FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 29 Aug 2014 15:11:44 -0700Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to US charge YORK (AP) — The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeArrestsSmugglingLaw and orderSurinameUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:39:15 GMTSplunk, Tesla are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fFinancial performanceCorporate newsBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 29 Aug 2014 20:48:43 GMTAt heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.KEN DILANIANBRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestCrimeNational securityGeneral newsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleMilitary and defenseSyriaUnited StatesMiddle EastEuropeVero BeachIraqNorth AmericaFlorida, 29 Aug 2014 20:24:37 GMTCalifornia mentally ill inmates get special units, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.DON THOMPSONaGeneral newsHealthMental healthDiagnosis and treatmentNational courtsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCaliforniaSacramentoUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:35:50 GMTEconomic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's escaped sanctions in spite of international efforts to punish Russia for its incursions in Ukraine.JEFF HORWITZSTEPHEN BRAUNwBusinessGovernment and politicsInformation technologyFinancial servicesIndustriesForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsPersonal investingPersonal financeRussiaUnited StatesUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:21:35 GMTHouston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015, Calif. (AP) — The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015.GREG BEACHAMsSportsAutomobile racingIndyCarFormula OneHoustonTorontoCaliforniaTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 29 Aug 2014 20:00:18 GMTWashington judge upholds local pot business ban, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law.GENE JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMunicipal governmentsAlcohol laws and regulationsState legislatureLocal governmentsLegislatureState governmentsWashingtonTacomaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:21:23 GMTFigures on government spending and debt (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.fGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment finance, 29 Aug 2014 20:12:16 GMTFire destroys house on late author Clancy's estate, Md. (AP) — Authorities say two boys have been charged with setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied house on the Maryland estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentArsonFiresCrimeAccidents and disastersMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:55:45 GMTRecalls this week: laptop power cords, helmets 6 million laptop power cords that can overheat and start a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and bunk beds.The Associated PressfBusinessLifestylePersonal financeProducts and servicesCorporate news, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:46 GMTBuilding coalition for Syria action no easy matter (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.BRADLEY KLAPPERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCivil warsTerrorismLegislatureSyriaUnited StatesIraqEuropeIranQatarTurkeyMiddle EastJordanRussiaNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEastern Europe, 29 Aug 2014 20:42:51 GMTWoman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.aGeneral newsSalt Lake CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:16:51 GMTCasino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice.JULIET LINDERMANaBusinessGeneral newsBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:45:34 GMTBradley off to a good start at a great time, Mass. (AP) — In the final tournament before Ryder Cup teams are set, Keegan Bradley did his best Friday to make an impression in the Deutsche Bank Championship.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsRyder CupGolfEventsMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:01:30 GMTLeader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison Friday for his role in a major trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.MATTHEW BROWNaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOrganized crimeMontanaUnited StatesBillingsWashingtonNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:47:10 GMTObama immigration delay a pre-election curveball (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.JOSH LEDERMANERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyElectionsUnited States General ElectionLegislatureImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsEventsGeneral electionsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:39:41 GMTAfter deaths, NYC music festival tightens security YORK (AP) — Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a "cooling tunnel" and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.TED SHAFFREYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsDrug-related crimeZoological parksMusicCrimeEntertainmentRecreation and leisureLifestyleNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:49:58 GMTFormer FBI director grateful for care after crash, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash.aGeneral newsAccidentsLaw enforcement agenciesAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:35 GMTManatees may lose endangered species status (AP) — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.JENNIFER KAYaGeneral newsAnimalsManateesCoastlines and beachesWildlifeEnvironmental concernsGovernment and politicsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationMammalsWater environmentOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleFloridaCrystal RiverUnited StatesGulf of MexicoNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:48:44 GMTObama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.wGovernment and politics, 29 Aug 2014 22:08:27 GMTEx-FBI director: Grateful for support after crash, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash.aGeneral newsAccidentsCollege footballLaw enforcement agenciesAccidents and disastersTransportationCollege sportsSportsFootballGovernment and politicsVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:33:45 GMTJudge OKs Portland police use-of-force reforms, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has accepted the settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland on reforms intended to improve the way police deal with the mentally ill.STEVEN DUBOISaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsNational courtsLaw and orderCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryPortlandUnited StatesOregonNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:48:02 GMTFederal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide, Texas (AP) — Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.aGeneral newsNational courtsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:51:43 GMTNo place like home: Senate foes raise questions (AP) — Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.BILL BARROWCHARLES BABINGTONaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureUnited States General ElectionLegislatureState governmentsEventsGeneral electionsUnited StatesNew OrleansLouisianaArkansasKansasNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:33:04 GMTStock market closes at record high Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock markets, 29 Aug 2014 20:17:56 GMTBRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's formerly high-flying economy, once the darling of emerging markets, has fallen into recession, according to government data released Friday, as a legion of newly minted middle class citizens tightened their belts and halted a credit-driven spending spree.BRAD BROOKSiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRecessions and depressionsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsNational electionsElectionsBrazilRio de JaneiroSao PauloArgentinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Aug 2014 20:03:22 GMTObama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's one reason Congress is broken and it's because the Republican Party is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical group.DARLENE SUPERVILLEaGovernment and politicsPolitical fundraisingPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaRhode Island, 29 Aug 2014 21:22:42 GMTExperimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.MARILYNN MARCHIONEaBusinessHealthAnimal healthMedical researchDisease outbreaksDiseases and conditionsPrimatesInfectious diseasesGeneral newsPublic healthMammalsAnimalsAgricultureIndustriesCanadaAfricaWest AfricaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:03:52 GMTEcuador heralds digital currency plans, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.GONZALO SOLANOhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyEconomyGovernment and politicsFinancial servicesIndustriesEcuadorUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:18:13 GMTFederal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.PAUL J. WEBERaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsState legislatureNational courtsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislatureNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:59:38 GMT49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsIllegal weaponsSports governanceProfessional footballCrimeSports businessReckless endangermentGeneral newsFootball, 29 Aug 2014 20:27:05 GMTKraft recalls some American Singles cheese, Ill. (AP) — Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.fBusinessProducts and servicesCorporate newsFood safetyPublic healthHealthConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgriculture, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:26 GMTSara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at US Open YORK (AP) — Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.RACHEL COHENsSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsAthlete injuriesWomen's tennisMen's tennisTennisEventsAthlete healthWomen's sportsMen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:43:14 GMTPerry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq — but other potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls laid off as they wowed the crowd at an influential conservative gathering.WILL WEISSERTNOMAAN MERCHANTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsState governmentsLegislatureForeign policyInternational relationsPolitical partiesGovernment policyPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesTexasSyriaDallasIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 29 Aug 2014 21:39:52 GMTSenate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.KYLE POTTERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureCorporate taxesHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsState governmentsConsumer products and servicesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 22:06:55 GMTFinal arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife took bribes and used their political muscle to promote a sketchy nutritional supplement because they were in deeply in debt and couldn't refuse the more than $165,000 in loans and gifts, including designer dresses and a Rolex watch, prosecutors said Friday.LARRY O'DELLMATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw and orderPolitical issuesVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:12:00 GMTJamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.DAVID McFADDENiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansPolitical activismSpecial interest groupsPolitical organizationsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsKingstonJamaicaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Aug 2014 22:03:17 GMTWesterners linked to extremist groups in Syria many as 12,000 foreigners have gone to Syria to fight the government of Bashar Assad. Many have joined extremist groups, including the al-Nusra front, an al-Qaida affiliate, and the Islamic State group, which now controls a territory straddling Syria and Iraq. The State Department lists these foreigners fighting the Assad government in Syria:The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestTerrorismSyriaMiddle East, 29 Aug 2014 20:48:09 GMTOrbitz ends dispute with American and US Airways YORK (AP) — Orbitz says it reached an agreement that will allow it to continue selling American Airlines and US Airways tickets on its sites.fBusiness, 29 Aug 2014 20:15:23 GMTMexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015 CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday.OLGA R. RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Aug 2014 21:31:05 GMTPhotos under investigation in abandoned baby case LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are seeking further details about photos that appear to show a Utah woman at a nightclub with a beer sometime before her newborn baby was dumped in a trash can.LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and order, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:04 GMTIMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund is expressing confidence in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsFinancial servicesIndustries, 29 Aug 2014 21:14:30 GMT1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record, Ala. (AP) — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record.aOdditiesRecord setting eventsGeneral newsAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:34 GMTRescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.iBusinessGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsMaterials industryIndustriesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersNicaraguaManaguaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Aug 2014 19:54:33 GMTReputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.MICHAEL BIESECKERaGeneral newsKidnappingViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderJamaicaSouth CarolinaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 20:10:46 GMTUS OPEN SCENE: Monfils wonders about net's height YORK (AP) — As Gael Monfils hit ball after ball into the net during his first service game Friday at the U.S. Open — resulting in four double-faults — a thought occurred to him: "Seems pretty high, huh?"sSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisEventsMen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:38:51 GMTFormer Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:14:18 GMTProsecutors charge Oklahoma officer with rape CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with 16 counts that include rape and sexual battery after authorities said he attacked at least seven women while on patrol.aGeneral newsViolent crimePolice brutalityCrimeLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 22:08:05 GMTSandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business, N.J. (AP) — Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first, many merchants and elected officials say.WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesRestaurantsWeatherConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnvironment and natureFood and drinkLifestyleNew JerseyAtlantic CityUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Aug 2014 21:22:42 GMTStocks end higher following strong run in August Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February.ALEX VEIGAhtBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsTechnologyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesUkraineNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 29 Aug 2014 21:15:02 GMT