FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Sep 2014 06:51:03 -0700US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months (AP) — U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome pricesHome salesReal estatePricesEconomy, 30 Sep 2014 13:02:39 GMTFalcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses.aGeneral newsOdditiesSurgical proceduresCataractsDiagnosis and treatmentHealthEye healthDiseases and conditionsConcordNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:59:35 GMTOfficials: Wave of attacks kills 19 across Iraq (AP) — Officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across Iraq has killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens.SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 30 Sep 2014 12:47:04 GMTSouth Sudan factions agree on federal government DAR, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country.ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment transitionsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsDiplomacyInternational relationsSouth SudanEthiopiaNorth AfricaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle East, 30 Sep 2014 13:28:24 GMTJohnson & Johnson buying Alios for $1.75B BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion.aBusinessHealthRespiratory syncytial virusInfectious diseasesChild and teen healthDiseases and conditionsOwnership changesCorporate newsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:24:17 GMTAfghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's security.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAfghanistanUnited StatesKabulCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:06:41 GMTPayPal to separate from eBay in 2015 JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelInternet technologyComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:26:09 GMTViola Davis learns underbelly of law on new show HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing an attorney on TV has shown Viola Davis there's a slim — and slippery — divide between guilt and innocence.SANDY COHENaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrity, 30 Sep 2014 12:58:36 GMTWalgreen reports 4Q loss booked a $239 million loss in its fiscal fourth quarter after swallowing a huge accounting charge from its Alliance-Boots acquisition, but the drugstore chain's beleaguered stock climbed after it posted results that met Wall Street expectations.TOM MURPHYfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 30 Sep 2014 12:51:20 GMTFamilies wait in agony for word on Ebola patients, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.KRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaAfrica, 30 Sep 2014 12:41:43 GMTCrew makes 1,126-pound bowl of Hawaii rice dish (AP) — A group is claiming a world record for a popular Hawaii dish, after putting together a massive bowl of rice, hamburger, eggs and gravy.aOdditiesFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleHonoluluHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:42:57 GMTECB under pressure as inflation falls again (AP) — Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon — a large-scale program to create new money.PAN PYLASiBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 30 Sep 2014 11:45:04 GMTNadal dominates in return at China Open (AP) — Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 in 78 minutes at the China Open on Tuesday.JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsAthlete injuriesMen's tennisTennisEventsAthlete healthChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 13:41:10 GMT3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets, Ohio (AP) — The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun.JULIE CARR SMYTHlLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsPrimary and secondary educationPhilanthropic foundationsState legislatureEducationSocial affairsEducation issuesSocial issuesPhilanthropyLegislatureState governmentsOhioFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:45:51 GMTNew museum marks the "Birthplace of Country Music", Va. (AP) — The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum.JEFF MARTINeArts and entertainmentTravelMusicLifestyleEntertainmentMuseumsRecreation and leisureLeisure travelBristolTennesseeJapanNashvilleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 13:08:14 GMTGermany vows better checks on refugee guards (AP) — Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday.KIRSTEN GRIESHABERiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Sep 2014 13:06:43 GMTColorado high court considers pot firing case (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.SADIE GURMANaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsSmall businessMedical marijuanaCorporate legal affairsRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsHealth issuesMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCorporate newsGovernment regulationsLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsColoradoWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:02:32 GMTHK leader says China adamant; students seek talks KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.JOANNA CHIUiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestDemocracyGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsChinaHong KongBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 12:56:17 GMTSurvivors of Lampedusa shipwreck to meet pope (AP) — Survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck that killed 368 migrants, mostly Eritreans, will visit the island and meet with Pope Francis to mark the tragedy's anniversary.iGeneral newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Sep 2014 12:47:30 GMTGlobal stock markets mostly turn higher (AP) — Global stocks turned higher on Tuesday, recovering from recent losses, though investors were monitoring protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, as a potential risk to stability in Asian trading.JOE McDONALDfBusinessEconomyCurrency marketsProtests and demonstrationsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsPolitical and civil unrestGeneral newsStock marketsHong KongThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 12:20:22 GMTPayPal goes mobile, to split from eBay in 2015 JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelInternet technologyComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:32 GMTIto upsets top seed Wawrinka at Japan Open (AP) — Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisJapanEast AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 12:03:03 GMTImage of Asia: A synchronized dive for gold this photo by Kin Cheung, Chinese divers Chen Ruolin, left, and Liu Huixia compete in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the Asian Games. They won gold, adding to China's lead in the medal tally at the continental games. With 322 of 439 gold medals decided, China stood atop the tally with 125, followed by host South Korea with 54, and Japan with 37. China's dominance was expected, largely because it brought the most athletes - nearly 900. The Asian Games end Sunday after bringing together athletes from 45 countries and regions to compete in 42 sports.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSports2014 Asian GamesAsian GamesDivingEventsAquaticsWomen's aquaticsWomen's sportsSouth KoreaEast AsiaChinaAsiaGreater China, 30 Sep 2014 13:40:37 GMT'This Changes Everything' tackles global warming"This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Simon & Schuster), by Naomi KleinKEVIN BEGOSeArts and entertainmentClimateEnergy and the environmentEnvironmental concernsBooks and literatureEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAir qualityEntertainmentIndiaChinaSouth AsiaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 30 Sep 2014 12:12:27 GMTPutin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Kazakhstan on Tuesday to stress the need for close ties between the two countries, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsRussiaMoscowKazakhstanUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 30 Sep 2014 13:22:38 GMTFilm academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood's premier museum devoted to the movies.SANDY COHENaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleTravelMoviesFashionEntertainmentBeauty and fashionMuseumsArt museumsRecreation and leisureLeisure travelPerforming artsVisual artsCelebrityFashion designLos AngelesHollywoodCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:42:34 GMTObama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politicsIndiaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:02:07 GMTEx-governor's pension unaffected by conviction, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's state pension of nearly $53,000 a year will not be affected by his second felony conviction.aGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityPolitical corruptionCrimeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:36:01 GMTMyanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims formally signed on Tuesday an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is challenged worldwide.KRISHAN FRANCISiGeneral newsReligious strifeFundamentalismBuddhismReligionSocial affairsSri LankaMyanmarSouth AsiaAsiaSoutheast Asia, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:39 GMTEU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now (AP) — European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being.iBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsEuropeUkraineRussiaEastern Europe, 30 Sep 2014 13:26:06 GMTGaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A trio of scrawny lions has been brought into Israel from Gaza en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.iGeneral newsAnimalsLionsWar and unrestMammalsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 30 Sep 2014 13:20:15 GMTReview: New feast of stories in Theroux collection"Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Paul TherouxKENDAL WEAVEReArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainment, 30 Sep 2014 13:10:18 GMTSC cop indicted in shooting shrouded in mystery AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with some habits, including ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over.JEFFREY COLLINSaGeneral newsViolent crimePolice brutalityLegal proceedingsPoliceCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 11:47:36 GMTGo For the Food: Grape stomps for fun, not wine, Ore. (AP) — There is one thing that the people at Willamette Valley Vineyards want you to know about their annual grape stomp. It is a very important point, one they make several times.NIGEL DUARAtFood and drinkLifestyleTravelWineriesAgricultureIndustriesBusinessConsumer products and servicesRecreation and leisureBeveragesOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:16:46 GMTUS stocks edge higher in early trading YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors set aside worries about the protests in Hong Kong.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 30 Sep 2014 13:38:10 GMTAP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move packed subways and crowded highways, billions of people participate in a short-distance population shift twice a day: the rhythmic ritual of the daily commute to and from work.Adam SchreckaGeneral newsTrafficTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessArt photographyVisual artsArts and entertainment, 30 Sep 2014 12:37:37 GMTHostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.BERZA SIMSEKRAPHAEL SATTERiGeneral newsHostage situationsInternational incidentsKidnappingMilitant groupsCrimeWar and unrestTurkeyMiddle EastIraqWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Sep 2014 13:14:36 GMTEU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits (AP) — Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.JUERGEN BAETZhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyCorporate taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsState governmentsCorporate newsIrelandEuropeUnited StatesWestern EuropeNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:27:08 GMTPsych hospital nixes teen school stabbing suspect ST. CLAIR, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area psychiatric hospital has refused to treat a 16-year-old boy awaiting trial on charges he stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard at his western Pennsylvania high school in April.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaPittsburghUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:23:41 GMTSlide, prayer by Chiefs player brings big buzz CITY, Mo. (AP) — Husain Abdullah knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs' 41-14 victory over New England.DAVE SKRETTAaGeneral newsSportsIslamSocial mediaPrayerReligionSocial affairsOnline mediaMediaProfessional footballFootballKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:36:30 GMTUK government plans curbs on nonviolent extremism (AP) — Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media even if they are not breaking any laws.JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSocial mediaRadicalismOnline mediaMediaUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 30 Sep 2014 12:44:00 GMTUkrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUkraineMoscowKievRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 30 Sep 2014 12:07:47 GMTShooter takes stand in loud music killing case, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot and killed a 17-year-old teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store is taking the stand in his own defense.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentJacksonvilleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:31:45 GMTPenalty on Chiefs player ignites social media CITY, Mo. (AP) — Husain Abdullah knew before he even reached the end zone Monday night that he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs' 41-14 victory over New England.DAVE SKRETTAsSportsSocial mediaIslamMediaOnline mediaProfessional footballFootballReligionSocial affairsKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:26:02 GMTIraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds, Iraq (AP) — When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts — forcing residents to fend for themselves.VIVIAN SALAMAiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsIraqMiddle East, 30 Sep 2014 13:49:52 GMTCalifornia governor expected to OK plastic bag ban, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.FENIT NIRAPPILaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceSmall businessState governmentsLegislationState legislatureMaterials industryIndustriesLegislatureCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 13:11:05 GMTIslamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks (AP) — Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.iGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsCease firesLegislatureIslamismLibyaEgyptMiddle EastTripoliNorth AfricaAfrica, 30 Sep 2014 12:40:03 GMTTexas man who faked military past pleads guilty (AP) — A convicted Texas felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to acclaimed retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell faces up to 10 years in prison for having guns.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:32:48 GMTSpain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign (AP) — The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Sep 2014 13:12:49 GMTPolice: Body of Arkansas real estate agent found, Ark. (AP) — Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday, and a man has been jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her, authorities said.aGeneral newsKidnappingCrimeViolent crimeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMaterials industryProfessional servicesArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Sep 2014 12:49:52 GMT