FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Jan 2015 04:22:34 -0800Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94 DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94.By NIRMALA GEORGEiGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:55:54 GMTEmployee says 5 gunmen attack luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners; 1 guard killed, Libya (AP) — Employee says 5 gunmen attack luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners; 1 guard killed.iGeneral newsLibyaNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 10:04:13 GMTIsraeli military says 'several rockets' hit Israeli-controlled Golan Heights (AP) — Israeli military says 'several rockets' hit Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 11:26:10 GMTJudge opens inquiry into death of ex-Russian spy Litvinenko (AP) — A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity."By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsEspionageLegal proceedingsPoisoningCrimeLaw and orderDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited KingdomMoscowLondonRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeEngland, 27 Jan 2015 12:12:58 GMTOxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said Tuesday.By ROBBIE COREY-BOULETiGeneral newsDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthForeign aidInternational relationsGovernment and politicsWest AfricaIvory CoastLiberiaAfricaGuineaSierra Leone, 27 Jan 2015 11:47:14 GMTSiemens quarterly profit slips 25 pct on slow power business, Germany (AP) — Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says net profit fell 25 percent in its most recent quarter as lower earnings at its key power and gas business weighed on the bottom line.iBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesFinancial performanceIndustriesCorporate newsEnergy industryGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:52 GMTIndonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 11:34:45 GMTPhilippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the country's south.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesInternational agreementsInternational relationsDiplomacyManilaPhilippinesSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 09:43:35 GMTVOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill two Japanese hostages.By NORIKO KITANOiGeneral newsHostage situationsKidnappingCrimeGovernment and politicsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 11:36:57 GMTStorm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast YORK (AP) — A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.By MEGHAN BARRaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsState governmentsFloodsEventsGovernment and politicsAccidents and disastersNew JerseyNew YorkMassachusettsPhiladelphiaNew York CityMaineUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 11:48:52 GMTDubai claims title of world's busiest international airport, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city that boasts the world's tallest building is now home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.iGeneral newsDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 10:41:07 GMTBritain's economy loses steam in fourth quarter (AP) — Official figures show Britain's economy slowed in the fourth quarter of 2014 but remained one of the better-performing economies in the developed world.fBusinessEconomic growthEconomyUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:31:45 GMTCzech president wants international action against terrorism (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman has called for a concerted international military effort against terrorism and the Islamic State group.iGeneral newsThe HolocaustTerrorismEventsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsCzech RepublicPragueEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:20:24 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Maria's message on the camera, Australia (AP) — Before she walked off Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova scrawled a message with a felt-tipped pen on the camera lens for tennis fans everywhere to see: "Fly high, sing your own song."sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisWomen's tennisEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 11:27:32 GMTKurds press offensive after driving IS group from Syria town (AP) — Activists say Kurdish fighters are advancing after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani a day earlier.iGeneral newsSyriaMiddle EastBaliIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 12:02:34 GMTGunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners Tuesday, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said.By ESAM MOHAMEDiGeneral newsHostage situationsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLibyaTripoliMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 11:15:30 GMT3,000 child soldiers released in South Sudan: UN, Uganda (AP) — About 3,000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children's agency said after a group of 280 children were freed on Tuesday.By RODNEY MUHUMUZA and ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsDiplomacySouth SudanEthiopiaUgandaAddis AbabaEast AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaSudanMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 11:04:50 GMTDenmark spends $9 million on de-radicalization programs, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has earmarked 60.9 million kroner ($9.2 million) over the next three years for programs to de-radicalize Islamic extremists, including those who have fought with jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestDenmarkWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:47:41 GMTEU leaders threaten more anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine (AP) — European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days.iGeneral newsCrimeaEuropeUkraineRussiaEastern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 09:47:54 GMTImage of Asia: After a day's work in Cambodian rice fields this photo by Heng Sinith, a farmer is silhouetted as he drives his water buffalo cart loaded with rice hay after his day's work at a paddy field in Samroang Kandal village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A little over half of Cambodia's labor force is engaged in agriculture, and about one-third of its gross domestic product comes from the agricultural sector. The government in 2010 targeted growth in rice production, hoping to boost exports and rural incomes. Rice production doubled from 2003 to 2013, from 4.3 million tons to 9.3 tons, according to the World Bank. But making a splash in the export market has been difficult, as neighbors Vietnam and Thailand are major exporters. Cambodian authorities had hoped to export as much as a million tons of rice by the end of this year. But milled rice exports reached just over 387,000 tons in 2014, up just 2.2 percent from 2013, according to the Agriculture Ministry.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAgricultureIndustriesBusinessCambodiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 11:52:04 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsRussiaJordanSaudi ArabiaEastern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 10:56:01 GMTRussia announces anti-crisis plan after rating downgrade (AP) — After a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit grade to "junk" status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyEmergency managementCurrency marketsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeFinancial marketsRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:33:25 GMTVanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballLaw and orderCollege sportsFootballNashvilleTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 09:46:44 GMTIsrael says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights (AP) — At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestCivil warsGovernment and politicsIsraelSyriaMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 11:57:42 GMTBelgium detains 3 more people that could have terror links (AP) — Authorities in Belgium say three individuals that could have possible links to terror networks have been detained.By RAF CASERTiGeneral newsBelgiumWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:21:34 GMTFrance to target anti-Semitism on the net (AP) — French President Francois Hollande called on Internet service providers to take action against the spread of anti-Semitism online.By SYLVIE CORBETiGeneral newsThe HolocaustTelecommunicationsIndustriesBusinessEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityGovernment and politicsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 12:17:16 GMTLeaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin, Poland (AP) — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsThe HolocaustNazismEventsRussiaPolandUkraineGermanyEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Jan 2015 11:05:22 GMTAer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support (AP) — Aer Lingus said Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish national airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after its privatization.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesGovernment and politicsIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:50:53 GMTEmirati airlines halt flights to Baghdad after shooting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital.By ADAM SCHRECKiGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 12:07:10 GMTSpain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the French airmen who suffered serious burns died at a Madrid hospital, Spain's Defense Ministry said.By ALAN CLENDENNING and DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZAiGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesAccidentsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsSpainMadridGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:10:45 GMTMurray beats local hope Kyrgios in 3 sets at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray ensured there would be no five-set comeback for local hope Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday night, beating the 19-year-old Australian 6-3 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal match at the Australian Open.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 10:45:58 GMTGreek bailout critic says he will be new finance minister, Greece (AP) — A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic wrote in a blog post Tuesday that he will be sworn in as finance minister under the country's new left-wing government.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:39:17 GMTLibyan security official says gunmen at luxury Tripoli hotel take hostages; 3 guards killed, Libya (AP) — Libyan security official says gunmen at luxury Tripoli hotel take hostages; 3 guards killed.iGeneral newsHostage situationsLibyaTripoliNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:41 GMTFacebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesMobile mediaOnline mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:28 GMTW.Va. town restoring water service following diesel spill, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill.aGeneral newsService outagesEnvironmental conservation and preservationNatural resource managementEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessEnvironmental concernsAccidentsAccidents and disastersWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:05:51 GMTThe phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open, Australia (AP) — One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisWomen's tennisEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 11:56:33 GMTNadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 11:19:20 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm A.M.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherRail travel disruptionsStormsWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015State governmentsMunicipal governmentsTrain travelAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsTransportationEventsLocal governmentsTravelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsNew YorkPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew JerseyBostonMassachusettsPennsylvaniaRhode IslandConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:07:02 GMTChina says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked (AP) — Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 11:46:17 GMTIsrael says 'several rockets' strike Golan Heights (AP) — The Israeli military says "several" rockets have struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and that it responded with artillery fire.iGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsIsraelMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 11:36:47 GMTDuPont profit rises, but strong dollar cuts into sales, Del. (AP) — DuPont Co. says portfolio changes and productivity improvements contributed to an increase in fourth-quarter earnings.By RANDALL CHASEfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 11:38:54 GMTEx-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter, Va. (AP) — For years, ex-CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling was the one under indictment but prosecutors' primary focus of pursuit was journalist Jeffrey Risen.By MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsGovernment information leaksJournalistsCrimeIntelligence agenciesNational courtsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderLegal proceedingsPolitical issuesNews mediaMediaNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesVirginiaIranNorth AmericaMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 10:40:04 GMTMoscow court refuses to lift Navalny's house arrest (AP) — The Moscow City Court has refused to lift the house arrest of anti-corruption campaigner and leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 10:22:08 GMTYoung players turn to ex-pros hoping for Slam breakthrough, Australia (AP) — Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's sportsMen's tennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 11:44:46 GMTPolice raid southern French town with strong jihadi network (AP) — French security forces detained five people Tuesday and broke up a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town that has sent several French youths to fight in Syria and Iraq, the interior minister said.By LORI HINNANTiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestFranceSyriaParisMiddle EastIraqWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 11:16:12 GMTEgypt court upholds verdict against 3 prominent activists (AP) — A defense lawyer says Egypt's highest appeal court has upheld the convictions and three-year prison sentences handed down to three prominent activists for violating a draconian law on protests.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimePolitical activismPolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Jan 2015 12:13:51 GMTObama: US must balance human rights, security with Saudis DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must balance its advocacy for human rights in Saudi Arabia with the need to cooperate with Saudi Arabia on counterterrorism and security.By JULIE PACEiGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentGovernment policyUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaNorth AmericaMiddle EastIndiaSyriaRiyadhSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 12:07:17 GMTStocks turn lower despite Asian gains, ahead of US data (AP) — Stocks fell in Europe and were expected to open lower on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors looked to upcoming corporate earnings and economic data in the U.S. Earlier, Asian markets mostly closed higher.The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsUnited KingdomEast AsiaUnited StatesGreeceWestern EuropeEuropeAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 12:17:20 GMTVandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.By JANET McCONNAUGHEYaGeneral newsTravelVoodooLeisure travelVandalismChristianityReligionSocial affairsLifestyleCrimeNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 10:11:37 GMTWhat you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring anywhere from a few inches to a couple of feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherStormsWeatherRail travel disruptionsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Air travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsTransportationEventsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsNew JerseyPhiladelphiaMaineDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 10:05:04 GMT