FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Nov 2014 07:05:34 -0800Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000 (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLayoffsRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:48 GMTPassengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push (AP) — In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.iGeneral newsOdditiesRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 14:25:06 GMTUS orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyManufacturing sector performance, 26 Nov 2014 13:51:12 GMTCampaigning under way in Liberia despite Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCampaignsSenate electionsLegislatureInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthElectionsLiberiaWest AfricaMonroviaSierra LeoneGuineaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 14:10:39 GMTGuard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHRaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsProtests and demonstrationsPolice brutalityCrimeArrestsHuman rights and civil libertiesCivil rights violationsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceMissouriNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 26 Nov 2014 14:53:38 GMTFerguson officer says he never wanted to kill (AP) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he "never wanted to take anybody's life" and feels sorry about the death of Michael Brown.wArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainment, 26 Nov 2014 14:07:54 GMTPalestinian president against Jewish state bill, South Africa (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaPalestinian territoriesIsraelPretoriaMiddle EastSouthern AfricaAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 13:58:08 GMTEU proposes $380 billion investment plan (AP) — The European Union's executive has proposed a plan to boost investment in the bloc's flagging economy by 315 billion euros ($380 billion) by attracting reluctant private investors with guarantees and seed money. Experts warn, however, it alone will not be enough to restart growth.By RAF CASERTiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment policyEuropeFrankfurtGermanyWestern Europe, 26 Nov 2014 14:54:00 GMT3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously YORK (AP) — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AND CHRIS RUGABERaBusinessGeneral newsPricesPersonal spendingHolidaysEconomyShoppingHoliday shoppingGift shoppingRecessions and depressionsPersonal financeOccasionsLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 26 Nov 2014 14:12:51 GMTAP PHOTOS: Macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos, Venezuela (AP) — In one of the world's most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.By JORGE RUEDAiGeneral newsBirdsAnimalsHobbiesRecreation and leisureLifestyleOutdoor recreationVenezuelaCaracasSan FranciscoSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:20:10 GMTSia lights up Australian music industry awards (AP) — Sia and her "Chandelier" lit up Australia's Aria music awards, even without appearing on stage.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityAward showsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessAustraliaSydneyOceania, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:51 GMTNew Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' (AP) — It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery.By JOCELYN GECKERtTravelLifestyleLeisure travelThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 14:56:13 GMTReview: 4 shopping apps that will save you money YORK (AP) — Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps.By JOSEPH PISANIhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyConsumer electronicsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 26 Nov 2014 14:12:33 GMTEgypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian authorities temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home, officials said.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsEgyptGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 26 Nov 2014 14:12:18 GMTSlovenian police seize 175 kilos of cocaine, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia say they have seized 175 kilograms (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the biggest drug busts in the small Alpine nation in years.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeSloveniaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 13:43:12 GMT5 free things to do in Spokane, Washington, Wash. (AP) — Spokane is Washington's second-largest city, with its 210,000 residents living about 270 miles (435 kilometers) east of bigger, richer and better-known Seattle.By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOStTravelLifestyleHolidaysOccasionsLeisure travelSpokaneWashingtonSeattleCoeur d'AleneIdahoUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:14:49 GMTProsecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case, Mo. (AP) — He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn't match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.By ANDALE GROSS and TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:09:23 GMTUS consumer spending edges up modest 0.2 percent in October after no change in September (AP) — US consumer spending edges up modest 0.2 percent in October after no change in September.wBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomy, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:13 GMTObama administration sets stricter smog standard (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.By DINA CAPPIELLOhtBusinessGovernment and politicsScienceTechnologyWeather forecastsWeatherGeneral newsEnvironmental laws and regulationsAir qualityEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:22:01 GMTUS indexes barely budge ahead of Thanksgiving YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:41:20 GMTUS orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent in October, but investment category falls again (AP) — US orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent in October, but investment category falls again.wBusinessGeneral news, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:53 GMTSource: Redskins to start Colt McCoy over RG3 (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Washington Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.By JOSEPH WHITEsSportsProfessional footballFootball, 26 Nov 2014 13:54:42 GMTUS consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October (AP) — U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomic outlookEconomyLeading economic indicatorsManufacturing sector performancePricesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:46:38 GMTAP Source: Redskins to start Colt McCoy over RG3 (AP) — Move over, RG3. It's Colt vs. the Colts.By JOSEPH WHITEsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootball, 26 Nov 2014 14:35:35 GMTSee Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.By TERRY TANGaBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleOdditiesSmall businessPetsDogsPersonal careVeterinary medicineConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMammalsAnimalsBeauty and fashionAnimal healthHealthPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:45:03 GMTLatin pop star Prince Royce hopes to cross over ANGELES (AP) — Prince Royce says although he's working on his first album in English, his fans can still expect to hear his signature Latin and tropical sound in his new music.By MARCELA ISAZAeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 26 Nov 2014 13:26:31 GMTInclement weather affecting Thanksgiving travelers, N.Y. (AP) — One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow.By FRANK ELTMANaBusinessGeneral newsWeatherLeisure travelHolidaysAir travel disruptionsWinter weatherTravelOccasionsLifestyleTransportationNew YorkNew York CityNewarkPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew JerseyPennsylvania, 26 Nov 2014 14:55:16 GMTLebanese FM: Cyprus may be jihadi transit point, Cyprus (AP) — Lebanon's foreign minister says more attention should be paid to the possibility of Cyprus becoming a gateway for aspiring foreign jihadis to transit in and out of the Middle East.iGeneral newsInternational relationsMass transit systemsGovernment and politicsTransportationCyprusLebanonMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 14:31:12 GMTObama to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold talks at the White House next week with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.wGovernment and politicsJordanSyriaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:28:04 GMTRickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution DELHI (AP) — The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.By KATY DAIGLEiGeneral newsEnvironmental policyAir qualityEnvironmental concernsTrafficEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment policyGovernment and politicsTransportationNew DelhiIndiaCaliforniaSouth AsiaAsiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 13:48:29 GMTLas Vegas Ski delays opening, hopes for snow VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort officials say the destination won't be opening Friday as planned while they wait for a storm to bring snow this weekend.tTravelLifestyleWinter weatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureWeatherGeneral newsLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:54:23 GMTHong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.By KELVIN CHANiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsDemocracyPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 13:18:40 GMTFerguson protesters across US peaceful, disruptive protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsBlockadesCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderMissouriKansas CitySt. LouisCaliforniaSan DiegoManhattanNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaKansasNew York, 26 Nov 2014 14:26:27 GMTUN concerned over escalation of violence in Libya (AP) — The U.N. Secretary General has expressed deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including recent airstrikes on a military air base that until this week was Tripoli's only functioning airport.iGeneral newsWar and unrestIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsLibyaEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaTripoliAfrica, 26 Nov 2014 13:18:17 GMTRebels attack house of Yemen leader, kill 7, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, setting off clashes that left six guards and a rebel dead, security officials and rebel media said.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestYemenSanaaMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 14:16:34 GMTFBI: Texas investigators stole rare comic books (AP) — Two Houston-area investigators are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare comic books while working an embezzlement case.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsTheftEmbezzlementCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesIndictmentsLaw and orderBooks and literatureEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAnimation and comicsGovernment and politicsHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:23:33 GMTGreat Bear has earliest opening in 20-plus years, S.D. (AP) — Skiers and snowboarders near Sioux Falls are enjoying Great Bear Recreation Park's earliest opening in more than 20 years, while other parks are scheduled to open on time thanks in part to cold weather that has helped man-made snow stick around.By JAMES NORDtTravelLifestyleWinter weatherWeatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureGeneral news, 26 Nov 2014 14:58:08 GMTBrown's mother: Ferguson decision 'heartbreaking' LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown's mother says it has been a "sleepless, very hard, heartbreaking and unbelievable" time for her since the announcement that a grand jury didn't indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing her son.aGeneral newsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:44:46 GMTGermany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms (AP) — Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 14:16:52 GMTApplications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months.wBusinessGeneral newsFirst time eventsUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicators, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:44 GMTEuropeans debate common stand on Palestine (AP) — Members of the European Parliament have begun debating a common approach among the European Union's 28 member states to recognition of a Palestinian state.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEuropePalestinian territoriesMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 14:51:22 GMTHiker photographed bear before it killed him MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.aGeneral newsBearsMammalsAnimalsAccidentsAccidents and disasters, 26 Nov 2014 14:58:51 GMTCorrection: Britain-Muhammad Ali Documentary story (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about a Muhammad Ali documentary, The Associated Press misspelled Veronica Porche's first name. Her name is Veronica, not Veronice. In addition, Maryum Ali's name was misspelled once as Maryam in the story.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsMoviesEntertainmentBoxingMen's boxingDocumentariesMen's sportsUnited KingdomLondonWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 26 Nov 2014 14:53:47 GMTIndia's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund DELHI (AP) — India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds.By NIRMALA GEORGEiBusinessGeneral newsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsFinancial servicesIndustriesIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Nov 2014 13:38:01 GMTNATO sees Russia ready for Ukraine incursion, Ukraine (AP) — NATO's top commander says Russia still has enough troops stationed on Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, and that it is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine.iGeneral newsUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 14:32:24 GMTGreek diplomat dies in fall under Thai train (AP) — Officials say a diplomat from the Greek Embassy in Thailand has died after she fell under a moving train.iGeneral newsEmbassiesDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessThailandGreeceSoutheast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Nov 2014 14:44:08 GMTChildren's' music star Laurie Berkner new plan YORK (AP) — This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentMusicSchool curriculaEducationSocial affairsEntertainmentNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:10:33 GMTDevelopers look to create underground NYC park YORK (AP) — Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees.By VERENA DOBNIKaGeneral newsLifestyleMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsNew York CityManhattanNew YorkBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:19:42 GMTMan who fell from ceiling naked faces arraignment (AP) — A Boston man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport and then assaulted an elderly man is scheduled for arraignment.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:10 GMTAP Interview: Jordan prince calls for tolerance, Jordan (AP) — A brother of Jordan's king is urging moderate Muslims to take a stand against extremists who he says violate the core values of Islam.iGeneral newsRadicalismGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanMiddle East, 26 Nov 2014 14:14:08 GMT