FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Jan 2015 10:26:24 -0800Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis (AP) — In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsHostage situationsTerrorismWar and unrestCrimeGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAmmanJordanIraqMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:06:27 GMTGov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals (AP) — The Obama administration Monday announced a plan to shift Medicare payments it makes to hospitals and doctors so they reward quality over volume. Officials said they hoped the move would be a catalyst for the entire health-care system.By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsGovernment-funded health insuranceHealth care industryPersonal insurancePersonal financeGovernment programsIndustries, 26 Jan 2015 17:31:51 GMTSmall drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion.By NEDRA PICKLER and JOSH LEDERMANhtGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone aircraftAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:39 GMTJapan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release (AP) — A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsJapanJordanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 18:14:55 GMTNY man is lone combat vet returning to scene of WWII battle, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II combat veteran from upstate New York is returning to the scene of a bloody Pacific island battle as an army of one.aGeneral newsVeteransSyracuseUnited StatesNew YorkNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:43:11 GMTAlabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageWeddingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesOccasionsLifestyleAlabamaMontgomeryMobileAnnistonUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:41:20 GMT2 small planes crash-land off Hawaii; all aboard survive (AP) — Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, but the five people aboard both aircraft survived, authorities said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:15:22 GMTFrom ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal THE PANAMA CANAL (AP) — Nina and Fred Fenton have gone on 40 cruises, including five times through the Panama Canal since 1998, but they keep coming back.By JOE KAFKAtTravelLifestyleOceansLeisure travelEnvironment and naturePanama CanalPacific OceanPanamaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral America, 26 Jan 2015 17:26:16 GMTLow inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike (AP) — The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomic growthEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:46:17 GMTSex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America that could bring years of so-called perversion files into the public eye.By GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimes against childrenCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderVolunteerismSocial affairsSanta BarbaraCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaOregon, 26 Jan 2015 17:50:48 GMTGreek vote shows growing European backlash against austerity election result in Greece reflects a growing European backlash against austerity policies. Across the continent, support is growing for parties and groups outside the mainstream like Syriza, which triumphed in Greece on Sunday after pledging to renegotiate the country's huge bailout agreements.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsElectionsPublic opinionLegislatureGeneral electionsNational electionsSocial affairsDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeEuropeIrelandNetherlandsGreeceItalySpainFrancePortugalAustriaWestern Europe, 26 Jan 2015 17:04:17 GMTPanic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.By SADIE GURMAN and DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:32:56 GMTAttorneys battle over venue for Caesars bankruptcy case, Del. (AP) — A court battle is underway over whether the bankruptcy case of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should proceed in Delaware or in Illinois.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsIllinoisDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:15:50 GMT'Jersey Belle' star writing memoir, planned for fall release YORK (AP) — "Jersey Belle" star Jaime Primak Sullivan has more than one way of getting real.eArts and entertainmentCelebrityBooks and literatureEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:06 GMTDeath toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50 (AP) — With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesPersonnel, 26 Jan 2015 17:01:34 GMTIBM disputes report that big layoffs coming FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.By BRANDON BAILEYhtBusinessTechnologyHiring and recruitmentPersonnel, 26 Jan 2015 17:35:01 GMTFirst US drone strike in Yemen since leader resigned kills 3, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsEmbassiesMilitant groupsWar and unrestPolitical resignationsTerrorismDrone surveillance and warfareProtests and demonstrationsPolitical activismGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDrone aircraftMilitary and defensePolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesYemenUnited StatesSanaaSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:52:01 GMTIS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks (AP) — The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestFranceMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 17:08:17 GMTGreek military jet crashes at Spanish air force base (AP) — Spain's defense ministry says a Greek F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a hangar at a military base in southeastern Spain while it was participating in NATO maneuvers.iGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesAccidentsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsAccidents and disastersTransportationSpainGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 16:49:04 GMTSpain: Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defense Ministry said.By JORGE SAINZiGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesAccidentsMilitary and defenseAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 18:11:58 GMTWhat you need to know about the snow headed to the Northeast busy Northeast corridor prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring up 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the coming storm:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherAir travel disruptionsGovernment and politicsStormsTransportationPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew JerseyNew YorkDistrict of ColumbiaMainePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:07:16 GMTPost Holdings to pay $1.15B for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker LOUIS (AP) — Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the cereal aisle by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.fBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:30:37 GMTReview: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV YORK (AP) — Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeSportsTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentInternet televisionConsumer electronicsBaseballOnline mediaMediaTelevisionInternet technologyComputing and information technologyEntertainment and media technologyMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:10:49 GMTMilk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks' YORK (AP) — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessGeneral newsSocial mediaOnline mediaAnimalsAnimal welfareConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureMedia and entertainment industryMediaSocial issuesSocial affairs, 26 Jan 2015 17:36:00 GMTIreland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel (AP) — Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe — and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo.tTravelLifestylePassports and visasIrelandEuropeWestern Europe, 26 Jan 2015 18:14:18 GMTHouse tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.By CHARLES BABINGTONwGovernment and politicsElectionsBorder securityLegislationPolitical partiesLegislatureConservatismNational electionsFilibustersMilitary and defensePolitical organizationsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:47:17 GMTOklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious.aGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:49:43 GMTStocks mixed on uncertainty in Europe stocks were mixed in midday trading Monday, reflecting market uncertainty about how an election in Greece of a party opposed to that country's bailout plan may affect the Eurozone. Investors also weighed corporate merger news and company earnings.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsGreeceEuropeUnited StatesWestern EuropeNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:10:56 GMTItaly promo gets thumbs up for turning stereotypes around (AP) — Italy is making waves by turning stereotypes on their head — and selling the world its more serious side.By NICOLE WINFIELDiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 17:59:01 GMTAirlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow than 5,000 flights in and out of East Coast airports have been canceled as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.By The Associated PresstTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsWeatherWinter weatherTransportationGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 26 Jan 2015 16:44:20 GMTJury in CIA leak trial says it can't reach unanimous verdict, Va. (AP) — Jurors said Monday that they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case of a former CIA officer accused of leaking secrets about a classified operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter, but the judge urged them to keep talking.By MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsGovernment information leaksCrimeLaw and orderPolitical issuesVirginiaIranUnited StatesNorth AmericaMiddle East, 26 Jan 2015 18:10:26 GMTSpain's Defense Ministry says 10 people have died after an F-16 jet crashed at a military base (AP) — Spain's Defense Ministry says 10 people have died after an F-16 jet crashed at a military base.iGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:32 GMTMatthew Reilly writes action-packed 'Great Zoo of China'"The Great Zoo of China" (Gallery), by Matthew ReillyBy JEFF AYERSeArts and entertainmentZoological parksBooks and literatureRecreation and leisureLifestyleEntertainmentChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 17:07:25 GMTMom going on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the case of a young mother accused of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderWhite PlainsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:42:32 GMTBroadway's 'Curious Incident of the Dog' recoups capital YORK (AP) — The British have another hit on Broadway: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainment, 26 Jan 2015 17:56:53 GMTBroadway theaters keep their lights on amid blizzard warning YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters are keeping their doors open — at least for now — as a blizzard bears down on Times Square.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentWeatherWinter weatherStormsGeneral newsPerforming artsEntertainment, 26 Jan 2015 18:05:58 GMTIslamic State group pushed out of Syria's Kobani (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobani last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege.By ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestTurkeySyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:58:19 GMT2 suspected looters killed in South Africa (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSouth AfricaJohannesburgAfricaSouthern Africa, 26 Jan 2015 17:41:32 GMTMan facing charges over missing couple turns himself in (AP) — Authorities say the man who last had phone contact with a Georgia couple who went missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car sought in a Craigslist ad has turned himself in on charges related to the case.aGeneral newsMissing personsGeorgiaAtlantaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:15:59 GMTComing blizzard postpones jury selection in marathon trial (AP) — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:00:55 GMTBalloon crew hits quarter mark in bid to break records, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the one-quarter mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAlbuquerqueJapanNorth AmericaNew MexicoUnited StatesEast AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 16:50:51 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm ESTBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsStormsWeatherWinter weatherPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 16:59:22 GMTChurch of England consecrates first female bishop (AP) — The male monopoly in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.By DANICA KIRKAiGeneral newsReligionChristianitySocial affairsUnited KingdomEnglandWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 16:58:26 GMTPolice: Mother accused of stabbing 3 kids was stressed, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children may have been overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a 2-year-old toddler and 6-month-old twins while her soldier husband was frequently deployed, police said Monday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeWashingtonOlympiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 18:03:42 GMTVanderbilt rape case defendant: No memory of any assault, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player charged with rape told a jury Monday that he can't remember a dorm room sexual assault that prosecutors say he and three of his teammates carried out.aGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballLaw and orderCollege sportsFootball, 26 Jan 2015 17:29:00 GMTJurors in CIA leak trial say they can't reach unanimous verdict; judge urges them to continue, Va. (AP) — Jurors in CIA leak trial say they can't reach unanimous verdict; judge urges them to continue.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:49:40 GMTEmma Watson to star in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' YORK (AP) — Emma Watson will play Belle in Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty of the Beast."eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 26 Jan 2015 17:43:40 GMTLiberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country, Liberia (AP) — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthWest AfricaLiberiaGuineaAfrica, 26 Jan 2015 17:30:29 GMTFull jury seated to hear murder trial of Aaron Hernandez RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A full jury was seated Monday for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, and the judge pushed back opening statements until at least Thursday because of a blizzard bearing down on the region.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional footballFootballFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 17:59:25 GMTSaudi Arabia carries out first beheading under new king, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has executed a man convicted of raping several girls, the first beheading under the newly enthroned King Salman.iGeneral newsCrimeSaudi ArabiaJiddahMiddle East, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:24 GMT