FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jul 2014 14:15:25 -0700How the Dow Jones average fared Wednesday stocks closed mixed Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the economy was strengthening enough for the central bank to continue cutting its stimulus. Bond yields rose after the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4 percent this spring.The Associated PressfBusinessFinancial marketsStock markets, 30 Jul 2014 20:54:11 GMTNats end Marlins' six-game winning streak, 4-3 (AP) — Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start and the Washington Nationals averted a series sweep by snapping the Miami Marlins' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.STEVEN WINEsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:08:52 GMTSettlements in 4 New York wrong-way crash lawsuits PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer says settlements have been reached in four lawsuits stemming from a wrong-way minivan crash that killed eight people on a New York parkway.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew YorkWhite PlainsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:29:04 GMT3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions (AP) — The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeaMoscowRussiaEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 30 Jul 2014 20:36:21 GMT'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering FRANCISCO (AP) — A man prosecutors accuse of heading a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new charge of racketeering.PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsRacketeeringBribery, graft and conflicts of interestLegal proceedingsCrimeGangsCommunity and neighborhood groupsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsSocial groups and organizationsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:27:40 GMTTea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas, Kan. (AP) — Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of the Republican primary.JOHN HANNApGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsCampaignsLegislatureEmporiaUnited StatesKansasNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:15:13 GMTWitness: More Oklahoma bombing videos may exist LAKE CITY (AP) — A police officer who was at the scene of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Wednesday during a Utah trial that he saw surveillance cameras at the federal building that may have recorded the attack.BRADY McCOMBSaGeneral newsGovernment surveillanceMunicipal governmentsCrimeNational courtsBombingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryOklahoma CityOklahomaSalt Lake CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:53:25 GMTColorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind (AP) — Heavy rain has brought much-needed moisture to Colorado's drought-stricken plains and has tested the recovery efforts in the foothill communities hit hard by flooding in September.COLLEEN SLEVINaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsFloodsDisaster planning and responseAccidents and disastersNatural disastersColoradoBoulderNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:48:27 GMTGreg Ives to crew chief Earnhardt in 2015, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports didn't look far for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief, choosing a candidate already quite familiar with the organization.JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingNASCARCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:56:16 GMTLiberia's president closes schools amid Ebola, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president is closing the nation's schools and ordering non-essential government employees to stay home as the country battles an Ebola outbreak.iGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthLiberiaWest AfricaAfrica, 30 Jul 2014 20:49:56 GMTFigures on government spending and debt (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.fGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment finance, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:09 GMTJesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.STEVE KARNOWSKIaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:18 GMTJustice Dept. weighs in on OH, WI voting cases (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.ERIC TUCKERwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansState governmentsVotingNational courtsElectionsSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLegislationLegislatureWisconsinOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:54:44 GMTChiefs' Murray says bro, 'Bachelorette' very happy JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.DAVE SKRETTAeArts and entertainmentSportsTelevision programsEntertainmentSiblingsNFL DraftRelationshipsLifestyleEventsProfessional footballFootballSt. JosephMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:02:58 GMTOhio: 2nd fine levied against prison food vendor, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee.ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSaBusinessGeneral newsGourmet foodConsumer products and servicesIndustriesOwnership changesCorporate newsFood and drinkLifestyleProfessional servicesCorrectional systemsLaw and orderOhioMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:32:47 GMTDetective acquitted in Maryland road-rage shooting, Md. (AP) — A New Jersey detective was acquitted Wednesday of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of a driver during a case of road rage in Maryland.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderAnnapolisMarylandNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:09:13 GMTCop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston, Fla. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say.BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsSportsCrimeCollege footballCollege sportsFootballUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:50:32 GMTMassachusetts governor signs abortion clinic bill (AP) — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday.aGeneral newsState governmentsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLegislationLegislatureMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:19:22 GMTRatings agency: Argentina in 'selective default' YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's says some Argentine bonds are in 'selective default' in what could be the start of a wave of downgrades amid a standoff between the South American country and some creditors.aBusinessGeneral newsArgentinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 30 Jul 2014 21:05:42 GMT2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge, Ind. (AP) — A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.aGeneral newsBloomingtonIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:30:03 GMTSenate reprieve for highly contested border bill (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.ERICA WERNERwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureImmigration policyBorder securityEmergency managementLegislationPolitical partiesImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defensePolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaIsraelNorth AmericaMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 20:21:34 GMTContract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.DAVID BAUDEReArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 30 Jul 2014 20:31:13 GMTCrystal CEO contests subpoena in sweetener lawsuit, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for the corn syrup industry said Wednesday that American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a federal lawsuit filed by refined sugar manufacturers because his company isn't directly involved in the case and he can be more forthcoming than other industry executives.DAVE KOLPACKaBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsSubpoenasCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLaw and orderNorth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:32 GMTPilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah airline pilot has been sentenced to just over two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old fellow passenger girl when he was off-duty on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City.ANNIE KNOXaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderSalt Lake CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:46:17 GMTTerror threats at chemical plants underestimated (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.HOPE YENwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureTerrorismLegislationNational securityWar and unrestGeneral newsMaterials industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsAccidentsAccidents and disastersMilitary and defense, 30 Jul 2014 21:06:16 GMTMinnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign despite criticism over the archdiocese's handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests.aGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesViolent crimeCrimeSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:56:22 GMTGOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureElectionsLegislationPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:22:47 GMTAx crashes through car windshield on highway, Mass. (AP) — It was a scary moment on a highway north of Boston when an ax smashed through the windshield of a car.aOdditiesMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:50:43 GMTKey witness takes stand in ex-governor's trial, Va. (AP) — The government's key witness in the corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand Wednesday under the cloak of immunity, and he was expected to lay out prosecutors' case in the gifts-for favors scandal.ALAN SUDERMANLARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsPolitical corruptionCrimeLaw and orderPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:50:08 GMTLos Angeles pipe rupture: A look at the numbers torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA. Here are some of the numbers behind Tuesday's rupture:The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:34 GMT6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case (AP) — Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, relying on guns, badges, beatings and threats to extort huge piles of cash and cocaine, federal authorities charged in an indictment Wednesday.MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsDrug-related crimeExtortion and threatsTheftLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhiladelphiaUnited StatesPennsylvaniaNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 21:07:52 GMTUS judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America YORK (AP) — A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisLegal proceedingsEconomyFinancial marketsLaw and order, 30 Jul 2014 20:58:17 GMTProcessing issue delays bar exam submissions, N.Y. (AP) — Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from uploading the first day's answers from their computers.CAROLYN THOMPSONhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleTechnologyParentingRelationshipsStudent testingEducationSocial affairsNew YorkBuffaloMinnesotaMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:52 GMTPlayers describe punch that killed soccer referee, Mich. (AP) — A man who witnessed a soccer player fatally punch a referee says the victim wasn't expecting the attack during an adult-league game in suburban Detroit.MIKE HOUSEHOLDERaGeneral newsSportsCrimeSoccerMen's soccerViolent crimeMen's sportsMichiganDetroitUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:20:26 GMTFirst lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.STACY A. ANDERSONwLifestyleGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:07:46 GMTGallardo, Brewers top Rays 5-0 PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers finally got timely hitting to go with their strong pitching.sSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthTampaSan DiegoFloridaUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 30 Jul 2014 20:56:12 GMTStocks flatten out after Fed delivers no surprises YORK (AP) — A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday.MATTHEW CRAFTaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyMen's soccerSoccerFinancial marketsHealth care industryIndustriesStock marketsFinancial performanceCorporate newsDebt and bond marketsCommodity marketsFinancial servicesMen's sportsSportsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 30 Jul 2014 20:39:39 GMTHouse approves VA health care overhaul (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.MATTHEW DALYwHealthGovernment and politicsVeteransLegislatureState governmentsHealth care reformMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessLegislationPolitical issuesHealth care policyGovernment policy, 30 Jul 2014 21:02:46 GMTWoods hopeful of more good memories at Firestone, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfRyder CupGolfEventsOhioUnited StatesAkronNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:21:46 GMTWhat's in bill to overhaul VA (AP) — Congress is set to adopt a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The House approved the bill Wednesday, with a Senate vote expected by the end of the week.The Associated PresswHealthGovernment and politicsVeteransMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseLegislationLegislature, 30 Jul 2014 20:44:13 GMTCongress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel.DAVID ESPOwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislatureBorder securityLegislationPolitical partiesImmigrationVeteransMilitary and defenseIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPolitical organizationsSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary affairsUnited StatesIsraelDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaMiddle East, 30 Jul 2014 21:08:33 GMTUCLA's Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history ANGELES (AP) — The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.BETH HARRISaGeneral newsSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsMen's sportsWomen's gymnasticsBasketballGymnasticsMen's gymnasticsCollege sportsMen's basketballArtistic gymnasticsMen's college basketballLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 19:55:07 GMTVictims of 1982 Guatemala massacre laid to rest MARIA NEBAJ, Guatemala (AP) — The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans killed more than three decades ago during the height of Guatemala's civil war were laid to rest Wednesday in the country's western highlands amid the sounds of a violin and wafts of incense.SONIA PEREZ D.iGeneral newsMassacresWar and unrestGuatemalaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 30 Jul 2014 20:44:27 GMTJudge orders evidence preserved in Skakel case, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge ordered prosecutors Wednesday to preserve all evidence as Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel awaits a new trial in his murder case.JOHN CHRISTOFFERSENaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeStamfordConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:23:07 GMTTwitter and DreamWorks are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fFinancial performanceCorporate newsBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:30:33 GMTA look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia (AP) — The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.JUERGEN BAETZhtBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyTravel laws and regulationsTechnologyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyForeign policyInternational relationsEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesGovernment regulationsRussiaCrimeaEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:26 GMTTunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.iGeneral newsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsArmed forcesTunisiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 30 Jul 2014 20:56:54 GMTRains, smugglers damage US-Mexico border fence, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Wednesday that agents discovered a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico just east of Nogales, Arizona.ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsSmugglingLaw enforcement agenciesCrimeGovernment and politicsArizonaMexicoTucsonUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 30 Jul 2014 20:29:12 GMTAP NewsAlert, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors' key witness takes stand at corruption trial for former Virginia governor, wife.aGeneral newsPolitical corruptionPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jul 2014 20:35:43 GMTUS imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials, Venezuela (AP) — Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.HANNAH DREIERBRADLEY KLAPPERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyTravel laws and regulationsProtests and demonstrationsLegislatureGovernment regulationsPolitical and civil unrestForeign policyGovernment policyVenezuelaSouth AmericaUnited StatesCaracasArubaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaCaribbean, 30 Jul 2014 21:02:13 GMT