FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Aug 2014 01:47:17 -0700Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.KEVIN McGILLlLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsPrimary and secondary educationAfrican-AmericansHurricane KatrinaEducationSocial affairsTeachingLabor issuesSocial issuesEventsSchool administrationHurricanesTropical cyclonesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGeneral newsStormsWeatherLouisianaNew OrleansUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:23:49 GMTCardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP in 9th LOUIS (AP) — Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.STEVE OVERBEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 04:13:57 GMTAnother American hostage at risk by Islamic State (AP) — In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsHostage situationsJournalistsMilitant groupsWar and unrestExtortion and threatsKidnappingGeneral newsNews mediaMediaCrimeUnited StatesSyriaIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 07:14:03 GMTHolder calls for end to violence in Ferguson (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown while calling for "an end to the acts of violence in the streets" of Ferguson, Missouri.CONNIE CASSJESSE J. HOLLANDwGovernment and politicsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsCriminal investigationsAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicityHuman rights and civil libertiesLegal proceedingsVotingLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsElectionsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:05:43 GMTEmbattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.BECKY BOHRERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsPolitical scandalsLegislatureMunicipal governmentsWeapons laws and regulationsPolitical issuesLocal governmentsGovernment regulationsAlaskaUnited StatesAnchorageNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 08:32:31 GMTUS officials: Video shows American's beheading (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.LARA JAKESBRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsHostage situationsJournalistsMilitant groupsSocial mediaWar and unrestJournalismNews mediaGeneral newsMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessOnline mediaUnited StatesSyriaIraqNew HampshireBostonNorth AmericaMiddle EastMassachusetts, 20 Aug 2014 04:51:37 GMTDan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican appeared to be coming up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan took a primary lead in the fight to be the GOP candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.BECKY BOHRERaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPrimary electionsState legislatureUnited States General ElectionPolitical endorsementsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsState governmentsLegislatureSenate electionsGeneral electionsPolitical partiesEventsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessCabinetsPolitical organizationsAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 08:12:14 GMTSenate control could rest with well-funded women (AP) — Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way.PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsPolitical fundraisingLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:25:05 GMTNYC's Met opera still negotiating with 10 unions YORK (AP) — Contract negotiations are continuing between New York's Metropolitan Opera and 10 of its unions to avert a lockout.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLabor negotiationsPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPerforming artsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 04:28:40 GMTAge no opponent for some of NFL's veteran stars YORK (AP) — There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head.DENNIS WASZAK Jr.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:21:20 GMTGlobal cruise lines set sail for China KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesChinaHong KongShanghaiEast AsiaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanGreater ChinaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 08:35:14 GMTCubs outlast Giants 2-0 in rain-shortened game (AP) — Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.PAUL LADEWSKIsSportsAthlete injuriesBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsAthlete healthChicagoSan FranciscoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 20 Aug 2014 06:41:01 GMTNew Zealand bans shark finning, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Wednesday announced it will ban the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts said is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.iGeneral newsAnimalsSharksFishNew ZealandOceania, 20 Aug 2014 06:29:16 GMTUkraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality, Ukraine (AP) — It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment payLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsGovernment business and financeBusinessUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 07:51:51 GMTAmerican journalist killed in Syria aware of risks, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.RIK STEVENSaGeneral newsJournalistsWar and unrestNews mediaMediaSyriaUnited StatesLibyaNew HampshireMiddle EastNorth AmericaNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Aug 2014 05:39:52 GMTBloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate YORK (AP) — American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation.DEEPTI HAJELAaBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 06:12:43 GMTIsrael, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.IBRAHIM BARZAKIAN DEITCHiGeneral newsWar and unrestInternational incidentsMilitant groupsTerritorial disputesInternational tradeBlockadesCease firesAssassinationsAccidents and disastersEconomyBusinessGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemCairoGaza StripMiddle EastEgyptNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Aug 2014 08:11:24 GMTGovernor won't seek removal of county prosecutor, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.NIGEL DUARAaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsState governmentsPolicePolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 06:26:10 GMTFormer Va. governor's finances examined at trial, Va. (AP) — A forensic accountant hired as a defense witness will be back on the stand when the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.MATTHEW BARAKATLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:02:07 GMTGuide to developments in Missouri police shooting, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesState governmentsPoliceSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:33:04 GMTNews Guide: Primary election highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Alaska and Wyoming.The Associated PresspGovernment and politicsElectionsPrimary electionsState legislatureState governmentsState electionsLegislatureAir qualityGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesAlaskaWyomingArizonaFloridaNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 08:29:13 GMTHolder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story.CONNIE CASSJESSE J. HOLLANDwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansHuman rights and civil libertiesViolent crimeLegal proceedingsPoliceCrimeVotingSocial issuesSocial affairsGeneral newsLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesElectionsUnited StatesMissouriNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:11:34 GMTTexas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.WILL WEISSERTPAUL J. WEBERaGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsUnited States Presidential ElectionPolitical corruptionState governmentsCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational electionsElectionsEventsPolitical issuesLegislationLegislatureTexasAustinUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:47:28 GMTGomes, Holt rally Indians in 7-5 win over Twins (AP) — Tyler Holt arrived at Target Field 25 minutes before the first pitch. The Cleveland Indians' rookie had a quick bite to eat, took a few swings in the batting cage and then got the biggest hit of his young career.ADAM CZECHsSportsAthlete injuriesBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsAthlete healthMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 04:36:19 GMTCrisp's 3-run triple helps A's halt slide, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.MICHAEL WAGAMANsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsOaklandNew York CityNew YorkCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:23:37 GMT111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man (AP) — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.iGeneral newsJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 07:59:08 GMTVolunteers a buffer between police, protesters, Mo. (AP) — The tall black man walked up and down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, working a bullhorn, imploring protesters to behave themselves.JIM SALTERaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsRace and ethnicityPoliceAfrican-AmericansVolunteerismPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 06:01:15 GMTChinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US (AP) — Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics.CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansProtests and demonstrationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPoliceMediaSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw enforcement agenciesViolent crimeCrimeChinaBeijingCrimeaRussiaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 08:08:12 GMTChina's latest bus fire kills 1, injures 19 (AP) — A public bus in eastern China caught fire Wednesday in what was likely arson, killing one person and injuring 19 others, a local state-run newspaper reported.iGeneral newsTransportationFiresArsonAccidents and disastersCrimeChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 04:56:18 GMTFloods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.BRIAN SKOLOFFPAUL DAVENPORTaGeneral newsWeatherFloodsSearch and rescue effortsAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseTrafficCactiTransportationPlantsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:32:35 GMTIraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.iGeneral newsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 20 Aug 2014 07:34:33 GMTNorth Korea insults John Kerry over his looks, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:33:36 GMTDodgers beat Padres 8-6 to end 3-game skid ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner drove in two runs and scored another pair, helping rally the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night that snapped a three-game skid.BETH HARRISsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:40:54 GMTHolder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story.CONNIE CASSJESSE J. HOLLANDwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansHuman rights and civil libertiesViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeVotingSocial issuesSocial affairsGeneral newsLaw and orderElectionsUnited StatesMissouriNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:14:43 GMTReality check for Phelps at Pan Pacific Champs COAST, Australia (AP) — Michael Phelps received an abrupt reminder of how challenging his return to international competition may be when he was asked whether he was good enough to even reach a final at the Pan Pacific Championships starting Thursday.JOHN PYEsSportsMen's sportsSwimmingAquaticsMen's aquatics, 20 Aug 2014 05:01:01 GMTGlobal stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs (AP) — Asian stocks got a slight boost from Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower.YURI KAGEYAMAiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyFinancial marketsStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesJapanEast AsiaUnited StatesEuropeAsiaNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:55:34 GMTKey events following the death of Michael Brown, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeProtests and demonstrationsState governmentsPoliceTheftPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:47:02 GMTNo-fly list rules get changes (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.EILEEN SULLIVANwGovernment and politicsGovernment policyTerrorismAir travelTravel laws and regulationsNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsWar and unrestTravelLifestyleGovernment regulationsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesPortlandNorth AmericaOregon, 20 Aug 2014 07:06:53 GMTWildfire near Yosemite ebbs, some evacuees return, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that gave a scare to a community near Yosemite National Park after whose early surges has been tamed by firefighters, and some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated their homes have returned.SCOTT SMITHaGeneral newsFire weatherEvacuationsFiresAccidents and disastersNatural disastersWeatherCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 05:40:05 GMTOfficial: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey, Ill. (AP) — Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.M. SPENCER GREENaGeneral newsHostage situationsIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:09:28 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideThe Associated PresssSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsEventsTennisMadridSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 06:57:46 GMTJubilation as Pakistan protests reach parliament (AP) — Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical resignationsParliamentary electionsEmbassiesGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestElectionsInternational relationsPakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 07:23:57 GMTBus rental spat comes as Senate candidates meet, Ky. (AP) — The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.ADAM BEAMpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsState governmentsUnited StatesKentuckyNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 07:28:16 GMTLatest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.NIGEL DUARAaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArrestsMunicipal governmentsLaw and orderLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 08:13:21 GMTFrench ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote (AP) — An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational electionsElectionsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Aug 2014 08:24:44 GMTPakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.iGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndiaPakistanKashmirSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 07:45:37 GMTIn 3 deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed.JAKE PEARSONaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Aug 2014 06:48:25 GMT10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersMissing personsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 06:30:46 GMTIsraeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war (AP) — When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.ARON HELLERiGeneral newsInternational relationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsCease firesDiplomacyIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastGaza StripDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaPalestinian territories, 20 Aug 2014 06:23:52 GMTChina fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe (AP) — China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.JOE McDONALDfBusinessGovernment regulationsMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsCorporate newsChinaBeijingEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 20 Aug 2014 04:16:22 GMT