FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Oct 2016 01:46:07 -07:00WHY IT MATTERS: Veterans, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:23 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: There are an estimated 21.6 million veterans in the United States. Among them, nearly 9 million are enrolled in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 4.3 million veterans get disability compensation from the VA and nearly 900,000 have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:17 GMTBRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is trying to salvage an EU trade deal with Canada in a personal intervention following the breakdown of talks. didn't learn its lesson after Ray Rice incident, 22 Oct 2016 07:26:33 GMTAfter mishandling Ray Rice's domestic violence incident two years ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said "I got it wrong" and vowed "the same mistakes can never be repeated." campaign ponders 'what if' Trump doesn't concede, 22 Oct 2016 07:36:31 GMTWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office. voting data shows strengths for Trump and Clinton, 22 Oct 2016 07:18:58 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado. to debut in WTA Finals, 22 Oct 2016 08:01:37 GMTSINGAPORE (AP) — Madison Keys is the first American outside of Serena and Venus Williams to earn a berth at the year-end WTA Finals in more than a decade. IT MATTERS: Social Security, 22 Oct 2016 08:16:17 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits. of women's soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan, 22 Oct 2016 05:53:31 GMTAMMAN, Jordan (AP) — FIFA's president says the U-17 Women's World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that "women's football is not only confined to some parts of the world." campaign receives envelope with suspicious powder, 22 Oct 2016 07:24:32 GMTNEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York say they're investigating an envelope containing a white powdery substance that was sent to Hillary Clinton's campaign, forcing an office to be evacuated. 8 preview: A&M vs. 'Bama; Helfrich under pressure, 22 Oct 2016 07:25:20 GMTAs the college football season makes the turn into the back half of the season, we're due for a startling upset. launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution, 22 Oct 2016 07:51:15 GMTNEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air. OFF: Cubs face Kershaw, try to end Series drought, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:27 GMTA look at what's happening all around the majors today: IT MATTERS: Energy, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:12 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different ways to achieve it. How energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment. IT MATTERS: Refugees, 22 Oct 2016 06:15:05 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : The United States is the proud home of "the mother of exiles," the Statue of Liberty. But of the millions of exiles from the Syrian war, only about 10,000 have reached U.S. shores. IT MATTERS: Opioid Epidemic, 22 Oct 2016 05:51:14 GMTCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — THE ISSUE: More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC uses opioid as an umbrella term for synthetic painkillers and for drugs derived naturally from opium (known more specifically as opiates), such a heroin. IT MATTERS: Abortion, 22 Oct 2016 05:41:05 GMTNEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states, and will be shaped in some way by the next president. IT MATTERS: Education, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:16 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on the country's public schools. The U.S. has a record-high graduation rates, 83 percent, but also stubborn achievement gaps and dismally lagging math and reading scores compared with other countries. And university degrees are leaving millions mired in debt. Few issues touch the lives of families like the state of education. IT MATTERS: LGBT, 22 Oct 2016 08:05:05 GMTNEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans? IT MATTERS: Russia, 22 Oct 2016 06:01:05 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt. show Clinton campaign weighing Keystone XL decision, 22 Oct 2016 07:24:53 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign wrestled with how to announce her opposition to construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline without losing the support of labor unions that supported to project. IT MATTERS: Homegrown Extremism, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:15 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : Radical Islamic militancy that has sustained itself for decades overseas has inspired a series of attacks on U.S. soil in the last year and a half. IT MATTERS: Guns, 22 Oct 2016 07:58:05 GMTATLANTA (AP) — THE ISSUE: The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year's elections. IT MATTERS: Israel, 22 Oct 2016 07:15:06 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Support for Israel has been a mainstay of American foreign policy since the Jewish state's creation in 1948. Despite occasionally strong and even pointed differences, successive U.S. administrations of both parties have steadily increased financial, military and diplomatic assistance to Israel over the past six decades. The U.S. now provides Israel with roughly $3 billion every year, making it the largest single recipient of American foreign aid, and the Obama administration boosted that amount to $3.8 billion with a new memorandum of understanding on defense. Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul, 22 Oct 2016 07:33:39 GMTISLAMABAD (AP) — Three senior Taliban members traveled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday. IT MATTERS: Infrastructure, 22 Oct 2016 08:09:06 GMTJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — THE ISSUE: The U.S. interstate highway system, celebrating its 60th birthday this year, is showing its age. Many roads and bridges are in need of repair or expansion. Similar problems exist for public drinking and wastewater systems, dams and levees, airports, railroads and mass transit systems. Politicians generally agree the nation's infrastructure is in need of improvement. Deciding how to pay for it and which projects should take priority is more difficult. IT MATTERS: Wall Street Regulation, 22 Oct 2016 06:10:05 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The financial crisis that struck in 2008 touched off the worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression, wiping out $11 trillion in U.S. household wealth and leaving about 8 million Americans jobless. More than 5 million families lost their homes to foreclosure. Reckless trading and aggressive practices on Wall Street in the prior boom years were pinned with much of the blame. continues to massage Trump's controversial remarks, 22 Oct 2016 07:21:51 GMTRENO, Nev. (AP) — It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence. IT MATTERS: Executive Authority, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:21 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: "Your Majesty" isn't in the American political lexicon. But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it invariably sets off a debate that traces back to the time of kings and queens — and the Founding Fathers who rejected the authority of the crown. Defense Secretary Carter arrives in Iraq, 22 Oct 2016 07:18:02 GMTBAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq Saturday to meet with his commanders and assess the progress in the opening days of the operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. assault on Iraq's Kirkuk ends after 24-hour battle, 22 Oct 2016 06:12:18 GMTKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi police say a massive Islamic State assault on targets in and around the northern city of Kirkuk has come to an end after a day and night of heavy clashes. IT MATTERS: Iran, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:15 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Last year's nuclear deal has removed for now the threat of a U.S.-Iranian military confrontation. But the deal rests on shaky ground. Capsules, 22 Oct 2016 06:11:58 GMTCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist, and teammates Nick Foligno and William Karlsson picked up their first goals of the season as Columbus beat Chicago 3-2 on Friday night. Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests, 22 Oct 2016 06:15:40 GMTUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman. IT MATTERS: Debt, 22 Oct 2016 06:11:05 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The federal government is borrowing about 1 out of 7 dollars it spends and steadily piling up debt — to the tune of about $14 trillion held by investors. Over the long term, that threatens the economy and pocketbooks. IT MATTERS: Race and Policing, 22 Oct 2016 06:08:07 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : Policing in the United States' minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. The increasing number of graphic photos and videos depicting the deaths of black men, women and children at the hands of police officers has sparked unrest around the nation. The perception that law enforcement officers are rarely, if ever, punished for what some consider unethical behavior, brutality and even criminal acts against black Americans has led to the rise of new social and civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter. Barkley has something to say about race in America, 22 Oct 2016 07:23:35 GMTNEW YORK (AP) — Charles Barkley calls it friendly fire. IT MATTERS: Immigration, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:11 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : An estimated 11 million people are living and in many cases working in the United States illegally. The questions of what to with them and how to curb future illegal immigration have been a campaign issue for more than a decade. Never more so than now. Illegal immigration goes to the heart of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. It's a source of his strength among supporters, contention among critics and confusion over what he really intends to do. THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues, 22 Oct 2016 08:31:15 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues: Latest: Iraqi army launches new push on town near Mosul, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:15 GMTKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local): crash-landing may have wrecked Europe's Mars probe, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:02 GMTBERLIN (AP) — Scientists say Europe's experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast. IT MATTERS: Health Care, 22 Oct 2016 06:07:07 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare's insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake. IT MATTERS: The Role of Government, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:27 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right? IT MATTERS: Taxes, 22 Oct 2016 05:56:06 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Politicians love trying to use the tax code to highlight their goals to voters. This year, it's a battlefield between Hillary Clinton, who wants to boost levies on the rich to pay for expanding social programs, and Donald Trump, who says cutting taxes would gird the economy. The clash has consequences for the rich, poor and those in the middle. PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week, 22 Oct 2016 08:06:23 GMTHighlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. Powder mailed to Clinton campaign not harmful, 22 Oct 2016 08:18:44 GMTNEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York say preliminary tests on a white powdery substance found in an envelope sent to Hillary Clinton's campaign show that it was not harmful. IT MATTERS: Student Debt, 22 Oct 2016 07:50:15 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: More Americans are getting buried by student debt — causing delays in home ownership, limiting how much people can save and leaving taxpayers at risk as many loans go unpaid. The statistics look daunting. Latest: Iraqi army says town near Mosul taken from IS, 22 Oct 2016 08:19:34 GMTKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local): TV ad hits Trump hard; he promises an all-out effort, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:33 GMTCLEVELAND (AP) — While Hillary Clinton unveiled an emotional television ad featuring the parents of a slain Muslim American Army captain, Donald Trump assured supporters he would have no regrets if he loses the presidential election because he was going all out in the final weeks of the campaign. IT MATTERS: Voting Rights, 22 Oct 2016 08:01:27 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It's a question that goes to the core of democracy. IT MATTERS: Islamic State, 22 Oct 2016 07:31:07 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The Islamic State group seized swaths of land in Iraq and expanded its territory in Syria in a dramatic blitz in 2014, taking advantage of unrest in both countries. The militant group slaughtered civilians in its march to try to establish a radical caliphate, and has spawned a string of deadly attacks across Europe, the Middle East and the United States.