FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:37 -0700US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.EMILY SCHMALLaBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsOceansEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureUnited StatesGulf of MexicoTexasNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:28:51 GMTPakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in last year's election.ASIF SHAHZADMUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsPolitical resignationsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsLegislatureMilitary leadershipPolitical and civil unrestMilitary and defenseArmed forcesPakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 18:07:46 GMTGeorge W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.aGeneral newsOdditiesGovernment and politicsMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:40:48 GMTArgentina to pay creditors, avoid US courts AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.ALMUDENA CALLATRAVAiBusinessGeneral newsLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsArgentinaSouth AmericaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:06 GMTAP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating (AP) — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.ROBERT BURNSwGovernment and politicsCriminal investigationsNuclear weaponsMilitary legal affairsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeWeapons of mass destructionMilitary and defenseCharlestonSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:22:52 GMTPAT experiment: 8 missed extra points PARK, N.J. (AP) — Eight extra point kicks from the longer distance — usually 33 yards — were missed during the NFL's experiment in the first two weeks of the preseason.BARRY WILNERsSportsProfessional footballFootballNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:37 GMTBrine hauler sues over biblical fracking billboard, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.JULIE CARR SMYTHaBusinessGeneral newsPoisoningEnergy industryIndustriesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsCrimeDiseases and conditionsHealthIndustrial products and servicesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWaste managementWater environmentNatural resource managementOhioCoshoctonUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:11:42 GMTUAE ruler approves lengthy counter-terrorism law, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates approved a new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million, state media reported Wednesday.AYA BATRAWYiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsUnited Arab EmiratesDubaiMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaEgyptNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Aug 2014 18:09:50 GMTHolder: 'Change is coming' after police shooting, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.JIM SUHRaGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsCrimeLegal proceedingsFunerals and memorial servicesMunicipal governmentsLaw and orderLocal governmentsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:59 GMTAudit: $93M Medi-Cal payments could be fraudulent, Calif. (AP) — State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsHealthFraud and false statementsCrimeCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:59:05 GMTKent State starting center dies in sleep (AP) — Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.TOM WITHERSsSportsAthlete healthCollege footballCollege sportsFootballOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:58:02 GMTHoyer gets starting spot over rookie Manziel, Ohio (AP) — Brian Hoyer barely held on to the starting job.TOM WITHERSsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:29:31 GMTNYC mayor declares 'Al Roker Appreciation Day' YORK (AP) — Al Roker didn't have this honor in his forecast.eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:02:40 GMTRapper Gucci Mane sentenced on federal gun charge (AP) — Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago.KATE BRUMBACKaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:07 GMTDNC raises almost $9M in July, RNC to report soon (AP) — The Democratic National Committee raised almost $9 million last month and cut its outstanding bills to less than $2 million, party officials said Wednesday.PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical partiesPolitical organizations, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:01 GMTWitness: Ex-Va. first lady touted state businesses, Va. (AP) — A defense witness says former first lady Maureen McDonnell often traveled the state promoting Virginia businesses, countering the notion that she gave special treatment to the dietary supplement company at the heart of her corruption trial.MATTHEW BARAKATLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:49:57 GMTCowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.fBusinessSportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSports businessProfessional footballFootballNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:32 GMTTarget cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers YORK (AP) — Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.ANNE D'INNOCENZIOfBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:59:22 GMTUkrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk, Ukraine (AP) — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.NATALIYA VASILYEVAPETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaKievMoscowRussiaDonetskBelarusEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 18:13:21 GMTSlain journalist's parents: He died a hero, N.H. (AP) — The parents of an American journalist slain by Islamic State militants say their son died a hero for revealing the stories of oppressed people in war-torn lands.aGeneral newsJournalistsNews mediaMediaSyriaNew HampshireMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:40:41 GMTUS stocks slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved higher in early afternoon trading Wednesday as investors prepared for the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesJacksonNorth AmericaWyoming, 20 Aug 2014 17:32:26 GMT8 homes destroyed, 1,000 threatened by wildfire, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.aGeneral newsFire weatherProperty damageFiresAccidents and disastersEvacuationsNatural disastersWeatherCaliforniaBakersfieldUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:25 GMTKent State starting center dies at 21 (AP) — Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.TOM WITHERSsSportsSchool athleticsAthlete healthCollege footballObituariesEducationSocial affairsCollege sportsFootballOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:23 GMTAPNewsBreak: BofA reaches $17B settlement with US (AP) — Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.JEFF HORWITZMICHAEL VIRTANENwBusinessGovernment and politics, 20 Aug 2014 18:16:27 GMTFlood cleanup begins in Phoenix after heavy storms (AP) — Phoenix residents have started cleaning up from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona.TERRY TANGaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersSearch and rescue effortsTrafficCactiTransportationPlantsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:03:03 GMTInfiniti SUV: Luxury in seven seats          Families who need a vehicle with three rows of seats have a new, roomy and plush sport utility choice this year that's high in government fuel economy ratings.ANN M. JOBaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAutomobilesLifestyle, 20 Aug 2014 17:45:28 GMTArrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.JAY REEVESaGeneral newsArrestsGovernment payJudicial appointments and nominationsNational courtsCrimeGovernment and politicsLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsNational governmentsCourtsMontgomeryAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:01 GMTCharge changed in 'Joe Biden defense' firearm case, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWashingtonVancouverUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:38 GMTReward offered for former billionaire's assets, Mont. (AP) — The trustee representing Montana's Yellowstone Club creditors is offering a reward to anyone who can help uncover assets the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.MATT VOLZaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeTravelLifestyle, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:57 GMTFact sheet: Infiniti QX60 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid AWDThe Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsAutomobilesLifestyle, 20 Aug 2014 17:46:00 GMTJudge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial (AP) — A judge has granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrime, 20 Aug 2014 17:46:53 GMTIsrael's prime minister: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation until quiet is restored (AP) — Israel's prime minister: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation until quiet is restored.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 17:51:31 GMTAfghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.REBECCA SANTANAiGeneral newsNewspapersNational electionsElectionsGovernment and politicsNews mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 17:42:58 GMTTexas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.PAUL J. WEBERWILL WEISSERTaGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimePolitical corruptionState governmentsReckless endangermentGeneral newsLaw and orderGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessPolitical issuesLegislationLegislatureTexasAustinUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:40:45 GMTProsecutor: Oregon shooting victim on coast tour Levi Brimhall had picnicked with his parents at a remote spot in Oregon's Coast Range last weekend then stayed to camp.JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:27:20 GMTRemaining evacuations in fire near Yosemite lifted, Calif. (AP) — The remaining evacuees from a wildfire near Yosemite National Park have been allowed to return home.aGeneral newsEvacuationsAccidents and disastersFiresNatural disastersFire weatherProperty damageDisaster planning and responseWeatherCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaderaBakersfield, 20 Aug 2014 17:50:07 GMTBank of America reaches record $17 billion settlement over sale of mortgage-backed securities (AP) — Bank of America reaches record $17 billion settlement over sale of mortgage-backed securities.wBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDebt and bond marketsFinancial markets, 20 Aug 2014 18:11:35 GMTMilitants use British killer as propaganda (AP) — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.JILL LAWLESSDANICA KIRKAiGeneral newsCivil warsMilitant groupsRadicalismWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomLondonSyriaUnited StatesIraqWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandMiddle EastNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:45:35 GMTUS warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flights, Venezuela (AP) — Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for.HANNAH DREIERJORGE RUEDAiBusinessGeneral newsEmbassiesAir travel disruptionsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationVenezuelaUnited StatesCaracasSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:17:14 GMTObama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State (AP) — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsHostage situationsJournalistsMilitant groupsWar and unrestKidnappingGeneral newsNews mediaMediaCrimeUnited StatesIraqSyriaMassachusettsNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 18:19:15 GMT7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of several bank robberies to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.aGeneral newsSportsBoxingCrimeNational courtsTheftNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:36:57 GMTChip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B, Germany (AP) — German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites.iBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsInformation technologyIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 18:10:28 GMTManfred, Torre take ice bucket challenge for ALS YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball officials are not afraid of getting their feet wet for a good cause. Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Joe Torre and more than 160 baseball employees poured ice water over their heads outside the league's Manhattan headquarters Wednesday to raise money for ALS.sSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsNeurological disordersDiseases and conditionsHealthNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:11:36 GMTWHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.iGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthProtests and demonstrationsWar and unrestPolitical and civil unrestWest AfricaLiberiaAfricaMonroviaGuineaSierra LeoneNigeria, 20 Aug 2014 17:12:04 GMTDeputy: Gunfire after driver shot not in report, Texas (AP) — An ex-deputy says he failed to note in a report that more gunfire took place well after a drunk driver was fatally shot following an accident that killed two boys in Texas.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:28 GMTUS names Hondurans to drug kingpin list, Honduras (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed financial sanctions on three Honduran men, three coffee companies and a cattle and dairy operation under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeHondurasUnited StatesTegucigalpaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 17:48:48 GMTUS officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq (AP) — U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad.LOLITA C. BALDORLARA JAKESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestHostage situationsMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareWar casualtiesDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 17:54:34 GMTMormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.Lindsay WhitehurstaBusinessGeneral newsGays and lesbiansHigher educationEducationMarriageSex in societySocial affairsReligious issuesReligionSocial issuesFamily issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesChristianity, 20 Aug 2014 18:29:44 GMTReport: Firefighting costs eroding conservation (AP) — The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.KEVIN FREKINGwGovernment and politicsFiresAccidents and disastersGeneral newsNatural disasters, 20 Aug 2014 18:05:50 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — US officials: Military weighs plan to send a small number of additional troops to Iraq.wGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsWar and unrestGeneral newsIraqMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 17:51:56 GMT