LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City with a bad taste in their mouths from a two-point overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week. Things got even worse against the Jazz on Friday night.By KAREEM COPELANDsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballSalt Lake CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:34:03 GMTWhat to watch at the Aussie Open Sunday: The Men's Final, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, contesting the Australian Open final on Sunday, are both members of the so-called "Big Four" of men's tennis, the group which has dominated Grand Slam titles for most of the past decade led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 07:49:07 GMTAnger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59 (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsReligious strifeBombingsWar and unrestFunerals and memorial servicesProtests and demonstrationsMilitant groupsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesPolitical and civil unrestTerrorismPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:44:58 GMTJapan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAnimation and comicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:36 GMTWhat slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingLabor economyEconomyGovernment payRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:05:53 GMTToday in History is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaLegislatureGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:17 GMTDueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in ANGELES (AP) — As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCrimeViolent crime, 31 Jan 2015 08:29:33 GMTCrash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsHealthBlood donationAccidentsBiologyPublic healthAccidents and disastersTransportationScience, 31 Jan 2015 08:40:43 GMTPats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson (AP) — A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it.By HOWARD ULMANsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballEventsFootball, 31 Jan 2015 08:48:22 GMTAttorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and order, 31 Jan 2015 07:46:07 GMTQuotations in the News"I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee." — Mitt Romney, who ended his roller-coaster return to presidential politics.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNFL footballProfessional footballFootballSports, 31 Jan 2015 08:05:26 GMTMitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run (AP) — He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaigns2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesElectionsNational electionsPolitical fundraisingPolitical organizationsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:22:36 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 20 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:53:45 GMTGuest lineups for the Sunday news shows (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:eArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 31 Jan 2015 08:33:01 GMTAfter historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsAlbuquerqueUnited StatesAtlantic OceanNew MexicoNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:02 GMTVarmalov makes 23 saves in Avs' shutout of Predators (AP) — Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:50:03 GMTAt a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016.By PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical fundraisingCampaignsPolitical action committeesPolitical organizationsPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsElectionsDistrict of ColumbiaTexasSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:24:46 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 04:46:50 GMTKane, Sharp lead Blackhawks' 4-1 rout of Anaheim Ducks, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Sharp got the puck on the boards and abruptly whipped it in front to Patrick Kane, who scored before the Anaheim Ducks even knew where it went.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsCaliforniaBuffaloUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 31 Jan 2015 06:37:43 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 proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesPoliceLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBronxNew York CityManhattanFergusonNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouri, 31 Jan 2015 05:02:16 GMT10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about YORK (AP) — It's almost show time.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlCelebrityEventsTelecommunicationsIndustriesEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNFL footballProfessional footballFootball, 31 Jan 2015 05:09:45 GMTDrive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress (AP) — It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.By ALAN FRAMhtBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsLegislatureMedical technologyMedical devicesPolitical partiesLegislationHealth care industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsState governmentsTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:28:13 GMTBledsoe, Dragic team for 44 points as Suns beat Bulls 99-93 (AP) — As they have so often this season, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic pushed the Phoenix Suns to victory.By BOB BAUMsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 07:15:08 GMTBeijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.By CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsSportsSummer Olympic gamesWinter Olympic gamesHockeyMunicipal governmentsOlympic gamesTrain travelWinter weatherAir qualityEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsWeatherBeijingChinaPyeongchangEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsiaSouth Korea, 31 Jan 2015 06:46:39 GMTSerena Williams wins 1st set of Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams, coughing frequently and still clearly affected by a recent cold, won the first set of her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova 6-3 on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 09:36:18 GMTSan Francisco police detain man in human remains case FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police said they detained a man shown in photos released earlier in the day in the case of human remains found inside a suitcase.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:25:39 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 22 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 22 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:17:44 GMTArtillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.By BALINT SZLANKO and PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineDonetskMinskBelarusKievEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 06:05:45 GMT5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France (AP) — French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.iGeneral newsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 08:05:59 GMTMotiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row (AP) — Donatas Motiejunas wasn't thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets victory was foremost on his mind.sSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:26:39 GMTGordon leads Davis-less Pelicans past Clippers, 108-103 ORLEANS (AP) — Eric Gordon looked a lot more like the player the Pelicans thought they were getting when he first arrived in a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011.By BRETT MARTELsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:13:15 GMTOfficials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:14:45 GMTLeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings (AP) — LeBron James met with Cavaliers team doctors Friday night to decide if he would play after missing a game because of a sprained right wrist.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:38:09 GMTPhilippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:33 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Swan has debut Rod Laver appearance, Australia (AP) — U.S.-based British 15-year-old Katie Swan's first time at Rod Laver Arena came not as a spectator, but as a player on center court.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 07:56:04 GMTColumn: Ferry builds a powerhouse but won't get to enjoy it (AP) — Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:01:17 GMTWhite House grapples with fraught terrorism language (AP) — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsTerrorismForeign policyRadicalismWar and unrestGeneral newsGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAfghanistanMiddle EastNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:31:02 GMTIs he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsNational securityMilitary and defenseManilaPhilippinesMalaysiaIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:55:38 GMTNYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeOrganized crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 07:25:15 GMT