FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 09:38:48 -0800Teammates, fans remember Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (AP) — A memorial service is underway for legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks, with fans and friends paying tribute at a packed church.aGeneral newsSportsObituariesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:32:44 GMTPilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and naturePacific OceanAlbuquerqueAtlantic OceanNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:21:57 GMTMorocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration, Morocco (AP) — France and Morocco have announced that they have ended a long running spat by restoring judicial cooperation severed nearly a year earlier.iGeneral newsMoroccoFranceNorth AfricaAfricaWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:08:23 GMTFormer German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94 (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.By GEIR MOULSONiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWorld War IIObituariesNazismInternational relationsEventsBerlinGermanyNetherlandsPolandWest GermanyWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 17:08:59 GMTJust whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?By ANNE FLAHERTYhtBusinessGovernment and politicsTechnologyNetwork neutralityGovernment regulationsIndustry regulationTelecommunicationsConsumer protection and advocacyLegislatureIndustriesTechnology issuesConsumer products and servicesGovernment business and financeInternet technologyComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsGovernment financeLocal governmentsConsumer affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 14:10:58 GMTIS fighters acknowledge defeat in Syrian town of Kobani (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani.iGeneral news, 31 Jan 2015 13:36:21 GMTFire devastates major Russian library (AP) — A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents.iGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:43:18 GMTChicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances.By SOPHIA TAREENpGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical endorsementsMunicipal governmentsCampaignsLocal governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTeachingEducationChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:28:57 GMTPilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight, N.M. (AP) — Pilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight.aGeneral newsRecord setting eventsOceansEnvironment and naturePacific Ocean, 31 Jan 2015 14:34:07 GMTHingis, 34, back in Aussie Open final, 20 years after debut, Australia (AP) — When Martina Hingis came out retirement for the second time in her career two years ago, she set some ground rules for herself.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisMen's tennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 13:03:46 GMTFire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts (AP) — A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for a day, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents.iGeneral newsFiresLibrariesAccidents and disastersEducationSocial affairsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 16:57:48 GMTBahrain revokes citizenship of IS group ideologue, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the Islamic State militant group and dozens of other people.iGeneral newsBahrainManamaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 14:39:26 GMTNavy abandons 'Global force for good' to broaden appeal, Va. (AP) — The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join.By BROCK VERGAKISaGeneral newsArmed forcesMilitary recruitmentVeteransPublic opinionMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSocial affairsNorfolkVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:14:24 GMTRevel sale put on hold while nightclub appeals terms (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is on hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals.aBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:27:14 GMTSerena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.By JOHN PYEiGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 14:13:09 GMTLetter with suspicious powder received at Samaritan's Purse, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it is investigating a suspicious letter containing white powder that was sent to the headquarters of the Samaritan's Purse charity in western North Carolina.aGeneral newsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:58:28 GMTOfficial: UK police need more stun guns due to terror threat (AP) — The head of Britain's Police Federation says all front-line officers need to be equipped with stun guns because of the rising terror threat.iGeneral newsTerrorismPoliceWar and unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:45:28 GMTMan detained over suitcase found stuffed with human remains FRANCISCO (AP) — A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with human remains, authorities said.aGeneral newsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 13:03:13 GMTSouth Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansProtests and demonstrationsRiotsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSouth AfricaJohannesburgAfricaSomaliaEast AfricaSouthern Africa, 31 Jan 2015 16:53:00 GMTAP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPoliceCrimeProtests and demonstrationsPolitical approval ratingsPublic opinionLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesPolitical and civil unrestLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:46:35 GMTNASA launches Earth-observing satellite AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.aScienceSpace launchesMilitary facilitiesGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 31 Jan 2015 16:52:29 GMTEx-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.By JOSHUA GOODMANiGeneral newsEspionagePolitical corruptionCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryBogotaPanamaColombiaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCentral America, 31 Jan 2015 15:51:01 GMTUp to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago. It's also bad news for those planning to drive to Super Bowl parties.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:51:18 GMTIslamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 15:48:52 GMTAnti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent, Afghanistan (AP) — A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Saturday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators, police said.By The Associated PressiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisProtests and demonstrationsEventsPolitical and civil unrestTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 17:35:59 GMTAutomakers recall more than 2M vehicles for faulty air bags YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for faulty air bags that may inflate while the car is running.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 31 Jan 2015 17:17:01 GMTFognini, Bolelli win men's doubles at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final on Saturday.By JUSTIN BERGMANsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 15:20:15 GMTPile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary (AP) — As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning.By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitary leadershipLegislatureGeneral newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesAfghanistanIraqSyriaRussiaUkraineMiddle EastNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:17:48 GMTNew York Assembly facing historic change in leadership, N.Y. (AP) — The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options.By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL VIRTANENaGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsBronxQueensAlbanyNew York CityNew YorkBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:07:50 GMTWoods out of top 50 for 1st time in more than 3 years, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods is out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in three years.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:42:11 GMTFire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.iGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessAccidentsBangladeshDhakaSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 16:54:46 GMTMore than 2M vehicles a 2nd time for faulty air bags YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 31 Jan 2015 17:33:12 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Serena raises money with serves, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams had nothing but love for the fans at Rod Laver Arena after winning her 19th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaKrakowPolandOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:25:50 GMTSpanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.By HAROLD HECKLE and JORGE SAINZiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical corruptionPolitical activismGeneral electionsPolitical issuesMadridSpainEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 16:40:36 GMT5-alarm warehouse fire burns in Brooklyn; nobody hurt YORK (AP) — More than 200 firefighters are battling a 5-alarm fire in a Brooklyn storage facility that has sent smoke billowing across the borough and over the East River into Manhattan.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:10:32 GMTHatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va., W.Va. (AP) — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:23:06 GMTItaly's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers, and quickly established as priorities both efforts to revive his country's moribund economy and to encourage unity in Europe's fight against a "new season of terror."By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial electionsNational governmentsNational courtsNazismElectionsJudiciaryCourtsItalyRomeSicilyEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 17:05:57 GMTCivilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.By PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsEvacuationsLocal governmentsUkraineBelarusMinskRussiaDonetskKievEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 16:43:04 GMTWilliams beats Sharapova again, wins 19th Grand Slam title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed "C'mon," careful not to push her point too far.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 16:15:41 GMTAla judges weighing whether to perform same-sex weddings, Ala. (AP) — Fred Hamic is a marrying judge: He's performed about 1,000 weddings during seven years as Geneva County's probate judge and considers the ceremonies a highlight of his job.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageWeddingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesLocal governmentsOccasionsLifestyleAlabamaBirminghamUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 15:39:02 GMT5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France (AP) — French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.iGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestFranceParisMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 15:37:14 GMTSpain's radical leftist party shows strength in big rally (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.By HAROLD HECKLE and JORGE SAINZiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical activismPolitical issuesSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:14:36 GMTOfficials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital (AP) — A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 13:48:31 GMTAfrica agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.BY ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAfricaEthiopiaNigeriaAddis AbabaWest AfricaChadEast AfricaCentral Africa, 31 Jan 2015 16:41:33 GMTMuseum, hospital collaborate in scan of mummified remains (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.aGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:16:25 GMTCops save beaten puppy buried alive in snow; owner arrested YORK (AP) — A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and bury the dog alive in a snowbank.aGeneral newsDogsCrimeArrestsMammalsAnimalsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:17:54 GMTMcIlroy extends lead to 4 shots at Dubai Desert Classic, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots with a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 14:32:09 GMTSharapova humbled but gracious after latest loss to Williams, Australia (AP) — After more than a decade of losses to Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova is getting good at being gracious in defeat.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsEventsMen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 14:04:26 GMTRomney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JILL COLVINpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical fundraisingCampaigns2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesElectionsNational electionsPolitical organizationsIowaBeaumontChicagoNew JerseyTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 31 Jan 2015 14:05:58 GMTCrossFit gym closed after complaints of slamming barbells YORK (AP) — A CrossFit gym located in the first-floor of a New York City condo building must close after upstairs neighbors sued over excessive exercise-induced noise.aGeneral newsExerciseDiet and exerciseLifestyleLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:38:48 GMT