FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jan 2015 03:03:29 -0800China education minister demands rejection of Western values (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationChinaBeijingShanghaiGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:33:23 GMTWorld stocks uneven ahead of US growth report KONG (AP) — World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.By KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsJapanShanghaiEast AsiaHong KongChinaUnited StatesEuropeAsiaGreater ChinaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 09:57:43 GMTChad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say Chadian warplanes and ground troops bombed Boko Haram fighters out of a Nigerian border town the Islamic extremists have held for three months.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsWar and unrestNigeriaChadCameroonWest AfricaAfricaCentral Africa, 30 Jan 2015 10:31:37 GMTQatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals.By ADAM SCHRECKiBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesGovernment and politicsUnited Arab EmiratesQatarDubaiSpainEuropeMiddle EastWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 09:25:43 GMTVietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationVietnamHanoiSoutheast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 10:17:20 GMTSenior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq (AP) — Officials say a senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters have been killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestMilitary leadershipBombingsWar casualtiesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 10:04:05 GMTItaly tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's candidate in this week's presidential election could cost him backing for his reform agenda.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational electionsElectionsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:46:33 GMTScotland's Warren leads Dubai by 1 in clubhouse after 2nd, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Marc Warren of Scotland did his chances of making a first-ever appearance at the Masters no harm by taking the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfDubaiScotlandUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:20:58 GMTLawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.By RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentViolent crimeCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 10:09:15 GMTPhilippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsMilitant groupsEmbassiesWar and unrestTerrorismGovernment and politicsPoliceInternational relationsDiplomacyInternational agreementsLaw enforcement agenciesPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 10:15:27 GMTSouth Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader (AP) — Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicitySouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 09:34:23 GMTRap Mogul Suge Knight turns self in LA hit-and-run probe, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself in early Friday in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.By RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runCrimeViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaHollywood, 30 Jan 2015 10:44:41 GMTPakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.By LYNNE O'DONNELLiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesMilitant groupsWar and unrestDiplomacyGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsAfghanistanPakistanCentral AsiaAsiaSouth Asia, 30 Jan 2015 09:04:30 GMTSome doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.By ALICIA CHANGaGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksImmunizationsParentingPublic healthChild and teen healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsRelationshipsLifestyleCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:35:21 GMTAP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979 YORK (AP) — The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance and the ensuing murder case:By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:56:58 GMTTwin bombing at Baghdad market kills 8 people (AP) — Iraqi officials say a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad has killed eight people.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:47 GMTEPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical. CITY (AP) — The Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate change message onto that of the ever-popular Pope Francis, whose upcoming environmental encyclical has drawn more speculation than any papal document in recent memory.iGeneral newsEnvironmental concernsReligionEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimateSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:16:21 GMTEurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil, Germany (AP) — Falling oil prices and a weak economy have sent prices in the eurozone even lower ahead of the start of a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort by the European Central Bank.By DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 10:24:39 GMTJudge to hear arguments on constitutionality of no fly list, Va. (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the government's no fly list in a case now embroiled with allegations of terrorism against a one-time northern Virginia resident.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 09:44:24 GMTSouth African government grants parole to apartheid-era death squad leader Eugene de Kock (AP) — South African government grants parole to apartheid-era death squad leader Eugene de Kock.iGeneral newsGovernment grantsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:20 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: No sleep for Mattek-Sands' relatives, Australia (AP) — Bethanie Mattek-Sands had relatives in about five U.S. states wide awake watching as she and Lucie Safarova won the women's doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 10:14:39 GMTFor 1st time since '80, Hawks get 3 players in All-Star Game (AP) — The Hawks keep reaping the rewards for their amazing season.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsAtlantaNew York CityGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 30 Jan 2015 08:48:38 GMTRussian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops (AP) — Russian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:37:25 GMTScott Walker ramping up a national political operation (AP) — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects.By STEVE PEOPLESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2012 United States Presidential ElectionState governmentsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsPolitical organizationsIowaDistrict of ColumbiaWisconsinSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:35:54 GMTDeath toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed.iGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestPakistanKarachiSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 10:30:54 GMTFormer Bulgarian president dies at 79, Bulgaria (AP) — Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He was 79.iGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsBulgariaSofiaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:11:25 GMTKey Romney donors and longtime staffer moving toward Bush MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer — defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.By THOMAS BEAUMONT and STEVE PEOPLESaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaignsPolitical fundraisingState governmentsPolitical partiesElectionsFinancial servicesIndustriesBusinessPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsIowaChicagoBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinoisTexas, 30 Jan 2015 08:34:04 GMTSick Serena cuts short practice on eve of Aussie Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams cut short a practice on the eve of the Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova due to a cold she's been battling for the past week.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 08:31:28 GMTChinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead (AP) — Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.By DIDI TANGiBusinessGeneral newsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370AccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsGovernment and politicsMalaysiaChinaBeijingSoutheast AsiaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 30 Jan 2015 09:35:26 GMTDoug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers (AP) — Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving.By ROB MAADDIsSportsSports transactionsNFL PlayoffsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballSports businessFootballEvents, 30 Jan 2015 08:44:39 GMTPakistan official raises death toll from Shiite mosque bombing in country's south to 20 killed, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan official raises death toll from Shiite mosque bombing in country's south to 20 killed.iGeneral newsReligious strifeWar and unrestBombingsKarachiPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 10:24:33 GMTChadian air force, ground troops bomb Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town; witnesses say, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian air force, ground troops bomb Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town; witnesses say.iGeneral newsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 10:13:34 GMTNigeria's president: Troops liberate town from Boko Haram, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says troops have retaken a northeast town and several villages from Boko Haram. There was no way to immediately confirm the claim.iGeneral newsWar and unrestNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 09:50:20 GMTTeen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 09:41:37 GMTRod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81 YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.By HILLEL ITALIEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesMusicEntertainment, 30 Jan 2015 08:26:02 GMTA sluggish start for Tiger Woods in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP) — Four holes into his first tournament of the year, Tiger Woods already was 4-over par and 10 shots out of the lead in the Phoenix Open.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsSkiingMen's golfGolfPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:37 GMTRussian official: West aims to turn business against Kremlin (AP) — A top Russian official has accusing a leading rating agency of trying to turn tycoons against the Kremlin.iBusinessGeneral newsNational governmentsEconomyGovernment and politicsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 08:41:59 GMTHouse Democrats vow to explain their vision better in 2016 (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones.By CHARLES BABINGTONaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical partiesLegislatureEconomyPolitical organizationsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeInternational agreementsInternational relationsIsraelUnited StatesPhiladelphiaMiddle EastNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 30 Jan 2015 08:37:32 GMTCold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released ISLE, La. (AP) — Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast.By GERALD HERBERTaGeneral newsAnimalsTurtlesCoastlines and beachesWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthHealthReptilesNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationNew OrleansGulf of MexicoLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 09:55:47 GMTAPNewsBreak: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide, Utah (AP) — Kristi Strack and Dan Lafferty struck up an unusual relationship behind prison walls a decade ago.By LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsSuicidesCrimeViolent crimeUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:31:50 GMTWhat to watch at Aussie Open Saturday: No 1 vs No 2, Australia (AP) — It's been five years since Serena Williams won the last of her five Australian Open singles titles. Maria Sharapova's one and only trophy at Melbourne Park came in 2008 when she defeated Ana Ivanovic.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 09:08:17 GMTBelgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep (AP) — Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsBelgiumWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 09:17:08 GMTAhead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders (AP) — Israel's settlement watchdog group says the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state.iGeneral newsElectionsGovernment and politicsContracts and ordersCorporate newsBusinessGovernment business and financeIsraelWest BankMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 30 Jan 2015 10:26:12 GMTPakistan bomb blast kills 6 at Shiite Muslim mosque (AP) — A senior Pakistani police official says a bomb blast at a mosque belonging to the minority Shiite sect of Islam has killed six people.iGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 10:08:05 GMTBritain marks 50th anniversary of Churchill's funeral (AP) — Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.iGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsFunerals and memorial servicesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 09:57:06 GMTJames Franco tries to move beyond "The Interview" CITY, Utah (AP) — Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview."By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalCelebrityEventsPark CityNorth KoreaUtahUnited StatesNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:56 GMTWhat red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending (AP) — The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.By JIM KUHNHENNwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureAppropriationsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyDebt and bond marketsFinancial markets, 30 Jan 2015 08:39:06 GMT12 civilians, 5 troops killed in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — At least 12 civilians and 5 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the past 24 hours in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine.iGeneral newsWar and unrestUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 10:17:49 GMTVinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl (AP) — One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine if he would live.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsNFL Super BowlEventsProfessional footballFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 09:11:21 GMTUS Skier Steven Nyman on a roll heading into world champs before the season, American skier Steven Nyman made a $20,000 investment to bankroll a 30-something downhiller he believed could still be one of the best in the world.By PAT GRAHAMsSportsMen's skiingAlpine skiingFIS Alpine Skiing World ChampionshipsSkiingMen's sportsEvents, 30 Jan 2015 08:53:09 GMT