FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 28 Feb 2015 08:16:31 -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) — The New York Knicks say Anthony Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48.sSportsObituariesMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:00:45 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 GMTLesotho votes in bid to overcome tension (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaLesothoSouthern AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 12:25:41 GMTGOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyLegislationPolitical partiesNational securityImmigrationEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 12:47:00 GMTPrince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region.By YURI KAGEYAMAiGeneral news2011 Japan earthquake and tsunamiInternational relationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersShopping mallsAccidentsEventsGovernment and politicsShoppingLifestyleJapanUnited KingdomTokyoEast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 11:52:47 GMTMarathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says (AP) — Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeBombingsLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 11:32:20 GMTLewis leads LPGA Thailand by 1 after round 3, Thailand (AP) — Stacy Lewis held on to lead Amy Yang by one stroke at the LPGA Thailand despite a dismal third-round 73 on Saturday.sSportsWomen's golfGolfWomen's sportsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 13:10:23 GMTPolice: NASCAR's Team XTREME race car found near Atlanta; too late to make the weekend's race, Ga. (AP) — Police: NASCAR's Team XTREME race car found near Atlanta; too late to make the weekend's race.aGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 13:05:43 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 13:56:36 GMTIndia's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure DELHI (AP) — India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit.By MUNEEZA NAQVIiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyGovernment welfare systemsGovernment and politicsCorporate taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyCorporate newsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 11:55:11 GMTActivists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases (AP) — Activists and local residents say intense clashes between a Western-backed rebel group and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have killed at least 20 fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.iGeneral newsPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 15:14:14 GMTSpanish police arrest 9 on suspicion of selling fake art (AP) — Spanish police have broken up a gang that allegedly created and then sold fake works of art purporting to be by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArrestsVisual artsLaw and orderCrimeSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 13:50:17 GMTWestern leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.iGeneral newsPolitical assassinationsGovernment and politicsAssassinationsNational governmentsForeign policyInternational relationsViolent crimeCrimeGovernment policyRussiaCrimeaMoscowGermanyEuropeEastern EuropeUkraineWestern Europe, 28 Feb 2015 13:42:56 GMT3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days.iGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDenmarkCopenhagenWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 12:25:51 GMTStolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta, Ga. (AP) — Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.By PAUL NEWBERRYaGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingDaytona 500NASCAREventsNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 13:47:04 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 13:48:27 GMT8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris (AP) — A defense lawyer says 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 some $92 million in loot.iGeneral newsTheftCrimeFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 15:03:22 GMTCar bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad (AP) — Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.BY SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsTerrorismBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 13:01:31 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 12:04:35 GMTPrince William evokes Diana memories in Japan tsunami trip, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region.By YURI KAGEYAMAiGeneral news2011 Japan earthquake and tsunamiInternational relationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersShopping mallsAccidentsEventsGovernment and politicsShoppingLifestyleJapanUnited KingdomTokyoEast AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 11:32:43 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 13:54:22 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 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 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 GMTReport: Egypt court declares Hamas a 'terrorist' group (AP) — Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a "terrorist organization."iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestEgyptCairoGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 28 Feb 2015 13:39:53 GMTEgypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' (AP) — Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 13:38:43 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 marketsMoscowRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 12:16:19 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 disputesLegislatureForeign policyWar and unrestGeneral newsNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyIsraelPalestinian territoriesUnited StatesTehranIranMiddle EastDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 13:34:17 GMTBuffett reflects on his firm's success and strength, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments.aBusinessGeneral news, 28 Feb 2015 13:41:25 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 GMTIcelandic volcano eruption ends; threat to aviation reduced, Iceland (AP) — Iceland officials say the eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano that began in August has come to an end.iGeneral newsVolcanoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureIcelandWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 12:54:52 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 appropriationsHispanicsPrimary electionsPolitical partiesImmigration policyNational securityImmigrationLegislatureMilitary and defenseAppropriationsPolitical organizationsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairs, 28 Feb 2015 14:06:58 GMTDallas-area ice forces cancellation of hundreds of flights (AP) — An overnight storm that dumped freezing rain on parts of Texas and Oklahoma has made roads treacherously slick and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.aBusinessGeneral newsWeatherAir travel disruptionsWinter weatherTransportationDallasTexasFort WorthUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:51 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 GMTEgyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' (AP) — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country's past Islamist government.By BRIAN ROHAN and MAAMOUN YOUSSEFiGeneral newsTerrorismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestEgyptPalestinian territoriesCairoGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 28 Feb 2015 14:06:18 GMTNational monument supporters in California get antsy (AP) — California lawmakers and interest 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 wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGwGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 15:44:04 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 GMTUNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says it believes hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is believed to have ties with the country's military.iGeneral newsSouth SudanNorth AfricaAfricaSudanMiddle East, 28 Feb 2015 14:57:06 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 GMTVatican's finance czar defends spending by his office CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months.iGeneral newsReligionSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 13:41:31 GMTAP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth.By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and SETH BORENSTEINiGeneral newsScienceGlaciersEnvironment and natureAntarctica, 28 Feb 2015 13:15:53 GMTSingapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly (AP) — The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSingaporeSoutheast AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 13:44:39 GMTA year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise best golfer in India played before an enormous gallery with the kind of buzz that is rare for his country. Anirban Lahiri wound up the winner, a day he won't forget.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's golfMasters Golf TournamentGolfMen's sportsEventsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 12:09:59 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 on Saturday, adding to signs that the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 28 Feb 2015 15:12:42 GMTItaly's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome (AP) — Thousands of Northern League protesters have poured into Rome from their political base in the north to demand the Italian government keep out immigrants.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsImmigrationPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsItalyRomeWestern EuropeEurope, 28 Feb 2015 13:53:32 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 GMTStolen No. 44 race car found in suburban Atlanta, Ga. (AP) — Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.By PAUL NEWBERRYaGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 28 Feb 2015 13:08:09 GMT