FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Apr 2014 07:42:30 -0700Probe urged over missing Thai environment activist (AP) — Thai authorities were urged Monday to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help ethnic Karen villagers report on illegal activity around Thailand's largest national park.THANYARAT DOKSONEiGeneral newsCriminal investigationsEnvironmental activismAnimal poaching and smugglingEnvironment and natureHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderCrimeEnvironmentEnvironmental concernsWildlifeSocial issuesSocial affairsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:18 GMTGauge of US economy up for 3rd straight month (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthHiring and recruitmentLeading economic indicatorsEconomyPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:29:38 GMTAesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks (AP) — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?JAMEY KEATENtTravelLifestyleMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Apr 2014 14:25:37 GMTHigh court rejects new Guantanamo appeal (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined another appeal from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who argues that federal appellate judges in Washington are ignoring the high court's command that the detainees be given a meaningful opportunity to challenge their confinement.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 21 Apr 2014 13:57:07 GMTMexican president to head homage to Garcia Marquez CITY (AP) — The presidents of Mexico and Colombia are expected at a memorial ceremony for novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMexicoMexico CityColombiaNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:29:43 GMTStocks edge higher as major earnings week starts YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.aBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsFinancial markets, 21 Apr 2014 13:49:08 GMTUS Forest Service promotes summer fun at ski areas, Vt. (AP) — Three Vermont ski areas at least partially located in the Green Mountain National Forest could expand their summer recreational activities by taking part in a new national program designed to promote year-round recreation activities on the federal land.WILSON RINGtTravelLifestyleForestsMountainsEnvironment and natureAccommodationsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNatural resource managementEnvironmentLand environmentVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:23:47 GMTMark Alpert's latest book is dark fantasy thriller"The Furies" (Thomas Dunne Books), by Mark AlpertJEFF AYERSeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentMovies, 21 Apr 2014 14:06:04 GMTStock edge higher at start of busy earnings week YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Monday at the start of another major week for company earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week as first-quarter corporate earnings began to come in.STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 21 Apr 2014 14:24:57 GMTKnicks fire coach Mike Woodson YORK (AP) — Mike Woodson was fired as coach the New York Knicks on Monday after his team fell from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season.BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsSports transactionsNBA PlayoffsMen's sportsNBA FinalsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballEventsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:35:06 GMTReport: Sandy's fallout affecting small business YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says a third of small businesses in tri-state Superstorm Sandy disaster areas reported financial losses a year later.aBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessNatural disastersAccidents and disastersStormsWeather, 21 Apr 2014 14:33:51 GMTTeen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.OSKAR GARCIAtTravelLifestyleTransportation safetyTransportationGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessHawaiiSan JoseUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 21 Apr 2014 14:03:08 GMTEmirati firm promises to send citizen into space, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.ADAM SCHRECKtTravelLifestyleLeisure travelProducts and servicesCorporate newsBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesUnited Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiDubaiMiddle East, 21 Apr 2014 14:22:46 GMTSomali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.iGeneral newsBombingsImprovised explosivesAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsWar and unrestSomaliaMogadishuEast AfricaAfrica, 21 Apr 2014 13:43:26 GMTElizabeth Spencer wins $30,000 short story prize YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literaturePhilanthropic foundationsCelebrityEntertainmentPhilanthropySocial affairs, 21 Apr 2014 14:05:07 GMTUN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan, Uganda (AP) — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday condemned what it called "the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality" in a disputed town that is now under the control of anti-government forces.RODNEY MUHUMUZAiGeneral newsWar and unrestSouth SudanUgandaSudanEast AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 21 Apr 2014 14:16:41 GMTCrews fill in sinkhole in central Florida VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Repair crews filled in a sinkhole that opened between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:39:11 GMTBiden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.NEDRA PICKLERiGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsInternational agreementsInternational relationsPolitical resignationsGeneral newsUkraineRussiaKievUnited StatesGenevaEastern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaSwitzerlandWestern Europe, 21 Apr 2014 14:33:45 GMTAP Source: Wolves' Adelman retiring after 23 years (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons.JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:39:34 GMTUS justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds.wBusinessGovernment and politicsNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryArgentinaUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:01:11 GMTHigh court will hear case of mistaken traffic stop (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law.wGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsNational courtsNational governments, 21 Apr 2014 14:31:03 GMTUSDA establishes rural business investment program MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.DAVID PITTaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment programsAgricultural scienceCuisinesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial servicesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsScienceFood and drinkLifestyleIowaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:31:10 GMTEgypt detains well-known belly dancer (AP) — Egyptian authorities have detained a belly dancer who rose to fame for her videos spoofing Islamists and other politicians over allegations that she is running an unlicensed satellite station.iGeneral newsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Apr 2014 14:11:57 GMTFinnish sky diver crash probe could take weeks (AP) — Finnish authorities say the investigation into the plane crash that killed eight sky divers could take weeks or longer to complete.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationFinlandWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Apr 2014 14:40:00 GMTCourt to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.MARK SHERMANwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsEmbassiesTravel laws and regulationsInternational relationsGovernment regulationsNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryJerusalemTel AvivIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:39:00 GMTMARATHON WATCH: 'We're taking back our race' look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsWomen's track and fieldSports mediaMen's track and fieldBoston Marathon bombingMarathonsBombingsTelevisionTrack and fieldMen's sportsTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentWomen's sportsEventsMediaMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:22:13 GMTVermont hikers urged to stay off muddy trails CENTER, Vt. (AP) — The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails.tTravelLifestyleMountainsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureEnvironment and natureVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:21:59 GMTNew York Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson YORK (AP) — New York Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson.sSportsCoachingProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:06:37 GMTCourt rejects Exxon Mobil appeal of $105M verdict (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater.wGovernment and politicsWater environmentEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciary, 21 Apr 2014 14:01:18 GMTGunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.iGeneral newsJournalistsNews mediaMediaUkraineRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 21 Apr 2014 14:17:17 GMTUAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.ERIK SCHELZIGaBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesLabor issuesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesSocial issuesSocial affairsCorporate newsChattanoogaTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:46:34 GMTFirst SC rural tourism signs to be up this month, S.C. (AP) — The first new state highway signs directing travelers to South Carolina's rural attractions or working farms will be installed near Columbia, on Wadmalaw Island and in Colleton County by month's end.tTravelLifestyleLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSouth CarolinaColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:03:52 GMTWhy are Americans obsessed with missing plane?, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.MARGIE MASONiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationNews mediaMediaTelevisionAustraliaUnited StatesOceaniaNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:22:15 GMTCelebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral (AP) — Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCelebrityFunerals and memorial servicesEntertainmentUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Apr 2014 14:18:43 GMTObama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll (AP) — Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.wGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsHolidaysOccasions, 21 Apr 2014 14:18:35 GMTBoston Marathon begins under tight security (AP) — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon began under heavy security Monday morning, a year after the bombings near the race's finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.JIMMY GOLENaGeneral newsSportsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeBombingsEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:02:55 GMTMalaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.tTravelLifestyleAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationMalaysiaKuala LumpurSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:04 GMTMARATHON WATCH: Race security monitored at center look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsWomen's track and fieldSports mediaBoston Marathon bombingMarathonsBombingsTelevisionTrack and fieldMen's track and fieldMen's sportsTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentWomen's sportsEventsMediaMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:09:06 GMTChris Brown bodyguard convicted of assault (AP) — A judge convicted singer Chris Brown's bodyguard of assault Monday following a two-day trial that provided a preview of a similar case against Brown.JESSICA GRESKOwArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:34:57 GMTAlec Baldwin helps Rhode Island library _ again, R.I. (AP) — A struggling public library in Rhode Island is getting help from actor Alec Baldwin — again.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentLibrariesCharity fundraisingCelebrityMoviesEducationSocial affairsPhilanthropyProvidenceRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:17:58 GMTCongressional race in SW Florida heats up MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Republican voters of southwest Florida have either been entertained or appalled by the allegations made by the candidates seeking to replace their congressman, who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.TAMARA LUSHaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsPolitical endorsementsState legislatureLegislatureSpecial electionsViolent crimeCrimeCampaignsState governmentsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 14:12:22 GMTCourt won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott over his plan to require random drug tests for thousands of state workers.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:44:01 GMTPoet Claudia Rankine wins $50,000 Jackson prize YORK (AP) — Claudia Rankine, a poet born in Jamaica whose experimental verse and bracing social commentary have earned her high praise from her peers, has won a $50,000 prize designed to help her gain more attention from the general public.eArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainment, 21 Apr 2014 13:33:14 GMTMARATHON WATCH: Hoyts running Boston for last time look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsBoston MarathonSports mediaBoston Marathon bombingMarathonsBombingsTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentEventsTrack and fieldMen's track and fieldMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:27:33 GMTSherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.BINAJ GURUBACHARYAiGeneral newsSportsEmergency managementMountainsGovernment and politicsBoycottsFunerals and memorial servicesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleEnvironment and natureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsPolitical and civil unrestNepalSouth AsiaAsia, 21 Apr 2014 14:29:37 GMTFacing eviction, 89-year-old smoker plans to move, Ohio (AP) — An 89-year-old southwest Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free.aGeneral newsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:45:19 GMTMARATHON WATCH: Americans seek win to end drought look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsWomen's track and fieldTrack and fieldSports mediaMarathonsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsWomen's sportsMen's track and fieldMen's sportsTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentEventsMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:40:49 GMTParents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsMissing personsKidnappingGovernment and politicsCrimeNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Apr 2014 14:16:11 GMTCourt won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.wGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Apr 2014 13:59:51 GMTSmithsonian to host summer sleepovers for students (AP) — A "Night at the Museum" will be a reality for students at the Smithsonian this summer.tTravelLifestyle, 21 Apr 2014 14:07:23 GMT