FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Mar 2015 08:20:22 -0700US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump U.S. stock indexes moved lower in morning trading Tuesday, as investors balanced positive economic data on housing and consumers with concerns over the possibility of a deeper slide in oil prices. The market is coming off big gains from the day before as it rounds out the end of the month.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome pricesPricesFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyReal estateCorporate stockCorporate newsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:28:20 GMT1000s of Detroit-area homeowners apply to avoid foreclosure (AP) — Up to 17,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, and that number will likely rise.By COREY WILLIAMSaBusinessGeneral newsState legislatureForeclosure ratesPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsEconomyDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:16:47 GMTPolice search for armed prisoner after hospital escape CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said.By MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsPrison breaksCrimeTheftCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolent crimeVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:29 GMTBerkshire Hathaway buys 2 small Virginia newspapers, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has added two small Virginia newspapers to its collection of more than two dozen small and medium-sized newspapers.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral newsNewspapersNews mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesVirginiaNew YorkNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:23:57 GMTTech and financial firms sign World Trade Center leases YORK (AP) — A financial services company and a technology firm have signed five-year leases at New York City's One World Trade Center.aBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomy, 31 Mar 2015 15:04:08 GMTAP Source: Vols agree to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Barnes is Tennessee's next men's basketball coach.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipMen's basketballMen's sportsCollege basketballSchool athleticsSports transactionsCoachingBasketballCollege sportsSports governanceEventsEducationSocial affairsSports businessAgricultureIndustriesBusinessTennesseeKnoxvilleTexasMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:38:32 GMTStudent loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume.KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGovernment and politicsHigher educationEducation costsEducationPersonal loansPersonal financeBusinessStudent financesSocial affairsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:19:24 GMTMiami stripper accused of injuring tourist in hit-and-run (AP) — A stripper is accused of a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a Canadian tourist who was attending the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.aGeneral newsHit-and-runAccidentsCrimeAccidents and disastersMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:35:34 GMTOfficials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase, Switzerland (AP) — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEEhtGovernment and politicsNuclear weaponsInternational agreementsTechnologyInternational relationsWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsForeign policyGovernment policyTehranIranSwitzerlandMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Mar 2015 15:01:14 GMTBosnia forms government 6 months after elections, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly six months after the elections, Bosnia-Herzegovina formed a new government that will have to implement substantial reforms in order to put the country on track for eventual EU membership.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsBosnia and HerzegovinaEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:03 GMTAPNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks (AP) — France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials.By SYLVIE CORBETiGeneral newsInternational relationsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsWar and unrestLegislationLegislatureDiplomacyPalestinian territoriesIsraelFranceMiddle EastUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:51:22 GMTHeavy winds sweep Germany, disrupt transport (AP) — Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGermanyEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Mar 2015 15:24:36 GMTGermany, France, Italy plan to develop military drones (AP) — Germany and France plan to work together with Italy to develop military surveillance drones that could also carry weapons.iBusinessGeneral newsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsGermanyFranceItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Mar 2015 14:57:47 GMTPuerto Rico power company wins extension with creditors JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financially struggling power company has obtained a two-week extension from creditors amid growing concerns it will go bankrupt.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyPuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 31 Mar 2015 15:15:41 GMTTurkish military officers acquitted in coup plot retrial (AP) — An Istanbul court has acquitted 236 military officers of charges of plotting a coup to overthrow the government of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.iGeneral newsNational courtsCoups d'etatNational governmentsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryWar and unrestTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Mar 2015 14:38:58 GMTBanned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage (AP) — Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.By DESMOND BUTLER and SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsHostage situationsTurkeyIstanbulEuropeMiddle EastWestern Europe, 31 Mar 2015 15:12:44 GMTUS home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome pricesHome buyingReal estatePricesEconomyPersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:31:43 GMTSearching for 'The Last Unicorn' in the wildness of Laos"The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures" (Little, Brown and Co.), by William deBuysBy ROB MERRILLeArts and entertainmentAnimalsBooks and literatureEntertainment, 31 Mar 2015 14:21:13 GMTReview: In 'Lambert & Stamp,' the backstage story of The Who teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London's Swinging '60s, with its subculture explosion and stylish youths.By JAKE COYLEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentDocumentariesMusic, 31 Mar 2015 15:15:23 GMTCanada police charge man in deaths of boys killed by python, New Brunswick (AP) — Canadian police have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death after two young brothers were asphyxiated by a python.iGeneral newsNew BrunswickCanadaNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:33:48 GMTFamily faces hearing in burning mansion-insurance fraud case, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania family whose mansion burned three times in five years heads to court for a hearing to determine if they'll face trial in a $20 million insurance fraud case.aBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsCrimeDoylestownPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:39:31 GMTPatriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent RIVER, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a June 2013 killing.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeCrimeProfessional footballFootballFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:31:31 GMTGrain lower, livestock mostly higher (AP) — Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:11:08 GMTPolice: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said.By MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsPrison breaksCrimeTheftCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolent crimeVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:28:20 GMTMuhammadu Buhari's spokesman: He's won but fears 'tricks', Nigeria (AP) — The spokesman for retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari says the former military dictator has won Nigeria's presidential election but fears "tricks" from the government.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsNational electionsNigeriaWest AfricaAfricaUnited KingdomAbujaKanoWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Mar 2015 14:44:17 GMTBroadway to honor director Gene Saks by dimming its lights YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of Gene Saks, the Tony Award-winning director of such plays as "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Odd Couple."By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentCelebrityPerforming artsEntertainmentNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:37 GMTUS consumer confidence rises in March (AP) — An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher this month after a dip in February, a promising sign for the economy as it heads into spring.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyLeading economic indicatorsLabor economyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:27 GMTCops: Pa. man turned mom's day care center into heroin den, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man turned his mother's day care center into a heroin den once the kids left for the day.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeChild careCrimeFamily issuesSocial affairsShamokinPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:52:54 GMTPolice: Mother leaves daughter to sleep in Dallas trash bin (AP) — A mother has been charged with leaving her 7-year-old daughter to sleep overnight in a trash bin outside a spa in Dallas, police said.aGeneral newsCrimeSpasRecreation and leisureLifestyleDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:44:20 GMTViolence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.By DON BABWINaGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicityMunicipal governmentsViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLocal electionsElectionsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:27:39 GMTAgents probing drug site accused of taking online currency FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the online black market known as Silk Road while they and their agencies operated an undercover investigation into the website.By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIAShtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyComputer crimeTheftMoney launderingFraud and false statementsCriminal investigationsArrestsComputer and data securityCrimeLaw and orderComputing and information technologySan FranciscoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:10:47 GMTIraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center.By SAMEER N. YACOUB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRAiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsIraqBaghdadUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:54:06 GMTIndiana governor says he wants clarification to religious-objections law on his desk this week (AP) — Indiana governor says he wants clarification to religious-objections law on his desk this week.aGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:21:58 GMTOpposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman says he won Nigeria election; fears "tricks", Nigeria (AP) — Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman says he won Nigeria election; fears "tricks"iGeneral newsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 31 Mar 2015 14:35:09 GMTProsecutors: Police witnesses uncooperative in Ohio shooting (AP) — Prosecutors say they intend to question uncooperative Cleveland police officers as hostile witnesses at the trial of an officer accused of firing the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in 2012.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:17:56 GMTSupreme Court sides with Idaho in Medicaid pay dispute (AP) — Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.By SAM HANANELwBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsGovernment-funded health insuranceLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment programsIdahoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:56:06 GMTFast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15 YORK (AP) — Fast-food labor organizers are expanding the scope of their campaign for $15 an hour and unionization, this time with a day of actions including college campuses.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessGeneral newsLabor issuesProtests and demonstrationsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrest, 31 Mar 2015 14:25:37 GMTFreedom, W.Va. sign agreement on chemical spill site cleanup, W.Va. (AP) — Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersCharlestonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:04:47 GMTUS to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty (AP) — The United States pledged Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change, the White House said.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politicsClimateEnvironmental treatiesEnergy industryEnvironmental concernsInternational agreementsInternational relationsEnvironment and natureEnvironmentAir qualityIndustriesBusinessUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 14:47:57 GMTEU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas (AP) — Yvan Deknudt's dairy farm has been leaking money and he believes that things are set to get worse imminently. That's why he drove his tractor right into the big city on Tuesday, parked it outside the headquarters of the European Union and set fire to the flags of some of Europe's biggest food companies.By LORNE COOKiBusinessGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureEuropeBrusselsBelgiumWestern Europe, 31 Mar 2015 14:55:45 GMT40 is the new 26 in TV Land's new series 'Younger' YORK (AP) — Sutton Foster doesn't turn back time on her new TV series, "Younger," she just lies about her age.By ALICIA RANCILIOeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:19:07 GMTProgram to put 'Kids Eat Right' logo on Kraft Singles ending YORK (AP) — A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsHealthLifestyleChild and teen healthChild nutritionNutrition, 31 Mar 2015 15:24:41 GMTNATO chief: convoy of US troops tests skills and bridges, Romania (AP) — NATO's supreme commander in Europe said Tuesday that a convoy of U.S. troops crossing eastern Europe is a way of reassuring allies of the military alliance's support and of practicing little-used skills.iGeneral newsRomaniaBucharestPolandEstoniaLatviaEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Mar 2015 14:33:15 GMTQatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says Qatar has returned its ambassador to Cairo almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.iGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsEgyptMiddle EastCairoLibyaQatarNorth AfricaAfrica, 31 Mar 2015 14:32:00 GMTTennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Barnes has been hired as Tennessee's basketball coach two days after his split with Texas.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballEventsCollege sportsMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessTennesseeTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:06:47 GMTPolice: Men in shooting at NSA had gone to hotel to 'party' MEADE, Md. (AP) — Police say two cross-dressing men who crashed into a guarded entrance to the National Security Agency in a stolen car met the vehicle's owner in Baltimore before heading to a hotel to "party."By MEREDITH SOMERSaGeneral newsTheftIntelligence agenciesNational securityCrimeViolent crimeGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:20 GMTUS hits Syrian bank official, 3 companies with sanctions (AP) — The U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Syria's government aimed at blunting its weapons programs and pushing it into negotiations with rebels.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwBusinessGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesSyriaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:06 GMTPolice: Idaho man calls 911 a dozen times about bar bill FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Police say a northern Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.aGeneral newsOdditiesIdahoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Mar 2015 15:18:20 GMTMyanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.By ESTHER HTUSANiGeneral newsInternational agreementsWar and unrestCease firesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyMyanmarSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Mar 2015 15:15:53 GMTTransportation strike in Argentina shuts down country AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many businesses were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Tuesday as transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill with a one-day nationwide strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation.By PETER PRENGAMANiBusinessGeneral newsStrikesTransportationEconomyLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPricesArgentinaSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanBuenos Aires, 31 Mar 2015 15:01:53 GMT