FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Jan 2015 04:14:11 -0800Litvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazard (AP) — A pathologist says the body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken.iGeneral newsPoisoningDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited KingdomLondonRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEnglandEastern Europe, 28 Jan 2015 11:52:07 GMTIsraeli military says anti-tank missile fired at Israeli military vehicle near Lebanese border (AP) — Israeli military says anti-tank missile fired at Israeli military vehicle near Lebanese border.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 09:55:26 GMTChina criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO (AP) — Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.By JOE McDONALDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer protection and advocacyGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate stockCorporate newsProducts and servicesConsumer affairsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsChinaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 09:36:52 GMTNovak Djokovic reaches his 25th Grand Slam semifinal, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic reached his 25th Grand Slam semifinal by beating No. 8 Milos Raonic, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 28 Jan 2015 10:41:52 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Madison's shopping list, Australia (AP) — Now that Madison Keys has advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal, the big question is what to do with her prize money.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsMen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 28 Jan 2015 10:01:36 GMTBill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say.By DEB RIECHMANNwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureMilitant groupsWar and unrestReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesUnited StatesIraqSyriaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 11:05:57 GMTBahrain opposition leader denies charges as trial opens, Bahrain (AP) — A lawyer for the head of Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group says the cleric has denied all charges against him at the start of a closely watched trial in the strategic Gulf island nation.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderIslamReligionSocial affairsBahrainManamaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 11:37:29 GMTRussian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 11:02:32 GMTA look at player of the year candidates in men's hoops college basketball regular season has about six weeks left and AP has a look at player of the year candidates. Like last season, there are a couple of front-runners and a handful of players who could make a run at the award with a strong finish. Here's the way it's shaping up as the season heads toward the final stretch:By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsNBA basketballProfessional basketball, 28 Jan 2015 09:13:03 GMTRussia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.iGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsRussiaGermanyEast GermanyEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Jan 2015 11:13:43 GMTHostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son Wednesday after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestJapanAmmanJordanSyriaMiddle EastIraqEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 09:32:38 GMTAfter 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges, Tenn. (AP) — With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.By SHEILA BURKEaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballLaw and orderCollege sportsFootballTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 11:45:29 GMTCommScope buying some of TE Connectivity ops for about $3B, N.C. (AP) — CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach.htBusinessTechnologyOwnership changesCorporate newsHickoryNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 11:55:09 GMTSnails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.By DENIS D. GRAYiBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleMollusksSpasAnimalsRecreation and leisureSkin disordersDiseases and conditionsHealthThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 09:17:44 GMTRussian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisis (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent over the next two years in all categories except military and social expenditures.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 09:10:41 GMTPope warns of 'absentee fathers' in new chapter on family CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to "absentee fathers" who are physically at home but don't take time to actually be with their kids.iGeneral newsFamily issuesReligionSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 11:17:57 GMTAUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Djokovic's No. 1 fan, Australia (AP) — During Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarterfinal, a photo of his three-month-old son started making the rounds on social media.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisMen's tennisEventsMen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 28 Jan 2015 11:32:45 GMTReport: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon, Iran (AP) — A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial "soon," the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported Wednesday.By ALI AKBAR DAREINIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNewspapersLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNews mediaMediaTehranIranUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 11:24:46 GMTThai 'Red Shirt' leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM (AP) — A Thai "Red Shirt" leader has been sentenced to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 11:08:53 GMTThailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks (AP) — Thailand's military government summoned the U.S. charge d'affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and saying the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.iGeneral newsDiplomacyCoups d'etatGovernment and politicsNational governmentsImpeachmentsInternational relationsWar and unrestPolitical issuesThailandBangkokUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 10:19:42 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsLibyaNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:31 GMTMalaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7 LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370AccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsMalaysiaKuala LumpurChinaSoutheast AsiaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 28 Jan 2015 10:15:23 GMTLebanese security officials say Israel fires 25 artillery shells into Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese security officials say Israel fires 25 artillery shells into Lebanon.iGeneral newsLebanonIsraelMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 10:19:33 GMTJordan ready to swap prisoner for pilot held by IslamicState, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.iGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeWar and unrestHostage situationsGovernment and politicsTerrorismMilitant groupsAmmanJordanJapanIraqMiddle EastEast AsiaAsiaSyria, 28 Jan 2015 11:34:27 GMTLebanon says Israel fires 25 shells into country (AP) — Lebanese security officials say Israel has fired at least 25 artillery shells into Lebanon.iGeneral newsIsraelLebanonMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 10:22:58 GMTJordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State, Jordan (AP) — Jordan said Wednesday it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.By KARIN LAUB and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsGovernment and politicsAmmanJordanJapanIraqMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 11:57:32 GMTIsraeli army: Missile hits army vehicle by Lebanese border (AP) — The Israeli military says an anti-tank missile has hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Israeli-Lebanese border.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 10:05:43 GMTAnthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts (AP) — Anthem is hiking the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders nearly 43 percent after reporting fourth-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsFinancial performanceFinancial servicesIndustriesIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 11:33:38 GMTCourt: Man admits setting fire on bus in China, injuring 33 (AP) — A man admitted on Wednesday that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33, entering his plea from a hospital bed wheeled into a courtroom because of his own injuries in the blaze, a court said.iGeneral newsTransportationFiresAccidents and disastersChinaHangzhouGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 10:04:06 GMTLebanese Hezbollah group claims responsibility for attack targeting Israeli military convoy (AP) — Lebanese Hezbollah group claims responsibility for attack targeting Israeli military convoy.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLebanonMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 10:54:20 GMTIndonesia prosecutor: Americans' murder trial should proceed, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed despite defense arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeIndonesiaBaliSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 11:47:28 GMTGreek leader: negotiating debt solution a priority, Greece (AP) — Greece's new leftist prime minister says his government's top priorities are negotiating with creditors to resolve the country's debt problems and dealing with what he describes as a humanitarian crisis.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 10:37:49 GMTColumn: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry (AP) — Don't laugh. There's nothing funny about the gambling industry's latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.By JOHN LEICESTERsSportsSports bettingMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSports businessMedia and entertainment industryMen's sportsSoccerFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 11:43:28 GMTIsrael fires into Lebanon after missile strikes vehicle (AP) — An anti-tank missile hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Israeli-Lebanese border on Wednesday, the Israeli military said. Lebanese security officials said Israel later fired at least 35 artillery shells into Lebanon.By DANIEL ESTRIN and ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonSyriaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 10:53:29 GMTOne-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports (AP) — Germany's ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages.iBusinessGeneral newsStrikesWages and salariesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPersonnelGermanyBonnCologneWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 11:15:39 GMTLawyer: Sri Lankan gov't reinstates impeached chief justice, Sri Lanka (AP) — The new Sri Lankan government has temporarily reinstated the chief justice whose impeachment two years ago was condemned internationally as an arbitrary political move, the country's bar association leader said Wednesday.By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsJudicial electionsJudicial appointments and nominationsPolitical resignationsPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsImpeachmentsElectionsJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsPolitical issuesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 10:14:40 GMTHezbollah claims responsibility for attack on Israeli convoy (AP) — The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for firing a missile that targeted an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an attack that prompted Israel to fire at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon in a significant escalation along the volatile border.By DANIEL ESTRIN and ZEINA KARAMiGeneral newsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonSyriaMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 11:21:16 GMTStocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns (AP) — Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.By JOE McDONALDiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesEast AsiaEuropeNorth AmericaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 09:29:25 GMTLibyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack, Libya (AP) — A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.By ESAM MOHAMEDiGeneral newsEmbassiesWar and unrestInternational relationsGovernment and politicsTerrorismLibyaTripoliMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth AfricaAfricaNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 09:49:19 GMTTrans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsOnline mediaMediaAlbuquerqueJapanPacific OceanNorth AmericaNew MexicoUnited StatesEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 09:13:13 GMTH&M posts 12 percent rise in 4Q profit, plans 400 new stores (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz says its earnings rose by 12 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by expansion in the United States and China.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSwedenStockholmWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 09:04:34 GMTExtremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday.By IBRAHIM ABDULAZIZ and HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 28 Jan 2015 11:32:25 GMTH&M posts rise in quarterly profit, plans 400 new stores (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz says its earnings rose by 12 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by expansion in the United States and China.By KARL RITTERfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSwedenStockholmChinaWestern EuropeEuropeGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 28 Jan 2015 10:18:46 GMTJordan state news agency: Jordan ready to trade prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State group, Jordan (AP) — Jordan state news agency: Jordan ready to trade prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State group.iGeneral newsInternational tradePrisoner exchangeNews mediaEconomyBusinessWar and unrestMediaAmmanJordanMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 11:22:04 GMTMcIlroy tired of finishing runner-up, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three straight second-place finishes on the European Tour.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfUnited Arab EmiratesDubaiMiddle East, 28 Jan 2015 11:15:12 GMTSerena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisMen's tennisTennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 28 Jan 2015 11:08:47 GMTElectrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesSwedenStockholmWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Jan 2015 09:48:54 GMTGovernors associations top list of biggest state-race donors (AP) — The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide.By BILL BARROWaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState electionsElectionsCampaignsUnited States General ElectionState governmentsThink tanksPolitical organizationsPolitical fundraisingEventsTeachingEducationSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issuesGeneral electionsIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 11:07:18 GMTFamed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased, S.C. (AP) — Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.By MEG KINNARDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsCrimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestRock HillSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Jan 2015 09:47:51 GMTVenus Williams exits Aussie Open with heartfelt advice, Australia (AP) — Asked what the future might hold for her young opponent, Venus Williams offered some heartfelt advice that could easily apply to her own career.By JOCELYN GECKERsSportsAthlete retirementAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 28 Jan 2015 11:46:05 GMT