FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:19:55 -0800Broadway-bound 'Gigi' opens 1st at Kennedy Center in DChttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8639b60c1d9842779e4c247d7fc19428WASHINGTON (AP) — The Broadway-bound musical revival "Gigi" is opening at the Kennedy Center, starring Vanessa Hudgens, who will make her Broadway debut.tTravelLifestylePerforming artsEntertainmentArts and entertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8639b60c1d9842779e4c247d7fc19428Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:39:38 GMTRejuvenated McLaren shows off new Honda-powered car for 2015http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e0d56f5f3d1d4cb9a753df0627357a3dWOKING, England (AP) — Energized by a restructured driver lineup and a renewed relationship with Honda, McLaren showed off its new car for the 2015 season that the English team expects will restore the fortunes of one of Formula One's biggest names.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessEnglandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e0d56f5f3d1d4cb9a753df0627357a3dThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:54:20 GMTDinosaur no more: Fans lament loss of museum's iconic Dippyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/253c877ca9e84f0593e4cf7194d7a271LONDON (AP) — Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum — and his fans aren't happy.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsOdditiesUnited KingdomLondonWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/253c877ca9e84f0593e4cf7194d7a271Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:30:15 GMTReport: Pilot became disoriented before fatal 2013 crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14096008d5d24120886dc3695a88c6aeEPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators say the crash of a volunteer medical flight in upstate New York two years ago occurred after the pilot became disoriented in low visibility, causing the small plane to spiral out of control before breaking up in midair.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14096008d5d24120886dc3695a88c6aeThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:46:13 GMTAlibaba adjusted profit tops estimates, revenue falls shorthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d829929a9192415c9fab53aeb795eab6NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba's Group reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations as its user base continued to grow and shoppers bought more on mobile phones.By MAE ANDERSONfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d829929a9192415c9fab53aeb795eab6Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:53:43 GMTYouths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president's convoy in Yolahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/919c1b10eb954572bdff041d6a73c6ddYOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president's convoy in Yola.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/919c1b10eb954572bdff041d6a73c6ddThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:50:04 GMTThai junta blocks discussion of media censorshiphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0e5b34c45d4d4501be592eaa123cc6e8BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta has forced the cancellation of a prominent civic forum examining its repressive media policies since the military toppled an elected government last May.iGeneral newsMediaHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0e5b34c45d4d4501be592eaa123cc6e8Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:49:41 GMTMusic Review: Bob Dylan's late-night dischttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d411aaf4b3504334a7e4a0781131c161Bob Dylan, "Shadows in the Night" (Columbia)By DAVID BAUDEReArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d411aaf4b3504334a7e4a0781131c161Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:02:24 GMTAfghan official: Suicide bomber hits funeral of Taliban victims in eastern province, kills 16http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dcb43e8c603244e0a12c4a35c482970aKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official: Suicide bomber hits funeral of Taliban victims in eastern province, kills 16.iGeneral newsWar and unrestFunerals and memorial servicesTerrorismAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dcb43e8c603244e0a12c4a35c482970aThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:51:40 GMTAngry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bef5530336364127a6f4228f56aa7eb9YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern city of Yola, breaking windows on some of the vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestNigeriaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bef5530336364127a6f4228f56aa7eb9Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:06:58 GMTGlobal stocks, oil stabilize after Fed statementhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f8f610863af844a8917afa58e3e44d82TOKYO (AP) — Global shares and the price of oil stabilized on Thursday during European trading hours after the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesStock marketsFinancial servicesJapanEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f8f610863af844a8917afa58e3e44d82Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:55:23 GMTGas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injuredhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1b04b9a90eee4f308af536dd47712aa7MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials say a gas tank truck has exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital, collapsing part of it and injuring dozens of people.iGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1b04b9a90eee4f308af536dd47712aa7Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:13:04 GMTUS unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year lowhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f64a4310b4154e4f91f838cacb52aa83WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyUnemployment insuranceLayoffsHiring and recruitmentBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsPersonnelhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f64a4310b4154e4f91f838cacb52aa83Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:57:54 GMTCeleb birthdays for the week of Jan. 25-31http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2851585266d941cbbfbe8a1a4680fbcaJan. 25: Actor Dean Jones is 84. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 70. Actress Jenifer Lewis ("The Preacher's Wife", "The PJ's") is 58. Actress Dinah Manoff ("Empty Nest") is 57. Country drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 49. Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 46. Actress Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty") is 44. Singer Alicia Keys is 34. Actor Michael Trevino ("The Vampire Diaries") is 30. Calum Hood (5 Seconds to Summer) is 19.By The Associated PresseArts and entertainmentCelebrityEntertainmentMusichttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2851585266d941cbbfbe8a1a4680fbcaThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:57:01 GMT1 killed, 6 hurt as fire rips through San Francisco buildinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/058849e4589342f6b5cbb404fbb06c5eSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and at least six people were injured when a massive fire ripped through a building in San Francisco's trendy Mission District.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/058849e4589342f6b5cbb404fbb06c5eThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:12:35 GMTOfficials say gas tank truck blast damages Mexico City maternity hospital, injuries reportedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6f4b99e871f049889e60a173823425e3MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials say gas tank truck blast damages Mexico City maternity hospital, injuries reported.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6f4b99e871f049889e60a173823425e3Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:31 GMTDozens of flights cancelled in German airport strikeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66af97c32387413994e5083210190585BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of flights are being canceled at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over wages.tTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTransportationGeneral newsGermanyBonnWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66af97c32387413994e5083210190585Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:37:48 GMTAttorney General nominee moves closer to confirmationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2eaac4d7875d414a85263d40f80af1afWASHINGTON (AP) — Senators weigh Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job.By ERIC TUCKER and ERICA WERNERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment appointments and nominationsCabinet appointments and nominationsLegislatureCrimeImmigrationCabinetsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew Yorkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2eaac4d7875d414a85263d40f80af1afThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:52:35 GMTPortugal approves Sephardic Jew citizenship planhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c66e6d755248459a89d15fed38e534c7LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is following Spain and granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago.iGeneral newsPortugalSpainWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c66e6d755248459a89d15fed38e534c7Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:35:20 GMTCeleb birthdays for the week of Feb. 1-7http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb51e413033a47e0a683710c1f1a7d06Feb. 1: Actor Stuart Whitman is 87. Singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 81. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 78. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 78. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 78. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 76. Actor-writer-director Terry Jones (Monty Python) is 73. Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 65. Actor-writer-producer Billy Mumy ("Lost in Space") is 61. Keyboardist Dwayne Dupuy of Ricochet is 50. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 50. Singer Lisa Marie Presley is 47. Comedian Pauly Shore is 47. Drummer Patrick Wilson of Weezer is 46. Actor Michael C. Hall is 44. Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is 40. Singer Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT is 32. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 29. Actress-singer Heather Morris of "Glee" is 28. Singer Harry Styles of One Direction is 21.By The Associated PresseArts and entertainmentCelebrityEntertainmentMusicTelevision programshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb51e413033a47e0a683710c1f1a7d06Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:16:29 GMTFord beats estimates despite declines in earnings, revenuehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8e55d6f8e2f549a39d022cd8d95b25b9DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's net income tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company took an expected charge to deal with its struggling Venezuelan operations.By DEE-ANN DURBINfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMichiganSouth AmericaVenezuelaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEuropeLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8e55d6f8e2f549a39d022cd8d95b25b9Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:42:44 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Andy Murray tribute to female coacheshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/03eefec145794091bc2dd4d75c72e541MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray drew massive applause not just for his tennis, but for an eloquent tribute to female coaches.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisWomen's tennisMen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsMusicCelebrityEventsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/03eefec145794091bc2dd4d75c72e541Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:36:18 GMTWhat to watch at Aussie Open Friday: No 1 vs defending champhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/29d9890ae1cd438ab7ad706919f1eb5dMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will play each other at the Australian Open. Based on the previous two outcomes, expect it to last for a while.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/29d9890ae1cd438ab7ad706919f1eb5dThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:40:15 GMTHotels mostly booked for Mardi Gras _ tent sites, toohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3f8919bd83b14a3d9a01bde28460fcd3NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you want to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras and don't have hotel reservations, you may need a tent. But you might not even be able to find tent space for the 10th Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.By JANET McCONNAUGHEYtTravelLifestyleParadesMuseumsHolidaysOccasionsRecreation and leisureLeisure travelNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3f8919bd83b14a3d9a01bde28460fcd3Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:06:28 GMT10 Things to Know for Todayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a44613a6ade44aa78e8bde5c6d5ed115Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisProfessional footballEventsFootballSportsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a44613a6ade44aa78e8bde5c6d5ed115Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:39:19 GMTPhilippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee3bfad75c554358ad06cfbad5e04f7cMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.iGeneral newsNatural resource managementEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLand environmentInternational tradeEconomyBusinessChinaPhilippinesSoutheast AsiaManilaBeijingMalaysiaEast AsiaSouth China SeaGreater ChinaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee3bfad75c554358ad06cfbad5e04f7cThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:59:14 GMTGreek bailout in focus as EU parliament head visits Athenshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d5b5d671a104e9e8f38c860dbe24b5aATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Parliament's president arrived in Athens Thursday for a visit closely watched for signs of a potential clash between Greece's new left-wing government and its bailout lenders.By ELENA BECATOROSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationGreeceEuropeAthensWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d5b5d671a104e9e8f38c860dbe24b5aThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:37:17 GMTKeith Urban at Summerfest June 26http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/186837e8e30c4992a61b8e607d2e0355MILWAUKEE (AP) — Summerfest has announced a third major headliner in its lineup for this year's lakefront music festival in Milwaukee.tTravelLifestyleMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMilwaukeeWisconsinUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/186837e8e30c4992a61b8e607d2e0355Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:36:01 GMTFrance says EU to move to further sanctions on Russiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/47f09d5b8f1041dbb8d57a353d997264BRUSSELS (AP) — France says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table.iGeneral newsEuropeFranceRussiaUkraineWestern EuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/47f09d5b8f1041dbb8d57a353d997264Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:32:31 GMTYemen rebels seize military base outside capitalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9dcf94bd889a4482aa76337aec17c302SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9dcf94bd889a4482aa76337aec17c302Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:01:26 GMTIndonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilothttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/07faa96d910d4eb9971b07a4227f2269JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.By NINIEK KARMINIiBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndonesiaJavaJakartaSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/07faa96d910d4eb9971b07a4227f2269Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:41:07 GMTPianist Jason Moran garners Grammy nod with Waller tributehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0bc2b2a8a71f4c8c95b5468406036501NEW YORK (AP) — Pianist Jason Moran made it his mission on his latest album to bring a Harlem jazz legend "back into the conversation" in the 21st century. He's exceeded expectations by garnering his first Grammy nomination for his unorthodox tribute to singer-pianist-songwriter Fats Waller.By CHARLES J. GANSeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentGrammy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward showsMusic awardsNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0bc2b2a8a71f4c8c95b5468406036501Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:22:45 GMTItaly lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/45826bd9327f41b18c0b22f8f70e9b4dROME (AP) — Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial appointments and nominationsNational courtsLegislatureJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsNational governmentsCourtsItalyWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/45826bd9327f41b18c0b22f8f70e9b4dThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:44:20 GMTNow on death row, Fort Hood gunman Hasan to appear in courthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/568ba478b0bb4931b9083ca0d206de25FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderLeavenworthKansasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/568ba478b0bb4931b9083ca0d206de25Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:37:23 GMTCharles Townes, who helped invent now-ubiquitous laser, dieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/227ebda1f7084732bb240c52ab906f1aBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.By LISA LEFFhtGeneral newsScienceTechnologyWeapons technologyObituariesBerkeleyCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/227ebda1f7084732bb240c52ab906f1aThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:06:41 GMTSuicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3b471c9f7115416a8688b62ece6e710dKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 people and wounding 39, an Afghan official said.By AMIR SHAHiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsFunerals and memorial servicesImprovised explosivesTerrorismAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3b471c9f7115416a8688b62ece6e710dThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:41:49 GMTKerry Butler to join 'Clinton: The Musical' off-Broadwayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b2832eaff2284c22b37b66d058c97966NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Butler's next role will take her to the White House — the Clinton White House, that is.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsCelebrityPerforming artsEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b2832eaff2284c22b37b66d058c97966Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:51:07 GMTAs Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are waryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/836f8e1d47b84ce480c992a04c1622c7ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag — a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.By VIVIAN SALAMAiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMilitant groupsWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIraqSyriaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/836f8e1d47b84ce480c992a04c1622c7Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:59:16 GMTHistoric Woolworth mansion suffers extensive damage in firehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6419cca9aaef4ec7967edf2904fa4a46GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the historic mansion on Long Island built by five-and-dime store founder F.W. Woolworth has sustained extensive damage in a fire.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6419cca9aaef4ec7967edf2904fa4a46Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:13:20 GMTNew deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cdd667fd6479451c9d8b1956f06fc850TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.By ELAINE KURTENBACH and KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanSyriaIraqMiddle EastTokyoUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cdd667fd6479451c9d8b1956f06fc850Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:39:38 GMTWilliam Shatner knows the ups, downs of travelinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fc21a88d59e6470aa96764ad02186082LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.By LYNN ELBERtTravelLifestyleCelebrityOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fc21a88d59e6470aa96764ad02186082Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:35:14 GMTBulgaria extradites man suspected of link to French attackshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2cd06253ec0b452fb1f3f34fcba12ed1PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism.By DAVID KEYTONiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisExtraditionTerrorismCrimeEventsLaw and orderWar and unrestFranceParisBulgariaEuropeBelgiumWestern EuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2cd06253ec0b452fb1f3f34fcba12ed1Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:05:00 GMTMurray into final; Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/364f17d7f690428ea8dd0550f684b664MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Tomas Berdych in a tension-filled semifinal to earn one more shot at a long elusive title.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisMen's tennisMen's sportsEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/364f17d7f690428ea8dd0550f684b664Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:43 GMTJordan says al-Qaida prisoner still in country, raises doubt about meeting IS release deadlinehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dff1912cca5048a4b4331fc4a0b90c08AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says al-Qaida prisoner still in country, raises doubt about meeting IS release deadline.iGeneral newsAmmanJordanMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dff1912cca5048a4b4331fc4a0b90c08Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:02:03 GMTShell to slash investment after oil price drop hurts profithttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c135955f61bb46d69813d4cd7b11eecbLONDON (AP) — In a sign of the impact on the oil sector of the slump in energy prices, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Thursday it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years amid a drop in earnings.By DANICA KIRKAfBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c135955f61bb46d69813d4cd7b11eecbThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:42:15 GMTApplications for US unemployment aid plummet to nearly 15-year low as companies cut fewer jobshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/482bd9e8689346c58c876a3b8f09fa63WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to nearly 15-year low as companies cut fewer jobs.wGeneral newsLayoffsPersonnelBusinesshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/482bd9e8689346c58c876a3b8f09fa63Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:30:32 GMTSri Lanka says it will return private land in civil war areahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7aa0714531304519982933aed4329ac5COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.By KRISHAN FRANCISiGeneral newsWar and unrestEthnic conflictsCivil warsGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicitySri LankaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7aa0714531304519982933aed4329ac5Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:20:38 GMTAlibaba run-in with China regulator signals tougher scrutinyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed1b08ed7bd8457e959e577c83d6c237BEIJING (AP) — For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules.By JOE McDONALDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyOnline mediaEconomyGovernment regulationsIndustry regulationMonopoly and antitrustConsumer protection and advocacyConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMediaGovernment and politicsGovernment business and financeProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer affairsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleWeddingsOccasionsChinaBeijingShanghaiGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed1b08ed7bd8457e959e577c83d6c237Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:08:24 GMTAP NewsAlerthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c43e1a2fbcbb4a508e5c00263b893826AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan demands proof of life of pilot held by IS group before any prisoner swap.iGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeWar and unrestAmmanJordanMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c43e1a2fbcbb4a508e5c00263b893826Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:54:14 GMTRussia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18399ba430a34d4894a1c04db95fad25MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Thursday.fBusinessSports2018 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerEconomyProfessional soccerSports governanceSoccerEventsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsMen's sportsEconomic policyGovernment policyRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/18399ba430a34d4894a1c04db95fad25Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:25:00 GMT