FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Feb 2015 07:13:57 -0800Scale of racism in World Cup host Russia exposed by study (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a report provided to The Associated Press reveals.By ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsAfrican-AmericansRace and ethnicity2018 FIFA World CupFIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World CupSports governanceMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerMedical researchNazismNeo-NazismSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesEventsMen's sportsSoccerHealthGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaSaint PetersburgRostov-on-DonUnited KingdomEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Feb 2015 14:14:56 GMTTravel agent ordered to sell house to repay victims of theft, N.J. (AP) — A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened.aGeneral newsHome sellingTravel agentsTheftResidential real estateLifestyleTravelCrimeNew JerseyWoodburyUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:35 GMTMan charged with aiding terror groups arrested in Indiana (AP) — A New York man who's among six Bosnian immigrants accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria was arrested in central Indiana in early February.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeTerrorismLaw and orderWar and unrestIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:12:24 GMTSomali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years, Somalia (AP) — A U.N. official says Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years.iGeneral newsHostage situationsMaritime piracyCrimeSomaliaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Feb 2015 14:48:40 GMTSigned contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estateResidential real estateLifestyle, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:39 GMTThis Week in the Civil War Week in The Civil War for Sunday, March 1: Lincoln's second inaugural address.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAmerican Civil WarInaugurationsUnited States Presidential InaugurationEventsGovernment and politicsExecutive branchKinstonNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:01:15 GMTMistrial declared for LAPD officer accused in deadly arrest ANGELES (AP) — A mistrial has been declared for a Los Angeles police officer accused of repeatedly kicking a handcuffed woman who later died.aGeneral newsPolice brutalityCrimeArrestsViolent crimeLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:53:45 GMTPowerful undersea earthquake shakes central Indonesia, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of south-central Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 14:43:54 GMTSouth Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap (AP) — A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsKidnappingBirthdaysCrimeRadio programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentOccasionsLifestyleSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 27 Feb 2015 14:38:29 GMTMexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state CITY (AP) — Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, who once terrorized western Michoacan state and was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords , was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICONiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeMunicipal governmentsGangsGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesWar and unrestNational governmentsViolent crimeSmugglingLocal governmentsSocial issuesSocial affairsOrganized crimeMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 14:41:42 GMTKurdish fighters advance on Syrian town held by IS militants (AP) — Kurdish fighters were closing in on a northeastern Syrian town that is a key stronghold of the Islamic State group on Friday, activists said. The town and the surrounding province have become the latest battleground in the fight against the IS extremists who this week captured up to 220 Christians there.By ASHRAF KHALILiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsChristianityImprovised explosivesPolitical activismReligionSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaDamascusIraqMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 14:09:08 GMTHundreds ask Cleveland to reopen police mini-stations (AP) — Hundreds of people are asking Cleveland to reopen police mini-stations as leaders consider reforms for the city's police department.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:03:46 GMTRediscovered Picasso to go on display in Paris museum (AP) — The Pompidou Centre in Paris hopes to display a long-vanished Picasso painting in May, now that it has been recovered by U.S. customs authorities.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelFranceParisUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:41 GMTFiat Chrysler adds 467K SUVs to recall for possible stalling (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to a recall from last year to fix a potential stalling problem.fBusinessProducts and servicesCorporate news, 27 Feb 2015 14:37:55 GMTPrince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince (AP) — Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.By YURI KAGEYAMAiGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentJapanUnited KingdomTokyoEast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:51 GMTDefending champ Federer beats Coric to make Dubai final, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer moved back into the Dubai Championships final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over lucky loser Borna Coric on Friday.By SANDRA HARWITTsSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 14:19:03 GMTDetentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years CITY (AP) — Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:By The Associated PressiGeneral newsArmed forcesArrestsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeDrug-related crimeOrganized crimeMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Feb 2015 14:46:27 GMTUNESCO chief decries 'cultural cleansing' in IS video (AP) — The head of the U.N. cultural agency denounced the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCultural preservationCulturesSocial affairsFranceParisIraqWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 14:37:40 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral news, 27 Feb 2015 14:57:59 GMTStudy: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.By LAURAN NEERGAARDwBusinessHealthLifestyleGovernment and politicsSmokingMedical researchPublic healthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulations, 27 Feb 2015 14:48:15 GMTSyria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries — a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyHumanitarian crisesCivil warsHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsInternational relationsWar and unrestSyriaDamascusMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 14:42:51 GMTThe big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and SETH BORENSTEINiGeneral newsScienceWeatherGlaciersOceansEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimateAntarctica, 27 Feb 2015 14:14:47 GMTAla. tourism campaign to focus on state's barbecue culture, Ala. (AP) — State officials say this year's Alabama tourism campaign will be focused on barbecue.tTravelLifestyleAlabamaBirminghamUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 15:06:08 GMTReview: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse''s Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn't appear to pose much of a threat — instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe.By LOU KESTENeArts and entertainmentGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyle, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:50 GMTFrom 'Pulp Fiction' to Oscar meme, Travolta's highs and lows YORK (AP) — Since strutting onto the big screen in "Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta's career has been one of dramatic ups and downs, from comeback king to Internet meme.By JAKE COYLEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityAcademy AwardsDocumentariesScientologyCrimeEventsReligionSocial affairsAward shows, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:25 GMTForeign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.By KRISTI EATONtTravelLifestyleLeisure travelCambodiaPhnom PenhSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 15:01:48 GMTHighway Patrol says 8 people dead, including the gunman, in shootings in southeastern Missouri CITY, Mo. (AP) — Highway Patrol says 8 people dead, including the gunman, in shootings in southeastern Missouri.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:30:22 GMTCops: Man attacked disabled dad in bed with mounted antlers, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man who was angry that his disabled father wouldn't get out of bed has attacked him with a set of mounted antlers.aGeneral newsWashingtonPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:34 GMTVolkswagen profits up 21 percent for full year, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says after-tax profits rose 21 percent last year to 11.1 billion euros ($12.4 billion), but it offered a cautious outlook.fBusinessEconomyConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate stockCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesFinancial performanceGermanyEastern EuropeWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 15:05:10 GMTPolice: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri CITY, Mo. (AP) — Seven people were shot to death and one was injured in overnight attacks in a small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead in a neighboring county, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Friday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:57:05 GMT6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping ANGELES (AP) — A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them.By BRIAN MELLEYaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderExerciseDiet and exerciseLifestyleLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:24:20 GMTGaza tunnel collapses, killing senior Egyptian officer, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a senior army officer was killed and another was injured when a cross-border smuggling tunnel with the Gaza Strip collapsed after troops went into it to investigate.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsAccidents and disastersAccidentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessEgyptGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 27 Feb 2015 14:17:19 GMTGerman Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.By GEIR MOULSONiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureGreeceBerlinGermanyAthensEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:51 GMTCash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesUkraineRussiaMoscowSlovakiaPolandEuropeKievBratislavaEastern Europe, 27 Feb 2015 13:49:53 GMTAttackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.By JULHAS ALAMiGeneral newsReligious strifeIslamismBloggingRadicalismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaBooks and literatureEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleBangladeshDhakaSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:22 GMTPowerful undersea earthquake shakes southern Indonesia, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth.iGeneral newsNatural disastersEarth scienceAccidents and disastersScienceIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 27 Feb 2015 15:05:29 GMTZimbabwe's Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday (AP) — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is "not the power behind my throne."By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsElectionsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSocial issuesSocial affairsAfricaZimbabweSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaLesotho, 27 Feb 2015 15:07:29 GMTFire in Stratton ski lodge causes more than $200k in damage, Vt. (AP) — Vermont fire investigators say an early morning fire in the kitchen of a ski lodge at Stratton Mountain caused more than $200,000 in damage.tTravelLifestyleFiresProperty damageAccidents and disastersGeneral newsVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:59:49 GMTVatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage? CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityDivorce and separationsMarriageReligionSocial affairsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessFamily issuesVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 14:39:10 GMTMillions of young risk hearing loss from loud music, UN says (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music.Fj-drhtGeneral newsHealthTechnologyHearing loss and deafnessMusicDiseases and conditionsEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:18 GMTCops: Manslaughter charge for teen who encouraged pal to die BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school honor roll student accused of encouraging a friend to commit suicide has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.aGeneral newsViolent crimeSuicidesCrimeMassachusettsNew BedfordUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:58:56 GMTRubio: Obama sees deal with Iran as his legacy HILL, Md. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says President Barack Obama sees a deal with Iran on its nuclear ambitions as his legacy.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesIsraelIranNorth AmericaMiddle East, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:37 GMTStock market slips after weaker than expected growth in US stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock markets, 27 Feb 2015 14:41:14 GMTUS economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyConsumer spendingUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:36:02 GMTUS concerned over human rights, free speech in Turkey, Turkey (AP) — A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern over a Turkish security bill that would expand police rights to use firearms and to search and detain people.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsTurkeyAnkaraMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 14:46:05 GMTAccident in France: Corpse found in snow-clearing machine (AP) — French police say the corpse of a young woman was found inside a machine that scoops and sucks up snow at a ski resort in the Pyrenees.iGeneral newsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 13:47:31 GMTLawyer: 2nd autopsy in police shooting contradicts officials, Wash. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state says independent autopsy results differ in at least two key details from statements made by authorities.By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOSaGeneral newsViolent crimePoliceCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsWashingtonTri-CitiesSpokaneUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:40 GMTUS, Cuba restart embassy talks; breakthrough seems unlikely (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba are holding a second round of negotiations on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption. An immediate breakthrough appears unlikely.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEmbassiesDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:37:59 GMT911 caller: Girlfriend confessed to killing chief's brother (AP) — A 911 caller reporting the fatal shooting of the brother of Cleveland's police chief says the man's girlfriend confessed to killing him.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Feb 2015 14:48:20 GMTFernando Alonso says he is 'perfectly fine' after crash, Spain (AP) — Fernando Alonso says he is "perfectly fine" as he recovers at home from a crash during Formula One preseason testing that sent him to the hospital for three days.By JOSEPH WILSONsSportsCelebrityFormula OneAutomobile racingEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Feb 2015 14:29:41 GMT