FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Sep 2014 08:36:28 -0700Civitas slips after IPO prices below expectations YORK (AP) — Shares of Civitas Solutions are inching lower after the company's initial public offering priced at $198.9 million, below its expectations.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate news, 17 Sep 2014 14:39:35 GMTVikings bar Peterson from team activities (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings changed course early Wednesday and decided in the middle of the night to put star running back Adrian Peterson on hiatus while he deals with a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.JON KRAWCZYNSKIaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMinnesotaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:32 GMTPa. lawmaker's staffer pleads guilty in gun case (AP) — A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges, acknowledging that he accidentally carried an unloaded gun and ammunition into a federal office building in Washington.JESSICA GRESKOwGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLegislatureGovernment and politicsArrestsLaw and order, 17 Sep 2014 14:36:23 GMTRise in extremists recruiting French women, girls (AP) — Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.LORI HINNANTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestLeisure travelTravelLifestyleFranceSyriaMiddle EastEuropeWestern Europe, 17 Sep 2014 14:32:23 GMTTeen accused of stealing car, running over officer JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old Colorado boy stole his parents' car, ran over an officer's leg and rammed three patrol cars before being struck with a stun gun and arrested.aGeneral newsJuvenile crimeTheftArrestsCrimeLaw and orderGrand JunctionColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:43:01 GMTShelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.MSTYSLAV CHERNOViGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsWar and unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineMinskDonetskRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeBelarus, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:53 GMTWealth of riches fuels rock band New Pornographers YORK (AP) — Soft-spoken A.C. Newman doesn't seem like a braggart. Yet he feels so strongly that his rock band, the New Pornographers, has just made its best work that a simple good review won't do.DAVID BAUDEReArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 17 Sep 2014 14:04:56 GMTBankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.JONATHAN MATTISEaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsAccidentsAccidents and disastersNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesCharlestonWest VirginiaNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:18:17 GMTNFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing YORK (AP) — The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week.aGeneral newsHealthSportsDopingDoping regulationsSports transactionsSports governanceSports businessProfessional footballFootball, 17 Sep 2014 15:05:51 GMTObama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next, Fla. (AP) — Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.JIM KUHNHENNaGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary leadershipTerrorismCivil warsMilitant groupsNational securityInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthMilitary and defenseWar and unrestGeneral newsUnited StatesIraqDistrict of ColumbiaTampaMiddle EastNorth AmericaFlorida, 17 Sep 2014 14:19:36 GMTLiberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president called Wednesday on the world to do more to end a spiraling Ebola outbreak, saying "Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone."JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthLiberiaWest AfricaAfricaGuineaSierra Leone, 17 Sep 2014 14:06:31 GMTNFL: League and union reach agreement on updated drug policy, including HGH testing YORK (AP) — NFL: League and union reach agreement on updated drug policy, including HGH testing.sGeneral newsSportsDoping regulationsDopingSports governanceProfessional footballFootball, 17 Sep 2014 14:40:04 GMTMagnitude-4.0 quake jolts Washington's Puget Sound (AP) — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWashingtonSeattlePuget SoundUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:26:32 GMTJapan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling, Slovenia (AP) — Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.DUSAN STOJANOVICiGeneral newsScienceWhalesAgricultureIndustriesBusinessAnimalsMammalsJapanSloveniaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:18 GMTAP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister said Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group, flatly rejecting the idea a day after the top U.S. general recommended that American forces may be needed if current efforts to combat the extremists fail.VIVIAN SALAMAQASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRAiGeneral newsCivil warsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsSyriaUnited StatesIraqBaghdadMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:22:45 GMTReview: alt-J returns with beautiful, baffling LP, "This Is All Yours" (Atlantic)CHRIS TALBOTTeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:15 GMTFact sheet: Cadillac Escalade Cadillac Escalade 4WD PremiumThe Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsAutomobilesLifestyle, 17 Sep 2014 15:25:30 GMTLaments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike (AP) — "I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.JAMEY KEATENiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleStrikesAir travel disruptionsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTransportationFranceParisDominican RepublicBirminghamGuineaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEnglandUnited KingdomWest AfricaAfrica, 17 Sep 2014 15:18:18 GMTPuerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityArrestsLaw and orderCrimePuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Sep 2014 15:13:12 GMTRed tide off northwest Florida could hit economy, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.JASON DEARENaGeneral newsScienceAlgaeCoastlines and beachesOceanographyAnimalsEconomyOceansPlantsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsBusinessFloridaSt. PetersburgGulf of MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:01:59 GMTStocks up in early trading ahead of Fed statement YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Shares of DuPont and FedEx surged.BERNARD CONDONEILEEN NGaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsPricesFinancial performanceCorporate newsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 17 Sep 2014 15:22:28 GMTHospitals struggled during Sandy, report says, N.J. (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.GEOFF MULVIHILLaBusinessGeneral newsHealthHurricane Sandy 2012Disaster planning and responseEvacuationsEventsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersStormsWeatherNew JerseyBridgeportConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:04:08 GMTRowland declines to take stand in conspiracy trial HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has elected not to testify at his federal conspiracy trial.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsConspiracyLegal proceedingsState governmentsLaw and orderCrimeConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:22 GMTVikings bar Peterson from all team activities (AP) — Minnesota Vikings owners are scheduled to address their middle-of-the-night decision to put Adrian Peterson on hiatus.JON KRAWCZYNSKIaGeneral newsSportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootball, 17 Sep 2014 14:24:45 GMTRedesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own's flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015.ANN M. JOBaBusinessGeneral newsPricesAutomobilesProducts and servicesCorporate newsEconomyLifestyle, 17 Sep 2014 15:24:30 GMTSyria: 15 children die after getting vaccinations (AP) — At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of Syria, and activists said Wednesday that the death toll from two days of government airstrikes in the central city of Talbiseh climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war.DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsImmunizationsCivil warsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPolitical activismPublic healthHealthChild and teen healthPolitical issuesSyriaBeirutMiddle EastLebanon, 17 Sep 2014 14:36:20 GMTWeakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated CITY (AP) — Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south.PETER ORSIiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherHurricane Odile 2014StormsNatural disastersCoastlines and beachesAccidents and disastersTravelLeisure travelEventsEnvironment and natureAccommodationsLifestyleMexicoMexico CityUnited StatesArizonaNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:27 GMTBenghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way (AP) — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyLegislatureInternational relationsLibyaUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:27:59 GMTGrain mixed, livestock mixed (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:55:30 GMTFatal crash hurts officer before Arizona commute, Ariz. (AP) — A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway before the Wednesday morning commute.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:43 GMTFrench terror case against Iran opposition dropped (AP) — French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestFranceParisIranWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 17 Sep 2014 14:08:45 GMTExcitement and relief in landmark Fiji election, Fiji (AP) — There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.NICK PERRYPITA LIGAIULAiGeneral newsParliamentary electionsElectionsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareFijiSuvaOceania, 17 Sep 2014 15:26:31 GMTSkunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio, Ohio (AP) — A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio.aOdditiesOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:20:51 GMTResearchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland, Poland (AP) — Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.iGeneral newsThe HolocaustEventsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessPolandGermanyEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 17 Sep 2014 14:25:54 GMTCelebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery (AP) — A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday.DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsCriminal investigationsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestPoliceCrimeCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:23:04 GMTPakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants, army says (AP) — Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation that began this summer.MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsWar casualtiesGovernment and politicsPakistanAfghanistanKabulSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 17 Sep 2014 15:26:56 GMTBarcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.ULA ILNYTZKYaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsSpainBarcelonaAthensPolandNew York CityEuropeWarsawUnited StatesGreeceWestern EuropeEastern EuropeNew YorkNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:51:20 GMTUS homebuilder confidence soars in September homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHiring and recruitmentHome salesPersonnelEconomyReal estateIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 17 Sep 2014 15:00:22 GMTGetting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job ANGELES (AP) — For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.SUE MANNINGaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleMoviesPetsEntertainmentAnimalsSnakesAnimal welfareBearsHorsesReptilesSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsPrimates, 17 Sep 2014 14:50:29 GMTHouse panel on Benghazi aims for bipartisan tone (AP) — The House Select Committee on Benghazi set a bipartisan tone Wednesday as it opened its first public hearing.BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsEmbassiesLegislaturePolitical partiesPolitical organizationsUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:32:49 GMTIndonesia adds more copters to fight forest fires, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia on Wednesday added more water-dropping helicopters to fight forest and plantation wildfires that are spreading haze across the region, limiting visibility and increasing air pollution.iGeneral newsForestsAir qualityEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaSumatraAsia, 17 Sep 2014 14:27:54 GMTList of 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients (AP) — The following 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:aGeneral newsScienceIllinoisNew YorkChicagoPittsburghPennsylvaniaHoustonTexasMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:59:52 GMTTexas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.MICHAEL GRACZYKaGeneral newsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderTexasHuntsvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 14:26:25 GMTMinority scholar denies separatism at China trial, China (AP) — A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.JACK CHANGiGeneral newsInternational relationsArrestsLegal proceedingsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsTerrorismLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesCrimeWar and unrestChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 17 Sep 2014 14:54:54 GMTSenate: China hacked military contractor networks (AP) — China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday.JACK GILLUMhtGeneral newsHackingComputer crimeEspionageLegislatureMilitary legal affairsGovernment and politicsCorporate crimeCorporate newsBusinessCrimeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTechnology issuesTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsMilitary and defenseProducts and servicesChinaDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:24:52 GMTCrews battle California fire's explosive growth, Calif. (AP) — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsProperty damageFiresProduction facilitiesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessCorporate newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:14:25 GMTKohl's holiday hiring to rise by a third YORK (AP) — Kohl's Corp. says it will hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, about a third more than last year's 50,000.ANNE D'INNOCENZIOfBusinessHiring and recruitmentSeasonal jobsHolidaysHoliday shoppingPersonnelCareersOccasionsLifestyleShoppingConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:36 GMTTop Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRIAYA BATRAWYiGeneral newsTerrorismReligionMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsReligious issuesSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseSaudi ArabiaMiddle East, 17 Sep 2014 14:07:25 GMTWary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels (AP) — Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S. forces again fighting on the ground in his country.ANDREW TAYLORwGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsLegislatureMilitant groupsWar and unrestGeneral newsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesUnited StatesIraqSyriaDistrict of ColumbiaMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Sep 2014 15:19:15 GMTEisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design (AP) — A federal commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall is considering Wednesday whether to move forward with architect Frank Gehry's design after years of controversy over the project.BRETT ZONGKERwGeneral newsArchitectureArts and entertainment, 17 Sep 2014 14:06:09 GMT