FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 25 Nov 2014 15:07:55 -0800Official: Afghan president orders military review, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.By LYNNE O'DONNELLiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsAfghanistanUnited StatesKabulCentral AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 25 Nov 2014 21:37:14 GMTSizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessTechnologyHigher educationBaseballProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessSportsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesInformation technologyHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleEducationSocial affairsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballNFL footballProfessional footballFootballUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:59:23 GMTAs OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom YORK (AP) — These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.By JONATHAN FAHEYaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEnergy and the environmentGovernment and politicsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNigeriaMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaIranNorth AmericaWest AfricaAfrica, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:23 GMTEd Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs (AP) — The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsEducationStudent testingTeachingGraduationSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issues, 25 Nov 2014 22:47:04 GMTEd Dept. seeks to improve teacher prep programs (AP) — The Obama administration wants to improve teaching before teachers enter the classroom, and it's proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsEducationTeachingSocial affairs, 25 Nov 2014 22:21:25 GMTGreece: HIV infections ease after spike, Greece (AP) — Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis.iGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Nov 2014 22:45:58 GMTSony to offer partial refunds for gaming console (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.By JENNIFER C. KERRhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsTechnologyParentingRelationshipsConsumer affairsMarketing and advertisingCorporate newsProducts and servicesGamesRecreation and leisureUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:35:25 GMTSchumer to Dems: Make government help workers (AP) — The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.By CHARLES BABINGTONwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsMid-term electionsPolitical partiesHealth care reformHealth care policyLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsLabor issuesPolitical organizationsPolitical issuesGovernment policyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsEconomic policyEconomyInternational tradeDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:04:11 GMTU.Va. looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking.By FREDERIC J. FROMMERaGeneral newsHigher educationCollegiate organizationsSex in societyEducationSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeSocial groups and organizationsSocial issuesHuman welfareCharlottesvilleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:56:53 GMTWoods at 5-year mark of Thanksgiving accident mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfPGA ChampionshipsAccidentsEventsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportation, 25 Nov 2014 21:39:36 GMTRain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel, N.Y. (AP) — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year.By FRANK ELTMANaBusinessGeneral newsWeatherLeisure travelHolidaysWinter weatherAir travel disruptionsTravelOccasionsLifestyleTransportationNew YorkNew York CityNewarkBostonUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew JerseyMassachusetts, 25 Nov 2014 21:45:56 GMTRough week for Fox in Nielsen ratings YORK (AP) — If Fox launches a comeback over the next couple of years, the network may very well look upon the week before Thanksgiving 2014 as its low point.By DAVID BAUDERfBusinessArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTelevision ratingsTV newsFootballTelevisionMediaNews mediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesProfessional footballSports, 25 Nov 2014 21:35:02 GMTEbola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation', Va. (AP) — With flat screen TVs, game nights and plentiful Wi-Fi, life in isolation for military members returning from the mission in West Africa against Ebola can look a lot like summer camp.By BROCK VERGAKISaGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:24:10 GMTRussian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems (AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansDiplomacyHuman rights and civil libertiesInternational relationsPolice brutalityTV newsSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderViolenceNews mediaMediaTelevisionChinaMoscowUnited StatesRussiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:15 GMTSpace station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation.By MARCIA DUNNhtBusinessScience3-D technologyEntertainment and media technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:47:15 GMTUS stocks dip as oil pushes energy sector lower YORK (AP) — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsCommodity marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:18:00 GMTMan freed after 39 years in prison offers thanks (AP) — A man imprisoned nearly four decades for a slaying and freed when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom.By LISA CORNWELLaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOhioCincinnatiClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:05:06 GMTNobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction YORK (AP) — The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:46:20 GMTTop candidate for defense secretary bows out (AP) — A top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon is taking herself out of consideration for the job.By JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defensePolitical organizations, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:15 GMTLawmakers near deal to extend popular tax breaks (AP) — Lame duck lawmakers are closing in on an agreement to renew dozens of expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals, including permanent enactment of a generous tax breaks on investments in new equipment and research and development.By ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsStudent financesHigher educationEducation costsLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPersonal financeLocal governmentsEducationSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:55:04 GMT2nd day of rallies across US after Ferguson news protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in some U.S. cities for a second day Tuesday, even as others were still cleaning up vandalism from the night before.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisSeattleNew York CityChicagoDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaWashingtonNew YorkIllinois, 25 Nov 2014 22:19:56 GMTHolder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.By ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsCrimePolitical and civil unrestMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:56:23 GMTWarplanes strike airport in Libya capital again (AP) — Warplanes again bombed a Libyan military air base Tuesday that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport, shortly after the Islamist-backed prime minister said his government was at war.By MERRIT KENNEDYiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsEgyptLibyaMiddle EastTripoliNorth AfricaAfrica, 25 Nov 2014 21:59:43 GMTLongtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40 PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.aGeneral newsObituariesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsFamily issuesGuatemalaTexasEl PasoUnited StatesMexicoCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:45:37 GMTPuerto Rico police seize $11.5M worth of cocaine JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $11.5 million.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimePuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:14 GMTNo major flooding in Buffalo as snow melt ends, N.Y. (AP) — Melting snow has flooded some basements and pooled in yards and roadways after the Buffalo-area's 7-foot snowfall, but the region has dodged the kind of widespread flooding that weather-weary residents had feared.aGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersBuffaloNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:48:31 GMTMet Museum gets major gift of African-American art YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art has received a major gift of works by contemporary African-American artists from the South.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArt museumsVisual artsMuseumsPhilanthropyRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:26:35 GMTProtesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsBlockadesNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:06:47 GMTTough to make a case against police in shootings (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.By ERIC TUCKERwGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCriminal investigationsLegal proceedingsPolice brutalityCrimeCivil rights violationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPoliceGeneral newsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLaw enforcement agenciesNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:10:35 GMTMissouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.aGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:24:17 GMTCirque show scene returns after performer's death VEGAS (AP) — A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:26:11 GMTNo homicide charge against NY mom in girl's death PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they can no longer support a homicide charge against a special-education teacher who had been accused of killing her severely disabled daughter by neglecting her.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsViolent crimeCriminal negligenceLegal proceedingsCrimeIndictmentsCrimes against childrenLaw and orderWhite PlainsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:23 GMTLa. teacher pleads not guilty in group sex case, La. (AP) — A 32-year-old teacher accused of participating in group sex with a 16-year-old student and another faculty member has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of having carnal knowledge of a juvenile.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeEducationLaw and orderSocial affairsLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:23:27 GMTHow the Dow Jones industrial average did Tuesday slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting.The Associated PressfBusinessStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 25 Nov 2014 21:52:38 GMTBill: New Yorkers could identify as multiracial YORK (AP) — New Yorkers may soon be able to identify themselves as more than one race under legislation introduced in the City Council on Tuesday.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsLegislationLocal governmentsLegislatureNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:06:50 GMTAP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.By JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsMilitary and defensePolitical organizations, 25 Nov 2014 22:31:34 GMTBuffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt, N.Y. (AP) — Melting snow has flooded some basements and pooled in yards and roadways after the Buffalo area's 7-foot snowfall, but the region has dodged the kind of widespread flooding residents had feared.aGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherStormsBuffaloNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:55:17 GMTPolice: Students ran high school prostitution ring, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit.By JARED LEONEaGeneral newsJuvenile crimeCrimeCrimes against childrenFloridaSarasotaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:55:33 GMTTwo teens shot dead, two different Obama reactions (AP) — Two unarmed black teenagers shot dead. Two very different reactions from President Barack Obama.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansSocial issuesSocial affairsMissouriDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:25:29 GMT5 children killed in South Texas house fire, Texas (AP) — Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their South Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:25:30 GMTWoman who faked son's cancer gets probation, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights in jail.aGeneral newsCancerCrimeDiseases and conditionsHealthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChild and teen healthColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:51:03 GMT24 died in Burkina Faso unrest that ousted leader, Burkina Faso (AP) — A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBurkina FasoOuagadougouWest AfricaAfrica, 25 Nov 2014 21:07:46 GMTPall and DSW are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fFinancial performanceCorporate newsBusiness, 25 Nov 2014 21:45:35 GMTBrown family blasts prosecutor's handling of case, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses burned to the ground.By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEBaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsFiresAccidents and disastersMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:28:41 GMTConservationists sue over federal coal program, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceGovernment programsLegal proceedingsNatural resource managementLaw and orderEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLand environmentEnvironmental concernsClimateUnited StatesBillingsMontanaNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:02:49 GMTHSBC to pay $12.5 million to settle SEC charge (AP) — HSBC will pay $12.5 million to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated U.S. securities laws.fBusinessUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:46:52 GMTJudge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings (AP) — A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez's defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:34:39 GMTFederal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.aGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsConstitutionsMarriageNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:42:20 GMTWal-Mart's top merchant out as key holiday nears YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer for its namesake U.S. division has left as the discounter makes leadership changes to perk up sales as the holiday shopping season revs up.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOfBusinessHolidaysHoliday shoppingPersonnelGift shoppingOccasionsLifestyleShoppingPersonal spendingPersonal financeUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:41:36 GMTStock gains fizzle; Indexes still near records YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is ending the day pretty much it started, leaving indexes near record highs.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:11:22 GMT