FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Aug 2014 03:50:31 -0700Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO (AP) — Finland and Sweden say they will work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations.iGeneral newsFinlandSwedenWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 10:20:26 GMTWomen's World Cup turf war heats up actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.ANNE M. PETERSONaGeneral newsSportsWomen's soccerInternational soccerWomen's sportsProfessional soccerSports governanceSoccerGender issues2014 FIFA World CupSocial issuesSocial affairsFIFA World CupEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMen's soccerMen's sportsCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:37:09 GMTGlobal trash burning more polluting than expected DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.KATY DAIGLEiGeneral newsScienceWaste managementAir qualityEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 10:41:33 GMTAustralia and Indonesia mending intel differences, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name.ROD McGUIRKiGeneral newsInternational agreementsMilitary intelligenceInternational relationsGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseIndonesiaAustraliaCanberraSoutheast AsiaAsiaOceania, 27 Aug 2014 09:31:14 GMTNew AP award to recognize top NFL assistant coach YORK (AP) — The Associated Press will recognize the NFL's top assistant coach with a new award beginning this season, the news organization announced Wednesday.BARRY WILNERsSportsCoachingProfessional footballJournalismNews mediaMediaFootballNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:56:33 GMTCrist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office.BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState electionsElectionsState governmentsPolitical endorsements2014 United States General ElectionUnited States General ElectionPrimary electionsHealth care reformState legislatureSenate electionsLegislatureGeneral electionsEventsPolitical issuesHealth care policyGovernment policyFloridaFort LauderdaleOklahomaMesaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:34:20 GMTCivil War officer to receive Medal of Honor (AP) — A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsAmerican Civil WarWar and unrestWar casualtiesEventsGeneral newsGettysburgWisconsinPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:09:57 GMTGodzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact (AP) — At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:58 GMTHurricane Cristobal heads toward Bermuda JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Cristobal moved slowly toward Bermuda after drenching Atlantic and Caribbean islands with heavy rains, causing flooding that officials blamed for at least five deaths.DANICA COTOiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersStormsBermudaCaribbeanMexicoPuerto RicoTurks and Caicos IslandsNorth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral America, 27 Aug 2014 08:59:02 GMTAsia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth (AP) — Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer.DENIS D. GRAYiGeneral newsCultural preservationArchitectureMunicipal governmentsCulturesSocial affairsArts and entertainmentLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessHong KongChinaThailandVietnamBeijingSoutheast AsiaBangkokEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 09:12:51 GMTTurkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party convened on Wednesday to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he becomes president — a position he has pledged to transform from a ceremonial post to one of real power.SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsForeign policyInternational relationsPolitical partiesGovernment policyPolitical organizationsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:00:29 GMTJapan PM sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony at a Buddhist temple honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to the country, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday.MARI YAMAGUCHIiGeneral newsWar crimesPrayerCabinetsWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsGovernment and politicsJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 09:58:35 GMTFormer Va. governor wraps up his trial testimony, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption trial is winding down in federal court in Richmond.LARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderRichmondVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:03:05 GMTGaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains (AP) — An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.PETER ENAVIBRAHIM BARZAKiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesMilitant groupsWar and unrestCease firesGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastGaza, 27 Aug 2014 10:44:09 GMTSerious questions for United after cup humiliation, England (AP) — Louis van Gaal has always said it could get worse before it gets better at Manchester United.STEVE DOUGLASsSportsSoccerMen's soccerMen's sportsProfessional soccerManchesterEnglandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:49:05 GMTJapan lab unable to replicate stem cell results (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsScienceStem cell researchMedical researchHealthCell biologyBiologyJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 10:03:16 GMTAuburn, Oregon dealing with key injuries Miller's season-ending shoulder injury has the potential to shake up the national title race, leaving a loaded Ohio State team without one of the country's most dynamic quarterbacks.RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsAthlete injuriesCollege footballAthlete healthCollege sportsFootballOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:20:47 GMTGovernment-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells, Ukraine (AP) — A town in east Ukraine came under shellfire by pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday, amid fears that they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region.Associated PressiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaBelarusRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 08:36:16 GMTNew counterterrorism units at Australian airports, Australia (AP) — New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already intercepted a person of interest, the prime minister said Wednesday.ROD McGUIRKiGeneral newsTransportationTerrorismBorder securityIntelligence agenciesGovernment and politicsWar and unrestIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMilitary and defenseNational securityAustraliaSydneySyriaMiddle EastIraqOceania, 27 Aug 2014 07:38:18 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral newsWar and unrestUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:56:59 GMTUS commander: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.LOLITA C. BALDORiGovernment and politicsTroop withdrawalsWar and unrestInternational agreementsMilitary leadershipRun-off electionsGeneral newsInternational relationsVotingElectionsMilitary and defenseAfghanistanUnited StatesKabulCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:11:06 GMTPakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands (AP) — A Cabinet minister has urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.iGeneral newsPolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsPakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 10:07:49 GMTQuake is major test for hard-luck California city, Calif. (AP) — The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.ELLEN KNICKMEYERaGeneral newsProperty damageNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsVallejoCaliforniaNapaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:49 GMTBulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesBulgariaSofiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 10:37:39 GMTAnnual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red, Spain (AP) — The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.ALBERTO SAIZiBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 10:22:09 GMT10 things to know about corporate inversions (AP) — Burger King plans to become the latest U.S. company to shift its legal address out of the country by merging with a foreign company. Burger King has announced plans to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislaturePersonal taxesCorporate newsPolitical partiesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesOwnership changesPersonal financePolitical organizationsUnited StatesCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaOhioNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 09:08:14 GMTAfghan candidate pulls out of election audit, Afghanistan (AP) — One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis.AMIR SHAHREBECCA SANTANAiGeneral newsInternational agreementsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsVotingElectionsInternational relationsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 27 Aug 2014 10:06:57 GMTJournalist killing highlights role of freelancers (AP) — Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."JESSICA GRESKOwGeneral newsJournalistsNews mediaMediaSyriaMiddle East, 27 Aug 2014 08:49:54 GMTIMF chief Christine Lagarde under official investigation for 'negligence' in corruption probe (AP) — IMF chief Christine Lagarde under official investigation for 'negligence' in corruption probe.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial servicesIndustriesFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:21:52 GMTBumgarner flirts with perfection in 3-0 Giants win FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau.MICHAEL WAGAMANsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:33:31 GMTInarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival, Italy (AP) — A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentVenice Film FestivalEventsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:02 GMTUN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria (AP) — An independent U.N. commission said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.JOHN HEILPRINiGeneral newsPolitical corruptionCrimePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 27 Aug 2014 10:14:24 GMTFlorida, Arizona pick nominees for governor (AP) — Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Oklahoma. Highlights:PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsElectionsState governmentsPrimary electionsPolitical partiesLegislaturePolitical organizationsUnited StatesArizonaMesaFloridaVermontNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 09:23:15 GMTExperts want to see NFL act on domestic violence, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year.TERESA M. WALKERsSportsSports transactionsDopingSports governanceViolenceWomen's sportsSports businessSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsHuman welfareHuman rights and civil libertiesProfessional footballFootballNashvilleUnited StatesTennesseeNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:16:26 GMTGovt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis.PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaRussiaMinskDonetskEuropeKievEastern EuropeBelarus, 27 Aug 2014 09:35:57 GMTGolfer aces par-4 hole in Kuala Lumpur tournament LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian golfer Mohd Nazri Zain had a rare hole-in-one on a par-4 during the SapuraKencana National Qualifier tournament on Wednesday.sSportsGolfMen's golfMen's sportsMalaysiaKuala LumpurPhoenixSoutheast AsiaAsiaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 09:47:12 GMTUN doctor with Ebola in Germany for treatment (AP) — Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.iHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGermanyHamburgSierra LeoneWest AfricaWestern EuropeEuropeAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 09:48:34 GMTBoy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead', Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersHealthDavisCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 09:59:37 GMTHackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.EMAUN KASHFIhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyNuclear physicsPhysicsScienceMesaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:15:16 GMTCollege football begins with low-key opening game (AP) — Welcome back, college football!PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballProfessional footballAtlantaAbileneGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 27 Aug 2014 08:27:02 GMTEurope shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record (AP) — Global shares were mixed Wednesday after the latest record close for the Standard & Poor's 500, with Europe off to a shaky start despite a strong day in Asia.ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsStock marketsFinancial marketsJapanEast AsiaChinaEuropeAsiaGreater China, 27 Aug 2014 09:15:17 GMTIMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed Wednesday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.LORI HINNANTiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsFinancial servicesIndustriesFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:52:57 GMTWhat to watch at Open: Will Sharapova foe take TO? YORK (AP) — If Maria Sharapova's opponent Wednesday at the U.S. Open takes a medical timeout, the five-time major champion wouldn't mind seeing that come at a cost.HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsU.S. Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsEventsWomen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 08:31:11 GMTAP source: American militant said killed in Syria HOPE, Minn. (AP) — An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.ERIC TUCKERAMY FORLITIaGeneral newsMilitant groupsTerrorismWar and unrestIntelligence agenciesGovernment and politicsSyriaMinnesotaUnited StatesMiddle EastMinneapolisNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:16:43 GMTRyanair launches flexible business-class tickets (AP) — Ryanair has launched a flexible business-class ticket in its latest U-turn from its no-frills tradition.fBusinessBusiness travelTravelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesConsumer products and servicesDublinIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Aug 2014 09:23:13 GMTWest Africans get creative with Ebola awareness, Ivory Coast (AP) — A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.MARC-ANDRE BOISVERTiGeneral newsDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthIvory CoastGuineaWest AfricaSierra LeoneAbidjanLiberiaAfrica, 27 Aug 2014 09:12:09 GMTMalaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters KONG (AP) — Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesEventsAccidentsTransportationMalaysiaSoutheast AsiaHong KongChinaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 27 Aug 2014 10:34:43 GMTAPNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.MELINDA DESLATTEaGeneral newsGovernment programsStudent testingEducation policyEducation standardsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEducationSocial affairsGovernment policyUnited StatesLouisianaBaton RougeNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 10:19:05 GMT3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake, Ore. (AP) — It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old grandson.GOSIA WOZNIACKAaGeneral newsLakesAccidentsAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureOregonPortlandUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 07:12:34 GMTSouthern California prepares as big waves brew BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing.GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsStormsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWeatherCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Aug 2014 09:40:44 GMT