FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 29 Jan 2015 14:21:06 -0800Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter New Jersey market CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company that has populated the globe with Hard Rock casinos and restaurants received preliminary approval to enter the Atlantic City casino market.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:19:23 GMTNew push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency (AP) — Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence.By RONNIE GREENEwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureSantiagoUnited StatesChileSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 22:03:13 GMTBrazilian organizers say IndyCar opener has been canceled PAULO (AP) — The IndyCar Series opener scheduled for March in Brazil's capital was canceled on Thursday.sSportsAutomobile racingIndyCarLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsBrazilBrasiliaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Jan 2015 22:11:13 GMTNew chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran (AP) — The CIA officer credited with saving Hamid Karzai's life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the National Clandestine Service, the agency's spying arm.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesEspionageCrimeGeneral newsAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:31:27 GMTBaby goat beheaded; head, twin taken from New Orleans park ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a baby goat was beheaded and its head and the goat's twin brother taken from a New Orleans park.By JANET McCONNAUGHEYaGeneral newsNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:25:19 GMTStudy: Texas cut juvenile jail rates, saw youth crime fall, Texas (AP) — A sweeping nonpartisan study released Thursday suggests Texas can be a model for improving juvenile justice systems nationwide, concluding that the state's dramatic shift away from sending youths to detention facilities has coincided with a sharp drop in crime committed by young people.By WILL WEISSERTaGeneral newsJuvenile crimeCrimeGovernment and politicsJudiciaryCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:19:34 GMTGas blast at Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.By ALBERTO ARCE and E. EDUARDO CASTILLOiGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersMunicipal governmentsFiresLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Jan 2015 21:19:12 GMTLarson wants to build his own legacy in Ganassi's No. 42, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson, flashing his new Rolex watch, was unfazed Thursday after learning Chase Elliott was going to replace Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.sSportsAutomobile racingNASCARCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:37:25 GMTMarshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media (AP) — Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.By ROB MAADDIaGeneral newsSportsSports mediaProfessional footballNFL Super BowlMediaFootballEvents, 29 Jan 2015 21:06:18 GMTNFL says reported concussions down 25 percent this season (AP) — The number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season, according to the NFL, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall.By HOWARD FENDRICHaGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthNFL Super BowlProfessional footballFootballEvents, 29 Jan 2015 22:16:11 GMTAgency: Damaged guardrail could have caused prison bus wreck, Texas (AP) — A preliminary report on a West Texas prison bus accident that killed two prison guards and eight inmates says the bus likely hit a piece of displaced highway guardrail before it veered onto the median, went down an embankment and struck a passing freight train.By BETSY BLANEYaGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTexasLubbockOdessaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:44:07 GMTDeadly San Francisco blaze spurs look at fire alarms FRANCISCO (AP) — Residents fleeing a massive blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a San Francisco building told officials they did not hear fire alarms and could not get to fire escapes.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessFiresMunicipal governmentsAccidents and disastersLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:14:32 GMTAmazon's big spending pays off in 4th quarter YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.BY MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessPersonal financeTechnologyInternet technologyComputing and information technology, 29 Jan 2015 22:14:02 GMTLAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leader ANGELES (AP) — An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by police to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders,By TAMI ABDOLLAHaGeneral newsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:58 GMTEx-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges RIVER, Mass. (AP) — With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from his own home to tie him to the crime.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeCelebrityLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballNFL Super BowlProfessional footballFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderSports transactionsSports businessCollege sportsEventsBostonFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:39:12 GMTDems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill (AP) — Senate Democrats threatened Thursday to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison House-passed provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's key immigration policies.By DAVID ESPOwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationLegislatureLegislationNational securityPolitical partiesGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defensePolitical organizationsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:15:36 GMTAPNewsBreak: Pot arrests plunge in NYC after policy change YORK (AP) — New York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets. New statistics show arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:38:38 GMTNY prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary YORK (AP) — A New York City judge on Thursday vacated the 1987 conviction of an immigrant from Barbados who prosecutors said was wrongfully convicted of burglarizing a woman's apartment, serving more than a year in prison for a crime that never took place.By JAKE PEARSONaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeImmigrationLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsTheftBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:27 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, 29 Jan 2015 22:06:12 GMTNFL: ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game (AP) — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly.By BARRY WILNERsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballEventsFootball, 29 Jan 2015 21:45:28 GMTPolice: Family killed man over child custody dispute, S.C. (AP) — A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme concocted because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.By JEFFREY COLLINSaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsGreenvilleSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:12:54 GMTSmall aircraft lands on New Jersey highway; no injuries MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A single-engine airplane has landed on a highway in northern New Jersey, but there are no reports of injuries.aGeneral newsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:28:16 GMTVenezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years for fraud scheme, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.By MICHAEL MELIAaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCorporate newsFinancial servicesIndustriesEnergy industryVenezuelaBridgeportConnecticutSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:14:33 GMTLil Wayne sues mentor's record label for $51M, seeking split YORK (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has had it with his record label. He's suing Cash Money Records for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $8 million on a record he delivered last month.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:10:47 GMTAttorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsJudiciaryPolitical partiesCabinetsLegislature hearingsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:29:23 GMTAdministration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools (AP) — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children. That includes millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politics, 29 Jan 2015 22:16:51 GMTObama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.By JOSH LEDERMAN and ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment programsEconomyLegislatureArmed forcesPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyMilitary and defensePolitical organizations, 29 Jan 2015 21:50:48 GMTGunman who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime Thursday night claimed to be from a "hackers' collective," according to a reporter who spoke to the man.By MIKE CORDER and PETER DEJONGiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNetherlandsThe HagueWestern EuropeEurope, 29 Jan 2015 21:14:50 GMTLawmakers: Cut taxes for stars who play 4 nights in AC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Stars who play at least four nights in Atlantic City would be freed from having to pay state income taxes on all shows in the state that year under the latest proposal to revive the struggling seaside resort.By WAYNE PARRYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessState governmentsLocal governmentsNew JerseyAtlantic CityUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 22:07:22 GMTSenate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.By DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGovernment and politicsHiring and recruitmentLegislatureLegislationEnvironment and natureEnergy industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsPersonnelIndustrial products and servicesEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:21:59 GMTChief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 22:06:22 GMTIdina Menzel ready for spotlight at Super Bowl (AP) — Broadway star Idina Menzel says for her, Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem is No. 1.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:52:43 GMTMuch confusion, few answers, in Argentine prosecutor's death AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has been rocked by the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found in a pool of blood on Jan. 18 hours before he was to elaborate on his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez protected those responsible for a 1994 terror bombing. The case is shrouded in charges of a high-level cover-up and government suggestions that Nisman's death was orchestrated by rogue intelligence agents.By PETER PRENGAMANiGeneral newsSuicidesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeArgentinaIranSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanMiddle East, 29 Jan 2015 22:17:27 GMTFBI names alleged terror recruiter to most-wanted list, Va. (AP) — The FBI has added an alleged recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia to its list of most-wanted terrorists.aGeneral newsTerrorismIntelligence agenciesLaw enforcement agenciesWar and unrestGovernment and politicsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:42:14 GMTConnecticut man wrongly jailed for 21 years gets $6M award, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has awarded $6 million to a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years for a 1986 killing.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:46:49 GMTMcCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum' (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.By LAURIE KELLMANwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 29 Jan 2015 21:45:57 GMTBalloon crew matches distance record in Pacific flight, N.M. (AP) — The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a distance record as they approach North America.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherNorth AmericaCanadaPacific OceanJapanUnited StatesAlbuquerqueEast AsiaAsiaNew Mexico, 29 Jan 2015 22:05:48 GMTBrowns receiver Josh Gordon says he was caught drinking (AP) — Browns receiver Josh Gordon said on Thursday that his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates.By The Associated PresssSportsProfessional footballFootballOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:59:43 GMTGerman couple killed in Paraguay, apparently by guerrillas, Paraguay (AP) — A German couple was found dead Thursday on a cattle farm in northern Paraguay, apparently at the hands of a guerrilla group that earlier this week demanded the owner of an adjoining farm pay $300,000 and give food to the poor.By PEDRO SERVINiGeneral newsAgricultureIndustriesBusinessParaguayGermanySouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEurope, 29 Jan 2015 22:07:03 GMTFamily of man killed by police in stairway plans to sue NYC YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway said Thursday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking $50 million.By DEEPTI HAJELAaBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLegal proceedingsLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:07:22 GMT'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows (AP) — Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.By SETH BORENSTEIN and JACK GILLUMhtBusinessScienceData privacyTechnology issuesTechnologyFinancial servicesIndustries, 29 Jan 2015 21:36:20 GMTAmy Poehler feted by Harvard's Hasty Pudding, Mass. (AP) — Comedian Amy Poehler is being feted by Harvard University's famed theater troupe with a parade and roast.By PHILIP MARCELOaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityParadesRecreation and leisureLifestylePerforming artsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:14:59 GMTRepublican-led Senate passes bill authorizing Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying veto threat (AP) — Republican-led Senate passes bill authorizing Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying veto threat.wBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureEnergy industryIndustriesLegislationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulations, 29 Jan 2015 21:11:42 GMTLions already propose expanded replay for officiating (AP) — The Detroit Lions, feeling burned by a non-interference call in a playoff loss to Dallas, already have proposed expanding the use of instant replay for coaches' challenges.By BARRY WILNERsSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessFootballEvents, 29 Jan 2015 22:02:02 GMTGas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.By ALBERTO ARCE and PETER ORSIiGeneral newsHealthExplosionsAccidents and disastersMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessMexicoMexico CityNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 29 Jan 2015 21:54:47 GMTStock market rises after good news on earnings, job market YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing sharply higher after investors received encouraging news on corporate earnings and the jobs market.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsStock markets, 29 Jan 2015 21:18:25 GMTFeds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.By AMANDA LEE MYERS and MATT SEDENSKYaGeneral newsFugitivesLaw and orderCrimeFloridaUnited StatesWest Palm BeachNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 22:17:17 GMTReport: Lawyers in city-funded group were in anti-cop video YORK (AP) — Two lawyers at a legal defense agency that receives $20 million in city funding participated in a music video that advocated the killing of police officers, city investigators said Thursday.By COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsBronxNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:17 GMTAmazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile YORK (AP) — Shares of jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile.htBusinessTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate news, 29 Jan 2015 21:47:28 GMTPanel recommending changes to military health care, benefits (AP) — Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsVeteransLegislatureHealth care industryGovernment pensions and social securityMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustries, 29 Jan 2015 21:23:02 GMT