FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Oct 2014 05:05:39 -0700Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes (AP) — Investigators in China have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of bribe-taking, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday.iGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:13 GMTTropical Storm Vance moving slowly in Pacific (AP) — Tropical Storm Vance is moving slowly in the Pacific far from Mexico's coast.aGeneral newsStormsWeatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 31 Oct 2014 09:35:06 GMTAfter 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.MARI YAMAGUCHIiBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:13:31 GMTGreek police clear apartment used by rebel monks, Greece (AP) — Dozens of Greek police took part in an operation Friday to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsGreeceThessalonikiWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:32 GMTRowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.JILL LAWLESSeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentChildren's entertainmentUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 10:51:16 GMTLiberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers, Liberia (AP) — Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centers yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.iGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthWest AfricaLiberiaMonroviaAfrica, 31 Oct 2014 11:47:16 GMTInbee Park take 3-shot lead in LPGA Taiwan, Taiwan (AP) — Inbee Park shot a 10-under 62 on Friday at Miramar to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, her first event since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world Monday.sSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsTaiwanEast AsiaChinaGreater ChinaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:59:05 GMTRussia: gas flow will resume after Ukraine pays (AP) — Russia says gas supplies to Ukraine will resume after it pays off the first debt installment next week.iBusinessGeneral newsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:46 GMTWHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear (AP) — The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.iHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 31 Oct 2014 10:37:17 GMTRomania to vote for new leader; corruption ignored, Romania (AP) — Romanians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10 years. Prime Minister Victor Ponta is favored to win over challengers who include a city mayor and a glamorous lawyer. Here's a look at this Balkan nation's vote:ALISON MUTLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionInternational relationsMunicipal governmentsCrimePolitical issuesLocal governmentsRomaniaEuropeRussiaEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 09:08:22 GMTIsrael presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome' BOURGET, France (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.JAMEY KEATENhtGeneral newsMilitary technologyWeapons technologyWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTechnologyDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelFranceMiddle EastGaza StripWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 11:32:51 GMTOfficial: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China (AP) — A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others Friday in the country's latest violent attack on children.iGeneral newsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 10:40:47 GMTPa. college forfeits game after 5 players arrested, Pa. (AP) — A state university in western Pennsylvania says it's forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballArrestsFootballViolent crimeCrimeCollege sportsLaw and orderCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:54:49 GMTRussia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike (AP) — Russia's central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stem the ruble's fall.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 11:52:56 GMTHurley takes a 2-shot lead at CIMB Classic LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Billy Hurley III made six birdies on his front nine en route to a 5-under 67 Friday that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the CIMB Classic.CHRIS LINESsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfMalaysiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:59:47 GMTBombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 9 people (AP) — Iraqi officials say bombs have struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least nine people.SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 10:21:02 GMTOmega to buy Aviv in all-stock deal valued at $3B Healthcare is buying rival real estate investment trust Aviv in an all-stock deal worth about $3 billion.The Associated PressfBusiness, 31 Oct 2014 10:38:08 GMTNATO says service member has died in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.iGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:20:24 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 10:05:02 GMTOmega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal Healthcare will buy rival real estate investment trust Aviv in a $3 billion all-stock deal combining two companies that each run hundreds of nursing homes.The Associated PressfBusinessOwnership changesCorporate news, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:44 GMTShelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to.BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseGovernment and politicsAgricultureIndustriesBusinessSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:11:52 GMTJapan's huge pension fund to boost share purchases (AP) — Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment and politicsPopulation agingLeading economic indicatorsEconomyGovernment business and financeStock marketsFinancial marketsDemographicsSocial affairsPricesJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:02 GMTBear in fatal NJ attack was acting 'predatory' MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the first known fatal bear attack in New Jersey was unprovoked and the bear was acting in a "predatory" manner.aGeneral newsBearsAccidentsAccidents and disastersMammalsAnimalsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 10:10:45 GMTBombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people (AP) — A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants.SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 11:44:03 GMTEurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy.DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyPricesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:57:57 GMTSoldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.JIM KUHNHENNROBERT BURNSwHealthGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesGovernment policyObituariesInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsInternational agreementsInternational relationsMilitary and defenseAfricaWest AfricaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 09:26:24 GMTLeBron very un-LeBron in opening loss to Knicks (AP) — Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago.TOM WITHERSsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsClevelandNew York CityNew YorkOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 08:42:35 GMTGermany's main Jewish leader steps down (AP) — Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down.iGeneral newsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 11:42:41 GMTHong Kong protesters: Images of determination KONG (AP) — On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestHong KongBeijingChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:17:20 GMTChild rape suspect returning to Massachusetts, Mass. (AP) — A child rape suspect who police say cut off a GPS monitoring device and went on a cross-country crime spree before being captured is being returned to Massachusetts.htGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeGlobal positioning systemsCrimes against childrenTechnologyMassachusettsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 10:26:32 GMTJapan expands stimulus to spur recovery (AP) — Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsPricesFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsFinancial servicesIndustriesStock marketsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 10:57:36 GMTJapan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus, South Korea (AP) — Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy. Expectations Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market.YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyGovernment pensions and social securityFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEconomic policyGovernment policyStock marketsJapanSouth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 10:17:44 GMTAfricans worst responders in Ebola crisis (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsHealthInternational incidentsDisease outbreaksGovernment and politicsInternational relationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthAfricaSierra LeoneGuineaSouth AfricaLiberiaWest AfricaUgandaEast AfricaSouthern Africa, 31 Oct 2014 11:12:16 GMTRBS sets aside $639 million for currency probe (AP) — Royal Bank of Scotland, which is majority-owned by the U.K. government, has set aside 400 million pounds ($639 million) to cover potential fines arising from international investigations into alleged manipulation of foreign currency trading.iBusinessGeneral newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Oct 2014 09:44:14 GMTMenino to lie in state at historic Faneuil Hall (AP) — The people of Boston will get their chance to pay final respects to former Mayor Tom Menino.aGeneral newsObituariesState funeralsFunerals and memorial servicesBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 10:02:28 GMTParachutist rescued from Missouri television tower LOUIS (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a parachutist who became stuck on the wires of a broadcast tower about 125 feet off of the ground and dangled for about two hours.aGeneral newsTelevisionMediaMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:39 GMTDanielle Kang has another hole-in-one, Taiwan (AP) — Another week. Another ace. Another car.sSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsTaiwanGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:36:31 GMTHungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPolitical and civil unrestHungaryBudapestEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:43:30 GMTProtesters gather again in Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso (AP) — Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso's capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country's longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment transitionsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsBurkina FasoOuagadougouAfricaWest Africa, 31 Oct 2014 10:44:59 GMTSony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes (AP) — Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer electronicsTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesFinancial performanceCorporate newsMobile phonesJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 08:46:08 GMTAfghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.CHRISTOPHER BODEENiBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsDiplomacyChinaAfghanistanKabulBeijingUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaCentral AsiaNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:39:53 GMTHawaii town shows how to live with lava, Hawaii (AP) — Ten miles from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there's another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago.AUDREY McAVOYJENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsHome buildingVolcanoesHome and gardenLifestyleResidential real estateEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 09:48:59 GMTJapan's $1.1 trillion pension fund clears plan to double share purchases, cut bond holdings (AP) — Japan's $1.1 trillion pension fund clears plan to double share purchases, cut bond holdings.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:11:42 GMTSwitzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan (AP) — Prosecutors say three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeSwitzerlandEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 10:17:19 GMTRussia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsCrimeaUkraineMoscowRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Oct 2014 11:30:09 GMTDowney, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.MIKE CIDONI LENNOXeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityAward showsCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Oct 2014 11:40:27 GMTCourt upholds death verdicts in slashing attack (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing a brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.iGeneral newsTerrorismLegal proceedingsTransportationCrimeViolent crimeWar and unrestLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 11:51:21 GMTColsaerts builds 1-shot lead at BMW Masters (AP) — Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. When he's hitting it straight, it can be a dangerous combination.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfFranceChinaWestern EuropeEuropeGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:20:41 GMTHeavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.PETER ENAViGeneral newsIslamGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeReligionSocial affairsIsraelPalestinian territoriesWest BankJerusalemMiddle East, 31 Oct 2014 11:50:03 GMTMyanmar hosts talks with Suu Kyi to show progress, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president hosted talks Friday that brought together opposition leader and the nation's military chief for the first time, a meeting that appeared timed to showcase the Southeast Asian nation's ongoing reforms ahead of a regional summit that will be attended by President Barack Obama in less than two weeks.ESTHER HTUSANiGeneral newsSummitsConstitutionsGovernment and politicsConstitutional amendmentsInternational relationsNaypyidawMyanmarSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Oct 2014 09:30:45 GMT