FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 31 Jan 2015 11:10:45 -0800Teammates, fans remember Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (AP) — A memorial service is underway for legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks, with fans and friends paying tribute at a packed church.aGeneral newsSportsObituariesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:32:44 GMTPilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and naturePacific OceanAlbuquerqueAtlantic OceanNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:52:11 GMTMorocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration, Morocco (AP) — After a year-long rupture, France and Morocco restored their cooperation in legal matters on Saturday, a move allowing closer counterterrorism cooperation.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestMoroccoFranceNorth AfricaAfricaWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 17:39:23 GMTFormer German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94 (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.By GEIR MOULSONiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWorld War IIObituariesNazismInternational relationsEventsBerlinGermanyNetherlandsPolandWest GermanyWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 17:08:59 GMTLos Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US ANGELES (AP) — A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States.aGeneral newsIslamPrayerReligionSocial affairsLos AngelesUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:17:46 GMTYemen president refuses to reconsider resignation, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsPolitical resignationsProtests and demonstrationsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestYemenSanaaMiddle East, 31 Jan 2015 17:48:47 GMTCynthia Nixon channels the personal to play a cancer patient CITY, Utah (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's portrayal of a woman and mother dying of cancer in the Sundance drama "James White" hit extremely close to home. The actress saw her own mother die from the disease in the same year she shot the film.By LINDSEY BAHRaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebritySundance Film FestivalCancerEventsFashionBeauty and fashionLifestyleDiseases and conditionsHealthPark CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:01:43 GMTChicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances.By SOPHIA TAREENpGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical endorsementsMunicipal governmentsCampaignsLocal governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsTeachingEducationChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:28:57 GMTBritish actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82 (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentObituariesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 18:50:29 GMTFire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts (AP) — A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for a day, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents.iGeneral newsFiresLibrariesAccidents and disastersEducationSocial affairsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 16:57:48 GMTMacedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country.By KONSTANTIN TESTORIDESiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIllegal weaponsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderMacedoniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 18:36:33 GMTWhitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.aGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCelebrityAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:14:04 GMTLetter with suspicious powder received at Samaritan's Purse, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it is investigating a suspicious letter containing white powder that was sent to the headquarters of the Samaritan's Purse charity in western North Carolina.aGeneral newsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:58:28 GMTBig Montana oil spill is latest involving pipeline company, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records.aGeneral newsGovernment regulationsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersMontanaCasperUnited StatesNorth AmericaWyoming, 31 Jan 2015 18:50:23 GMTSuper Bowl the final act of the NFL's worst season (AP) — Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs.By EDDIE PELLSaGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesNFL Super BowlSports governanceProfessional footballViolenceFootballAthlete healthMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessSocial issuesSocial affairsEventsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politics, 31 Jan 2015 18:41:39 GMTSouth Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansProtests and demonstrationsRiotsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSouth AfricaJohannesburgAfricaSomaliaEast AfricaSouthern Africa, 31 Jan 2015 16:53:00 GMTGreek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts, Greece (AP) — A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 18:06:11 GMTAP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPoliceCrimeProtests and demonstrationsPolitical approval ratingsPublic opinionLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:07:18 GMTNASA launches Earth-observing satellite AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts.aScienceSpace launchesSpace explorationMilitary facilitiesGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 31 Jan 2015 17:56:06 GMTPolice say Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive and taken to Atlanta hospital, Ga. (AP) — Police say Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive and taken to Atlanta hospital.aGeneral newsCelebrityMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:57:20 GMTFirst Look: Viola Davis goes vigilante in 'Lila and Eve' CITY, Utah (AP) — Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez are grief-stricken mothers in "Lila and Eve," which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.By SANDY COHENaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalSupport groupsEventsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsSelf-improvementLifestylePark CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:32:21 GMTUp to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago. It's also bad news for those planning to drive to Super Bowl parties.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:51:18 GMTRep: Val Kilmer undergoing tests for a tumor ANGELES (AP) — Val Kilmer is undergoing tests for a possible tumor, according to his representative.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityTumorsDiseases and conditionsHealth, 31 Jan 2015 19:07:16 GMTIslamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 19:08:22 GMTAnti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent, Afghanistan (AP) — A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Saturday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators, police said.By The Associated PressiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisProtests and demonstrationsEventsPolitical and civil unrestTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 17:35:59 GMTAutomakers recall more than 2M vehicles for faulty air bags YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for faulty air bags that may inflate while the car is running.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 31 Jan 2015 17:17:01 GMTPresident: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestWar casualtiesArmed forcesReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 31 Jan 2015 18:35:25 GMTMore than 2M vehicles recalled 2nd time for faulty air bags YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 31 Jan 2015 18:13:47 GMTWoods out of top 50 for 1st time in more than 3 years, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods, coming off an 82 for his worst round as a pro, will be out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years.By DOUG FERGUSONaGeneral newsSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:43:06 GMTNew York Assembly facing historic change in leadership, N.Y. (AP) — The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options.By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL VIRTANENaGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsBronxQueensAlbanyNew York CityNew YorkBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:07:50 GMTMore than 2M vehicles a 2nd time for faulty air bags YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 31 Jan 2015 17:39:49 GMTFire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.iGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessAccidentsBangladeshDhakaSouth AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 16:54:46 GMTNo. 5 Wisconsin's Kaminsky scores 24 in 74-63 win vs Iowa CITY, Iowa (AP) — Frank Kaminsky had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 5 Wisconsin to a 74-63 win over Iowa on Saturday.sSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsIowaIowa CityWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 19:01:45 GMTSpanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally (AP) — At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.By HAROLD HECKLE and JORGE SAINZiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical corruptionPolitical activismGeneral electionsPolitical issuesMadridSpainEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 18:11:00 GMT5-alarm warehouse fire burns in Brooklyn; nobody hurt YORK (AP) — Smoke billowed over Brooklyn and across the East River into Manhattan on Saturday as firefighters battled a 5-alarm blaze inside a storage facility that was fed by the paper inside. No injuries were immediately reported.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:09:23 GMTHatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va., W.Va. (AP) — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:23:06 GMTDrivers: Return to your dealers to fix a 2nd air bag recall YORK (AP) — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 31 Jan 2015 19:02:40 GMTThings to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial (AP) — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is heading into its second month as Judge George O'Toole Jr. continues the process of questioning prospective jurors individually to find 18 people who can be fair and impartial. Here is a look at what's happened so far and a look ahead:By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:24:29 GMTCivilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.By PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsEvacuationsLocal governmentsUkraineBelarusMinskRussiaDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 18:45:44 GMTItaly's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial electionsNational governmentsNational courtsNazismElectionsJudiciaryCourtsItalyRomeSicilyEuropeWestern Europe, 31 Jan 2015 18:18:27 GMTCubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism (AP) — Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over his teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.By CARLA K. JOHNSONaGeneral newsSportsFunerals and memorial servicesAfrican-AmericansBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:48:02 GMTAfrica agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.BY ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsAfricaEthiopiaNigeriaAddis AbabaWest AfricaChadEast AfricaCentral Africa, 31 Jan 2015 16:41:33 GMTMuseum, hospital collaborate in scan of mummified remains (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.aGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 17:16:25 GMTSwiss police: 4 dead after avalanche hits group of skiers (AP) — Police in Switzerland say four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the southeast of the country.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 17:49:09 GMTObama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.By ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsChild carePolitical partiesLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyFamily issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:26:46 GMTVatican: 2 prelates are investigated in child porn case CITY (AP) — A Vatican spokesman says two Polish-born prelates are being investigated by Holy See authorities for alleged possession of child pornography.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsChristianityReligionCrimes against childrenCrimeLaw and orderSocial affairsSex in societySocial issuesVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 18:29:20 GMTDrivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix YORK (AP) — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 31 Jan 2015 19:06:29 GMTObama mingles with power brokers at Alfalfa Club luncheon (AP) — President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon.By JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politics, 31 Jan 2015 18:54:15 GMTPolice: Possible gang tie in San Francisco suitcase remains FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are looking into the possibility that organized crime or a gang was responsible for the dismembered remains of a man discovered inside a suitcase.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 18:27:36 GMTCrossFit gym closed after complaints of slamming barbells YORK (AP) — A CrossFit gym located in the first-floor of a New York City condo building must close after upstairs neighbors sued over excessive exercise-induced noise.aGeneral newsExerciseDiet and exerciseLifestyleLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 16:38:48 GMT