FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 06:35:37 -0800Morocco, 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 GMTFamily, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 09:04:45 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 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 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 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.By GEIR MOULSONiGeneral newsObituariesWorld War IIGovernment and politicsNazismInternational relationsEventsGermanyNetherlandsWest GermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 11:57:42 GMTIraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsLibrariesEducationSocial affairsIraqBaghdadSyriaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:19:45 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 GMTLawmakers vote for new Italian president in test for Renzi (AP) — Italian lawmakers are voting again to elect the country's next president.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 10:29:40 GMTA Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger, Ariz. (AP) — Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting.By DOUG FERGUSONaGeneral newsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:50:44 GMTAU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union Saturday joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.By ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsWar and unrestForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsSouth SudanEthiopiaAddis AbabaNorth AfricaAfricaEast AfricaSudanMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:43 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 GMT5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday (AP) — A quick quiz:By CONNIE CASSwGovernment and politicsGovernment programsLegislatureGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:30:00 GMTSerena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam title.iGeneral newsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsEventsTennisAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:29 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 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 GMTAnger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59 (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsReligious strifeBombingsWar and unrestFunerals and memorial servicesProtests and demonstrationsMilitant groupsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesPolitical and civil unrestTerrorismPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:44:58 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 GMTJapan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAnimation and comicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:36 GMTSergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers .iGeneral newsJudicial electionsNational courtsNational electionsElectionsGovernment and politicsJudiciaryNational governmentsCourtsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:18 GMTDueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in ANGELES (AP) — As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCrimeViolent crime, 31 Jan 2015 08:29:33 GMTCrash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsHealthBlood donationAccidentsBiologyPublic healthAccidents and disastersTransportationScience, 31 Jan 2015 08:40:43 GMTPats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson (AP) — A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it.By HOWARD ULMANsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballEventsFootball, 31 Jan 2015 08:48:22 GMTNASA launches Earth-observing satellite AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite has launched on a three-year mission to measure the amount of water in soil.aScienceSpace launchesMilitary facilitiesGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 31 Jan 2015 14:23:39 GMTVatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsWorkplace diversityChristianitySocial diversityReligionPersonnelBusinessSocial issuesSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 12:27:35 GMTEx-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency has surrendered to authorities.iGeneral newsEspionageCrimeNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBogotaColombiaPanamaSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral America, 31 Jan 2015 13:16:59 GMTMitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run (AP) — He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaigns2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesElectionsNational electionsPolitical fundraisingPolitical organizationsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:22:36 GMTGuest lineups for the Sunday news shows (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:eArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 31 Jan 2015 08:33:01 GMTAfter historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsAlbuquerqueUnited StatesAtlantic OceanNew MexicoNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:02 GMTAt a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016.By PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical fundraisingCampaignsPolitical action committeesPolitical organizationsPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsElectionsDistrict of ColumbiaTexasSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:24:46 GMTGermany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGermanyGreeceEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 12:20:23 GMTImagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero, Ariz. (AP) — Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl — he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:45:33 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 French pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 13:06:03 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 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 GMTSpain*s radical leftist party shows strength in big rally (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are marching through Madrid's streets in a show of strength by Spain's fledgling radical leftist party Podemos (We Can) which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in elections later this year.iGeneral newsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:45 GMT5 boaters rescued from sailboat 200 miles off NC coast, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued five people from a sailboat after the boat's mast broke about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 11:42:55 GMTItaly's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial electionsNational courtsElectionsJudiciaryNational governmentsCourtsItalySicilyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 14:00:22 GMTDrive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress (AP) — It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.By ALAN FRAMhtBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsLegislatureMedical technologyMedical devicesPolitical partiesLegislationHealth care industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsState governmentsTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 08:28:13 GMTSan Francisco police detain man in human remains case FRANCISCO (AP) — Police detained a "person of interest" Friday night who had been shown in photos released earlier in the probe of human remains found inside a suitcase, authorities said.aGeneral newsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 10:36:11 GMTChina offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestChinaTibetBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 10:54:03 GMTSerena Williams wins 1st set of Australian Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams, coughing frequently and still clearly affected by a recent cold, won the first set of her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova 6-3 on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 31 Jan 2015 09:36:18 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 newsAfricaEthiopiaNigeriaAddis AbabaWest AfricaChadEast AfricaCentral Africa, 31 Jan 2015 14:10:59 GMTPhilippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:53:33 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 14:02:41 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 GMTWhite House grapples with fraught terrorism language (AP) — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsTerrorismForeign policyRadicalismWar and unrestGeneral newsGovernment policyInternational relationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAfghanistanMiddle EastNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 08:31:02 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 GMTSports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsCelebrityEntertainmentMusicPartiesProfessional footballNFL Super BowlTelevision programsSports mediaOccasionsLifestyleFootballEventsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 12:03:27 GMT