FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jul 2014 08:31:47 -0700Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently (AP) — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsTravelLifestyleHawaiiSyracuseHonoluluNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:27:48 GMTWisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.SCOTT BAUERaBusinessGeneral newsElectionsGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment and politicsState governmentsCivil serviceLocal governmentsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTeachingEducationCourtsJudiciaryLegislationLegislatureLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:53 GMTJudge rejects suit by teacher fired over blog (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago for writing on her blog about students who were "disengaged, lazy whiners."aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBloggingEducationLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsOnline mediaMediaPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:33:27 GMTMore than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency (AP) — Justice Department statistics show that more than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new clemency initiative.ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCorrectional systemsLaw and order, 31 Jul 2014 15:29:40 GMTSudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home.aGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSudanUnited StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaManchesterSouth SudanNew HampshireMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:17:24 GMTObama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors (AP) — In an election-year rebuttal to Republicans, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The move comes one day after House GOP lawmakers voted to sue Obama for allegedly misusing presidential powers.JOSH LEDERMANwBusinessGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsLabor issuesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:16:25 GMTCandidate lives as homeless person for a week, Calif. (AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor says he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn.aBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState electionsElectionsState governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:11:57 GMTStocks slump as earnings disappoint YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell in early trading Thursday as investors reacted to some disappointing earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. That stimulus has underpinned gains in the stock market for years.STEVE ROTHWELLKAY JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsFinancial marketsIndiaUnited StatesEast AsiaChinaSouth AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 31 Jul 2014 14:21:21 GMTInvestigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.MSTYSLAV CHERNOViGeneral newsAccidentsPolitical resignationsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsLegislatureAccidents and disastersTransportationUkraineNetherlandsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 14:49:48 GMTThe World Health Organization says Ebola now blamed for 729 deaths across West Africa, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola now blamed for 729 deaths across West Africa.iGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthSenegalAfricaWest Africa, 31 Jul 2014 14:16:54 GMTPoles protest Russian ban on their food with humor, Poland (AP) — Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.iGeneral newsCuisinesFood and drinkLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsBusinessPolandRussiaWarsawEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 31 Jul 2014 15:29:46 GMTTop UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is calling for daily "humanitarian pauses" in Gaza until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from war.iGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 31 Jul 2014 15:10:46 GMTAlicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrity, 31 Jul 2014 14:22:43 GMTRolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial, Va. (AP) — A key witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that he made a mistake when he bought a Rolex watch for the governor at the first lady's request.ALAN SUDERMANLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderShoppingLifestyleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:06:18 GMTW. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths, Senegal (AP) — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYKRISTA LARSONiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaLiberiaSenegalSierra LeoneAfricaGuinea, 31 Jul 2014 15:17:53 GMTTarget names Pepsi's Cornell as chairman, CEO (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.htBusinessGeneral newsComputer and data securityCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesComputing and information technologyTechnologyMinneapolisMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:00:36 GMTCongress races to finish veterans, highway bills (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.DONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsLegislatureBorder securityImmigration policyLegislationPolitical partiesImmigrationVeteransImpeachmentsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsMilitary and defenseGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary affairsPolitical issuesUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaIsraelNorth AmericaMiddle East, 31 Jul 2014 15:03:11 GMT2 Azerbaijan rights activists charged with treason, Azerbaijan (AP) — Two prominent human rights activists in Azerbaijan have been charged with spying for Armenia, with one of them jailed for three months pending trial.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesPolitical activismSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsAzerbaijanArmeniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 15:29:20 GMTGriner, Mercury not focused on 16-game win streak Griner and the Phoenix Mercury are closing in on one of the greatest records in WNBA history, the Los Angeles Sparks' 18-game winning streak.DOUG FEINBERGsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballSportsProfessional basketballBasketball, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:11 GMTWhite House decries House vote on deportations (AP) — The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:49:16 GMTWisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a requirement Thursday that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court.SCOTT BAUERaGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansFraud and false statementsNational courtsVotingElectionsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislationLegislatureNational governmentsWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:03:21 GMTObama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues.wGovernment and politicsLegislatureForeign policyInternational relationsGovernment policyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:24:14 GMT3 hurt when glass falls from NYC office tower YORK (AP) — Glass has fallen from a midtown Manhattan office tower, injuring three people.aGeneral newsManhattanNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:12:53 GMTAriana Grande on 'Problem,' Bieber, horror films YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande's "Problem" was an insta-smash, but the singer acknowledges that she wasn't sure how people would receive the song, which has become one of the year's biggest hits.MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentMovies, 31 Jul 2014 14:18:53 GMTChina says pro-government imam murdered in NW (AP) — China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesViolent crimeCrimeChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 15:00:50 GMTChina's Li Na pulls out of US Open because of knee YORK (AP) — Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months.sSportsTennisMen's tennisU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsEventsAthlete healthChinaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:34:30 GMTExpert in porch shooting case talks about hand cut (AP) — A former medical examiner says a laceration on the left hand of a young woman could have been caused by her pounding on the door at a Detroit-area home before the owner killed her.ED WHITEaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:26:16 GMTPassenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing an 80-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.aBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessAccidentsFiresAccidents and disastersTransportationSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:18:11 GMTChiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp.DAVE SKRETTAsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballSt. JosephMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:28:51 GMTDivided House moves toward vote on border crisis (AP) — A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationLegislationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLegislatureUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:53:36 GMTNew Mexico city OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor' FE, N.M. (AP) — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:44:42 GMTPrize-winning goat disappears from Colorado fair, Colo. (AP) — Police in Greeley, Colorado, are investigating who's got the goat — a grand champion animal that vanished this week from a county fair.aGeneral newsOdditiesCriminal investigationsFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLaw and orderCrimeGreeleyColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:16 GMTFired band head says he was fixing vulgar culture, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney.JULIE CARR SMYTHaGeneral newsSportsHigher educationCulturesCultural preservationAlumni groupsEducationSocial affairsSocial groups and organizationsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:03:21 GMTIrish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach (AP) — Irish betting company Paddy Power says it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyComputer and data securityComputing and information technologyIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 15:06:47 GMTStarz' 'Outlander' brings novels to life vibrantly YORK (AP) — There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life.FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentBooks and literatureScotlandNew York CityUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropeNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:01:52 GMTChina accuses 3 radicals of killing leading imam (AP) — China says a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered and police killed two suspects and captured another.iGeneral newsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jul 2014 14:27:02 GMTNBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.DAN GELSTONeArts and entertainmentSportsTelevision programsEntertainmentMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:24:27 GMTAverage US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, hovering near their lows for the year.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estate, 31 Jul 2014 15:09:44 GMTFirefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters brought a blaze that had spread in Yosemite National Park under control, and containment lines kept the wildfire from threatening some the treasured sequoias that are among the largest and oldest living trees on Earth.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersEvacuationsNatural disastersCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:23:36 GMTAP source: A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsProfessional baseballSports businessBaseballMen's sportsOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 15:16:11 GMTFacebook's expands in Zambia YORK (AP) — Facebook's project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online, launching an app Thursday in Zambia.BARBARA ORTUTAYhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaInternet technologyComputing and information technologyZambiaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 31 Jul 2014 14:58:56 GMTFloods submerge parts of Balkans, 2 have died, Romania (AP) — A second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks in Romania, authorities said Thursday, and the flooding also caused damage across the Balkans, inundating a power plant in Serbia and causing landslides in Montenegro.ALISON MUTLERiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsAccidents and disastersEnergy and the environmentAccidentsNatural disastersEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnergy industryRomaniaMontenegroSerbiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 14:54:22 GMTFired band director says he fixing vulgar culture, Ohio (AP) — The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change its sexualized culture when he was dismissed.JULIE CARR SMYTHaGeneral newsSportsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:19:18 GMTHearing reset for suspect in UN soldier deaths (AP) — A federal immigration court judge delayed a hearing Thursday for a Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980.COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsEmbassiesCrimeArrestsImmigrationLaw and orderInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:37:52 GMTKerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire DELHI (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.LARA JAKESiGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCease firesInternational relationsGeneral newsDiplomacyIndiaIsraelGaza StripSouth AsiaAsiaMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 31 Jul 2014 15:23:00 GMTGay couples denied marriage licenses in S.Carolina, S.C. (AP) — Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county.aGeneral newsCouplesMarriageWeddingsFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesRelationshipsLifestyleOccasionsGreenvilleSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:23:01 GMTKey prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial, Va. (AP) — The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife says Maureen McDonnell was an enthusiastic supporter of the dietary supplement he was trying to sell.ALAN SUDERMANLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderShoppingLifestyleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:33:16 GMTUS stocks slump as earnings disappoint YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. That stimulus has underpinned gains in the stock market for years. Argentina's stock market plunged after the South American nation defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years.STEVE ROTHWELLKAY JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsEnergy industryIndustriesSouth AmericaUnited StatesRussiaArgentinaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jul 2014 15:20:04 GMTGrain mixed, livestock mostly lower (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:59:42 GMTJudge orders end to Memphis Kellogg lockout, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ordered Kellogg to put employees at its Memphis, Tennessee, cereal production facility back to work.fBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsMemphisTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:23 GMT