FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Mar 2015 11:57:10 -0700Are the early primary states a big deal anymore?, N.H. (AP) — Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsElections2016 United States Presidential ElectionCampaignsUnited States Presidential ElectionPrimary electionsCaucusesPolitical partiesNational electionsEventsPolitical organizationsNew HampshireIowaSouth CarolinaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:26:49 GMTMedical examiner: 22-day-old baby girl starved to death, Fla. (AP) — A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.By TAMARA LUSHaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:30:00 GMTNY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says someone may have "inappropriately accessed" a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JENNIFER PELTZaBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsAccidentsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesExplosionsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestFiresMissing personsUtilitiesCrimeManhattanNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:52:03 GMTFrance says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsPalestinian territoriesIsraelFranceMiddle EastUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:45:25 GMTBMW recalls nearly 49K motorcycles; rear wheel can loosen (AP) — BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate news, 27 Mar 2015 17:37:35 GMTUN draft resolution would not lift Libya arms embargo NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution on Libya that would not lift an arms embargo that the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEgyptLibyaMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Mar 2015 18:08:22 GMTBuy American: Florida bill requires US-made flags, Fla. (AP) — Is it American to require someone to buy American?By GARY FINEOUTaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsGovernment and politicsVeteransLegislatureLegislationUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:48:02 GMTAstronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.iGeneral newsScienceSpace launchesKazakhstanRussiaCentral AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 17:51:32 GMTSenate approves long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency (AP) — The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.BY MATTHEW DALYwBusinessGovernment and politicsEnergy industryEnergy and the environmentLegislatureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndustriesLegislationUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:47:26 GMTAirbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games.By JENNY BARCHFIELDiBusinessGeneral newsSportsSummer Olympic gamesOlympic gamesSports sponsorshipAccommodationsFIFA World CupTravelEventsLifestyleSports businessMen's soccerMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccerBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Mar 2015 18:25:50 GMTOrioles-Rays game called by rain, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles game with the Tampa Bay Rays was canceled by rain on Friday.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsSarasotaTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:30:10 GMTBrazil's economy barely avoided recession last year DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy grew just 0.1 percent last year, barely keeping the country out of a recession, the government's statistics bureau said Friday.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRecessions and depressionsBrazilSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Mar 2015 17:58:42 GMTMarriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox has tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.By CHRIS GRYGIELaGeneral newsSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:28:32 GMTAP Exclusive: Snyder uses pardon for connected lawyer, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder used his pardon powers to erase the drunken driving conviction of a politically connected lawyer who was appointed to a state economic board in 2011.By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsState governmentsCrimeReckless endangermentLaw and orderGovernment and politicsMichiganDetroitUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:47:45 GMTSwedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83 (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISINGiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesNobel PrizesBooks and literatureEntertainmentEventsSwedenStockholmWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 17:53:54 GMTDeaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday after months of investigating.By GEOFF MULVIHILLaBusinessGeneral newsSuicidesFiresViolent crimeCrimeAccidents and disasters, 27 Mar 2015 18:52:46 GMTGerman airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash (AP) — Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.By KARL RITTERiBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesLaw and orderGermanyFranceUnited StatesMontrealWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaQuebecCanada, 27 Mar 2015 18:18:31 GMTApple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.htBusinessTechnologyCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:30:23 GMTEnd of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum (AP) — Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution.By BRETT ZONGKERwArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravel, 27 Mar 2015 18:48:29 GMTIsrael to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues (AP) — Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.iGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsInternational relationsPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle East, 27 Mar 2015 17:53:07 GMTUS oil and natural gas rig count drops by 21 to 1,048 (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices.aBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesHoustonTexasNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:06:34 GMTPublic defender: San Francisco jail inmates forced to fight FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.aGeneral newsPoliceCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:21:07 GMT2 charged with murder, kidnapping in alleged baby-theft plot BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a woman and man with kidnapping and murder in a scheme to steal babies.aBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessTheftKidnappingCrimeViolent crimeLong BeachCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:35:24 GMTUN draft resolution would keep in place Libya arms embargo NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is set to vote Friday on a draft resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsEgyptLibyaMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Mar 2015 18:47:50 GMTAaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was intoxicated before slaying RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Friday, telling the jury that he was intoxicated in the hours before the slaying of her sister's boyfriend.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:35:01 GMTAaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was intoxicated before killing RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified in his murder trial that he was intoxicated in the hours before the killing of her sister's boyfriend.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentViolent crimeCrimeFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:51 GMTReview: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet YORK (AP) — A better design, a sharper camera and easier-to-use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer.By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMobile phonesConsumer electronics, 27 Mar 2015 17:55:07 GMTSenate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.By ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislatureHealth care reformPrimary electionsState governmentsRecessions and depressionsPolitical issuesHealth care policyGovernment policyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsEconomyUnited StatesNevadaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:35:27 GMTTennessee fires men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA investigation at his former school lingered over Donnie Tyndall before he ever coached a game for Tennessee, and now his unethical actions at Southern Mississippi have led to his firing after only one season.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballSchool athleticsMen's sportsCoachingBasketballSports governanceCollege sportsEducationSocial affairsSports transactionsSports businessTennesseeMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:37:29 GMTAudit: Maryland misallocated $28.4M for health exchange, Md. (AP) — Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit set to be released Friday.By BRIAN WITTEhtBusinessGovernment grantsHealth care reformState governmentsHealth care policyTechnologyGovernment and politicsLegislatureGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment business and financePolitical issuesGovernment policyGovernment programsMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:13:22 GMT15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros — Serena Williams.By STEVEN WINEsSportsMen's tennisU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisMen's sportsTennisEventsWomen's sportsMiamiUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:45:03 GMTRepairs to downed border fence top $700,000, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a steel border fence that was knocked down by debris from a rainstorm last summer.By ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsBorder securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsArmed forcesArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:00:37 GMTEthics panel steps up inquiry of Kentucky Rep. Whitfield (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it is forming an investigative panel to determine whether Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield violated congressional rules by allowing his wife to lobby staff members on issues related to her work.By MATTHEW DALYwGovernment and politicsPolitical ethicsPolitical corruptionLegislatureLobbyingAnimalsAnimal welfareHorsesLegislationPolitical issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:56:34 GMTFrench court OKs media access to Sarkozy's campaign files (AP) — France's highest administrative court is allowing journalists to see files regarding former President Nicolas Sarkozy's winning presidential campaign in 2007, which is suspected of having received illegal funding from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCampaign finance improprietiesCampaignsMediaCrimeElectionsNational electionsFranceLibyaWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Mar 2015 17:36:50 GMTPretty penny: Early 1-cent coin sells for more than $1M (AP) — An early trial of America's first 1-cent coin now costs quite a pretty penny — an auction host says one has sold for more than $1 million.aGeneral newsArts and collectibles auctionsShoppingLifestyleBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:58:35 GMTIran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis, Switzerland (AP) — Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could serve as a distraction at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHNiGovernment and politicsNuclear weaponsInternational relationsWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsIranMiddle EastSwitzerlandYemenUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:52:11 GMTSyria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda' (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda."By RYAN LUCASiGeneral newsCivil warsChemical weaponsWar and unrestMilitary facilitiesTerrorismDiplomacyGovernment and politicsWeapons of mass destructionMilitary and defenseInternational relationsSyriaDamascusMoscowTurkeyMiddle EastUnited StatesRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern EuropeNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:47:54 GMTAP Photos: Antarctica both alluring and forbidding ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. But far from the surface waters where they swim with seals and whales, deep in the oceans and across thousands of miles of frozen continent is another side of Antarctica that is both forbidding and mysterious.By NATACHA PISARENKOtTravelLifestyleAnimalsGlaciologyEarth scienceScienceChristianityReligionSocial affairsAntarctica, 27 Mar 2015 18:24:46 GMTCouple accused of locking teen in basement, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a basement and forcing her to wear diapers have been charged with child neglect.aGeneral newsWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:33:30 GMTCoroner: Baby cut from Colorado mother's womb not born alive (AP) — Authorities say there's no evidence a baby cut from her mother by a stranger was alive outside the womb.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeState legislatureLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:41:10 GMTUS stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were flat to slightly higher in a quiet session Friday, giving investors a break after four straight days of losses.By KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial marketsCommodity marketsStock marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastIranYemenNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:02:06 GMTWisconsin couple accused of locking teenage girl in basement, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week.By GRETCHEN EHLKEaGeneral newsCrimeWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:49:44 GMTDaughter sues elder-abuse investigator over father's will, Ore. (AP) — A former Medford police detective who specialized in investigating elder abuse has been accused of using her expertise to exploit the dementia of a Portland lawyer before his death last year.By STEVEN DUBOISaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:51:54 GMTFeds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights.JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesTeen developmentState legislatureCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsChild and teen healthHealthLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:35:35 GMTSwiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud, Va. (AP) — Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.By MATTHEW BARAKATaBusinessGeneral newsTax evasionFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderSwitzerlandUnited StatesVirginiaWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:57:57 GMTAuthorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered.By JOE MANDAKaBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:14:44 GMTA-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant to do so in the probe into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsCriminal investigationsDopingDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeSports governanceEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 18:53:40 GMTStudent stabbed while leaving class at Texas high school, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a student was stabbed five times inside a biology classroom at his high school in Southeast Texas, and that a 15-year-old student has been charged.aGeneral newsEducationViolent crimeCrimeSocial affairsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Mar 2015 17:42:02 GMTNorthern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9, Chile (AP) — Communities in Chile's northern desert region are digging houses out of the mud and working to reopen roads after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsAccidents and disastersChileSantiagoSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:57 GMTZayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D (AP) — Zayn Malik says he worries that he's let One Direction fans down by leaving the world-conquering boy band, but couldn't carry on in a role that made him unhappy.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Mar 2015 18:11:55 GMT