FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Feb 2015 05:12:12 -0800US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks YORK (AP) — Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn't hide behind fake identities and weren't stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film.By TOM HAYSaBusinessGeneral newsEspionageLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational relationsLaw and orderGovernment and politicsRussiaUnited StatesManhattanNew York CityBronxEastern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaNew York, 01 Feb 2015 07:23:36 GMTWhere the Democratic contenders stand in the 2016 race (AP) — Unlike the active jockeying among Republicans thinking about running for president, there is little public action among the Democratic considering a White House bid. Here's a look at where they stand.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPresidential electionsNational electionsElections, 01 Feb 2015 12:27:48 GMTRegulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers (AP) — Federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt.By HOPE YENwBusinessPersonal financeGovernment and politicsPersonal loansIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulations, 01 Feb 2015 13:07:14 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Serena celebrates Aussie-style, Australia (AP) — After a night out, Serena Williams plans to continue the celebration of her 19th Grand Slam title with an Aussie-style barbecue.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 08:39:43 GMTOlympic ski jump champ Vogt wins World Cup event in Austria, Austria (AP) — Olympic ski jump champion Carina Vogt of Germany won a women's World Cup event Sunday for her second career victory, two weeks after her maiden win in Zao, Japan.sSportsNordic skiingWomen's skiingSkiingWomen's sportsAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 13:01:42 GMTJimmy Fallon set for Super Bowl Sunday show in Phoenix (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is planning his own match-up on Super Bowl Sunday.eArts and entertainmentSportsCelebrityEntertainmentProfessional footballTelevision programsFootballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 09:41:03 GMTOfficials meet to address safety after aviation calamities (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGovernment and politicsTransportation safetySummitsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370TransportationGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersInternational relationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTelecommunicationsEventsNetherlandsMalaysiaUnited StatesKuala LumpurWestern EuropeEuropeSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 12:43:21 GMTAfrican leaders to court: Drop cases against top Africans ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.By ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsPolitical corruptionPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsEthiopiaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle EastNorth Africa, 01 Feb 2015 08:00:39 GMTUN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.By SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 12:34:23 GMTUS defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. defense contractor confirmed Sunday that two of its American employees were shot at in Saudi Arabia, marking the second time in less than four months that the company's staff has been targeted.By ADAM SCHRECKiGeneral newsWar and unrestIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSaudi ArabiaRiyadhDubaiUnited StatesMiddle EastUnited Arab EmiratesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 11:07:32 GMTDjokovic takes 1st set of Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has taken the first set of the Australian Open men's final against Andy Murray 7-6 (5) on Sunday night.sSportsMen's tennisMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 10:03:21 GMTAPNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.By JIM KUHNHENN and ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment programsEconomyLegislatureCorporate taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsCorporate newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 13:03:45 GMTObama budget offers contrasts, long-shot deals with GOP (AP) — With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama's budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises.By ANDREW TAYLOR and JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 10:09:35 GMTWahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityCharity fundraisingProfessional footballPhilanthropySocial affairsFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 08:37:28 GMTDjokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday.By DENNIS PASSAiGeneral newsSportsMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 12:50:20 GMTFor Clinton, deciding how to prepare for a low-key primary (AP) — The challenge ahead for Hillary Rodham Clinton is one faced by few White House hopefuls: running a primary campaign in which she faces little competition, if any at all.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical fundraisingCampaignsElectionsNational electionsIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 12:29:47 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Expletive warning at Murray final, Australia (AP) — Warning: The Australian Open men's final might contain explicit language.sSportsMen's tennisAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 10:16:14 GMTSyria state media: Bomb on Damascus bus kills 5, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media says a bomb has exploded on a bus in central Damascus, killing at least five people.iGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsMediaSyriaDamascusMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 12:06:57 GMTFamily of Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State demands word, Jordan (AP) — Worried relatives of a Jordanian fighter pilot asked their government Sunday to be more open about negotiations for his release, after a second Islamic State group hostage was shown beheaded in a video purportedly from the militants.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 09:12:12 GMTSeahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL (AP) — Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:By BARRY WILNERaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballSports businessEventsFootball, 01 Feb 2015 07:35:55 GMTBomb on bus in central Damascus kills 7, Syria (AP) — A bomb exploded on a bus near Damascus' medieval city center on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media.By ALBERT AJIiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestTransportationSyriaDamascusMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 13:00:10 GMTSeahawks repeat would be a scary prospect for NFL (AP) — Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:By BARRY WILNERaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballSports businessEventsFootball, 01 Feb 2015 10:34:45 GMTEmirati sisters attacked by London intruder return home, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the Gulf nation dispatched a medical plane to bring three sisters home nearly 10 months after they were attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder in their luxury London hotel room.iGeneral newsUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomDubaiLondonMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 01 Feb 2015 08:40:27 GMTJapan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter (AP) — Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.By YURI KAGEYAMAiGeneral newsJapanSyriaMiddle EastSierra LeoneEast AsiaAsiaWest AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 10:14:57 GMTHistoric balloon flight ends off Mexican coast, N.M. (AP) — Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option."By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and naturePacific OceanAlbuquerqueAtlantic OceanNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 08:41:43 GMTThousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy KONG (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsDemocracyPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHong KongBeijingChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 11:01:29 GMTRomanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians LAC, Romania (AP) — High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance.By NICOLAE DUMITRACHEiGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsRomaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 12:36:24 GMTCourt invader interrupts Australian Open men's final, Australia (AP) — A protester was stopped on court by security during the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Sunday night, causing a short delay in play during the second set.iGeneral newsSportsMen's tennisMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 12:01:17 GMTJapanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage (AP) — The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis:By YURI KAGEYAMAiGeneral newsHostage situationsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 08:57:09 GMTMurray wins 2nd set of Australian Open final, level at 1-1, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray has leveled the Australian Open singles final at 1-1, winning the second set 7-6 (4) after Novak Djokovic won the first 7-6 (5).sSportsMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 11:19:33 GMTHistoric balloon flight ends on Mexican coast, N.M. (AP) — Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option."By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and naturePacific OceanAlbuquerqueAtlantic OceanNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 08:23:12 GMTStorm crawls into Midwest, threatens Northeast (AP) — A storm that gathered steam over the southern Rockies moved into the Midwest early Sunday and is expected to dump more than a foot of snow as it moves toward New England, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago.By JASON KEYSERaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsEventsChicagoBostonIllinoisMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 08:09:16 GMTSteven Tyler headlines Rolling Stone party on Super Bowl eve, Ariz. (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler charged up a frenzied crowd on the eve of the Super Bowl that features his beloved New England Patriots.By JOSH HOFFNEReArts and entertainmentSportsCelebrityMusicProfessional footballNFL Super BowlEntertainmentFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 10:15:31 GMTHorror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.By ELAINE KURTENBACH and KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsJapanAmmanJordanSyriaMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 12:13:57 GMTExtremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts overnight with the crescendo of warfare — booming cannon and whooshing rockets — continuing Sunday, witnesses said.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsWar and unrestRebellions and uprisingsNigeriaChadWest AfricaCameroonAfricaCentral Africa, 01 Feb 2015 12:46:00 GMTJordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State, Jordan (AP) — Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsJordanAmmanMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 11:38:07 GMTRights group: Egypt 'covering up' protester deaths (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International has accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence in order to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 12:40:31 GMTDetectives review video to find clues in 'Suge' Knight case ANGELES (AP) — Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup — leaving one dead and the other injured — to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim in a case that led to his arrest.By TAMI ABDOLLAHaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCrimeArrestsViolent crimeLaw and orderLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 08:18:07 GMTRihanna rocks DirecTV party on eve of Super Bowl, Ariz. (AP) — The crowd at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party came for Rihanna, and got a healthy dose of Kanye West as a bonus.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 11:00:36 GMTFlash floods hit Greece, destroy bridge, force evacuations, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have submerged large areas in northwestern Greece, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from several villages in the Epirus region.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherProperty damageEvacuationsFloodsAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 12:59:17 GMTToddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents.aGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 12:51:03 GMTDjokovic wins 3rd set, leads 2-1 in Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won the third set of the Australian Open final over Andy Murray 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.sSportsMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 11:58:28 GMTHingis, Paes win Australian Open mixed doubles title, Australia (AP) — Martina Hingis won her first Grand Slam title since returning from retirement, combining with Leander Paes of India to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisMen's tennisAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's sportsMen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 08:44:14 GMTNovak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in 4 sets to win his 5th Australian Open title, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in 4 sets to win his 5th Australian Open title.iGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsEventsTennisAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 12:22:51 GMTAnalysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.By KEN MORITSUGUiGeneral newsHostage situationsWorld War IIConstitutionsGovernment and politicsPublic opinionKidnappingLegislatureEventsViolent crimeCrimeSocial affairsJapanTokyoMiddle EastUnited StatesIraqEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 10:24:43 GMTThai luxury train locomotive catches fire, no one hurt (AP) — The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 mostly European tourists caught fire as it was leaving a station in western Thailand, but no one was hurt.iGeneral newsTransportationFiresAccidents and disastersThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 12:35:09 GMTRodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player (AP) — Just living the dream. And looking for more.By BARRY WILNERsSportsCoachingProfessional footballCelebrityJournalismNews mediaMediaFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 12:24:55 GMTPope to visit Sarajevo to boost 'brotherhood and peace' CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsVatican CityBosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevoWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 01 Feb 2015 11:52:55 GMT6 missing Bulgarians working for UN in Sudan 'released' (AP) — A spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program in Sudan says a six-person Bulgarian helicopter crew has returned to South Sudan and are well a week after they went missing in a conflict-torn area.iGeneral newsEgyptSudanNorth AfricaSouth SudanMiddle EastAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 10:38:08 GMTIran's Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of vote, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a website ahead of parliamentary elections next year in a sign he may be eyeing a political comeback despite a recent corruption scandal.iGeneral newsPolitical scandalsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsIranMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 12:35:21 GMT