FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 23 Oct 2014 08:08:34 -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 GMTUS: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a day just from black market oil sales.DEB RIECHMANNwGovernment and politicsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestGeneral newsIraqSyriaMiddle East, 23 Oct 2014 14:28:04 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 GMTW.Va. airport looks for PeoplExpress replacement, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia airport has stopped promoting a PeoplExpress flight and is looking for other airlines to provide the service.tTravelLifestyleIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCharlestonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:43:58 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 GMTSenators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on U.S. auto safety regulators to immediately issue a nationwide recall for cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsNHL hockeyProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:33:39 GMTGiants' Hudson to face Royals' Guthrie in Game 3 FRANCISCO (AP) — In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.JOSH DUBOWsSportsMLB World SeriesBaseballEventsProfessional baseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoKansas CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouri, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:57 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 AfricaLiberiaMonroviaSierra LeoneAfricaGuineaRwandaEast Africa, 23 Oct 2014 14:47:04 GMTColumnist George Will's Ohio lecture draws protest, Ohio (AP) — Columnist George F. Will appeared for a speech on a southwest Ohio campus and drew protests over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeHamiltonOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:32:14 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 GMT2 planes clip wings at Minnesota airport (AP) — Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane clipped wings with a smaller jet as the two were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMinneapolisMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:28 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 newsEconomic growthLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial crisisFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:58:45 GMTFrance reclaims title: world's largest wine maker (AP) — France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent.iGeneral newsLifestyleWineriesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessRecreation and leisureBeveragesFood and drinkFranceParisItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 14:46:08 GMTMurray beats Fognini to reach Valencia quarters, Spain (AP) — Andy Murray eased by the error-plagued Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Valencia Open quarterfinals on Thursday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisSpainValenciaWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:38 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 ZONGKERtTravelLifestyleSculptureVisual artsMusicPerforming artsEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:44 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 GMTCoke names new marketing chief amid struggles YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is naming a new chief marketing officer as the world's biggest soda maker works to boost flat soda sales.fBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:52 GMTMoscow airport chief resigns after Total crash (AP) — The general director of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport and his deputy resigned Thursday and Russian investigators detained four other airport employees following a plane crash that killed a top French oil executive and three crew members.LYNN BERRYiBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 14:29:41 GMTBrazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.fBusiness, 23 Oct 2014 14:41:29 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 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 GMTEuropean authorities aim to purge weak banks, Germany (AP) — Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances.DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial marketsEuropeGermanyUnited StatesWestern EuropeNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:47:02 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 GMT1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.iGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:20 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 GMTTrading restriction halts Portugal Telecom slide, Portugal (AP) — A ban on the short-selling of Portugal Telecom shares helped the stock rebound following a plunge that analysts say leaves it vulnerable to a takeover bid.iBusinessGeneral newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesPortugalLisbonWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Oct 2014 14:48:18 GMTParents of Ottawa shooter's statement to AP following is the full text of a statement issued to The Associated Press by the parents of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man authorities say killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial, then stormed Parliament before being shot dead. The statement was in response to an AP email which asked about reports that their son was mentally unstable or otherwise vulnerable.The Associated PressaGeneral newsCanadaOttawaNorth AmericaOntario, 23 Oct 2014 14:32:39 GMTImage of Asia: Climbing for democracy in Hong Kong this photo by Kin Cheung, a hiker looks at the yellow banner reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" in Chinese and "Umbrella Movement" in English hanging from the face of Lion Rock mountain in Hong Kong. Democracy activists hung the banner on the mountain in support of the protest movement in which thousands of demonstrators have camped out on the streets of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly a month to press their demands for greater democracy.The Associated PressaGeneral newsDemocracyGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Oct 2014 14:48:26 GMTFrench moving troops toward Libyan border (AP) — A top French military official says the country is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region.SYLVIE CORBETiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsFranceLibyaMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfrica, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:23 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 GMT'The Situation' to appear in court on tax charges, N.J. (AP) — A former cast member of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" is due back in court to face federal tax charges.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsNational governmentsCelebrityNewarkNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:39 GMTKentucky agency starts food-focused website, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky tourism officials have launched a food-focused website to promote culinary tourism in the state.tTravelLifestyleTravel websitesLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:46:32 GMTAverage US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.92 pct. (AP) — Average U.S. long-term 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 estateFinancial servicesIndustriesDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:30 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 14:27:49 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 GMTIce cream truck hits, kills boy; driver attacked ANGELES (AP) — 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, authorities said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:32:28 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 crimeTerrorismCrimeGovernment and politicsLegislatureWar and unrestOntarioCanadaOttawaNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:56:37 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 GMTCyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies, Cyprus (AP) — The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday.iGeneral newsMilitary and defenseAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGovernment and politicsCyprusLebanonWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:28 GMTTunisia militant shootouts kill 2 people, Tunisia (AP) — Three days before a national election in Tunisia, police clashed with suspected militants in two areas of the country on Thursday and at least two people were killed.BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsMilitant groupsNational electionsWar and unrestElectionsGovernment and politicsTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 23 Oct 2014 14:26:59 GMTVols, Wolverines out to flip trends against rivals history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups.RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballMichiganAlabamaArizonaWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:03 GMTSoftware problem diverts 15 flights from Denver (AP) — Travelers flying through Denver International Airport may face some lingering delays because of a problem with its air traffic control software.htTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTechnology issuesTechnologySoftwareTransportationGeneral newsComputing and information technologyDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Oct 2014 14:39:13 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, yet her title defense remain in the balance.CHRIS LINESsSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sports, 23 Oct 2014 14:30:41 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