FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Mar 2015 15:02:15 -0700Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court (AP) — Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated people on both sides of the Atlantic.By COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsViolent crimeNational courtsCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderItalyFlorenceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 21:55:14 GMTNotre Dame eyes history with shot at beating Kentucky (AP) — If there's one school unafraid to take on Kentucky, it's Notre Dame.By TOM WITHERSsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipCollege sportsMen's basketballCollege basketballEventsBasketballMen's sportsKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:08:07 GMTWoman charged under new Colorado law in mom attack (AP) — The Colorado woman accused of cutting a baby from an expectant mother's belly was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy — but not murder.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:27:36 GMTMystery of California hilltop piano solved, Calif. (AP) — For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of — mystery.aOdditiesMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:39:02 GMTNY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JENNIFER PELTZaBusinessGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestExplosionsAccidents and disastersMunicipal governmentsCrimeAccidentsEnergy industryIndustriesLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsManhattanNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:46:56 GMTDoctor: Detroit boy found in basement was denied food, water (AP) — A Detroit boy missing for 11 days during a highly publicized search until he was found in his basement was the victim of physical and psychological abuse, a doctor testified Friday at a hearing to determine if his father and stepmother will stand trial.By ED WHITEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCrimes against childrenDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 22:03:36 GMTOhio inmates in 2nd week of hunger strike over program cuts, Ohio (AP) — Inmates at the state's highest-security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings for some of them.By JULIE CARR SMYTHaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestCorrectional systemsLaw and orderOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:09:03 GMTScoring change gives Capitals' OT winner to Kuznetsov (AP) — A scoring change has given credit to Evgeny Kuznetsov instead of Matt Niskanen for the overtime goal in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.By HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sports, 27 Mar 2015 20:41:14 GMTRadioShack bankruptcy hearing drags on, Salus plans new bid, Del. (AP) — A lender who failed to win an auction this week for RadioShack's assets is planning to submit a new bid as a bankruptcy court hearing on the fate of the electronics retailer drags on.By RANDALL CHASEfBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 27 Mar 2015 20:47:12 GMTIndiana officials look to stem religious objections fallout (AP) — The wave of protests from businesses and on social media over Indiana's new religious objections law has many local officials working to counter the criticism.By TOM DAVIESaGovernment and politicsGays and lesbiansState legislatureLegislatureState governmentsIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:48:50 GMTJury: Silicon Valley firm didn't discriminate FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury says a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that drew attention to gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.By SUDHIN THANAWALAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySmall businessWorkplace discriminationLegal proceedingsPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderGender issuesGender ratioFinancial servicesIndustriesCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsDemographicsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:11:57 GMTMarriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.By CHRIS GRYGIELaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:52:04 GMTGov. Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.By FENIT NIRAPPILaGeneral newsEmergency managementDisaster planning and responseWeatherState governmentsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessGovernment and politicsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentNatural resource managementCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:11:07 GMT2nd western Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak (AP) — A second Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry and will lose 66,000 birds, state and federal officials said Friday.By STEVE KARNOWSKIaGeneral newsDisease outbreaksAnimalsAgriculture and the environmentPublic healthHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthAgricultureIndustriesBusinessMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:26:22 GMTAP National News Calendar Major scheduled events for the week of March 29-April 4. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:48:05 GMTNASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?, Va. (AP) — Several NASCAR drivers think tire tampering is a real problem.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsAutomobile racingNASCARVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:32:27 GMTCharges against Arizona teens in alleged murder plot dropped, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors say there isn't solid evidence that five Arizona high school students who were charged with conspiracy to commit murder actually planned to carry out the killing of a fellow student.By ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArizonaTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:01:06 GMTGerman airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash (AP) — Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.By KARL RITTERiBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesGermanyFranceMontrealWestern EuropeEuropeQuebecCanadaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:43:00 GMTMedical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.By RALPH D. RUSSOaGeneral newsHealthSportsSchool athleticsSchool administrationAthlete healthSports medicineYouth sportsLegislationGovernment and politicsEducationSocial affairsEducation issuesSocial issuesLegislatureArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:37:49 GMTNorth Dakota loses lowest jobless rate as oil prices slide, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation due in part to sliding oil drilling activity.aBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesNorth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:48:42 GMTMom of toddler found dead in backpack in creek pleads guilty, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found dead inside a backpack in an Ohio creek pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering.By KANTELE FRANKOaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderOhioColumbusMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:03:07 GMTJudge orders jury to resume deliberations in bias case FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a jury to resume deliberations in a Silicon Valley gender bias case after a discrepancy was discovered in the jury count.By SUDHIN THANAWALAhtBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessTechnologyLegal proceedingsWorkplace discriminationLaw and orderPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesGender issuesSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 22:07:51 GMTJury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.By SUDHIN THANAWALAhtBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessTechnologyWorkplace discriminationLegal proceedingsPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderFinancial servicesIndustriesGender issuesSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:18:21 GMTLawmakers, police chiefs clash over secrecy of officer names (AP) — Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting.By BOB CHRISTIEaGeneral newsPoliceState legislatureState governmentsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:17:10 GMTMan on St. Louis train asked about Michael Brown, attacked LOUIS (AP) — Police are searching for three young men after a light rail passenger in St. Louis was attacked after being asked what he thought about the "Mike Brown situation."aGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:22:38 GMTJudge orders jury to resume deliberations in gender bias case after discrepancy in jury count FRANCISCO (AP) — Judge orders jury to resume deliberations in gender bias case after discrepancy in jury count.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGender issues, 27 Mar 2015 21:50:44 GMTRomania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.ALISON MUTLERiBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeGovernment and politicsRomaniaBucharestEuropeEastern Europe, 27 Mar 2015 21:16:45 GMTHezbollah leader slams Saudi intervention in Yemen (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group unleashed a tirade against Saudi Arabia on Friday over its intervention in Yemen, calling it "surprising and painful," and suggesting Riyadh would suffer a "humiliating defeat" if it didn't resolve the conflict through negotiations.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastRiyadhYemenLebanonIran, 27 Mar 2015 20:36:19 GMTDurant to have another surgery, miss rest of season CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.By CLIFF BRUNTsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:01:06 GMT15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros — Serena Williams.By STEVEN WINEsSportsMen's tennisU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsWomen's sportsMiamiUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:00:41 GMTWhite House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly.By NEDRA PICKLERwHealthGovernment and politicsDrug resistanceAnimal healthMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentPublic healthUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:35:51 GMTLawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal (AP) — Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend urged Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying in a final appeal there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdicts.By COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 21:24:36 GMTGun owned by agent who toppled Capone headed to Vegas museum, N.J. (AP) — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the movies of Bogart and Cagney, "Scarface" and "Little Caesar."By DAVID PORTERaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMuseumsCrimeRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelNew JerseyLas VegasUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 27 Mar 2015 20:51:31 GMTAt least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital, Somalia (AP) — Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel on Friday and took up positions inside, killing at least nine people and exchanging fire with security forces seeking to recapture the facility, a Somali police official said.By ABDI GULEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTerrorismSomaliaMogadishuEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Mar 2015 20:49:31 GMTAstronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.By DMITRY LOVETSKY and JIM HEINTZiGeneral newsScienceSpace launchesSpace explorationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessKazakhstanRussiaCentral AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 20:46:48 GMTSouth Dakota jury finds hospital not liable for 'KKK' scars CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal jury has found that a South Dakota hospital is not liable in a case in which a man claimed health care workers carved the letters "KKK" into his stomach during heart surgery in 2011.aGeneral newsHealthSurgical proceduresLegal proceedingsLaw and orderDiagnosis and treatmentRapid CitySouth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:55:14 GMTCo-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness, Germany (AP) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidentsHealthEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationGermanyFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 21:30:12 GMTAP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive, Ukraine (AP) — Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday.By KATE DE PURY and PETER LEONARDiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPolitical corruptionEconomyPolitical issuesUkraineRussiaEuropeKievEastern Europe, 27 Mar 2015 21:31:42 GMTPugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.By CHARLES BABINGTON and ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislatureUnited States General ElectionPolitical partiesFilibustersGeneral electionsEventsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNevadaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:59:53 GMTLackey, Harvey both pitch well, Cardinals beat Mets, Fla. (AP) — Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday.By CHUCK KINGsSportsMLB Spring TrainingEventsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityFloridaMissouriNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:28:51 GMTFeds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement for far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsCrimeTeen developmentViolent crimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsChild and teen healthHealthBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:27:36 GMTJury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate against female worker who filed lawsuit FRANCISCO (AP) — Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate against female worker who filed lawsuit .htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyWorkplace discriminationPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGender issues, 27 Mar 2015 21:07:45 GMT2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana for EU, French Guiana (AP) — A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system.iBusinessGeneral newsSpace launchesFrench GuianaEuropeSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Mar 2015 22:08:39 GMTUniversity of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicityHigher educationEducationCollegiate organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsEducation issuesSocial issuesProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessOklahomaNormanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 22:08:13 GMTCalifornia woman, friend charged in alleged baby-theft plot BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins.By AMY TAXINaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessTheftKidnappingViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLong BeachCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:57:43 GMTCapitals coach laments 'poor' play in 3-2 OT win over Devils (AP) — Even if a win is a win is a win, especially for a team chasing a playoff berth, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave a rather blunt and unflattering assessment of his team's performance in this particular victory.By HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsStanley Cup PlayoffsMen's sportsEventsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockey, 27 Mar 2015 20:43:16 GMTHernandez's fiancee: He told me to give cash to co-defendant RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified that after she dropped him off at a police station to be questioned over the slaying of her sister's boyfriend, he told her to meet one of his co-defendants and give him money.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeProfessional footballFootballFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:38:27 GMTEl Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Eleven soccer players and two foreign businesspeople accused of match-fixing involving El Salvador's national team were acquitted of criminal charges Friday.iGeneral newsSportsInternational soccerLegal proceedingsCorruption in sportsMen's soccerSoccerCrimeProfessional soccerLaw and orderMen's sportsEl SalvadorSan SalvadorCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Mar 2015 21:16:25 GMTKerry orders State Department review of records retention (AP) — The State Department has ordered an internal audit of its recordkeeping, officials said Friday, outlining a top-to-bottom look at the agency's practices in the aftermath of revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure.By BRADLEY KLAPPERhtGovernment and politicsForeign policyInternational relationsDiplomacyTechnologyOpen governmentGovernment policyInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyPolitical issuesUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 20:55:07 GMTWest Virginia returns bulk of team next season Virginia will press on.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipCollege basketballMen's basketballEventsBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsVirginiaWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 21:14:12 GMT