FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Feb 2015 09:20:43 -0800Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival, Poland (AP) — Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational electionsElectionsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolandEuropeEastern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 15:06:45 GMTKnicks say former player Anthony Mason has died YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.By RICK FREEMANsSportsObituariesMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:12:13 GMTHyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:39:25 GMTUkrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist has been killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine.iGeneral newsJournalistsNewspapersNews mediaMediaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 16:54:08 GMTIran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after militant attack, Iran (AP) — Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.iGeneral newsIraqIranMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 16:21:55 GMTYouth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a Massachusetts skating rink.aGeneral newsYouth sportsAthlete injuriesYouth hockeyHockeyAccidentsAccidents and disastersSportsAthlete healthMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:59:25 GMTSierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthSierra LeoneAfricaWest Africa, 28 Feb 2015 17:06:44 GMTOregon considers banning most vaccine exemptions, Ore. (AP) — Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesn't like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.By SHEILA V KUMARaGeneral newsHealthImmunizationsState legislatureInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGovernment and politicsPublic healthChild and teen healthLegislatureState governmentsOregonPortlandUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:03:48 GMTNYC ID program starts off with a bang YORK (AP) — A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register.By DEEPTI HAJELAaGeneral newsGovernment programsImmigrationGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:49:05 GMTChurches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsChristianityWinter weatherReligionIslamPersonal finance educationWeatherSocial affairsPersonal financeBusinessMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:12:43 GMTWesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts, Conn. (AP) — As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations.By MICHAEL MELIAaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeMiddletownConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:43:46 GMTGerman-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England (AP) — The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA held its first rally in Britain Saturday, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people were arrested.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestUnited KingdomNewcastleEnglandGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 16:41:05 GMTGreece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says the country won't seek a third bailout deal, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 16:45:27 GMTActivists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday.iGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaDamascusMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 16:05:41 GMTMan pleads guilty in case of 9-month-old ingesting heroin, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimes against childrenCrimeLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:17:08 GMT8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris (AP) — Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday.iGeneral newsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:05:36 GMTCameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists.By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKIiGeneral newsWar and unrestCameroonNigeriaYaoundeWest AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 16:05:23 GMTWisconsin's Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics HILL, Md. (AP) — Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics.By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONTpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2012 United States Presidential ElectionState governmentsForeign policyPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyInternational relationsPolitical organizationsWisconsinFloridaMadisonBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 28 Feb 2015 15:41:23 GMTJailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.By SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 17:11:24 GMTDetails about proposed national monuments in California (AP) — Democratic members of California's congressional delegation have sponsored bills to establish four national monuments. Supporters are also pushing for President Barack Obama to establish the national monuments if Congress declines to act on the bills. The proposed national monuments include:wGeneral newsTravelLifestyleNational parksMountainsEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:53:40 GMTLawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta's dismay (AP) — Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport, setting up a face-off with one of the state's largest employers, Atlanta-based Delta Airlines.By KATHLEEN FOODYfBusinessAir travelGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesEnergy industryGovernment financeGovernment business and financeState governmentsIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsLegislationLegislatureTravelLifestyleAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:22:27 GMTIran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering', Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Saturday that "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal.By ALI AKBAR DAREINIiGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastIranNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:04:19 GMTCoetsee takes 2-shot lead into final round of Joburg Open (AP) — Wallie Coetsee takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Joburg Open after a 2-under 70 on Saturday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 16:32:36 GMTBerkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 28 Feb 2015 14:23:38 GMTFairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. By doing just that in a new labor pact, the company has made itself more attractive to potential buyers, an analyst and workers say.By DAVID SHARPaBusinessGeneral newsEmployee benefitsLabor issuesPersonnelProducts and servicesCorporate newsSocial issuesSocial affairsMaineNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 14:21:28 GMTAfghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep snow for days.By RAHIM FAIEZiGeneral newsDisaster planning and responseSearch and rescue effortsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersTrafficTransportationAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 15:03:30 GMTAnti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges YORK (AP) — The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students wore keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while another sat draped in the Israeli flag.By RACHEL ZOLLaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSchool administrationCollegiate organizationsBoycottsPolitical activismSocial affairsSocial groups and organizationsPolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesRace and ethnicityPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemUnited StatesCaliforniaMiddle EastNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:02:54 GMTRussian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation (AP) — Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.By JIM HEINTZiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsFinancial crisisEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsMoscowRussiaUkraineChechnyaEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 16:15:50 GMTUpstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania, N.Y. (AP) — Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania.By MICHAEL HILLaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessState governmentsEnergy industryIndustriesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNew YorkNew York CityPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:11:17 GMTObama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesForeign policyLegislatureWar and unrestGeneral newsNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyIsraelPalestinian territoriesUnited StatesTehranIranMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:00:16 GMTBuffett reflects on his firm's success and strength, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral news, 28 Feb 2015 16:18:23 GMTZimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites.By TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI and FARAI MUTSAKAiGeneral newsBirthdaysOccasionsLifestyleGovernment and politicsZimbabweSouthern AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 15:23:34 GMTHarrington takes 36-hole lead at Honda Classic BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington felt like a three-time major champion long enough to take the lead after 36 holes of the Honda Classic.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:01:16 GMTTurkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.By SUZAN FRASERiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 16:29:51 GMTDems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.By CHARLES BABINGTONwGovernment and politicsElectionsDefense appropriationsImmigration policyHispanicsPrimary electionsPolitical partiesNational securityImmigrationLegislatureMilitary and defenseAppropriationsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizations, 28 Feb 2015 16:56:37 GMTDallas-area ice forces cancellation of hundreds of flights (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday left highways slick and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.aBusinessGeneral newsWeatherAir travel disruptionsWinter weatherTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesDallasTexasFort WorthUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:52:17 GMTBuffett recommends investing in stocks but avoiding mistakes, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says owning stocks is the key to building wealth over time, but investors must avoid the common mistakes of trading too often and paying high investment fees.aBusinessGeneral news, 28 Feb 2015 14:33:30 GMTNational monument supporters in California get antsy (AP) — California lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to win national monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to canyons and mountains near the state's famous wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGwGeneral newsTravelLifestyleNational parksGovernment and politicsLegislationMountainsLegislatureEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:16:47 GMTFinding Ohio State band director replacement taking time, Ohio (AP) — Hiring a replacement for fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters is taking longer than the school anticipated.By JULIE CARR SMYTHaGeneral newsSportsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:44:51 GMTEgypt court sentences Brotherhood leaders to life in prison (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced five leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to life in prison on Saturday over violence at their headquarters in 2013 and issued death sentences for four others.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 14:45:56 GMTDefending champ Federer beats Djokovic to defend Dubai title, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year defeating No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.sSportsTennisMen's tennisMen's sportsDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 17:13:34 GMTUNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military.By JASON PATINKINiGeneral newsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsSouth SudanJubaNorth AfricaAfricaSudanMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 16:20:14 GMTStriking Danish cabin crew forces SAS to cancel 30 flights., Denmark (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines says some 30 flights out of Copenhagen have been canceled after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to move 147 employees to a domestic airline that SAS acquired last year.iBusinessGeneral newsStrikesAir travel disruptionsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTransportationDenmarkCopenhagenWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 14:21:41 GMTAdded tax season hassle for some due to health form errors (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season.By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsPersonal taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsFinancial servicesIndustriesPersonal financeIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:47:05 GMTMan pleads guilty in case of baby ingesting heroin, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment because his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimes against childrenCrimeLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:02:24 GMTOregon considers bill banning most vaccine exemptions, Ore. (AP) — Parents who want to maintain the right to refuse vaccinations for their children are mounting a strong fight against an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state's highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.By SHEILA V KUMARaGeneral newsHealthState legislatureImmunizationsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsPublic healthOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:52:41 GMTChina's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesChinaUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 17:06:17 GMTFlorida police chief fired for arrest in prostitution sting GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida police chief has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.aGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:33:49 GMTRetired Goodyear blimp gondola joins Cleveland exhibit (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit.aGeneral newsClevelandOhioAkronUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 16:22:01 GMTNemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics (AP) — Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical activismLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesMoscowRussiaUnited KingdomChechnyaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 15:53:50 GMT