FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Sep 2014 06:41:21 -0700Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander (AP) — A spokesman for Belgium's prosecutors says police have arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.iGeneral newsArrestsWar crimesLaw and orderCrimeWar and unrestLiberiaBelgiumWest AfricaAfricaWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 13:11:24 GMTWorld stocks higher after Fed, as Scotland votes, South Korea (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Thursday as Scotland votes in an independence referendum that could shake the U.K. economy and markets. Sentiment was underpinned by the Federal Reserve's signal it is not rushing to raise interest rates.YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisCurrency marketsReferendumsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsElectionsGovernment and politicsStock marketsUnited KingdomScotlandSouth KoreaEast AsiaWestern EuropeEuropeAsia, 18 Sep 2014 12:26:42 GMTMassachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCrimeCelebrityLaw and orderMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:51:52 GMT2 men have 1993 convictions overturned YORK (AP) — A state appeals court has overturned the guilty verdicts of two men convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old Brooklyn girl.aGeneral newsCrimeBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:43:47 GMTPepsiCo wants NFL to 'seize the moment' YORK (AP) — The leader of Gatorade maker PepsiCo is urging the National Football League to "seize the moment" and put domestic violence and child abuse policies in place immediately once it conducts its review.aBusinessGeneral newsSportsSports governanceViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsProfessional footballFootball, 18 Sep 2014 12:26:46 GMTStorms blamed for power outages in parts of Texas, Texas (AP) — Storms have dumped heavy rain on parts of Texas, leading to several high-water rescues in the Austin and El Paso areas.aGeneral newsWeatherStormsFloodsPower outagesAccidents and disastersService outagesTexasAustinEl PasoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:23:41 GMTPolice trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country are waiting silently outside a northeastern Pennsylvania cathedral ahead of a funeral for a state trooper killed in an ambush outside his barracks.MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesLaw enforcement agenciesPoliceGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeScrantonPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:24:44 GMTUS home construction drops 14.4 percent in August (AP) — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. Single-family house construction fell by a modest amount.JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsConstruction sector performanceEconomyRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsConstruction put in placeReal estateIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:41 GMT46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.JUSTIN PRITCHARDaGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:17:13 GMTIrish economy bounces back strongly, up 7.7 pct (AP) — Ireland's battered economy bounced back strongly in the second quarter, growing 1.5 percent from the quarter before and a very strong 7.7 percent from a year earlier.fBusinessEconomyIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 12:44:45 GMTReview: Ambitious 'Destiny' lacks imagination through "Destiny," the new science fiction epic from "Halo" creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero's desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars.LOU KESTENhtArts and entertainmentTechnologyPlanetary systemsAstronomyScience, 18 Sep 2014 12:03:39 GMTApplications for US jobless benefits fall sharply (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyGovernment payRecessions and depressionsUnemployment insuranceEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:14:02 GMTNebraska jail worker resigns in Lego theft case ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska corrections officer has resigned after police posted a video showing the theft of Legos from a Wal-Mart store.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeNebraskaGrand IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:08:44 GMTHearses to parade through Hell (Michigan), Mich. (AP) — Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell.aOdditiesMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:27:08 GMTIndiana University honors Ukraine crash victim, Ind. (AP) — A posthumous doctoral degree has been given to the family of an Indiana University student among those killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationBloomingtonIndianaUkraineUnited StatesNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 12:30:40 GMTChile arrests 3 suspects in subway bomb attack, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say they have arrested three suspects in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades.iGeneral newsArrestsBombingsTransportationLaw and orderCrimeSantiagoChileSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Sep 2014 13:26:13 GMTAPNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer (AP) — North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.MATTHEW PENNINGTONwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyNuclear weaponsHuman rights and civil libertiesInternational relationsWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareWeapons administrationMilitary and defenseNorth KoreaUnited StatesPyongyangEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:03:47 GMTPepsiCo latest sponsor to voice NFL concern YORK (AP) — The war of words is heating up for the NFL, with PepsiCo Inc. CEO Indra Nooyi the latest major Super Bowl advertiser to make a pointed statement about the league.MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsSportsSports governanceSports sponsorshipProfessional footballSports businessFootball, 18 Sep 2014 13:29:49 GMTApplications for US jobless aid drop sharply to 280K, sign of a stronger job market (AP) — Applications for US jobless aid drop sharply to 280K, sign of a stronger job market.wBusinessGeneral news, 18 Sep 2014 12:32:19 GMTWeak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low initial demand for its super-cheap loans shows the difficulty the ECB faces in trying to revive a stalling economy.DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesGovernment financeEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 18 Sep 2014 12:13:23 GMTYellen says US families need to boost savings (AP) — The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said ThursdayMARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsEconomyFinancial markets, 18 Sep 2014 13:20:36 GMT43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.htGeneral newsTechnologyComputer crimeExtortion and threatsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 12:34:17 GMTImage of Asia: Lava flows from Indonesian volcano this photo by Idhad Zakaria, lava erupts from Indonesia's Mount Slamet volcano early Thursday morning as seen from Pandansari village in Central Java province. Ash has fallen on some villages and activity is banned within 4 kilometers of the peak. Authorities have made preparations to move nearly 24,000 residents from seven villages that are within 6 kilometers of the crater, if Slamet becomes more dangerous. Indonesia has about 130 active volcanos and Java is its most densely populated island, home to more than half of the country's 240 million people.The Associated PressaGeneral newsScienceVolcanoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureIndonesiaJavaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 13:05:06 GMTWang reaches semifinals at Guangzhou Open, China (AP) — Chinese wild-card entry Yafan Wang advanced to the semifinals of the Guangzhou Open by beating Kai-Lin Zhang 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Thursday.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsGuangzhouChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:15 GMTDarrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL' YORK (AP) — A familiar face is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live."eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:30:00 GMTZachery Quinto rules out role in 'Heroes Reborn' YORK (AP) — Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on NBC's "Heroes," but he's ruling out any role in the "Heroes Reborn" miniseries due to air on the network next year.LAURI NEFFeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityMovies, 18 Sep 2014 12:20:40 GMTScots decide whether to declare independence, Scotland (AP) — Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsUnited KingdomScotlandEnglandEdinburghWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 12:23:44 GMTVenue hearing set in ex-Penn State president suit, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether former Penn State president Graham Spanier's defamation suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh should be heard in federal court or in Centre County where it was filed.aGeneral newsSportsHigher educationNational courtsEducationSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:21 GMTMd. teacher wins $1M on 'Wheel of Fortune' SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Silver Spring teacher has become the third contestant to win more than $1 million on "Wheel of Fortune."eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:34:13 GMTReview: Neeson in action again in 'Tombstones' ANGELES (AP) — It's not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank's adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block's long-running, best-selling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson in the latest example of his unlikely late career transformation into an action hero.FRANK SCHECKaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 18 Sep 2014 12:36:53 GMTUS home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments (AP) — US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments.wBusinessGeneral news, 18 Sep 2014 12:33:06 GMTHow states fared on unemployment benefit claims (AP) — Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers.The Associated PresswBusinessGeneral newsEmployee benefitsUnemployment insurancePersonnelIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicators, 18 Sep 2014 13:15:31 GMTFey, Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too ANGELES (AP) — In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel "This Is Where I Leave You," Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind.MIKE CIDONI LENNOXaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentChemistryScienceGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:00 GMTF1 enters radio silence era in Singapore (AP) — As the Formula One season exits Europe and heads to Asia for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, teams and drivers are preparing for a new challenge, with the sport now banning a large amount of radio messages during races.CHRIS LINESsSportsFormula OneAutomobile racingIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsSingaporeSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 12:27:01 GMTCardinals quick to deactivate Dwyer after arrest (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations against backup running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon.BOB BAUMaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsCelebrityCrimeArrestsViolent crimeSports businessEntertainmentArts and entertainmentViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsProfessional footballFootballLaw and orderPhoenixArizonaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:18:26 GMTNearly 3 million Syrian children not in school (AP) — Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity group said Thursday, as the country's intractable conflict threatens to deny an entire a generation of education.iGeneral newsPolitical refugeesCivil warsEducationHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestSyriaMiddle EastLebanon, 18 Sep 2014 12:52:32 GMTWozniacki into quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open (AP) — Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark rallied from a set down to beat qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 13:08:51 GMTCardinals player Dwyer released from jail (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was released from jail early Thursday after his arrest on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.aGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsCrimeArrestsSports businessViolent crimeCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional footballFootballLaw and orderPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:15:45 GMTWorld leaders to appear at NYC's Citizen Festival YORK (AP) — The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York's Central Park.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleNorwayNew York CityBangladeshNew YorkWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth AmericaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 12:42:42 GMTWhaling meeting votes against Japan's hunt, Slovenia (AP) — An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan's highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.DUSAN STOJANOVICiGeneral newsAnimalsMarine biologyWhalesInternational lawAgricultureIndustriesBusinessBiologyScienceOceanographyMammalsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsJapanSloveniaAntarctic OceanEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 12:48:47 GMTIntel chief: Al-Qaida cell in Syria poses threat (AP) — The U.S. director of national intelligence says a group of al-Qaida fighters in Syria poses a potential threat to the U.S. homeland equal to that of the Islamic State militants.KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:33:33 GMTGreens exit Finnish government over nuclear spat (AP) — The environmentalist Green Party says it's dropping out of Finland's coalition government, which has endorsed the construction of a new nuclear power plant.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsProduction facilitiesEnergy and the environmentUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnergy industryCorporate newsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureFinlandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 12:14:35 GMTDoctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to do what months of scandals over drug and alcohol abuse could not — drop his bid for re-election.ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsCancerMunicipal governmentsChemotherapyTumorsDiagnosis and treatmentHealthGovernment and politicsDiseases and conditionsLocal governmentsLocal electionsElectionsTorontoCanadaOntarioNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:40:31 GMTMinority scholar denies separatism at China trial, China (AP) — A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including descriptions of Chinese as dragons and Uighurs as wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.JACK CHANGiGeneral newsEthnic conflictsArrestsWar and unrestCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Sep 2014 12:33:16 GMTAttacks kill 12, wound several in Iraq (AP) — Iraqi authorities say attacks have killed 12 people in and around the capital, Baghdad.SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 18 Sep 2014 12:56:45 GMTIreland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone (AP) — Ireland's economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared an end to the country's financial doldrums.SHAWN POGATCHNIKfBusinessEconomic growthEconomyEconomic outlookGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsDublinIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Sep 2014 13:28:08 GMTUK nurse who survived Ebola to help US patient (AP) — A British nurse who survived Ebola has traveled to the United States to donate blood to an American still battling the disease, an experimental measure some scientists think can help patients fight off the virus.MARIA CHENGiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksDiagnosis and treatmentDiseases and conditionsLocal governmentsInfectious diseasesPublic healthGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomGuineaWest AfricaLiberiaSierra LeoneUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeAfricaNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:06:43 GMTIntelligence director disputes allegations he lied (AP) — The director of national intelligence is disputing allegations that he lied to Congress about a surveillance program last year.wGovernment and politicsGovernment surveillancePolitical issues, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:01 GMTPoll: Gardner ahead in Colorado Senate race (AP) — Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is leading Democratic Sen Mark Udall in Colorado, according to a new independent poll released Thursday.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState legislaturePolitical approval ratingsLegislatureSenate electionsState governmentsPublic opinionSocial affairsElectionsColoradoUnited StatesDenverNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 12:06:06 GMT55 indicted in El Paso gang investigation PASO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsArrestsCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderEl PasoTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:04 GMT