FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:30:55 -0800Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, killing 3http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/316a27a91479498ea1fe84abfb5f1811MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.By ALBERTO ARCE and PETER ORSIiGeneral newsHealthExplosionsAccidents and disastersMunicipal governmentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/316a27a91479498ea1fe84abfb5f1811Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:07:49 GMTChina education minister demands rejection of Western valueshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7006275a4df4726b1b2ba0ebe235b8eBEIJING (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7006275a4df4726b1b2ba0ebe235b8eFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:21:47 GMTNBA in expanded digital partnership with China's Tencenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/addc2b70a53c414c8fbf4f3f024a1c7cBEIJING (AP) — The National Basketball Association is forming its largest international digital partnership through an expansion of its arrangements with Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., the league said Friday.fBusinessSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/addc2b70a53c414c8fbf4f3f024a1c7cFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:45:12 GMT3 Hawks, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserveshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55c200e2ea934b84a463803b29bd3450NEW YORK (AP) — Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsNBA All-Star GameMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballEventsTexasPortlandClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaineTennesseehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55c200e2ea934b84a463803b29bd3450Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:41:14 GMTSurvivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blasthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a835ef8c832749fdad99687df4d882a2MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"By ALBERTO ARCE and PETER ORSIiGeneral newsHealthExplosionsAccidents and disastersMunicipal governmentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a835ef8c832749fdad99687df4d882a2Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:15:36 GMTAPNewsBreak: Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list manhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b4a6711312784b2581a1c819972e60b5ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia.By MATTHEW BARAKATaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsTerrorismIntelligence agenciesArrestsMilitant groupsCrimeGovernment and politicsLaw and orderWar and unrestImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsVirginiaUnited StatesSomaliaNorth AmericaEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b4a6711312784b2581a1c819972e60b5Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:10:41 GMTHanzal scores go-ahead goal as Coyotes top Leafs 3-1http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/551cc9a35a1f4ab885ec9c916ff6addeTORONTO (AP) — Martin Hanzal scored the go-ahead goal and Mike Smith stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsTorontoOntarioCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/551cc9a35a1f4ab885ec9c916ff6addeFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:53:53 GMTLAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leaderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/447897f037ba4a4686e8945d8d6943c8LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office and an acknowledgement of mistakes from the chief of police Thursday.By TAMI ABDOLLAHaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/447897f037ba4a4686e8945d8d6943c8Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:13:58 GMTLawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/618640db4b914e28a38433c336e720d9COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers in a Los Angeles suburb, his lawyer said.By RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentViolent crimeCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/618640db4b914e28a38433c336e720d9Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:19:08 GMTBuilder projects 18-month delay for nuclear plant in Georgiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f6950e07b0b3456ab23d5fc0c67db1bbATLANTA (AP) — Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday.By RAY HENRYfBusinessProduction facilitiesUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f6950e07b0b3456ab23d5fc0c67db1bbFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:32:50 GMTNo. 6 Tennessee women eke out 73-72 win over No. 10 Kentuckyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ea2aec2b4ce647b6910b7c1fa69d92d3LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick combined to score 25 second-half points and sixth-ranked Tennessee held on to edge No. 10 Kentucky 73-72 victory Thursday night.By GARY B. GRAVESsSportsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsTennesseeKentuckyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ea2aec2b4ce647b6910b7c1fa69d92d3Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:04:44 GMTSharks use 5-goal second to beat Ducks 6-3http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a0403b2e18d74013bfc47ba001e53d6eSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks used a five-goal second period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Thursday night.By RICK EYMERsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a0403b2e18d74013bfc47ba001e53d6eFri, 30 Jan 2015 06:04:04 GMTLander's 1st goal of season leads Edmonton over Buffalo, 3-2http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a101f50db2874c999e12533bd9cf2becEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Lander's first goal of the season was the game winner and he added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers won the battle of bottom-dwelling teams, 3-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsAlbertaEdmontonCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a101f50db2874c999e12533bd9cf2becFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:34:50 GMTReview: CSC's new 'A Month in the Country' lacks nuancehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1781aca07d7e49bbb3e93fa1ca9a0913NEW YORK (AP) — Careless actions can have unexpected consequences, as demonstrated in the great 19th-century Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev's classic "A Month in the Country." The comedy of manners, about all kinds of love among Russian aristocrats and their employees on a country estate, resonates with tragic undertones as realism and romanticism battle it out.By JENNIFER FARRAReArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1781aca07d7e49bbb3e93fa1ca9a0913Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:26:09 GMTPowell scores 23 to lead UCLA past No. 11 Utah 69-59http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a98001433b1f4213a242026db1771c2aLOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Powell scored 23 points and UCLA defeated No. 11 Utah 69-59 on Thursday night.sSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsUtahLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a98001433b1f4213a242026db1771c2aFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:45:01 GMTPrice, Pacioretty lift Canadiens to 1-0 win over Rangershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5e35fada87584bafa834e878f7737aeaNEW YORK (AP) — Carey Price had an early feeling that one goal might be enough to settle the latest matchup between his Montreal Canadiens and longtime Original Six foe, the New York Rangers.By IRA PODELLsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyNew YorkNew York CityMontrealUnited StatesNorth AmericaQuebecCanadahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5e35fada87584bafa834e878f7737aeaFri, 30 Jan 2015 04:00:30 GMTHarrison twins lead No. 1 Kentucky to 69-53 win over Mizzouhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/147cd19c50f1479e9ef6824047a1c1b0COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The way his team rolled over Missouri when they met a couple weeks ago, Kentucky coach John Calipari anticipated the Tigers throwing a few haymakers in the rematch.By DAVE SKRETTAsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsMissouriColumbiaKentuckyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/147cd19c50f1479e9ef6824047a1c1b0Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:22:05 GMTAP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8585d46f2ea04273a710e2774ce8f00aNEW YORK (AP) — The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of how Patz's disappearance and the ensuing murder case:By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8585d46f2ea04273a710e2774ce8f00aFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:15:19 GMTToday in Historyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2733885500fe485abd271bccdd60ae2eToday is Friday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2015. There are 335 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaLegislatureCrimeViolent crimeGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomUnited StatesJapanGermanyEast AsiaWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2733885500fe485abd271bccdd60ae2eFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:03 GMTMeet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security checkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2f3bdb231a024014a9467eb1667e29b4LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.By WILSON RINGaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment pensions and social securityMunicipal governmentsLegislatureGovernment and politicsSeniorsGovernment business and financeLocal governmentsVermontRutlandUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2f3bdb231a024014a9467eb1667e29b4Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:10:51 GMTRandolph's double-double leads Grizzlies over Nuggets, 99-69http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9907ae676c164a8c993706b3264cb0b8MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13 points and the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead en route to a 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.By CLAY BAILEYsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMemphisTennesseeUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9907ae676c164a8c993706b3264cb0b8Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:22:02 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina women cruise past Alabama 85-54http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f9d518643d1248ca964025bff595936bCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley hasn't looked ahead all season and won't start now, no matter how close her top-ranked Gamecocks are to their matchup with No. 2 Connecticut.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsAlabamaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f9d518643d1248ca964025bff595936bFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:12:08 GMTPhiladelphia tops Winnipeg 5-2 for 3rd straight victoryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96b5f2dafe0b4a8db60fe16c4b33b199PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Schultz makes a living trying to keep pucks out of the net, instead of shooting them.By DAN GELSTONsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96b5f2dafe0b4a8db60fe16c4b33b199Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:51:38 GMTNo. 8 Louisville women beat No. 23 Syracuse 78-58http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/139c04df1b2e4b38a8c429b457e2babbLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen scored 23 points and No. 8 Louisville beat No. 23 Syracuse 78-58 on Thursday night to give coach Jeff Walz his 200th win.By JOSH ABNERsSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsLouisvilleNew YorkKentuckyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/139c04df1b2e4b38a8c429b457e2babbFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:18:01 GMTReport disputes claims that US hacked reporter's computerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/74227852c5aa4aa7905aaf439ee882d0WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report is disputing allegations by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the federal government secretly monitored her personal computer.htArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentHackingForensicsTechnology issuesTechnologyComputer hardwareConsumer electronicsLaw and orderGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/74227852c5aa4aa7905aaf439ee882d0Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:08:37 GMTAsia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvementhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4f5b2284ebaa459cbf1c3778bf78603eHONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.By KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsJapanChinaEast AsiaHong KongAsiaGreater Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4f5b2284ebaa459cbf1c3778bf78603eFri, 30 Jan 2015 04:35:50 GMTObama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2ff2e38a0aaf4a7fb229cc0208f3cce4WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.By JOSH LEDERMAN and ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment programsLegislatureArmed forcesEconomyPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyMilitary and defensePolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2ff2e38a0aaf4a7fb229cc0208f3cce4Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:28:22 GMTHouse Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7fcf4059e1a4c8c982facb2f6500dc6PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.By CHARLES BABINGTONaBusinessGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical partiesHouse electionsLegislaturePolitical organizationsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeInternational agreementsInternational relationsIsraelUnited StatesPhiladelphiaMiddle EastNorth AmericaPennsylvaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7fcf4059e1a4c8c982facb2f6500dc6Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:51:10 GMT10 Things to Know for Fridayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9ddf51dbdf6f4cb4a0d3b3976b71e243Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHealthUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9ddf51dbdf6f4cb4a0d3b3976b71e243Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:33:55 GMTKaty Perry says halftime performance will make you 'Roar'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eb8a88de6d24414db8faff2e74fc9d8fPHOENIX (AP) — Katy Perry says her Super Bowl halftime performance will make you "Roar" — with animals.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEventsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eb8a88de6d24414db8faff2e74fc9d8fFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:36:20 GMTPaquette has 3 goals, Lightning beat Wings 5-1http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/add805ef93c34dfeb29ea787d8709f0aTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette had three goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record ninth consecutive home win.By MARK DIDTLERsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/add805ef93c34dfeb29ea787d8709f0aFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:19:18 GMTTaliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6050fa13184c4a63bf5a7e614858802cKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man.By AMIR SHAHiGeneral newsWar and unrestViolent crimeCrimeAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6050fa13184c4a63bf5a7e614858802cFri, 30 Jan 2015 06:08:02 GMTSales call leads to rescue of beaten Oregon womanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d531de57ec6444689c61ea5eead41dcLEBANON, Ore. (AP) — A lucky sales call from a Las Vegas, Nevada, company led deputies to rescue a 33-year-old Oregon woman who was being beaten and strangled, a sheriff says.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsCrimeOregonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d531de57ec6444689c61ea5eead41dcFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:53:44 GMTNo. 18 Mississippi State women beat Vanderbilt 69-44http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7f7a91a047ff46df910ba0e42055967bSTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, and No. 18 Mississippi State rolled to a 69-44 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday night.sSportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMississippiStarkvilleUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7f7a91a047ff46df910ba0e42055967bFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:55:03 GMTRio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet caseshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fe06c231c4b942d0aed82f1817418692RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.By BRAD BROOKS and YESICA FISCHiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeWar and unrestCrimeBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fe06c231c4b942d0aed82f1817418692Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:12:59 GMTPacers shrug off slow start, pull away from Knicks 103-82http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c267f231ff94cc88140c4f4429c3440INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.By MICHAEL MAROTsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballNew York CityIndianaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c267f231ff94cc88140c4f4429c3440Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:40:36 GMTNo. 15 Nebraska women hold off Illinois, 59-57http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/072183228b784aa4864670dc50a87c2cLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tear'a Laudermill scored 16 points and Natalie Romeo hit a late 3-pointer to help No. 15 Nebraska women hold off Illinois for a 59-57 win on Thursday night.sSportsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/072183228b784aa4864670dc50a87c2cFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:32:49 GMTRod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/47e14d6d7f8e42cc91f270f351780d9eNEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.By HILLEL ITALIEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituarieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/47e14d6d7f8e42cc91f270f351780d9eFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:25:49 GMTAP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican familyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e208fbad7b84ecab3176025005150c9MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican party isn't complete without a piñata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club.By REBECCA BLACKWELLiBusinessGeneral newsHobbiesRecreation and leisureLifestyleMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2e208fbad7b84ecab3176025005150c9Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:46:25 GMTOregon snowpack at record lowshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2781f1c9a78245ac81fa7adcbf5c3297GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's mountain snowpack, vital for farms, fish and ski resorts, is in the midst of another miserable year, posting record low depths despite normal precipitation.By JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersOregonGrants PassUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2781f1c9a78245ac81fa7adcbf5c3297Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:09:20 GMTBergenheim lifts Panthers to 3-2 win over Blue Jacketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c0f1e261b5b49f59f11d8c6c9697b23SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sean Bergenheim scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Florida Panthers get a much-needed win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Thursday night.By PAUL GEREFFIsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c0f1e261b5b49f59f11d8c6c9697b23Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:32:21 GMTNo. 20 Iowa women break record for 3s, beat Northwesternhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b78fbd0dc02b43308cdcaa80f0ac8749EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Melissa Dixon scored 29 points, including 9 of 10 3-pointers, as No. 20 Iowa set a Big 10 record with 19 3-pointers in a 102-99 win over Northwestern on Thursday.sSportsRecord setting eventsWomen's sportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballGeneral newsBasketballCollege sportsIowaIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b78fbd0dc02b43308cdcaa80f0ac8749Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:36:12 GMTStars beat Senators 6-3 in Spezza's return to Ottawahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/024e44df56774d73ac8e66312dc17038OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jamie Benn scored two goals, and the Stars beat the Senators 6-3 on Thursday night in Jason Spezza's first game in Ottawa since he was traded to Dallas in the offseason.sSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsOntarioOttawaCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/024e44df56774d73ac8e66312dc17038Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:56:28 GMTShattenkirk lifts Blues past Predators in shootouthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96c7aabe5b864be8b53c74f3fbed61aaST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.By NATE LATSCHsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeySt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96c7aabe5b864be8b53c74f3fbed61aaFri, 30 Jan 2015 04:27:52 GMTSabonis, Karnowski lead No. 3 Gonzaga past Portland 64-46http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/32e9baac4cdc4dda90b1011746c33a6fSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 3 Gonzaga beat Portland 64-46 on Thursday night, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 37 games dating to 2012.By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOSsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonSpokaneUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/32e9baac4cdc4dda90b1011746c33a6fFri, 30 Jan 2015 04:27:04 GMTSmart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earningshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dd02ce48a94a4359a22bfc4e592add53NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 14 percent in aftermarket trading. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues.htBusinessTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dd02ce48a94a4359a22bfc4e592add53Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:53:45 GMTLoving, Russell carry Ohio State past No. 16 Maryland, 80-56http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c02b498d9f8d413cb0dd7c96a46a05b6COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Thad Matta has been wondering about his team's toughness.By RUSTY MILLERsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOhioMarylandUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c02b498d9f8d413cb0dd7c96a46a05b6Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:37:53 GMTAP source: Obama to give Congress more info on trade dealshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8cf52432e75548c4b77e61daab6e005bPHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama has told House Democrats he'll give them more information about the specifics in the trade deals he's negotiating overseas.By JOSH LEDERMANaGovernment and politicsInternational tradePolitical partiesEconomyBusinessPolitical organizationsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational agreementsInternational relationsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8cf52432e75548c4b77e61daab6e005bFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:40:01 GMTNo. 14 Texas women edge No. 24 Oklahoma 84-81 in 2OThttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b9c48469de94008b855ce74dd48302cAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored 21 points and combined with Empress Davenport for 15 points in the two overtime sessions as No. 14 Texas defeated No. 24 Oklahoma 84-81 in double overtime on Thursday.sSportsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsOklahomaTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b9c48469de94008b855ce74dd48302cFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:10:23 GMTDubnyk helps Wild blank Flames 1-0http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/530a0c6a071a4c58931d0510d6c46113CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Zach Parise scored in the first period and Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a big 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyAlbertaCalgaryCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/530a0c6a071a4c58931d0510d6c46113Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:21:34 GMT