FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Jan 2015 12:57:50 -0800US sees Kobani as key win, but Mosul may require new tactics (AP) — The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, combining U.S. air power with effective ground forces and protected routes for them and their weapons.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:15:07 GMTColombia calls on Venezuela to release jailed opponent, Colombia (AP) — Colombia is taking a tougher tone with neighboring Venezuela by calling for the release of a jailed opposition leader.iGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsVenezuelaColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Jan 2015 20:15:46 GMTSnapchat to show content from big media brands YORK (AP) — Popular disappearing-message app Snapchat is introducing content from media companies such as Vice, CNN and People to its service as it works to broaden its audience.htBusinessTechnologyMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 27 Jan 2015 20:25:23 GMTGowdy vows to 'ratchet up' Benghazi investigation (AP) — The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, promised Tuesday to "ratchet up" an inquiry he said is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration.By MATTHEW DALYwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical partiesLegislaturePolitical organizationsLibyaUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:00:57 GMTWisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.By SCOTT BAUER and PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionState governmentsCampaignsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsPolitical fundraisingPolitical organizationsUnited StatesIowaMadisonWisconsinDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:48:42 GMTAmerican Indian tribes to discuss legal pot at conference (AP) — American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsNative AmericansSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:20:48 GMTSpotify's Top 10 most viral tracks following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 25, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentOnline mediaMediaSofiaBulgariaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 19:23:56 GMTMental evaluation ordered for boxer Jermain Taylor ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, who is facing charges in two gun-related incidents, must undergo a mental evaluation, an Arkansas judge said Tuesday.aGeneral newsSportsExtortion and threatsLegal proceedingsCrimeBoxingArrestsLaw and orderArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:06:19 GMTNielsen's top programs for Jan. 19-25 viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.By The Associated PressfBusinessArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTelevision ratingsBroadcast televisionTelevisionMedia, 27 Jan 2015 20:15:37 GMTLynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined' (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated "I'm here so I don't get fined" for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day.By ROB MAADDIsSportsSports mediaMediaProfessional footballFootball, 27 Jan 2015 19:57:27 GMTNTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines (AP) — Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Wednesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustries, 27 Jan 2015 19:04:08 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 joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.By JULIE PACEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesForeign policySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaSyriaRiyadhMiddle EastJiddahNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 18:59:05 GMTVenezuelan officials reject allegation of drug trafficking, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials are denouncing a report that links the head of the socialist South American country's parliament to the drug trade.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeOrganized crimeSmugglingVenezuelaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:20:05 GMTExecutive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary's fines ORLEANS (AP) — An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.By KEVIN McGILLaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersCrimeEnergy industryIndustriesLaw and orderGulf of MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 18:59:12 GMTFox's 'Empire' moving up the charts YORK (AP) — Fox's music business soap "Empire" is moving up the charts.By DAVID BAUDERfBusinessArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTelevision ratingsTV newsTelevisionMediaNews media, 27 Jan 2015 20:07:50 GMTA US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails, Liberia (AP) — On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help Liberia collapsed amid questionable business decisions and oversight.By RONNIE GREENE and JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryAccidents and disastersIndustriesBusinessTechnologyLiberiaUnited StatesWest AfricaAfricaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 20:15:09 GMTDonors pledge record $7.5B for global vaccines program (AP) — Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a global vaccination program for the poor.iGeneral newsHealthPhilanthropic foundationsImmunizationsPhilanthropySocial affairsPublic healthBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 18:58:56 GMTMan accused of running over woman twice on side of freeway RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:45:18 GMTKatie Holmes to guest on 'Ray Donovan' YORK (AP) — Actress Katie Holmes is joining the Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" for its upcoming third season.eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 27 Jan 2015 18:59:24 GMTDemocrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.By DEB RIECHMANNwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureNuclear weaponsLegislationPolitical partiesWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesIranIsraelDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 20:42:24 GMTTwins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each (AP) — A federal judge sentenced twin brothers Tuesday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderOrganized crimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:05:50 GMTA sampling of snowfall totals across the Northeast look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast on Tuesday afternoon after a massive winter storm:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsMassachusettsMaineProvidenceRhode IslandBostonNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 27 Jan 2015 19:24:40 GMTBrazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.By STAN LEHMANiGeneral newsOdditiesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessBrazilSao PauloSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Jan 2015 20:34:11 GMTObama administration on track to surpass health care goal (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessGovernment and politicsAccess to health careLegislatureLegislationHealth issuesHealthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsGovernment financeHealth care policyGovernment policyGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programs, 27 Jan 2015 20:26:31 GMTKurt Busch focusing on racing amid domestic violence case, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch says he is in line for his best NASCAR season ever despite a domestic violence case that could keep him off the racetrack.By STEVE REEDsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:04:29 GMTJurors to start deliberations soon in Vanderbilt rape trial, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in the rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players will soon begin deliberating.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCollege footballLaw and orderCrimeCollege sportsFootballHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsNashvilleTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 18:59:56 GMTWeather Service chief sees need to communicate uncertainty director of the National Weather Service says his agency should have done a better job of communicating the uncertainty about its forecast for a storm that hit the Northeast but did not hit the New York City area nearly as hard as predicted.By SETH BORENSTEIN and GEOFF MULVIHILLaGeneral newsScienceWeatherWinter weatherState governmentsTransportationGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew JerseyJersey City, 27 Jan 2015 20:41:24 GMTMichelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia (AP) — For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.lLifestyleGovernment and politicsFashionBeauty and fashionSaudi ArabiaRiyadhMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 19:25:31 GMTGold nuggets stolen from Wells Fargo museum worth $10,000 FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves in a stolen SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco before dawn Tuesday and made off with up to 10 ounces of historic gold nuggets worth roughly $10,000, police said.By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIASaBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesSmall businessTheftMuseumsCrimeRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelSan FranciscoCaliforniaNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:53:46 GMTBritish born Israeli journalist David Landau dead at 67 (AP) — David Landau, a British born author and journalist who was a former editor-in-chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper and also worked for the Jerusalem Post, has died. He was 67.iGeneral newsObituariesNewspapersJournalistsNews mediaMediaIsraelJerusalemMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 20:24:24 GMTFeds: 12 years for Venezuelan financier in Connecticut fraud, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan financier who ran a massive fraud scheme used investment funds as personal piggy banks to support a lavish lifestyle, including a $5 million home on Connecticut's Gold Coast, prosecutors said in a memo urging a federal judge to sentence him to at least 12 years in prison.By MICHAEL MELIAaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesGovernment and politicsVenezuelaSouth AmericaConnecticutLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:28:45 GMTTale of Tiger's tooth: 'Dude ... caught me square' on mouth, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth.By DOUG FERGUSONaGeneral newsSportsMen's golfGolfSkiingWomen's skiingMen's sportsWomen's sportsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 18:56:17 GMTKevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent.By AYA BATRAWYeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityPerforming artsUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastSyriaYemen, 27 Jan 2015 20:25:49 GMTTrans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsOnline mediaMediaAlbuquerquePacific OceanJapanNorth AmericaNew MexicoUnited StatesEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 19:31:51 GMTWisconsin governor proposes plan to help fund Bucks arena (AP) — Wisconsin will help build a new basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks with $220 million in bonds that would be funded by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players, Gov. Scott Walker proposed Tuesday.By GENARO C. ARMASfBusinessSportsSports facility constructionAthlete compensationSports team ownership changesState governmentsMen's basketballSports businessMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:11:12 GMTGoogle expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas, Tenn. (AP) — Google is bringing its ultra-fast fiber optic Internet service to four metro areas in the Southeast.By ERIK SCHELZIGaBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsNashvilleKansas CityKansas CityTennesseeUnited StatesNorth AmericaKansasMissouri, 27 Jan 2015 19:04:00 GMTUkraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.By YURAS KARMANAUiGeneral newsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsTransportationGovernment and politicsTerrorismLegislatureLocal governmentsDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineRussiaDonetskKievEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 19:07:09 GMTWoman and her 8-year-old son shot in St. Louis LOUIS (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old St. Louis boy went to school and told an office worker he had been shot, after his mother exchanged gunfire with a man who tried to force his way into a home.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:35:29 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm P.M. ESTBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Rail travel disruptionsState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTrain travelAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsTransportationLocal governmentsTravelLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkMassachusettsNew York CityPhiladelphiaNew JerseyBostonMaineRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 19:36:43 GMTInquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice (AP) — Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsEspionagePoisoningLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeDiseases and conditionsHealthLaw and orderGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomMoscowLondonRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeEngland, 27 Jan 2015 19:18:16 GMTSlide in US stocks slows in afternoon trading stocks were headed for a lower close in late-afternoon trading Tuesday after Caterpillar and other big companies reported disappointing earnings and lowered earnings outlooks, raising concerns about future profit growth. The major stock indexes pared back some of their losses from earlier in the day.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyReal estateCorporate stockCorporate newsInformation technologyIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 20:44:43 GMTConfessed killer testifies against man with bodies in yard, Pa. (AP) — A confessed killer told a jury Tuesday he helped a man kill a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend as part of a plot to rob him of tens of thousands of dollars he had made from illegal drug sales.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeTheftLaw and orderWilkes-BarrePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:15:17 GMTImmigrant accused of killing store clerk was out on bond (AP) — Federal authorities say an immigrant accused of killing a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk over a pack of cigarettes was out on bond and awaiting deportation hearings.aBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeImmigrationLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:52:44 GMTOrganizers end Wyoming hot-air balloon fest after 2 decades, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers of an annual hot-air balloon festival in Wyoming have reluctantly decided to end the event after 19 years.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTravelLifestyleFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 19:04:30 GMTEgypt's police criticized over death of female protester (AP) — Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.By HAMZA HENDAWIiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestCrimeViolent crimeEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 20:05:10 GMTHouse GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration (AP) — House Republicans are moving toward a vote authorizing legal action against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration.By ERICA WERNERwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigrationLegislationPolitical partiesSocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:32:23 GMTMicrosoft tanks 10 percent, hit by 4 downgrades on earnings FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shares plunged more than 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets on the stock and some cut their Buy ratings to Hold.By BRANDON BAILEYhtBusinessTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newsInformation technologyIndustriesCorporate stockJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 18:58:57 GMTSurgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigarettes, Va. (AP) — Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday.By MICHAEL FELBERBAUMaGeneral newsHealthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesRichmondVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:37:58 GMTRhode Island's tall ship falls during storm's strong winds, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that's pounding the state.aGeneral newsStormsWeatherWinter weatherProvidenceRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:46:01 GMTDemocrats appear likely to replace NY speaker after charges, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in the New York state Assembly debated Tuesday on how to select their next leader — even though longtime Speaker Sheldon Silver has yet to resign after he was charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks over a decade.By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL VIRTANENaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionState legislaturePolitical partiesPolitical issuesLegislatureState governmentsPolitical organizationsAlbanyNew York CityNew YorkManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 20:09:58 GMT