FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 24 Jul 2014 08:21:06 -0700US new-home sales plummet in June (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.wBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome buyingEconomyReal estateConstruction put in placeConstruction sector performanceResidential real estateLifestyle, 24 Jul 2014 15:14:50 GMTIraq elects Kurdish politician as president (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government.QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRASINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestGovernment transitionsLegislatureReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesNational governmentsIraqBaghdadUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:47 GMTUkraine accused of targeting civilians in east, Ukraine (AP) — War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.LUCIAN KIMiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsUkraineDonetskRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:45 GMT2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.AMIR SHAHiGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesBombingsForeign aidAccidentsAccidents and disastersInternational relationsGovernment and politicsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAfghanistanFinlandCentral AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:16:57 GMTMother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast (AP) — A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday.aGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:10:41 GMTOfficial: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed', Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."AOMAR OUALIBRAHIMA OUEDRAOGOiBusinessGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashGovernment and politicsInternational relationsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesAlgeriaMaliOuagadougouBurkina FasoAlgiersWest AfricaUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:13:02 GMTMiami Seaquarium fined by OSHA (AP) — The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections.aGeneral newsDolphinsAnimalsMammalsWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationWorkplace safetyPersonnelBusinessMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:57:28 GMTPope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderItalyRomeSudanWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:54 GMTInjuries reported as possible tornado hits Va. CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia emergency management officials say numerous injuries are being reported following a possible tornado at a campground at Virginia's Eastern Shore.aGeneral newsWeatherTornadoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:12:41 GMTVirginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.aGeneral newsWeatherStormsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:42 GMTUS stocks pause as investors weigh earnings YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were barely higher in morning trading Thursday as investors digested second-quarter results from big companies across several industries, including Facebook, Ford and Caterpillar.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesEconomyReal estateConstruction put in placeConstruction sector performanceLeading economic indicatorsFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsFinancial marketsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:57 GMTLondon critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love' (AP) — A hit. A very palpable hit.JILL LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPerforming artsEntertainmentUnited KingdomLondonWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 24 Jul 2014 14:49:22 GMTFukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.wBusinessScience2011 Japan earthquake and tsunamiNatural disastersFloodsEventsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 24 Jul 2014 14:40:35 GMTPop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV YORK (AP) — Pop star Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE-yuh) is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards.eArts and entertainmentLifestyleMusicFashionEntertainmentBeauty and fashionCelebrityFashion design, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:10 GMTBiden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsOhioCincinnatiUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:57:35 GMTSuspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint, Okla. (AP) — Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested in Oklahoma on a complaint of marijuana possession.sSportsSports transactionsDrug-related crimeArrestsSports businessCrimeGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballEdmondOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:06:01 GMT6 dead in Mexico border shootings CITY (AP) — Six suspected cartel gunmen are dead following shootings in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.iGeneral newsState governmentsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:06 GMTFrench foreign minister: missing Air Algerie plane 'probably crashed' (AP) — French foreign minister: missing Air Algerie plane 'probably crashed'iBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:48:08 GMTSlow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern, N.D. (AP) — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.JOSH WOODaBusinessGeneral newsFiresExplosionsAccidents and disastersAir qualityAccidentsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNorth DakotaWillistonUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:57 GMTAP reporter's account of Arizona execution, Ariz. (AP) — Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the people making preparation for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms.ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:23:57 GMTMarines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States.aGeneral newsIraqMiddle East, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:07 GMTFrench minister: Missing plane 'probably crashed' (AP) — France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed."iBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsFranceAlgeriaMaliWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfricaWest Africa, 24 Jul 2014 14:53:04 GMTGM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs (AP) — Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.fBusinessCorporate stockConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsFinancial performanceNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:37 GMTIsraeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15 CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.IBRAHIM BARZAKPETER ENAViGeneral newsWar and unrestInternational incidentsMilitant groupsTerritorial disputesBlockadesHumanitarian crisesCease firesGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelCairoGaza StripMiddle EastEgyptNorth AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:28 GMTSanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsVeteransHealthLegislatureHealth care reformMilitary affairsMilitary and defensePolitical issuesHealth care policyGovernment policyLegislation, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:18 GMTChicago police arrest man in 11-year-old's death (AP) — Chicago police say they've arrested a man in the slaying of an 11-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while at a sleepover last week.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:32:17 GMTAmerican Airlines boosts profit on higher revenue WORTH, Texas (AP) — Profit and revenue are up at American Airlines, and the company will share some of the gains with shareholders.fBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesCorporate stockCorporate newsFinancial performanceTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:59:28 GMTGates worried about notion of US disengagement (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:40:20 GMTUkrainian prime minister announces resignation, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday following turmoil in government.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical resignationsNational governmentsParliamentary electionsLegislatureElectionsUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:48 GMTVirginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore.aGeneral newsStormsWeatherVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:08:01 GMTUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning.iGeneral newsPolitical resignationsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:09 GMTSenator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info (AP) — A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.wGovernment and politicsLegislatureIraqMiddle East, 24 Jul 2014 15:07:01 GMTIMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014 (AP) — The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.The Associated PresswBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomic growthEconomyFinancial servicesIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyChinaEuropeUnited StatesRussiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaEastern Europe, 24 Jul 2014 15:02:37 GMTPorch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:46:14 GMTRyan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.wGovernment and politicsGovernment welfare systemsGovernment business and financeBusinessHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairs, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:55 GMTUnited Airlines posts 2Q profit, reversing 1Q loss (AP) — United Airlines is making money after a slow start to the year.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:39:44 GMTPlanes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.DMYTRO VLASOViGeneral newsInternational incidentsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsUkraineKharkivNetherlandsAustraliaRussiaDonetskMalaysiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern EuropeOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:15 GMTAverage US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct. (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estate, 24 Jul 2014 14:40:01 GMTRotting food prompts German gas leak scare (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.iOdditiesCuisinesFood and drinkLifestyleGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:31 GMTWyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.aGeneral newsScienceFossilsAnimalsCavesNatural resource managementPaleontologyEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLand environmentWyomingNorth AmericaUnited States, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:49 GMTUS pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya, Kenya (AP) — The Peace Corps says it is suspending its operations in Kenya and pulling out more than 50 volunteers because of security concerns.JASON STRAZIUSOiGeneral newsVolunteerismSocial affairsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 15:16:40 GMTFrank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS YORK (AP) — Frank Lampard is joining New York City FC.sSportsMen's soccerProfessional soccerMen's sportsSoccerProfessional baseballBaseballNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:53 GMTOfficials: Peace Corps pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears, Kenya (AP) — Officials: Peace Corps pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears.iGeneral newsVolunteerismSocial affairsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:04 GMTAP names Derl McCrudden head of int'l video news YORK (AP) — Derl McCrudden, head of video newsgathering for The Associated Press, has been promoted to head of international video news.aGeneral newsUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:50:16 GMTQuestions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec (AP) — There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.wGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politics, 24 Jul 2014 14:31:23 GMTFX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.htBusinessArts and entertainmentTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentTelevision ratingsCable televisionTelevisionMedia, 24 Jul 2014 14:17:31 GMTGrain mixed, livestock mostly lower (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fCommodity marketsFinancial marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:52 GMTDeliberations in Ventura trial enter Day 3 PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury in St. Paul has reconvened for a third day to deliberate whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:21:26 GMTGerman prosecutors criticized in Nazi probe (AP) — A lawyer for families of alleged victims of a suspected Nazi death camp guard who died this week before he could be extradited for trial says German investigators should have acted more quickly to bring charges.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsNazismCrimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:19 GMTTortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.aGeneral newsOdditiesAlligatorsAnimalsTurtlesReptilesMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:52 GMT