FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jul 2014 12:13:53 -0700Whistleblowers credited in VA discipline decisions (AP) — Federal officials say whistleblowers contributed to a Veterans Affairs Department decision to seek disciplinary action against six employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of manipulating health care data.aGeneral newsVeteransMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsCheyenneColoradoWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:24:37 GMTOversight official: Prison food problems are real, Ohio (AP) — The director of a state prisons oversight committee says there appears to be legitimate concerns about the job a private vendor is doing feeding Ohio inmates.ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSaBusinessGeneral newsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:05:15 GMTMom arrested for letting son, 7, go to park alone ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is charged with child neglect after police say she let her 7-year-old son walk to a park alone.aGeneral newsCrimeArrestsCrimes against childrenLaw and orderFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:26:13 GMTVacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial, Va. (AP) — The former first family of Virginia flew on a chief executive's private jet, vacationed at his lake house and received other perks, such as passes to a Ritz Carlton beach club, the businessman's assistant said Wednesday.ALAN SUDERMANLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:52:35 GMTMan finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that's bright orange with dark blue spots.aOdditiesScienceLobstersAnimalsNew HampshirePortsmouthUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:11:33 GMT'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering FRANCISCO (AP) — The man prosecutors say headed a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsRacketeeringBribery, graft and conflicts of interestLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:25:23 GMTDubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.VIVIAN SALAMASAMEER N. YACOUBiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashMilitant groupsWar and unrestEventsIraqBaghdadUnited StatesUkraineMiddle EastCrimeaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jul 2014 17:40:37 GMTUS blacklists North Korean shipping companies (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.wGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 30 Jul 2014 17:39:52 GMTJudge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.BECKY BOHRERaGeneral newsNational courtsWildlifeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsNational governmentsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementCourtsJudiciaryAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:58:17 GMTColorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind (AP) — A storm system in Colorado that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range is being blamed for the death of a man on the southeastern plains.aGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsAccidents and disastersColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:51:00 GMTCorrection: Debt Study story (AP) — In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of Americans with credit records have no debt on file.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeLabor economyThink tanksRecessions and depressionsPersonal loansEconomyPolitical organizationsGovernment and politicsMcAllenTexasSan JoseFloridaUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 30 Jul 2014 17:43:53 GMTCrews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersEvacuationsNatural disastersCaliforniaMercedUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:02:31 GMTDetective acquitted in Maryland road-rage shooting, Md. (AP) — A New Jersey detective was acquitted Wednesday of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of a driver during a case of road rage in Maryland.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderAnnapolisMarylandNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:49:57 GMTFed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike (AP) — Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike.wBusinessGeneral news, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:32 GMTProbe exposes flaws behind rollout (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsGovernment programsLegislatureGovernment-funded health insurance, 30 Jul 2014 18:41:28 GMTFigure in '80s payola probe faces NY gambling case YORK (AP) — He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook down borrowers in ritzy Beverly Hills.JENNIFER PELTZaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCrimeMoviesLaw and orderNew York CityLos AngelesNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:31 GMTIsraeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that push the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting.KARIN LAUBPETER ENAViGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsWar casualtiesTerritorial disputesAccidents and disastersCease firesViolent crimeCrimeGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripGazaMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 18:34:35 GMTCrystal CEO contests subpoena in sweetener lawsuit, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a lawsuit filed by sugar groups because he's not involved in litigation.aBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCorporate legal affairsSubpoenasLaw and orderCorporate newsNorth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:43 GMTEx-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies (AP) — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.STEPHEN OHLEMACHERhtBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureConservatismGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:02:02 GMTFed offers no clearer hint on first rate increase (AP) — The Federal Reserve is further slowing the pace of its bond purchases because it thinks an improving U.S. economy needs less help. But it's offering no clearer hint of when it will start raising its benchmark short-term interest rate.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyLabor economyLeading economic indicators, 30 Jul 2014 18:38:11 GMTKennedy cousin Skakel: Spending time with family, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel said Wednesday he's spending as much time as he can with family as he awaits a new trial in his murder case.JOHN CHRISTOFFERSENaGeneral newsCrimeStamfordConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:41:52 GMTDetroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:50:25 GMTVatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsVatican CityParaguayWestern EuropeEuropeSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 30 Jul 2014 18:04:54 GMTEx-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues (AP) — A former Blackwater security guard said Wednesday that he decided to tell the truth about his role in the shootings of 32 Iraqis because he wants to move on with his life, even though it means he probably will go to prison.PETE YOSTwGovernment and politicsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeGeneral newsLaw and orderIraqMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 18:38:27 GMT6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case (AP) — Six Philadelphia police officers will be jailed until at least Monday amid charges they robbed drug dealers of large sums of money and drugs.MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsExtortion and threatsDrug-related crimeArrestsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhiladelphiaUnited StatesPennsylvaniaNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:59:35 GMTAP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.DAN PERRYiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesBlockadesCease firesGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesEgyptIsraelTel AvivMiddle EastGaza StripNorth AfricaAfrica, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:39 GMTClashes prevent experts from reaching bodies, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.DMITRY LOVETSKYiGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsUkraineNetherlandsDonetskRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 30 Jul 2014 18:32:39 GMTFirst lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes (AP) — Michelle Obama is calling on young African leaders to change longtime "attitudes and beliefs" that harm girls and women.STACY A. ANDERSONwLifestyleGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 30 Jul 2014 17:57:12 GMTArgentines shrug off risk of default AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down riot police to demand the return of their savings, which the government confiscated in a last-ditch, and ultimately failed, attempt to stay current on its debt.ALMUDENA CALATRAVAJOSHUA GOODMANiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyGovernment and politicsArgentinaBuenos AiresSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 30 Jul 2014 18:56:02 GMTStocks edge higher after Fed delivers no surprises YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks turned slightly higher after the Federal Reserve did exactly what investors expected: Scaling back its support for the economy. Stock indexes edged higher after spending most of the day in the red.MATTHEW CRAFTaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyMen's soccerSoccerFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsHealth care industryIndustriesStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsFinancial servicesMen's sportsSportsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 30 Jul 2014 18:29:46 GMTFeds probing for fraud in DC building projects (AP) — Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press.BEN NUCKOLSwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSmall businessElectionsCriminal investigationsFraud and false statementsMunicipal governmentsCrimeLaw and orderContracts and ordersCorporate newsGovernment business and financeLocal governmentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:46:01 GMTRights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN (AP) — The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesImprovised explosivesSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 18:04:12 GMT46 charges for man accused in wild car-theft chase, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of hijacking one car, stealing two others and trying to take more during a wild chase west of Denver last week has been charged with 46 crimes, including aggravated robbery and assault.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeViolent crimeDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:47:31 GMTAP source: Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cards (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have traded starter Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals.TOM WITHERSsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:42:58 GMTPennsylvania state police defend fitness test, Pa. (AP) — The head of the Pennsylvania State Police urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to withdraw a new lawsuit that claims the agency's physical fitness standards for recruits discriminates against women.MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsWorkplace discriminationPoliceLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGender issuesPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:03:22 GMTTrafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids (AP) — The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say they're especially concerned about.ERIC TUCKERwGovernment and politicsMissing personsCrimes against childrenHuman welfareLegislationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment policyCrimeGeneral newsSocial issuesSocial affairsSex in societyLegislatureSmuggling, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:49 GMTEven on bad teams, Williams good enough for Hall (AP) — Aeneas Williams spent most of his NFL career on bad teams.BOB BAUMsSportsProfessional footballFootballArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:59:37 GMTUN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful' NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 18:42:34 GMTDissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war (AP) — Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate.ARON HELLERTIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsWar and unrestPublic opinionTerritorial disputesWar casualtiesSocial affairsJerusalemPalestinian territoriesIsraelTel AvivGaza StripMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 18:42:04 GMTPolice: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed.aOdditiesCrimeGeneral newsNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:18:12 GMTRabe, Wolcott, Bidart among winners of PEN awards YORK (AP) — Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year's winners of awards given out by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization.eArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentJournalismNews mediaMediaPerforming artsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:03:06 GMTSuspect in Las Vegas crime spree describes mayhem VEGAS (AP) — A woman accused in a Las Vegas crime spree described to police how she stabbed a woman with a screwdriver during a violent string of mayhem that ended in the death of her partner and a homeowner.MICHELLE RINDELSaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:53:03 GMTJurors told salmonella trial may exceed 2 months, Ga. (AP) — The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant could keep jurors tied up at least two months.RUSS BYNUMaBusinessGeneral newsDisease outbreaksLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPublic healthHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsAlbanyGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:49:31 GMTIMF says Cyprus will need more spending cuts, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president on Wednesday rebuffed an International Monetary Fund assessment that Cyprus will need to make additional spending cuts to meet a key target of its financial rescue program.MENELAOS HADJICOSTISiBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislationEconomyFinancial servicesIndustriesEconomic growthLegislatureEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment financeCyprusEuropeWestern Europe, 30 Jul 2014 17:59:08 GMTLandslide hits Indian village, killing at least 17 DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.MUNEEZA NAQVIiGeneral newsNatural disastersWeatherSearch and rescue effortsFloodsAccidents and disastersStormsIndiaPuneSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jul 2014 18:26:58 GMTUCLA wades through damage caused by flooding ANGELES (AP) — A ruptured 93-year-old water main left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.BRIAN MELLEYaGeneral newsSportsSports facility constructionHigher educationFloodsSchool infrastructureCollege basketballMen's basketballProperty damageBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsSports businessEducationSocial affairsAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:48:29 GMTTeen charged in teacher killing challenges law, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 18:28:38 GMTText of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesday (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting:wBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomic outlookEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesGovernment financeLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustries, 30 Jul 2014 18:11:33 GMTDolphins' credo on T-shirts after bullying scandal, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.ANDY KENTsCorruption in sportsSportsProfessional footballFootballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 17:46:40 GMTSenators seek to curb campus sexual assault (AP) — Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.KIMBERLY HEFLINGwHealthGovernment and politicsHigher educationLegislationEducationSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsLegislatureNHL hockeyProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sports, 30 Jul 2014 18:30:32 GMT