FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 23 Jul 2014 04:54:10 -0700Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state meanwhile presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed at least 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.IBRAHIM BARZAKPETER ENAViGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar casualtiesWar and unrestEvacuationsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelTel AvivGaza StripMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 08:20:00 GMTBodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.JONA KALLGRENiGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationUkraineKharkivRussiaNetherlandsKievMalaysiaEuropeUnited StatesEastern EuropeWestern EuropeSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 09:19:50 GMTChina detains employees of suspect meat seller (AP) — Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.JOE McDONALDiBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate crimeConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsAgricultureCrimeProducts and servicesChinaShanghaiBeijingEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 23 Jul 2014 10:41:42 GMTSchool head arrested in India after girl, 6, raped DELHI (AP) — The head of a school in southern India where a 6-year-old girl was raped earlier this month was arrested on Wednesday and charged with hindering the investigation and negligence, police said.iGeneral newsViolent crimeArrestsCrimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesIndiaBangaloreSouth AsiaAsia, 23 Jul 2014 10:43:28 GMTKerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.iGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitant groupsTerritorial disputesDiplomacyCease firesInternational relationsGeneral newsPalestinian territoriesJerusalemIsraelEgyptMiddle EastQatarGaza StripUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:32:43 GMTBank of England: rates to rise only gradually (AP) — Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually — though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter.fBusinessEconomyUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:13:16 GMTJohn Kerry flies to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban AVIV, Israel (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.iGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitant groupsInternational agreementsTerritorial disputesDiplomacyCease firesInternational relationsGeneral newsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIsraelPalestinian territoriesEgyptTel AvivMiddle EastQatarGaza StripUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 09:15:35 GMTIraq to vote on president after deadly bombing (AP) — Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsMilitant groupsBombingsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 10:53:04 GMTLeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsCelebrityEntertainmentOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 10:43:03 GMTOpening statements set in porch shooting trial (AP) — After two days of jury selection, lawyers are poised to give opening statements in the trial of a Detroit-area man who opened his front door and shot an unarmed woman, killing her.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:48 GMTNeo-Nazi group banned in Germany's Bavaria state (AP) — Authorities in the German state of Bavaria say they have banned a neo-Nazi group that operated in the region.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNeo-NazismNazismHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 09:36:20 GMTOil stays above $102 amid Gaza peace efforts price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.PABLO GORONDIaBusinessGeneral newsWar and unrestCommodity marketsCease firesFinancial marketsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIsraelEuropeGaza StripRussiaMiddle EastUnited StatesPalestinian territoriesEastern EuropeNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:47:11 GMTSEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds (AP) — Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.wBusinessGeneral newsGovernment regulationsPersonal investingPersonal financeGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and finance, 23 Jul 2014 11:27:22 GMT1 dead, 2 injured by SW Fla. lightning strike MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A lightning strike has killed one person and injured two others on Fort Myers Beach in southwest Florida.aGeneral newsAccidentsAthlete injuriesStrikesAccidents and disastersAthlete healthSportsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 09:49:03 GMTNo romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" say Cupid's arrow is not headed for their characters.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainment, 23 Jul 2014 09:34:20 GMTDespite sanctions call, UK exports arms to Russia (AP) — British lawmakers say the country is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine.iBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeGovernment and politicsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyUnited KingdomRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 23 Jul 2014 09:33:29 GMTUN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official has told diplomats that Israel's military and Hamas militants appear to have violated international humanitarian law and might have committed war crimes during their two-week war in the Gaza Strip.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesWar crimesInternational lawSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 23 Jul 2014 10:14:44 GMT2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.iGeneral newsMilitary and defenseAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:40:04 GMTWomen business owners face gender gap, report says YORK (AP) — Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.JOYCE M. ROSENBERGfBusinessSmall businessSmall business financingLegislatureGovernment and politicsGender ratioContracts and ordersCorporate newsGovernment business and financeDemographicsSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:22:02 GMTTyphoon weakens after landing in southeast China (AP) — Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China on Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, while the death toll from last week's more powerful Typhoon Rammasun rose further.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherTyphoon Rammasun 2014StormsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEventsChinaShanghaiTaiwanEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 23 Jul 2014 11:46:46 GMTDespite sanctions call, UK OKs Russia arms exports (AP) — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said Wednesday.iBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashGovernment and politicsEconomyEventsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyRussiaUnited KingdomUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 23 Jul 2014 10:04:23 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashEventsMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 09:57:11 GMTMemorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC (AP) — Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.wGeneral newsVeteransMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 10:19:23 GMTWith GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off (AP) — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislaturePolitical partiesState governmentsCampaignsPolitical organizationsGeorgiaUnited StatesAtlantaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 10:59:05 GMTGlobal stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine eased.YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsHome salesMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsReal estateEventsTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesStock marketsFinancial marketsSouth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesRussiaAsiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 09:52:36 GMTIraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31 (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:46 GMTPepsiCo 2Q profit drops but tops estimates, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Wednesday reported earnings that decreased by 2 percent in its second quarter, but beat analysts' expectations.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:04 GMTUS pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.IBRAHIM BARZAKPETER ENAViGeneral newsInternational incidentsTerritorial disputesMilitant groupsWar and unrestWar casualtiesCease firesGovernment and politicsAccidentsAccidents and disastersPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemTel AvivGaza StripMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 10:57:32 GMTDonald Trump to break ground for new DC hotel (AP) — Donald Trump hopes to bring his signature brand of glitz to the nation's capital with a new luxury hotel in the city's third-tallest building.wBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 23 Jul 2014 08:16:21 GMTParts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague (AP) — Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.iGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Jul 2014 09:03:57 GMTLithuania to adopt euro currency in January (AP) — The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.iBusinessGeneral newsLithuaniaEuropeEastern Europe, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:49 GMTIsrael, Hamas battle over public opinion online (AP) — Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsInternational incidentsSocial mediaWar casualtiesPublic opinionOnline mediaMediaSocial affairsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 23 Jul 2014 11:08:56 GMTSouth Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail (AP) — A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsAnimal poaching and smugglingEnvironmental concernsRhinocerosLegal proceedingsCrimeArrestsLaw and orderEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeViolent crimeMammalsAnimalsSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:25 GMTAfghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.iGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsPoliceTerrorismLaw enforcement agenciesAfghanistanPakistanUnited StatesGermanyCentral AsiaAsiaSouth AsiaNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:22:58 GMTBodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, while British investigators began work on a pair of "black boxes" to retrieve data on the flight's last minutes.JONA KALLGRENiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashAccidentsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationUkraineKharkivRussiaKievDonetskMalaysiaEuropeUnited StatesEastern EuropeSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:22 GMT3 NYC students get recording contract approval YORK (AP) — Three middle school students in a heavy metal band have gotten permission from a Manhattan judge to sign a multi-year recording contract with Sony.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentEducationSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:49:05 GMTShipwrecked Concordia on verge of final voyage ISLAND, Italy (AP) — Rotated by tugboats, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is being readied for its final voyage.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 08:56:04 GMTTropical depression approaching Lesser Antilles (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a fast-moving tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday night.aGeneral news, 23 Jul 2014 08:56:20 GMTAustralia: All Ukraine victims may not be found, Australia (AP) — The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.ROD McGUIRKiGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashAccidentsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsAustraliaKharkivUkraineNetherlandsOceaniaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 23 Jul 2014 09:01:39 GMTThai junta defends strong powers under new charter (AP) — A senior army official said Wednesday that the leader of Thailand's ruling junta is allowed to serve as interim prime minister under a new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election.THANYARAT DOKSONEiGeneral newsConstitutionsArmed forcesGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipCabinetsInternational agreementsInternational relationsMilitary and defenseThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Jul 2014 10:45:54 GMTSpanish economic growth seen gathering pace in Q2 (AP) — The Bank of Spain says the country's economy continues to show signs of recovery, growing by 0.5 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months.fBusinessEconomic growthEconomySpainWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:12 GMTFlight bans show skittishness over trouble spots U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationEventsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIsraelTel AvivMiddle EastUnited StatesMalaysiaNew York CitySeoulNorth AmericaSoutheast AsiaAsiaNew YorkSouth KoreaEast Asia, 23 Jul 2014 09:15:33 GMTNorth Dakota oil supply plant fire extinguished, N.D. (AP) — A massive blaze that shot fireballs into the sky at an oil supply and logistics company in a western North Dakota oil patch hub has been extinguished, according to the town's fire department.JOSH WOODaBusinessGeneral newsFiresAir qualityAccidents and disastersMaterials industryIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWillistonNorth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:16:03 GMTA kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17's victims a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"KRISTEN GELINEAUaGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashDogsEventsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNatural disastersStormsWeatherMammalsAnimalsNetherlandsAmsterdamMalaysiaIndonesiaBaliAustraliaSoutheast AsiaPhilippinesNew ZealandUkraineEuropeWestern EuropeAsiaOceaniaEastern Europe, 23 Jul 2014 08:43:43 GMTOil falls to near $102 amid Gaza peace efforts price of oil retreated to near $102 per barrel on Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsWar and unrestCease firesCommodity marketsFinancial marketsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIsraelGaza StripRussiaMiddle EastEuropeUnited StatesPalestinian territoriesEastern EuropeNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:31 GMTDefense Ministry: 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in the east of country, Ukraine (AP) — Defense Ministry: 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in the east of country.iGeneral newsMilitary and defenseAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:33:06 GMTJury to reconvene in Ventura defamation case PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors are due to reconvene in St. Paul to deliberate on whether a late famed military sniper defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Jul 2014 11:23:02 GMTEx-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said Wednesday, a move that may prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsVotingElectionsNational electionsIndonesiaJakartaSoutheast AsiaAsiaJava, 23 Jul 2014 09:20:58 GMTShipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.PAOLO SANTALUCIAiBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationItalyGenoaWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:09:05 GMTAmericans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureEntertainmentUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Jul 2014 11:13:00 GMT