FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Feb 2015 11:40:08 -0800Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming, Morocco (AP) — Morocco saw a six-fold increase in the amount of money foreign film companies spent in the country to make movies, the head of the film commission said Saturday.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentMoroccoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 18:06:18 GMTKnicks say former player Anthony Mason has died YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.By RICK FREEMANsSportsObituariesMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:12:13 GMTLesotho votes in bid to overcome tension (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSouth AfricaLesothoSouthern AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 18:42:41 GMTLos Angeles airport could see delays due to runway project ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport could face flight delays due to a four-year construction project aimed at increasing the size of safety areas at the ends of its runways.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTransportation safetyTransportationLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:07:09 GMTUS drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.By AHMED AL-HAJiBusinessGeneral newsInternational agreementsWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseYemenSanaaMiddle EastIran, 28 Feb 2015 18:49:37 GMTDefending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.By SANDRA HARWITTsSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:26:45 GMTUkrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist was killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as the cease-fire deal brokered by Western leaders seems to fail to silence the guns completely.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsJournalistsNewspapersWar and unrestNews mediaMediaUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:12:42 GMTYouth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a Massachusetts skating rink.aGeneral newsYouth sportsAthlete injuriesYouth hockeyHockeyAccidentsAccidents and disastersSportsAthlete healthMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:59:25 GMTSierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthSierra LeoneAfricaWest Africa, 28 Feb 2015 17:06:44 GMTHamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes at the top of the timesheet for a second straight day of Formula One preseason testing on Saturday.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:33:05 GMTOregon considers banning most vaccine exemptions, Ore. (AP) — Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesn't like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.By SHEILA V KUMARaGeneral newsHealthImmunizationsState legislatureInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGovernment and politicsPublic healthChild and teen healthLegislatureState governmentsOregonPortlandUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:03:48 GMTNYC ID program starts off with a bang YORK (AP) — A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register.By DEEPTI HAJELAaGeneral newsGovernment programsImmigrationGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:49:05 GMTChurches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsChristianityWinter weatherReligionIslamPersonal finance educationWeatherSocial affairsPersonal financeBusinessMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:12:43 GMTGreece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.By DEMETRIS NELLASiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:56:22 GMTActivists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday.By ASHRAF KHALILiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaBeirutDamascusLebanonMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:14:05 GMTFrom Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.By RYAN LUCASiGeneral newsArrestsMilitant groupsCultural preservationTerrorismCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestCulturesSocial affairsUnited KingdomSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesLondonNew YorkNew York CityIraqIstanbulWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaEnglandTurkey, 28 Feb 2015 18:04:25 GMTHarrington takes 36-hole lead at Honda Classic in Florida BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington felt like a three-time major champion long enough to take the lead after 36 holes of the Honda Classic.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:00:53 GMTMan pleads guilty in case of 9-month-old ingesting heroin, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimes against childrenCrimeLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:17:08 GMT8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris (AP) — Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday.iBusinessGeneral newsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:42:34 GMTCar bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad (AP) — Car bombs targeting a public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.BY SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsTerrorismGovernment and politicsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 17:55:58 GMTJailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.By SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:11:24 GMTFinance Minister: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling while working on reforms, Greece (AP) — Finance Minister: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling while working on reforms.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:44:08 GMTLawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta's dismay (AP) — Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for all airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport.By KATHLEEN FOODYfBusinessGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:39:58 GMTBerkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts.By JOSH FUNKfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 28 Feb 2015 18:31:40 GMTWhite Sox pitching ace Chris Sale has foot fracture, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss opening day.sSportsAthlete injuriesMLB Spring TrainingAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:30:54 GMTAnti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges YORK (AP) — The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said.By RACHEL ZOLLaGeneral newsHigher educationRace and ethnicityEducationCollegiate organizationsAfrican-AmericansProfessional organizationsProtests and demonstrationsTerritorial disputesSchool administrationHuman rights and civil libertiesBoycottsPolitical activismEthnic cleansingPolitical organizationsSpecial interest groupsSocial affairsSocial issuesSocial groups and organizationsEducation issuesPolitical and civil unrestWar and unrestViolencePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastJerusalemUnited StatesCaliforniaIllinoisPalestinian territoriesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:39:06 GMTSafarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open, Qatar (AP) — Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsQatarDohaMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 18:41:04 GMTObama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesLegislatureForeign policyWar and unrestGeneral newsNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyIsraelPalestinian territoriesUnited StatesTehranIranMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:41:43 GMTBuffett reflects on his firm's success and strength, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral news, 28 Feb 2015 18:54:21 GMTMayor of Fresno won't seek US Senate seat, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureMunicipal governmentsState governmentsLocal governmentsFresnoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:02:53 GMTDallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs.aBusinessGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherAir travel disruptionsTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesStormsDallasFort WorthTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:59:40 GMTHarrington takes 36-hole lead at Honda Classic BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington felt like a three-time major champion long enough to take the lead after 36 holes of the Honda Classic.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:01:16 GMTAP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling, Greece (AP) — Greece intends to start discussions with its creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country's massive debt sustainable, at the same time as working on reform measures that need to be cemented by April, the finance minister said Saturday.By ELENA BECATOROSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:47:30 GMTTurkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.By SUZAN FRASERiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:22:30 GMTPirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 95 games in 2005, the year they drafted outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first round. Four years later, when McCutchen made his major league debut, they lost 99 games.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsBradentonFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:31:33 GMTFemininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week (AP) — Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan.By COLLEEN BARRYiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleFashionBeauty and fashionMilan Fashion WeekFashion showsEventsEntertainmentFashion designMilanItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 18:29:05 GMTDems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.By CHARLES BABINGTONwGovernment and politicsElectionsDefense appropriationsImmigration policyHispanicsPrimary electionsPolitical partiesNational securityImmigrationLegislatureMilitary and defenseAppropriationsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizations, 28 Feb 2015 16:56:37 GMTEgyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' (AP) — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government.By BRIAN ROHAN and FARES AKRAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesTerrorismGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptCairoIsraelMiddle EastGaza StripNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 28 Feb 2015 17:58:52 GMTCrop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population CITY, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat.By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTHaBusinessGeneral newsAgriculture and the environmentButterfliesFlowersWildlifePopulation growth and declineEnvironmental conservation and preservationNatural resource managementInsectsEnvironmental scienceEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnergy and the environmentAnimalsAgricultureIndustriesPlantsMaterials industryDemographicsSocial affairsScienceUnited StatesMexicoNorth AmericaMissouri, 28 Feb 2015 17:46:59 GMTBlind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold, Alaska (AP) — A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner.aGeneral newsDogsMammalsAnimalsOdditiesFairbanksAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:42:05 GMTYemen, Iran sign agreement to open direct flight routes, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels who control Yemen's capital have signed an agreement with Iranian authorities in Tehran to set up direct flights between the two countries, the nation's official news agency reported Saturday.iBusinessGeneral newsEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaMiddle EastIran, 28 Feb 2015 18:01:42 GMTDefending champ Federer beats Djokovic to defend Dubai title, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year defeating No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.sSportsTennisMen's tennisMen's sportsDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 17:13:34 GMTJudge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire at during a municipal meeting, killing three people, a year and a half ago is competent to stand trial, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:44:20 GMTAdded tax season hassle for some due to health form errors (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season.By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsPersonal taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsFinancial servicesIndustriesPersonal financeIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:47:05 GMTAuthorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 18:38:15 GMTMan pleads guilty in case of baby ingesting heroin, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment because his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimes against childrenCrimeLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:02:24 GMTOregon considers bill banning most vaccine exemptions, Ore. (AP) — Parents who want to maintain the right to refuse vaccinations for their children are mounting a strong fight against an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state's highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.By SHEILA V KUMARaGeneral newsHealthState legislatureImmunizationsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsPublic healthOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:52:41 GMTItaly's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome (AP) — The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti-Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsImmigrationPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsItalyRomeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 17:37:47 GMTChina's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesChinaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:06:17 GMTNemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics (AP) — Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical activismLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesMoscowRussiaUnited KingdomChechnyaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 17:40:38 GMT