FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Aug 2014 16:57:10 -0700Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81 (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.SHAWN POGATCHNIKiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsObituariesState funeralsNational governmentsFunerals and memorial servicesDiplomacyInternational relationsDublinIrelandNorthern IrelandWestern EuropeEuropeUnited Kingdom, 21 Aug 2014 22:48:53 GMTPolice tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest, Chile (AP) — Student protesters have fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons during a march through the Chilean capital, but no injuries or arrests have been reported.EVA VERGARAiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestChileSantiagoSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 23:01:16 GMTJudge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMLB baseballDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:28:01 GMTNats stretch streak to 10 with 1-0 win vs. D-Backs (AP) — Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.IAN QUILLENsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballAthlete healthBaseballMen's sports, 21 Aug 2014 23:27:42 GMTTringale of clear mind after PGA disqualification, N.J. (AP) — Cameron Tringale began the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 66 and a clear conscience.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsSports governanceNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:04:23 GMTLiberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHKRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsForeign aidHumanitarian assistanceTravel laws and regulationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessInternational relationsGovernment and politicsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleGovernment regulationsLiberiaGuineaWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Aug 2014 22:08:40 GMTRomney and Ryan reuniting at Chicago appearance (AP) — Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are reuniting in Chicago in their first joint public appearance since their unsuccessful White House bid two years ago.TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaignsUnited States General ElectionElectionsNational electionsGeneral electionsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:35:14 GMTCalifornia to appeal ruling tossing death penalty FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:20:14 GMTQuestions, answers about use of force by police, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsExtortion and threatsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesCrimeViolent crimeGovernment and politicsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:05:23 GMTUSA TODAY BEST-SELLERS "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman (Speak)The Associated PresseBooks and literatureEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 21 Aug 2014 21:26:39 GMTStudy: Wealth gap widened in the last decade YORK (AP) — A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.aBusinessGeneral newsCensusesUnited States CensusGovernment and politicsDemographicsSocial affairsEvents, 21 Aug 2014 21:43:15 GMTHome Depot says Menear will become CEO on Nov. 1 YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesConsumer products and servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:53:13 GMTAirline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.DAVID KOENIGaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleLeisure travelAir travelHolidaysOccasionsUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:36:05 GMTEx-judge must say she's sorry, just not in cuffs, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption was spared on Thursday the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in handcuffs.MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsOdditiesLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:46:43 GMTFamily of NY man killed by chokehold talks to feds YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer met with a U.S. prosecutor on Thursday to again demand a federal probe.TOM HAYSaGeneral newsCrimeNew York CityUnited StatesNew YorkNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:34:20 GMTBank of America settlement likely to benefit few (AP) — Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.JOSH BOAKPETE YOSTMARCY GORDONwBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisConsumer protection and advocacyGovernment and politicsEconomyFinancial marketsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderConsumer affairsUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:35:03 GMTGov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.ALAN SCHER ZAGIERJIM SALTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeArrestsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestMissouriSt. LouisVirginiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaMinnesota, 21 Aug 2014 22:16:36 GMTGoalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from US team (AP) — Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.sSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerMen's sportsProfessional soccerSabbaticalsSoccerEventsCareersBusinessInternational soccerUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:50:00 GMTAccuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal (AP) — A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:16:12 GMT1 officer in Ohio Wal-Mart shooting still on leave (AP) — Authorities confirm a police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at an Ohio Wal-Mart also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting but wasn't indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense.LISA CORNWELLaBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeOhioDaytonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:51:46 GMTUS inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCubaHavanaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 22:01:00 GMTCalifornia plans aid to immigrant minors, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday.JULIET WILLIAMSaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsState legislatureState governmentsLegislationImmigrationLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsCaliforniaUnited StatesCentral AmericaTexasNorth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 23:41:54 GMTAirlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system, Jamaica (AP) — Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.iBusinessGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherCaribbeanJamaicaLatin America and CaribbeanKingstonFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:05:47 GMTNY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryArgentinaSouth AmericaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:41:03 GMTNo bail for woman in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY, N.Y. (AP) — An investigator says a northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves.MICHAEL VIRTANENaGeneral newsMissing personsKidnappingCrimeLegal proceedingsViolent crimeLaw and orderNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:14:15 GMTOfficer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case (AP) — A police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities confirmed Thursday.LISA CORNWELLaBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderOhioDaytonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:32:09 GMTCourt to unseal some files in probe of Gov. Walker, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court decided Thursday to unseal two dozen documents in a secret investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in 2012.TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState electionsElectionsState governmentsPolitical corruptionNational courtsNational governmentsPolitical issuesCourtsJudiciaryHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:42:19 GMTCharges dropped against Venezuelan protesters, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsVenezuelaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 23:28:37 GMTChiefs' mascot reaches settlement over injury CITY, Mo. (AP) — The man who performs as the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot has reached a legal settlement over severe injuries he suffered last November while practicing a zip line routine.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:35:25 GMTKent State '54' helmets to honor deceased teammate, Ohio (AP) — Kent State coach Paul Haynes says players grieving the death of center Jason Bitsko plan to honor him by wearing his number 54 on their helmets this season.sSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:31:52 GMTAmerican Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive' (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.KATHLEEN FOODYaGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthUnited StatesAtlantaLiberiaAfricaNorth AmericaGeorgiaWest Africa, 21 Aug 2014 23:20:45 GMTDrought hits food supplies in Central America CITY (AP) — Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.iBusinessGeneral newsAgricultureIndustriesGuatemalaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNicaraguaGuatemala City, 21 Aug 2014 23:09:11 GMTIce bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt, Ky. (AP) — Two firefighters in a fire truck bucket were seriously injured when they got too close to a power line after helping college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.DYLAN LOVANaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsKentuckyLouisvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:39:44 GMTFoley case lays bare debate over paying ransom (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings.LARA JAKESELLEN KNICKMEYERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHostage situationsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestIslamKidnappingDiplomacyJournalistsNational securityMilitary and defenseReligionSocial affairsCrimeInternational relationsNews mediaMediaUnited StatesUnited KingdomIraqSyriaFranceMiddle EastPersian GulfEuropeQatarNorth AmericaWestern Europe, 21 Aug 2014 21:42:46 GMTCourt ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957 but a lawyer for black schoolchildren said inequalities remain in the state's largest district.KELLY P. KISSELaGeneral newsWorkplace diversityAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicityNational courtsPersonnelBusinessSocial diversitySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEducation issuesEducationNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:59:35 GMTUS housing recovery appears to be back on track (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estateResidential real estateLifestylePersonal loansPersonal financeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesProfessional services, 21 Aug 2014 21:27:42 GMTChoi is early leader at Canadian Women's Open, Ontario (AP) — Na Yeon Choi of South Korea chipped in for three of her nine birdies and tied the course record at 8-under 64 for the early lead at the Canadian Women's Open.sSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsU.S. Open Women's Golf ChampionshipsEventsOntarioCanadaNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:34:51 GMTRoddick disappointed not to be in US Open doubles HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Andy Roddick says he would like to have made one more appearance at the U.S Open, not for himself, but for his friend Mardy Fish.PAT EATON-ROBBsSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:50:41 GMTMcIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfRyder CupGolfBritish Open GolfMen's sportsEventsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:43:49 GMTFormer Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86 (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.MIKE HOUSEHOLDERaGeneral newsObituariesMichiganVatican CityDetroitGrand RapidsUnited StatesNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Aug 2014 22:15:40 GMTCouples still seeking elusive hometown win, Wash. (AP) — It will remain a sore spot with Fred Couples until he's finally able to add the accomplishment to his resume.sSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsWashingtonSeattleUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:57:08 GMTGAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap (AP) — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.DONNA CASSATAwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary correctional systemsArmed forcesLegislatureGovernment regulationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesCubaAfghanistanNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanCentral AsiaAsia, 21 Aug 2014 23:43:15 GMTThe ice bucket stops with Obama, Mass. (AP) — The ice bucket stops with Obama.DARLENE SUPERVILLEaLifestyleGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsNeurological disordersDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:17:32 GMTPrisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderTheftColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:10:13 GMTAttorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant says an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same chemical cleaning compound.BRADY McCOMBSaBusinessGeneral newsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleCrimeUtahUnited StatesNorth AmericaSalt Lake City, 21 Aug 2014 21:26:56 GMTVargas, Twins avert sweep with 4-1 win vs Indians (AP) — Phil Hughes has been pitching with a cracked nail on his right index finger, a common side effect of the sharp curveball he throws. He's kept the nail intact with super glue.DAVE CAMPBELLsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 22:26:01 GMTMo'ne Davis brings big ratings to Little League, Conn. (AP) — Pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis' latest start drew record-setting television viewership for the Little League World Series.eArts and entertainmentSportsTelevision programsEntertainmentLittle League World SeriesTelevision ratingsYouth baseballSports mediaEventsTelevisionMediaBaseballMen's sportsYouth sportsBristolLas VegasConnecticutUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 21 Aug 2014 23:35:37 GMTDominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentDominican RepublicCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Aug 2014 23:16:36 GMTUS judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsHuman rights and civil libertiesMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMiamiFloridaUnited StatesTallahasseeNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 21:31:04 GMTMan in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday.htGeneral newsOdditiesTechnologyTheftCrimeSanta ClaritaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Aug 2014 23:15:24 GMT