FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:16:01 -0800Meet Coco: China's next Li Nahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e10a6dbea0745ca86b70a9a0dae8b72MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country's two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisEventsMen's sportsChinaAustraliaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaOceaniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e10a6dbea0745ca86b70a9a0dae8b72Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:13:48 GMTUS fades in 3-2 loss at Chile, extends winless streak to 5http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1579f3dfc97645ea84ca02fb7e7b85f4The U.S. soccer team started 2015 the same way the Americans ended last year: with a loss.By The Associated PresssSportsInternational soccerMen's soccerProfessional soccerSoccerMen's sportsChileUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1579f3dfc97645ea84ca02fb7e7b85f4Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:22:07 GMT4-alarm fire in San Francisco building kills 1, injures 6http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/85676bfde40f446f9b95deed4ce49b3dSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say one person is dead and at least six people have been injured in a massive, four-alarm fire at a residential building in San Francisco's Mission District.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/85676bfde40f446f9b95deed4ce49b3dThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:07:12 GMTKnicks overcome Westbrook's 40, beat Durant-less Thunderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8576ec821ee948a7a939e3be230b342dNEW YORK (AP) — Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas are winning over fans and helping the Knicks win games.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports mediaProfessional basketballBasketballNew York CityOklahoma CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaOklahomahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8576ec821ee948a7a939e3be230b342dThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:02 GMTRoyal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net incomehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e746bc36f264428b82d77acdb4c91bbbLONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company by market value, says fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million in results that will set the tone for other energy giants as they roll out their earnings.fBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e746bc36f264428b82d77acdb4c91bbbThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:46:43 GMTPolice barracks ambush suspect due to enter pleahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3ae5730f1fe74ff886dae08f6ae58409MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush is expected to enter a plea of not guilty.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3ae5730f1fe74ff886dae08f6ae58409Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:30:20 GMTN. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leaderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c92fca22b475463d9742d077f24d26a8SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president said in a memoir to be published next week.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsSummitsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c92fca22b475463d9742d077f24d26a8Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:40:48 GMTLleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his lasthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b53f095add384ff7b59225e8ebaef70fMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt is predicting next year's Australian Open will likely be his last and, after he retires, he'll take over the country's Davis Cup captaincy.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsDavis CupAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisMen's sportsEventsAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b53f095add384ff7b59225e8ebaef70fThu, 29 Jan 2015 08:00:02 GMTTaliban bomb kills 4, attack kills 11 in Afghanistanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d33aa48ec89a49d0a235dae0120526c5KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a roadside bombing in the country's east killed four people, including a policeman, while a Taliban attack on a checkpoint the previous night left 11 dead.iGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d33aa48ec89a49d0a235dae0120526c5Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:28:43 GMTDenver snaps 7-game skid with 93-85 win over Pelicanshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de1a318ad9d948cfb063ec6ab1e9d08cNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson weren't going to let the Denver Nuggets fall apart again — not even after they had blown a 16-point lead on the road.By BRETT MARTELsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de1a318ad9d948cfb063ec6ab1e9d08cThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:15:02 GMTDragic, Tucker help Suns hold off worn-out Washington 106-98http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bc01ca8b13be4ff7ab5716b13fa7b53dPHOENIX (AP) — When the Phoenix Suns' big lead was fading away fast in the fourth quarter, P.J. Tucker put a stop to the collapse.By BOB BAUMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bc01ca8b13be4ff7ab5716b13fa7b53dThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:25:48 GMTIsrael-Lebanon border calm day after escalationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8021f89b249f4edb815fd84a1fd28847SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestIsraelLebanonMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8021f89b249f4edb815fd84a1fd28847Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:05:21 GMTTop US colleges push for more diverse students from Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2bd5e97c62e542daabb425cd53680ea6NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yupei Guo does not fit the mold of the traditional Ivy League student from China: Her journalist parents are neither rich nor members of the governing elite.By MICHAEL MELIAaBusinessGeneral newsHigher educationSocial diversityEducationPrimary and secondary educationStudent financesInternational studentsEconomySocial affairsSocial issuesEducation issuesPersonal financeGovernment and politicsChinaBeijingUnited StatesNew HavenGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaConnecticuthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2bd5e97c62e542daabb425cd53680ea6Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:43 GMTIsraeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahuhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8deddbeb63b347f497dde98269a26f39JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up.By ARON HELLERiGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsPublic opinionCabinetsParliamentary electionsNationalismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesElectionsIsraelJerusalemMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8deddbeb63b347f497dde98269a26f39Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:40:33 GMTFed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61e82c37e05a49258781cfa21f495f41WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyEconomic policyRecessions and depressionsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61e82c37e05a49258781cfa21f495f41Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:11:55 GMTToday in Historyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9b64d6aab86b4bc98de7ff0e734a757fToday is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015. There are 336 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsUnited StatesKansasNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9b64d6aab86b4bc98de7ff0e734a757fThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:33 GMTChinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalanceshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b54b217e104d455091d7acba95df07e9BEIJING (AP) — For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China's biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children.iGeneral newsLifestyleParentingRelationshipsChinaShanghaiEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b54b217e104d455091d7acba95df07e9Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:25:04 GMTWhat to watch at Aussie Open Friday: No 1 vs defending champhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6162d3f307c6417a92d2fa16fb921943MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will play each other at the Australian Open. Based on the previous two outcomes, expect it to last for a while.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6162d3f307c6417a92d2fa16fb921943Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:51:11 GMTSri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/564e02d8852d4aba9f9e3fc4eedd212bCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.By KRISHAN FRANCISiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsCivil warsSri LankaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/564e02d8852d4aba9f9e3fc4eedd212bThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:46:16 GMTSquatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze way to prosperityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fbe9b4fc62cc4a829e886bf67196757bDETROIT (AP) — Chris Mathews' crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit's grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there.By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fbe9b4fc62cc4a829e886bf67196757bThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:17:17 GMTAP PHOTOS: Chilean kids cool off during summer heat wavehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8941e8513f634c959e52bb1e36545e09SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and excitedly watch a water truck fill up inflatable swimming pools.By LUIS HIDALGOiGeneral newsHeat wavesOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleWeatherAmusement and theme parksLeisure travelTravelSantiagoChileSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8941e8513f634c959e52bb1e36545e09Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:01:12 GMTQuotations in the Newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/99247731172e4771b620566321eae763"If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch." — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, facing skeptical questioning during her Senate confirmation hearing.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/99247731172e4771b620566321eae763Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:02:20 GMTPhilippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e3c1479f712b4330af411756111cb31fMANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.By OLIVER TEVESiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyManilaPhilippinesSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e3c1479f712b4330af411756111cb31fThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:52:55 GMTNokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growthhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3911c1a06783466180fc47bb3e7633e6HELSINKI (AP) — After selling its ailing handset unit, Nokia has turned a fourth-quarter net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) with sales increasing nearly 10 percent, partly buoyed by strong growth in North America.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsFinlandWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3911c1a06783466180fc47bb3e7633e6Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:15:32 GMTOpenings expected in murder trial of ex-Pat Aaron Hernandezhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b9181ba5be1414f8222993bbbd3dc3cFALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts are expected to lay out their case against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, as they deliver opening statements in his murder trial days before Hernandez's old team is due to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeCelebrityLegal proceedingsCrimeProfessional footballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderFootballBostonFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b9181ba5be1414f8222993bbbd3dc3cThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:21:30 GMTWhite Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aecca8ef510442a69902e33508d4e39dCHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aecca8ef510442a69902e33508d4e39dThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:14:28 GMTLG Electronics in red in 4Q on plasma TV business closurehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e72ed32e71c14c22aa96ec9b2d8dcb49SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. lost money in the fourth quarter due to the closure of its plasma TV operations but its operating income rose thanks to a mobile business recovery.htBusinessTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e72ed32e71c14c22aa96ec9b2d8dcb49Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:07 GMTNow on death row, Fort Hood gunman Hasan to appear in courthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61e511396c3c4c09872e4817a5322e6eFORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderLeavenworthKansasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61e511396c3c4c09872e4817a5322e6eThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:12:24 GMTNo. 6 Wildcats race away from Ducks early in 90-56 routhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/28130565b1cf4be7a46f084867fefc10TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabe York scored 16 points, Brandon Ashley added 13 and No. 6 Arizona put on an offensive show to dismantle Oregon 90-56 Wednesday night.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsArizonaOregonEugeneUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/28130565b1cf4be7a46f084867fefc10Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:16:02 GMTMyanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecordedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baf16575b96a482fbb851518f61628f2YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.By AYE AYE WINiGeneral newsScienceTravelLifestyleAnimalsBirdsMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baf16575b96a482fbb851518f61628f2Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:03:27 GMTToffoli, Muzzin score late, LA Kings rally past Chicago 4-3http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ba2f1796b10f46a1898bcfe033ebf2c5LOS ANGELES (AP) — With just a few minutes left in their first game back from the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings appeared to be headed to yet another frustrating one-goal loss.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ba2f1796b10f46a1898bcfe033ebf2c5Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:11:31 GMTIndia fires top foreign office officialhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e86047b5e82e4c51ac2e8689aad7bd28NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.iGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsIndiaSouth AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e86047b5e82e4c51ac2e8689aad7bd28Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:03:00 GMTNYC mayor's vibrant deaf interpreter creates his own stormhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68c377e194ee404ab3301243e2eeb216NEW YORK (AP) — They were hanging on his every word — and gesture, body movement, and definitely the facial expressions.By DEEPTI HAJELAaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsWeatherDeaf cultureU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsWinter weatherMunicipal governmentsLifestyleEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68c377e194ee404ab3301243e2eeb216Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:54:24 GMTVolatile markets push up earnings at Deutsche Bankhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3e1b74ca958a40c5a8a422a125059751FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank rebounded to make a surprise fourth-quarter profit of 441 million euros ($498 million) as it saw lower charges for settling accusations of wrongdoing.By DAVID McHUGHfBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsGermanyWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3e1b74ca958a40c5a8a422a125059751Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:57:35 GMTInquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullethttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ca2d95c19dc2432c9b77832d065b11b2SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsCrimePoliceViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ca2d95c19dc2432c9b77832d065b11b2Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:48:44 GMTWilliams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open finalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1e82c171108e4f00958600bdff2158faMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1e82c171108e4f00958600bdff2158faThu, 29 Jan 2015 06:31:27 GMTBattle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gainshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efca3cb16387481590132511e36ea98eSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesFinancial performanceCorporate newsProducts and servicesInformation technologySouth KoreaSeoulChinaEast AsiaAsiaGreater Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efca3cb16387481590132511e36ea98eThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:28:42 GMTDragic has 20, Suns hold off worn-out Washington 106-98http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35867b9168b24e9197ad4c97562ea136PHOENIX (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns held on to beat the worn-out Washington Wizards 106-98 on Wednesday night.By BOB BAUMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35867b9168b24e9197ad4c97562ea136Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:29:36 GMTDeutsche Bank posts surprise profit as litigation costs easehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/46cf7da15ae84696a12a74473ab1945aFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank rebounded to make a surprise fourth-quarter profit of 441 million euros ($498 million) as it saw lower charges for settling accusations of wrongdoing.By DAVID McHUGHfBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsFinancial performanceCorporate newsFinancial servicesIndustriesGermanyWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/46cf7da15ae84696a12a74473ab1945aThu, 29 Jan 2015 08:05:35 GMTAs Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are waryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/81e382e7940d4ba1a4347203c9b68e6eESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag — a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.By VIVIAN SALAMAiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMilitant groupsWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIraqSyriaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/81e382e7940d4ba1a4347203c9b68e6eThu, 29 Jan 2015 06:51:33 GMTLatest Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 17http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/986de1e84e92488e8b27271f0af10398KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.iGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/986de1e84e92488e8b27271f0af10398Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:01:18 GMTMost of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleachinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7bb5c7f168514632afebfcf0c6b69c87HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival.By AUDREY McAVOYaGeneral newsScienceCoralsAlgaeAnimalsPlantsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7bb5c7f168514632afebfcf0c6b69c87Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:17:15 GMTYour Top Plays for Todayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4e54e44b8fb403b9f9906b6bb9395f2Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsNFL footballProfessional footballFootballBarcelonaSpainWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4e54e44b8fb403b9f9906b6bb9395f2Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:11:22 GMTMason 16 points for No. 9 Kansas in 64-61 win at TCUhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/92f312a811754e2a8bae4f8d86dd7d0fFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Frank Mason III had a couple of key baskets in the second-half run that put No. 9 Kansas ahead to stay.By STEPHEN HAWKINSsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsKansasTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/92f312a811754e2a8bae4f8d86dd7d0fThu, 29 Jan 2015 06:29:30 GMTWho's who in the Aaron Hernandez murder trialhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/591a9a1e6ec3439e9dc8494a2a9d944dA list of who's who in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderProfessional footballFootballBristolBostonConnecticutUnited StatesNorth AmericaMassachusettshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/591a9a1e6ec3439e9dc8494a2a9d944dThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:22:39 GMTVenezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraudhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c583a0213e9493a9bab995eb6937e8aBRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is expected to be sentenced in a Connecticut case that had its biggest fallout in Venezuela, where the state oil company had hundreds of millions of dollars invested with the disgraced financier.By MICHAEL MELIAaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeFinancial servicesIndustriesLaw and orderEnergy industryVenezuelaBridgeportConnecticutUnited StatesSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c583a0213e9493a9bab995eb6937e8aThu, 29 Jan 2015 07:11:29 GMTJapan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/92577a550bbd4278b842dd602ec50584TOKYO (AP) — Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group.By ELAINE KURTENBACH and KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsAmmanJapanJordanSyriaIraqTokyoMiddle EastUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/92577a550bbd4278b842dd602ec50584Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:40:23 GMTSerena Williams to maintain No 1 ranking after Melbournehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/22c346daca2c4d1abd71a8c0f85580b4MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins when they meet in the Australian Open final on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/22c346daca2c4d1abd71a8c0f85580b4Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:27:44 GMTSpangler leads No. 24 Oklahoma past Texas Tech 81-36http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b56d9eba7e74cb39b5c484922edee4aNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — If Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger ever needs to emphasize the importance of playing great defense, he'll have a 40-minute how-to video in the archives.By CLIFF BRUNTsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOklahomaNormanTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b56d9eba7e74cb39b5c484922edee4aThu, 29 Jan 2015 05:13:55 GMTAsia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/415f590c7bee493e9e8a8e35bb3dc534TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesRetail and wholesale sector performanceConsumer products and servicesJapanEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/415f590c7bee493e9e8a8e35bb3dc534Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:45:22 GMT