FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jan 2015 01:21:16 -0800China education minister demands rejection of Western values (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationChinaBeijingShanghaiGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:33:23 GMTProsecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityLegal proceedingsCrimeCollege footballProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports transactionsSports businessViolent crimeLaw and orderCollege sportsEventsFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:01:33 GMTQatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways says it is buying a nearly 10 percent stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia.iBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesUnited Arab EmiratesSpainQatarDubaiMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 08:40:44 GMTCardinals' Peterson wins Madden Bowl over Eagles' McCoy, Ariz. (AP) — Rain drenched the Madden Bowl party but didn't keep partygoers from being glued to the action on screens and mingling with the NFL stars in attendance.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlNFL PlayoffsCelebrityFootballEventsEntertainmentArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 06:55:01 GMTMedia ask judge to unseal warrants in family's deaths BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen media outlets are asking a California judge to unseal search warrants and other documents related to the murders of a family of four whose bodies were found in shallow desert graves.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeMediaLaw and orderViolent crimeCaliforniaSan BernardinoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:23:08 GMTBalloon crew surpasses distance record; Mexico landing next, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon on a record-setting journey across the Pacific Ocean entered the final leg of their trip Friday as they traveled along the California coast for an expected landing somewhere in Mexico.By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANaGeneral newsRecord setting eventsAlbuquerqueNorth AmericaJapanNew MexicoUnited StatesEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 07:52:03 GMTHow can Google snap its stock out of its stupor? FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessTechnologyCorporate stockCorporate newsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:05:33 GMTPhilippines mourn 44 police commandos; terror suspect hunted, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos.iGeneral newsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeWar and unrestPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 07:40:51 GMTLawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.By RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentViolent crimeCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:14:46 GMTPhilippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsMilitant groupsEmbassiesWar and unrestTerrorismGovernment and politicsPoliceInternational relationsLaw enforcement agenciesInternational agreementsDiplomacyPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:44:29 GMTSouth Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader (AP) — South Africa's government says Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicitySouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 09:13:04 GMTIslamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.By ELAINE KURTENBACH and KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeWar and unrestKidnappingGovernment and politicsCrimeAmmanJordanTurkeyJapanIraqSyriaMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:16:07 GMTUS-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat URSULA, Mexico (AP) — People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment.By PETER ORSI and RONNIE GREENEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesDamsCulturesProduction facilitiesMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsExplosionsEnergy and the environmentIndustriesBusinessEnvironment and natureEnvironmentSocial affairsWater environmentCorporate newsLocal governmentsPolitical and civil unrestEnvironmental concernsAccidents and disastersUtilitiesEnergy industryMexicoMexico CityUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 30 Jan 2015 08:22:21 GMTPakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.By LYNNE O'DONNELLiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesMilitant groupsWar and unrestDiplomacyGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsAfghanistanPakistanCentral AsiaAsiaSouth Asia, 30 Jan 2015 09:04:30 GMTSome doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.By ALICIA CHANGaGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksImmunizationsParentingPublic healthChild and teen healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsRelationshipsLifestyleCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:35:21 GMTSome businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name (AP) — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission.By TERRY TANGaBusinessGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballTrademarksEventsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSports businessFootballIntellectual propertyPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:44:31 GMTAP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979 YORK (AP) — The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance and the ensuing murder case:By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenLaw and orderNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:56:58 GMTMinnesota man pleads guilty in Gambia coup attempt (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.By AMY FORLITIaGeneral newsConspiracyLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesNational governmentsCoups d'etatPolitical activismCrimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPolitical issuesGambiaUnited StatesMinnesotaMinneapolisWest AfricaAfricaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:43:32 GMTTwin bombing at Baghdad market kills 8 people (AP) — Iraqi officials say a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad has killed eight people.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:47 GMTBusinesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name (AP) — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission.By TERRY TANGaBusinessGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlSports marketingSports governanceProfessional footballIntellectual propertyTrademarksRestaurantsEventsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSports businessFootballFood and drinkLifestylePhoenixArizonaNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 30 Jan 2015 08:04:38 GMTQuotations in the News"We received no assurances from anyone that he is alive. We are waiting, just waiting." — Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, brother of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held captive by Islamic State militants.By The Associated PressaGeneral news, 30 Jan 2015 08:00:50 GMTSouth African government grants parole to apartheid-era death squad leader Eugene de Kock (AP) — South African government grants parole to apartheid-era death squad leader Eugene de Kock.iGeneral newsGovernment grantsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:20 GMTFor 1st time since '80, Hawks get 3 players in All-Star Game (AP) — The Hawks keep reaping the rewards for their amazing season.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsAtlantaNew York CityGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 30 Jan 2015 08:48:38 GMTFederal prosecutors drop 2 dozen stash house sting charges (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeRace and ethnicityArrestsCrimeNational courtsTheftSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:31:22 GMTScott Walker ramping up a national political operation (AP) — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects.By STEVE PEOPLESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2012 United States Presidential ElectionState governmentsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsPolitical organizationsIowaDistrict of ColumbiaWisconsinSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:35:54 GMTFormer Bulgarian president dies at 79, Bulgaria (AP) — Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president in 1990, died Friday, his family said. He was 79.iGeneral newsObituariesGovernment and politicsBulgariaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 09:02:50 GMTKey Romney donors and longtime staffer moving toward Bush MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer — defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.By THOMAS BEAUMONT and STEVE PEOPLESaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsCampaignsPolitical fundraisingState governmentsPolitical partiesElectionsFinancial servicesIndustriesBusinessPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsIowaChicagoBeaumontUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinoisTexas, 30 Jan 2015 08:34:04 GMTSick Serena cuts short practice on eve of Aussie Open final, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams cut short a practice on the eve of the Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova due to a cold she's been battling for the past week.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 08:31:28 GMTDoug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers (AP) — Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving.By ROB MAADDIsSportsSports transactionsNFL PlayoffsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballSports businessFootballEvents, 30 Jan 2015 08:44:39 GMTLakers stop 9-game skid, beat Bulls 123-118 in double OT ANGELES (AP) — When the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:26:34 GMTExpert notes officers' threat perception in fatal shootings (AP) — It's unclear how a Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl was hurt, but an academic expert on police use of force says the threat perceived by the officer is critical in determining whether the shooting was justified.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:29:29 GMTTeen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime is in custody as police investigate his motives.iGeneral newsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 08:25:28 GMTRod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81 YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.By HILLEL ITALIEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesMusicEntertainment, 30 Jan 2015 08:26:02 GMTA sluggish start for Tiger Woods in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP) — Four holes into his first tournament of the year, Tiger Woods already was 4-over par and 10 shots out of the lead in the Phoenix Open.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's sportsSkiingMen's golfGolfPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:37 GMTRussian official: West aims to turn business against Kremlin (AP) — A top Russian official has accusing a leading rating agency of trying to turn tycoons against the Kremlin.iBusinessGeneral newsNational governmentsEconomyGovernment and politicsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 08:41:59 GMTHouse Democrats vow to explain their vision better in 2016 (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones.By CHARLES BABINGTONaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsPolitical partiesLegislatureEconomyPolitical organizationsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeInternational agreementsInternational relationsIsraelUnited StatesPhiladelphiaMiddle EastNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 30 Jan 2015 08:37:32 GMTAPNewsBreak: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide, Utah (AP) — Kristi Strack and Dan Lafferty struck up an unusual relationship behind prison walls a decade ago.By LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsSuicidesCrimeViolent crimeUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 08:31:50 GMTMattek-Sands, Safarova win Australian Open doubles title, Australia (AP) — American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the Australian Open women's doubles title in their first tournament as a combination, beating Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Friday's final.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsWomen's tennisWomen's sportsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 07:47:41 GMTWhat to watch at Aussie Open Saturday: No 1 vs No 2, Australia (AP) — It's been five years since Serena Williams won the last of her five Australian Open singles titles. Maria Sharapova's one and only trophy at Melbourne Park came in 2008 when she defeated Ana Ivanovic.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 09:08:17 GMTBelgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep (AP) — Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsBelgiumWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 09:17:08 GMTFederal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeRace and ethnicityArrestsCrimeNational courtsTheftSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:45:16 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsSports mediaProfessional footballFootball, 30 Jan 2015 07:03:15 GMTJames Franco tries to move beyond "The Interview" CITY, Utah (AP) — Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview."By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalCelebrityEventsPark CityNorth KoreaUtahUnited StatesNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:56 GMTWhat red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending (AP) — The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.By JIM KUHNHENNwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureAppropriationsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment policyDebt and bond marketsFinancial markets, 30 Jan 2015 08:39:06 GMTEgypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestMilitary facilitiesSocial mediaImprovised explosivesTerrorismMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptCairoMiddle EastGaza StripNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 30 Jan 2015 08:18:00 GMTVinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl (AP) — One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine if he would live.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsNFL Super BowlEventsProfessional footballFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 09:11:21 GMTFeds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.By AMANDA LEE MYERS and MATT SEDENSKYaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsFugitivesArrestsCrimeLaw and orderFloridaWest Palm BeachUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 07:03:10 GMTEkman-Larsson's floating goal sparks Coyotes over Leafs 3-1 (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson's unlikely goal was a light moment in a difficult season for the Arizona Coyotes. It also was a rough break for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsArizonaTorontoUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 30 Jan 2015 07:14:10 GMTOn Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food (AP) — While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country.aFood and drinkGeneral newsSportsLifestyle, 30 Jan 2015 07:17:16 GMTUS Skier Steven Nyman on a roll heading into world champs before the season, American skier Steven Nyman made a $20,000 investment to bankroll a 30-something downhiller he believed could still be one of the best in the world.By PAT GRAHAMsSportsMen's skiingAlpine skiingFIS Alpine Skiing World ChampionshipsSkiingMen's sportsEvents, 30 Jan 2015 08:53:09 GMT