FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Apr 2015 07:18:08 -0700Tikrit: Sunni bastion on road to Islamic State-held Mosul's Tikrit, the largest city yet to be pried away from the Islamic State group, is a Sunni bastion in a part of the country where distrust of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad runs deep, and securing it likely will prove a challenge for the Iraqi forces and Shiite militias that drove out the extremists.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsIslamReligionSocial affairsLocal governmentsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 14:01:08 GMTBlaze that killed firefighter in porch collapse was accident, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania house fire that caused a porch to collapse, killing a volunteer firefighter, has been ruled an accident.aGeneral newsFiresAccidentsAccidents and disastersClearfieldPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:56:43 GMTEgypt president welcomes release of withheld US military aid (AP) — Egypt's president on Wednesday welcomed the restoration of U.S. military aid, a victory in his quest to eliminate some of the last international penalties on his government following his 2013 overthrow of the country's elected Islamist president.iGeneral newsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptUnited StatesCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 12:57:59 GMTUS manufacturing slows as orders and hiring weaken (AP) — U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsPricesProduction facilitiesCurrency marketsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesManufacturing sector performanceCorporate newsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 14:13:30 GMTEx-husband of Canadian diplomat says their son killed in US (AP) — The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat said Wednesday that one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeDiplomacyCrimeInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCanadaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 14:12:22 GMTGreek air traffic controllers call for radar system upgrade, Greece (AP) — Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle the increasing number of tourists coming in.iBusinessGeneral newsAir traffic controlTransportationGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 13:01:07 GMT35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen early Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in a western port city and 35 workers died there, according to witnesses and officials.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsWar and unrestAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessYemenSanaaTehranMiddle EastIran, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:27 GMTCelebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is 48. Singer Paula Cole is 47. Country singer Pat Green is 43. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 42. Rapper Juicy J (Three 6 Mafia) is 40. Mike Eli (Eli Brown Band) is 34. Lily James ("Downton Abbey," ''Cinderella") is 26.By The Associated PresseArts and entertainmentCelebrityEntertainmentMusic, 01 Apr 2015 12:45:16 GMTObama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.By KEN DILANIAN and JULIE PACEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment programsEconomyForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeInternational tradeUnited StatesChinaNorth AmericaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 14:10:42 GMTIsraeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior.By ARON HELLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsIsraelJerusalemUnited StatesMiddle EastIranSwitzerlandNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 13:15:42 GMTUS stock indexes extend slide in early trading stocks moved lower in early trading Wednesday, extending losses from the day before. A report indicating that U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring last month weighed on the market. Oil prices rose.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 14:12:39 GMTMassachusetts man charged with killing 3 neighbors indicted, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating three neighbors in a public housing complex for the elderly and disabled has been indicted on three counts of murder.aGeneral newsCrimeIndictmentsViolent crimeLaw and orderMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:41:00 GMTUS construction spending falls for second month in February (AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsConstruction sector performanceEconomy, 01 Apr 2015 14:05:32 GMTMan who sued Aaron Hernandez due to testify in murder trial RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of ex-football player Aaron Hernandez has briefly closed the courtroom to privately question a man who sued Hernandez over being shot in the face.aGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:39:06 GMT5 things to know about GM's revamped Chevy Malibu YORK (AP) — General Motors tries again to gain traction in the popular midsize car segment with the introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu at the New York International Auto Show. Based on looks the car should be up to the task, but there are a lot of buyers out there consistently loyal to midsize heavyweights Toyota Camry and Honda Accord no matter what the competition shows off.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsAutomobile showsIndustry conferences and trade showsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAutomobilesLifestyleCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 12:54:43 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 13:44:32 GMTGermany: Pissarro work from Gurlitt trove to be returned (AP) — Germany says experts have determined that a Camille Pissarro painting from the art trove hoarded by the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was looted by the Nazis and will be returned to its rightful owner's descendants.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentNazismGovernment and politicsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 13:27:02 GMTAds featuring Hitler, Arab leader appearing on Philly buses (AP) — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader have started appearing on Philadelphia transit buses.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:22:17 GMTJordan closes border with Syria amid heavy clashes (AP) — Jordan has closed the only functioning border crossing with Syria following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.iGeneral newsSyriaLebanonMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 13:08:42 GMTUS stock indexes open on a soft note, continuing declines YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening April on a weak note, continuing their downward trajectory from the day before.aBusinessGeneral newsStock marketsFinancial markets, 01 Apr 2015 13:40:53 GMTItaly, Vatican make financial pact, as Holy See cleans house (AP) — Italy and the Holy See signed an accord Wednesday to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsItalyVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 14:16:38 GMTSouth Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder.By KIM TONG-HYUNGiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaSeoulUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:18:04 GMTTiny songbird tracked across 1,700 miles of open ocean, Vt. (AP) — A tiny songbird that summers in the forests of northern North America has been tracked on a 1,700-mile, over-the-ocean journey from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada to the Caribbean as part of their winter migration to South America, according to a new study.By WILSON RINGaGeneral newsScienceBirdsAnimalsOceanographyWater environmentOceansBiologyEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNova ScotiaNorth AmericaVermontSouth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanCanadaUnited States, 01 Apr 2015 13:12:59 GMTThe latest developments on religious objection laws (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.By JENI O'MALLEYaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsLegislationGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLegislatureIndianaIndianapolisArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:08:11 GMTCourt papers: Student drank 60-ounce vodka bottle in hazing, N.Y. (AP) — Court papers filed in connection with a New York college student's alcohol-related death reveal he drank a 60-ounce bottle of vodka during what college officials say was the hazing of pledges at an unsanctioned fraternity.aGeneral newsHigher educationHazing ritualsEducationSocial affairsViolenceSocial issuesEducation issuesAlbanyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:49:16 GMTFormer FBI agent pleads guilty in drug tampering case (AP) — An FBI agent accused of abusing heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botching dozens of cases has pleaded guilty in his own case.wGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderGovernment and politics, 01 Apr 2015 12:51:14 GMTLucy Lawless is bewitching as a newcomer to WGN's 'Salem' YORK (AP) — As if there weren't enough upheaval in 17th-Century Salem, Massachusetts, this haunted village is about to welcome Lucy Lawless.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 01 Apr 2015 13:56:25 GMTLEADING OFF: Kluber vs Bumgarner, Swisher back look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:By The Associated PresssSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 14:14:15 GMT'Spicy' scent of a Burger King store entices cologne buyers (AP) — The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special Wednesday — "Flame Grilled" cologne.iBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesJapanEast AsiaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 13:32:10 GMTCleveland, Justice Department seek monitor for police reform (AP) — Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking an independent monitor to oversee an agreement for reforms of the city's police department.aBusinessGeneral newsCriminal investigationsLaw and orderCrimeClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:59:38 GMTPerson killed at NSA identified as transgender, friend says MEADE, Md. (AP) — A friend of the driver killed in a confrontation at the entrance to the National Security Agency said the individual identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore.Associated PressaGeneral newsGender issuesIntelligence agenciesNational securitySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:58:11 GMT'Furious 7' film shows off sharp new Imax laser technology ANGELES (AP) — Deeper blacks, brighter whites, even bigger screens and better sound. When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format.By RYAN NAKASHIMAhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 01 Apr 2015 14:08:38 GMTUS construction spending in February falls 0.1 percent in second straight monthly drop (AP) — US construction spending in February falls 0.1 percent in second straight monthly drop.wBusinessGeneral news, 01 Apr 2015 14:02:17 GMTDeath of Getty oil heir is likely natural causes or accident ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home of what was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ANDREW DALTONaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:33:07 GMTIn Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect YORK (AP) — An enigmatic figure looms over the trial of a man who confessed to killing Etan Patz: the former suspect who some still believe is behind the disappearance of the 6-year-old on May 25, 1979.By COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsMissing personsCrimeLaw and orderBronxNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:44:11 GMTSurvey: US businesses add 189k jobs in March (AP) — U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The slowdown raises questions about how much of an impact falling oil prices, a stronger dollar and harsh winter weather have had on dampening economic growth.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyPricesEconomyCurrency marketsEnergy industryIndustriesLeading economic indicatorsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 14:02:35 GMTUS auto sales tap the brakes in March, but outlook strong (AP) — U.S. auto sales slowed down a bit in March, but the industry remains optimistic about the market.By DEE-ANN DURBINaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:50:08 GMTGloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus (AP) — China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world's second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus.By JOE McDONALD and ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyLayoffsRecessions and depressionsGovernment and politicsPricesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyPersonnelFinancial servicesIndustriesChinaJapanEast AsiaBeijingGreater ChinaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 13:42:01 GMTRosneft says it settled dispute with dismantled oil firm (AP) — Russia's largest oil company Rosneft said on Wednesday that it has settled a long-standing dispute with now-defunct oil company Yukos, whose owner spent 10 years in a Russian prison.fBusinessLegal proceedingsEnergy industryIndustriesLaw and orderGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 13:13:59 GMTMaya Angelou play in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon ANGELES (AP) — In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer's views on life and how to live it to the fullest.By LYNN ELBEReArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainmentCelebrity, 01 Apr 2015 13:23:54 GMTObama signs order creating new cyber sanctions regime (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first sanctions program that would allow the U.S. to penalize individuals and entities overseas who engage in malicious cyberattacks and cyber spying.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:39:05 GMTNew Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentGraduation ceremoniesOccasionsLifestyleGraduationEducationSocial affairsMoviesNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:57:15 GMTIraqi defense minister declares a 'magnificent victory' over the Islamic State group in Tikrit (AP) — Iraqi defense minister declares a 'magnificent victory' over the Islamic State group in Tikrit.iGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 13:21:34 GMTSurveys show China manufacturing weak in March (AP) — China's manufacturing was lackluster in March and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.By JOE McDONALDiBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesEconomyLayoffsIndustriesPersonnelChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 13:51:51 GMTFalling corn prices stalk Monsanto, sending 2Q profits lower (AP) — Monsanto reported lower-than-expected earnings as slumping corn prices push farmers toward other crops, crimping sales of the company's best-selling biotech corn seeds.By MATTHEW PERRONEhtBusinessBiotechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newsAgricultureIndustriesMaterials industryTechnologyUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:42:07 GMTNemtsov suspects tells court he was pressured to confess (AP) — A man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Wednesday told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Apr 2015 14:14:19 GMTMoldova president won't go to Moscow for WWII event, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's president will not take part in a military parade in Moscow to celebrate the end of World War II, a sign of tensions with Russia.iGeneral newsMoldovaMoscowChisinauRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 01 Apr 2015 13:27:22 GMTIraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyWar and unrestMilitant groupsMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsLocal governmentsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 01 Apr 2015 14:03:48 GMTAds featuring Hitler, Arab leader to appear on Philly buses (AP) — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader are to begin appearing on Philadelphia transit buses.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Apr 2015 13:05:16 GMTThailand junta to replace martial law with absolute power (AP) — Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake — 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power, and made clear this week it's not easing up yet.By JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral newsCoups d'etatMartial lawNational governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsWar and unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureArmed forcesMilitary and defenseThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 01 Apr 2015 13:32:23 GMT