FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 23 Oct 2014 07:28:18 -0700US stocks rise in early trading on earnings YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday in early trading, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.STEVE ROTHWELLYURI KAGEYAMAaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesEuropeNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:55:01 GMTChina punishes 17 officials for village clash (AP) — Local authorities have punished 17 officials in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead, state media reported Thursday.iGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Oct 2014 14:09:25 GMTCheaper fuel helps United's 3Q profit take off (AP) — United Airlines appears to be hitting its stride after struggling to make a 2010 merger pay off.fBusinessCorporate stockIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:57:04 GMTPatients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit (AP) — The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus has seen patients flee the hospital, with a more than 50 percent decline in visits to its emergency room since the crisis began.NOMAAN MERCHANTaBusinessGeneral newsHealthCustomer statisticsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealth care industryIndustriesCorporate newsDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:10:50 GMTUS: IS earns $1M a month in black market oil sales (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.DEB RIECHMANNwGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestGeneral newsSyriaIraqMiddle East, 23 Oct 2014 14:04:49 GMTActivists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.ELENA BECATOROSBASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsTurkeySyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesIraqWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:02:03 GMTUS jobless aid applications rise to 283,000 (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyUnemployment insuranceEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:31 GMTThreat to break isolation in Liberia over food, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHCLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthHumanitarian assistanceInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGovernment and politicsWest AfricaLiberiaGuineaMonroviaSierra LeoneAfricaRwandaEast Africa, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:06 GMTColumnist George Will's Ohio lecture draws protest, Ohio (AP) — An appearance by columnist George F. Will has drawn protests on a southwest Ohio campus over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.aGeneral newsEducationSocial affairsHamiltonOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:42:02 GMTLebanon reports first suspected case of Ebola (AP) — A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined on Thursday in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country, Lebanon's health minister said.DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsBeirutLebanonWest AfricaMiddle EastAfrica, 23 Oct 2014 14:13:24 GMTGirls' journey renews fears of terror recruiting (AP) — The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups' use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSocial mediaCrimeOnline mediaMediaUnited StatesColoradoDenverGermanySyriaMinneapolisNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle EastMinnesota, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:28 GMT3M 3rd-quarter net income up 6 percent PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Diversified manufacturer 3M's third-quarter net income rose 6 percent on higher revenue across all divisions.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:18 GMTGauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:16:52 GMTAP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin (AP) — Russia's most prominent opposition leader is in bare feet, dressed in blue jeans and a checkered shirt, as he opens the door to his apartment in a drab Soviet-era block.NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical imprisonmentPolitical approval ratingsPolitical and civil unrestPolitical issuesPublic opinionSocial affairsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 13:40:03 GMT'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC (AP) — "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a famous sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life in a new musical exploring the story of a mysterious 14-year-old dancer and the artist who portrayed her.BRETT ZONGKERwArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSculptureVisual artsMusicPerforming artsEntertainment, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:44 GMTCaterpillar beats Street 3Q forecasts, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar's belt-tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.fBusinessEconomyFinancial performanceCorporate newsLeading economic indicatorsPeoriaIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:17:34 GMTHeads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election, Peru (AP) — A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.iGeneral newsOdditiesMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLocal electionsElectionsPeruSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:25 GMTCourt: NY woman can keep $10K ring from ex-beau, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Long Island woman who broke up with her boyfriend can keep the $10,000 ring he gave her because he never proposed to her.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:11 GMTJohnson still a doubt for Lions game in London, England (AP) — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.CHRIS LEHOURITESsSportsProfessional footballFootballLondonEnglandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:22 GMTBrazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million.fBusiness, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:07 GMTMan leads police to pregnant girlfriend's body, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man beat his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat, strangled her and buried her before leading police to the woman's body days later, authorities said.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeColumbusOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:53:56 GMTNK experts: US must apologize to free detainees, North Korea (AP) — The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.ERIC TALMADGEiGeneral newsCrimeGovernment and politicsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleNorth KoreaPyongyangUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:59:38 GMTDelta planes clip wings at Minnesota airport (AP) — Officials say two Delta Air Lines planes clipped wings while they were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMinneapolisMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:23:16 GMTIggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards YORK (AP) — Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards.eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentMusicCelebrity, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:02 GMTThe Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful CITY, Mo. (AP) — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.BEN WALKERaGeneral newsSportsMLB World SeriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:32 GMTThursday's Time Schedule Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m.The Associated PresssCollege footballCollege sportsSportsFootballProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNFL footballProfessional football, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:53 GMTCoal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.MONIKA SCISLOWSKAiBusinessGeneral newsEnvironmental policyEconomyClimateEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment policyGovernment and politicsAir qualityEnvironmental concernsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryPolandEuropeWarsawEastern Europe, 23 Oct 2014 12:56:46 GMTSerena receives Tarpischev apology (AP) — Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the "Williams brothers."sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sports, 23 Oct 2014 13:57:18 GMTProsecutors: Michigan girl meant to kill family TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 15-year-old Michigan girl stabbed her 12-year-old brother and conspired to kill other family members so she could run away with her 23-year-old boyfriend.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:41:23 GMTCorporate earnings gains drive US stock higher YORK (AP) — Earnings gains from General Motors, 3M and other big companies are driving stocks sharply higher in early trading.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate news, 23 Oct 2014 13:40:12 GMTNY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:39:51 GMTFor teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.LORI HINNANTiGeneral newsParentingPassports and visasRelationshipsLifestyleTravelLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsMarseilleFranceSyriaGermanyIstanbulDenverWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle EastTurkeyColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:09:00 GMTSouthwest Airlines 3Q profit rises 27 percent (AP) — More passengers and lower fuel prices are pushing Southwest Airlines to record profits, and the airline expects an even bigger break at the gas pump this winter.DAVID KOENIGfBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 23 Oct 2014 13:26:16 GMTEU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit (AP) — The European Union on Thursday came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola, as the bloc's leaders pressed to create a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.RAF CASERTiGeneral newsHealthSummitsMedical researchInternational relationsGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsEuropeLiberiaWest AfricaAfrica, 23 Oct 2014 13:53:41 GMTAlabama judge tosses 2nd lawsuit over circumcision, Ala. (AP) — A judge is dismissing a second lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during a botched circumcision.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCircumcisionMen's healthLaw and orderHealthBirminghamAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:51:30 GMTAlbania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia, Serbia (AP) — A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia on Thursday for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj described the visit as a historic event and a sign of improving ties.iGeneral newsInternational relationsKosovo WarGovernment and politicsYugoslav WarsEventsWar and unrestAlbaniaBelgradeSerbiaKosovoEuropeEastern Europe, 23 Oct 2014 13:08:03 GMTAverage US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.92 pct. (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30-year mortgage fell further below 4 percent.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estate, 23 Oct 2014 14:07:30 GMTAmerican Airlines posts record 3Q profit (AP) — Summer vacations were good for American Airlines.DAVID KOENIGfBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 23 Oct 2014 13:10:57 GMTZuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.DIDI TANGhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Oct 2014 13:36:06 GMTDancing priests become Internet sensation (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.TRISHA THOMASiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicReligionEntertainmentSocial affairsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 13:46:03 GMTWoman who beat Ebola mourns for her slain dog (AP) — The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision.iGeneral newsHealthLifestylePetsDogsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsMammalsAnimalsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 13:10:37 GMTIce cream truck hits, kills boy; driver attacked ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike was hit and killed by an ice cream truck in South Los Angeles and residents then attacked the driver.aGeneral newsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:47:00 GMTMom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.BENJAMIN SHINGLERRAPHAEL SATTERiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeTerrorismGovernment and politicsLegislatureWar and unrestOntarioCanadaOttawaNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:10:03 GMTCharli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance ANGELES (AP) — Singer Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium.DERRIK J. LANGaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityPerforming artsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:10 GMTUkraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that.PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsRebellions and uprisingsVotingWar and unrestLegislatureEconomyElectionsBusinessUkraineCrimeaMoscowRussiaKievEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 13:11:07 GMTFeds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village, Alaska (AP) — A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.RACHEL D'OROaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWaste managementNatural resource managementAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 13:45:07 GMTLebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon.iGeneral newsLebanonMiddle East, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:44 GMTWilliams beats Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at WTA Finals (AP) — Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday.CHRIS LINESsSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsSingaporeSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Oct 2014 13:09:29 GMTUnion Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates.JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsOmahaNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:11:50 GMTChina's ruling party plans on improving judiciary (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party announced steps Thursday to improve judicial independence and check political interference in the courts in hopes to boost legal justice and alleviate social tensions. Yet, observers say it has failed to produce meaningful legal checks on the ruling party itself.DIDI TANGiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudiciaryPolitical partiesLocal governmentsPolitical organizationsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:15 GMT