FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:32 -0700Woman testifies ex-Tigers pitcher Reed raped her (AP) — A 45-year-old woman has testified that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballViolent crimeCrimeBaseballMen's sportsMLB baseballDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:04 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — Federal judge rules Florida gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but delays issuing of licenses.aGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:29:36 GMTJudge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher (AP) — A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.aGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMLB baseballDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:35:14 GMTEducation Department tries to ease testing worries (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.KIMBERLY HEFLINGlLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsTeachingEducationStudent testingEducation standardsSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issues, 21 Aug 2014 18:51:41 GMTLiberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHKRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsForeign aidHumanitarian assistanceTravel laws and regulationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthInternational relationsGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleLiberiaWest AfricaGuineaAfrica, 21 Aug 2014 18:38:23 GMTGrain higher, beef mixed, pork higher (AP) — Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:29:48 GMTSt. Louis police release video of shooting LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency when it comes to officer-involved shootings.JIM SALTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:05 GMTSenate Democrats' campaign arm starts ads in Colo. (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending $1 million on television ads criticizing the GOP nominee's opposition to abortion rights.PHILIP ELLIOTTwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislaturePolitical partiesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:06 GMTProsecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:53:48 GMTCourt decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.JONATHAN DREWaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsCrimeLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 21 Aug 2014 18:46:20 GMTReports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis (AP) — Activists and Syria's state media are reporting that dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base.iGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSyriaBeirutMiddle EastLebanon, 21 Aug 2014 19:19:46 GMTMcIlroy stumbles to worst start in 2 months, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy got off to his worst start in two months Thursday with a 3-over 74 in The Barclays.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:42 GMTMcCarthy, Yankees avoid sweep, beat Astros YORK (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday.BEN WALKERsSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsNew York CityHoustonNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 21 Aug 2014 19:56:35 GMTTrial on Miss. election challenge set for Sept. 15, Miss. (AP) — A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsGovernment and politicsLegislatureLaw and orderMississippiUnited StatesLaurelNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:51:17 GMTGov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.ALAN SCHER ZAGIERJIM SALTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeArrestsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsState governmentsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:07:34 GMTAccuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal (AP) — A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:56:28 GMTSupreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation (AP) — It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.EILEEN SULLIVANwGovernment and politicsCriminal investigationsViolent crimePoliceCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsLaw enforcement agenciesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryMissouriNorth CarolinaSt. LouisLos AngelesCharlotteUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 21 Aug 2014 19:24:27 GMTTeams test out a new helmet, but does it work? coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.DAVID BRANDThtGeneral newsHealthSportsHead injuriesAthlete injuriesAthlete healthCollege footballCollege sportsFootballTechnologyInjuries, 21 Aug 2014 19:38:01 GMTTeen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.STEVEN DUBOISaGeneral newsJuvenile crimeActs of tortureLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:49 GMTColorado college lets students keep pets in dorms, Colo. (AP) — It's move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms.aGeneral newsLifestylePetsHigher educationCatsEducationSocial affairsMammalsAnimalsGreeleyColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:29:08 GMTOfficial: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom (AP) — A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release.LARA JAKESMICHAEL MELIAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJournalistsNews mediaMediaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:04 GMTAlaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.RACHEL D'OROaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:55:54 GMTKvitova moves into semifinals at Connecticut Open HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win Thursday over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.PAT EATON-ROBBsSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:59:20 GMTAmerican Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive' (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.KATHLEEN FOODYaGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthAfricaLiberiaAtlantaWest AfricaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:37:18 GMTGauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year.MARTIN CRUTSINGERfBusinessEconomic growthLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:32:03 GMTUS judge readies response to Argentina's threats YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge frustrated by debt-ridden Argentina's refusal to comply with his orders is being urged to take stronger action against the South American nation as it maneuvers to get its finances beyond his control.LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderArgentinaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:42:35 GMTDonaldson leads after 1st round of Czech Masters UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Jamie Donaldson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take first-round lead at the Czech Masters and boost his chances of securing a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.sSportsRyder CupMen's sportsMen's golfGolfEventsCzech RepublicEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Aug 2014 18:32:15 GMTUS housing recovery appears to be back on track (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estateResidential real estateLifestylePersonal loansPersonal financeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesProfessional services, 21 Aug 2014 19:34:49 GMTRussian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUkraineRussiaBelarusMinskDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Aug 2014 18:33:16 GMTMcIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it Thursday in The Barclays.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsRyder CupEventsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:03 GMTCowboys LB Holloman has career-ending neck injury, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys said Thursday that linebacker DeVonte Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago.SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsAthlete injuriesDopingAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:16:25 GMTFormer Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86 (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.MIKE HOUSEHOLDERaGeneral newsObituariesVatican CityMichiganDetroitGrand RapidsWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:49:13 GMTPerry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.DONNA CASSATAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsTroop deploymentsMilitant groups2003-11 Iraq WarWar and unrestImmigration policyImmigrationIndictmentsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesIraqSyriaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 21 Aug 2014 18:39:20 GMTStocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were on pace for a fourth straight day of gains Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to beat its record high close set last month. Investors were encouraged by a report that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. Trading remains light with many investors out on vacation.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisLabor economyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCommodity marketsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:42:26 GMTRomania: Ex-PM imprisoned for corruption released, Romania (AP) — A former Romanian prime minister who was imprisoned on corruption charges has been released early from prison.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRomaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Aug 2014 18:49:46 GMTGAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap (AP) — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.DONNA CASSATAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary correctional systemsArmed forcesLegislatureGovernment regulationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesAfghanistanCubaNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 19:23:12 GMTNavy Adm. McRaven confirmed as Texas chancellor, Texas (AP) — Navy Adm. William McRaven formalized his transition from a top U.S. military commander to academic leader Thursday, officially accepting the job as chancellor of the University of Texas System.PAUL J. WEBERaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsTexasAustinUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:43:01 GMTVenezuela proposes fingerprinting shoppers, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans soon may need to have their fingerprints scanned before they can buy bread.iBusinessGeneral newsVenezuelaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:55 GMTPakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit (AP) — Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.ASIF SHAHZADMUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsPolitical resignationsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestPakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 21 Aug 2014 19:46:25 GMTSan Francisco to tally bird-into-window death toll FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions.aGeneral newsAnimalsBirdsGovernment programsGovernment and politicsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:22 GMTHamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens (AP) — A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.JOSEF FEDERMANiGeneral newsWar and unrestKidnappingRebellions and uprisingsCrimePalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 21 Aug 2014 19:09:25 GMTEx-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.MATTHEW BARAKATLARRY O'DELLALAN SUDERMANaGeneral newsMarriageDietary supplementsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFamily issuesSocial affairsNutritionHealthVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:43:20 GMTGuilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsLaw and orderEventsObstruction of justiceCrimeBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:39:28 GMTSyria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsChemical weaponsWar and unrestCivil warsRebellions and uprisingsTerrorismGun politicsOnline mediaWeapons of mass destructionWeapons administrationMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMediaSyriaDamascusMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:59:59 GMTMany police killings, but only Ferguson explodes was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.JESSE WASHINGTONaGeneral newsRiotsArrestsRace and ethnicityViolent crimeProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMissouriLos AngelesCaliforniaFloridaNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:17:14 GMTStudy: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity (AP) — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.LAURAN NEERGAARDwHealthLifestyleScienceParentingRelationshipsImmunizationsMedical researchDisease outbreaksChild and teen healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthGeneral newsUnited StatesSomaliaNorth AmericaEast AfricaAfrica, 21 Aug 2014 19:12:56 GMT6,500 tickets sold for pipeline opposition concert, Neb. (AP) — Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustrial products and servicesNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 18:55:30 GMTPuerto Rico priest pleads guilty in abuse case JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLaw and orderPuerto RicoSan JuanCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 19:38:32 GMTTorture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial (AP) — A young woman charged with raping a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl after abducting her from school had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday as the trial was delayed until next week.MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsViolent crimeActs of tortureKidnappingLegal proceedingsCrimeAnimation and comicsCrimes against childrenLaw and orderEntertainmentArts and entertainmentPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:49:29 GMTUS judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 19:59:14 GMT