FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Apr 2015 20:00:07 -0700Assistant fire chief in Indiana demoted after tying noose, Ind. (AP) — An assistant fire chief in Indiana has accepted a demotion after tying a rope into a noose in the presence of a black firefighter whose wife belongs to the family of a lynching victim.aGeneral newsRace and ethnicityFiresAfrican-AmericansSocial issuesSocial affairsAccidents and disastersMarionIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:42:53 GMTWilliams helps lead Raptors past Timberwolves 113-99 (AP) — Lou Williams scored 18 points to lead a balanced Toronto offense as the Raptors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-99 on Wednesday.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballMinnesotaTorontoUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 02 Apr 2015 02:35:45 GMTNets edge Knicks on Lopez's tip, tie for 7th place in East YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez's follow shot with 2 seconds left gave the Brooklyn Nets their fifth straight victory and a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, as they beat the New York Knicks 100-98 on Wednesday night.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:24:15 GMTFast, furious, unstoppable: Franchise stays in high gear ANGELES (AP) — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz.By LINDSEY BAHRaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentChinaLos AngelesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:29:27 GMTNew Mitch Albom novel a story of world-famous guitarist YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom's next novel will have strings attached.eArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainment, 02 Apr 2015 01:14:01 GMTMcDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.By CANDICE CHOIaBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesEmployee benefitsLabor issuesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPersonnelSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:53:48 GMTGortat's double-double leads Wizards past 76ers 106-93 (AP) — Marcin Gortat scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Bradley Beal added 20 points, and the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-93 on Wednesday night.By HARVEY VALENTINEsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:54:16 GMTColorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial (AP) — Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:27:27 GMTFlyers top Penguins 4-1 despite Crosby's 300th goal (AP) — Brayden Schenn scored twice, Vincent Lecavalier added his first goal in nearly three months, and the Philadelphia Flyers had little trouble with the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night.By WILL GRAVESsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyPittsburghPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:56:26 GMTPolice: 4 dead in Tulsa home in apparent murder-suicide, Okla. (AP) — The bodies of four people, including two young boys, were discovered in a Tulsa home in what police suspect was a murder-suicide.aGeneral newsSuicidesViolent crimeCrimeTulsaOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:25:47 GMTThings to know about California's drought and water cuts FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.By ELLEN KNICKMEYERaGeneral newsEnvironmental conservation and preservationNatural resource managementNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:05:28 GMTRizzo hits 3-run homer as Cubs beat Brewers and Lohse 11-7, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off Kyle Lohse, and Jason Hammel allowed one run in five innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-7 Wednesday.By MIKE TULUMELLOsSportsAthlete injuriesBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsAthlete healthIllinoisMesaChicagoUnited StatesNorth AmericaArizona, 02 Apr 2015 01:33:41 GMTStudent charged with sexual abuse at campus day care center, Mass. (AP) — A Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually abusing two preschool boys at a campus day care center where he worked has pleaded not guilty.aGeneral newsHigher educationCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeEducationSocial affairsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:56:41 GMTMinn. lawmaker to return contributions from indicted senator (AP) — A Minnesota senator will return campaign contributions she received from her newly indicted colleague, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a campaign aide to the Minnesota lawmaker said Wednesday.By ALAN FRAMwGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionCampaignsIndictmentsElectionsPolitical fundraisingPolitical issuesLaw and orderGeneral news, 02 Apr 2015 01:34:38 GMTHarden's career-high 51 lead Rockets over Kings 115-111 (AP) — James Harden strengthened his case for the MVP award with a career-high 51 points, and the Houston Rockets squandered a huge early lead but held on for a 115-111 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.By KRISTIE RIEKENsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballHoustonDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:51:06 GMTRussian rescue workers say trawler with 132 crew sinks in Sea of Okhotsk, at least 43 dead (AP) — Russian rescue workers say trawler with 132 crew sinks in Sea of Okhotsk, at least 43 dead.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 02 Apr 2015 01:57:16 GMTVictims' family at exec's crash sentencing: You're heartless HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Family members of a Vermont couple killed in a car crash were unflinching during a sentencing hearing Wednesday as they poured out their anger toward a New Hampshire man who admitted causing the wreck, which also killed their unborn fetus.aBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsAccidentsCrimeLaw and orderAccidents and disastersTransportationViolent crimeNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:19:37 GMTGirlfriend's family: Getty oil heir had a brain aneurysm ANGELES (AP) — The mother of Andrew Getty's girlfriend says the oil heir had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and had not been eating or sleeping well in the days before his death.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and JOHN ROGERSaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessAneurysmsDiseases and conditionsHealthKidnappingEnergy industryIndustriesCrimeLos AngelesHollywoodCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:41:30 GMTFamily at exec's fatal crash sentencing: You're heartless HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Relatives of a pregnant woman and her fiance say a New Hampshire man was "heartless" when he swerved his pickup truck across an interstate median and smashed into their SUV, killing the Vermont couple.aBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeTransportationViolent crimeStock marketsFinancial marketsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:43:54 GMTKey provisions of California's new water cuts FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought.aGeneral newsNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationEmergency managementState governmentsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentGovernment and politicsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:15:12 GMTBritish Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia's national capital next week to begin four weeks of training with the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career.By ROD McGUIRKiGeneral newsVeteransMilitary and defenseCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsAustraliaCanberraPerthSydneyDarwinOceaniaAustralian Capital TerritoryWestern AustraliaNew South WalesNorthern Territory, 02 Apr 2015 02:54:12 GMTDuke University investigates noose found hanging on campus, N.C. (AP) — Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents.By EMERY P. DALESIO and MARTHA WAGGONERaGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansHigher educationRace and ethnicityEducationCriminal investigationsSocial affairsSocial issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderCrimeDurhamNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:45:21 GMTThe latest developments on religious objection laws (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.By JENI O'MALLEYaGeneral newsState legislatureState governmentsGovernment and politicsLegislationLegislatureReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesIndianaArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:29:09 GMTAdvocate says Indiana woman's sentence for feticide alarming BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman received a 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant, a punishment the head of a national advocacy group called cruel and a misuse of the state's feticide law.Associated PressaGeneral newsPregnancy and childbirthCrimeWomen's healthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimes against childrenSexual and reproductive healthHealthSouth BendIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:56:31 GMTReid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:03:37 GMTOrioles and Pirates play to 3-3 tie in 10 innings, Fla. (AP) — In a matchup of opening-day pitchers, Chris Tillman allowed two runs over five innings while Francisco Liriano gave up one run in three innings as the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Wednesday night.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSarasotaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:34:07 GMTLucy Lawless is bewitching as a newcomer to WGN's 'Salem' YORK (AP) — As if there weren't enough upheaval in 17th-Century Salem, Massachusetts, this haunted village is about to welcome Lucy Lawless.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainment, 02 Apr 2015 00:52:56 GMTRyan hurts calf in Yankees' 3-0 loss to Rays, Fla. (AP) — In the first season following Derek Jeter's retirement, the Yankees have concerns about shortstop less than a week before opening day.By MARK DIDTLERsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesBaseballMen's sportsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional baseballNew York CityTampaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaFlorida, 02 Apr 2015 01:23:20 GMTWoman charged with killing lawyer in DC hotel (AP) — Police have charged a 21-year-old woman in the stabbing death of a lawyer at an upscale hotel in Washington, D.C.wGeneral newsViolent crimeCrime, 02 Apr 2015 02:37:36 GMTWill Indiana law force 2016 women's Final Four to relocate? (AP) — As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to look for a new venue for next year's women's Final Four.By RALPH D. RUSSO and DOUG FEINBERGaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballMen's sportsCollege sportsBasketballCoachingMen's college basketballMen's basketballIndianaIndianapolisNashvilleUnited StatesNorth AmericaTennessee, 02 Apr 2015 01:36:05 GMT10 Things to Know for Thursday daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:By The Associated PressaGeneral news, 02 Apr 2015 01:01:17 GMTGetty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and JOHN ROGERSaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessKidnappingEnergy industryIndustriesCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:27:01 GMTMarvin Williams leads Hornets past Pistons 102-78, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Williams scored 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets cruised to a 102-78 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.By STEVE REEDsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballCharlotteNorth CarolinaMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:49:16 GMTArkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.By ANDREW DEMILLOaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState legislatureState governmentsGays and lesbiansLegislationLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsReligious issuesReligionArkansasLittle RockIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:18:37 GMTArizona recycling truck driver saves kitten from the trash, Ariz. (AP) — A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash.aGeneral newsEco-friendly practicesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWaste managementArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:54:32 GMTNew Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.By ERIC TUCKER and SEAN CARLINwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestIndictmentsLegal proceedingsLegislaturePolitical corruptionCrimeJournalismLaw and orderPolitical issuesCampaignsElectionsPolitical fundraisingNews mediaMediaGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsDominican RepublicUnited StatesNew JerseyDistrict of ColumbiaNewarkCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:12:23 GMTTeen must complete cancer treatment in hospital, judge says, Conn. (AP) — A judge says a 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced to undergo chemotherapy must remain in the hospital until she finishes treatment later this month.aGeneral newsHealthChild and teen healthDiagnosis and treatmentCancerDiseases and conditionsConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:06:03 GMTMavs beat Thunder 135-131 despite Westbrook triple-double CITY (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 26 points, and the Dallas Mavericks withstood a triple-double from Russell Westbrook to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 135-131 on Wednesday night.By CLIFF BRUNTsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballOklahoma CityTexasDallasOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:54:46 GMTRussian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 43 dead (AP) — A Russian freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank Thursday morning in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 43 crew members were killed, rescue workers said.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 02 Apr 2015 02:44:07 GMTSpurs secure playoff berth with 103-91 win over Magic, Fla. (AP) — The regular season may be winding down, but the San Antonio Spurs are continuing to play some of their best basketball of the season.By KYLE HIGHTOWERsSportsNBA PlayoffsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballEventsFloridaOrlandoUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:07:53 GMTPolice: Gunman in medical office murder-suicide left a note, Calif. (AP) — A man who stormed a California medical office and shot the mother of his five children before turning the gun on himself left behind a suicide note filled with frustration over a property dispute, police said Wednesday.By SCOTT SMITHaGeneral newsSuicidesViolent crimeCrimeFresnoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:18:07 GMTAP source: Texas to meet with VCU's Smart to present offer, Texas (AP) — Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is scheduled to travel Thursday to meet with Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart to make an offer to coach the Longhorns, a person with knowledge of the trip tells The Associated Press.By JIM VERTUNOsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipMen's basketballCollege basketballEventsBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:41:45 GMTAntiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArt museumsMuseumsSmugglingVisual artsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCrimeUnited StatesHonoluluNorth AmericaHawaii, 02 Apr 2015 02:06:09 GMTCalifornia governor orders mandatory water restrictions LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.By FENIT NIRAPPILaGeneral newsWater use restrictionsState governmentsEmergency managementGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:25:31 GMTOlynyk overcomes eye injury, leads Celts past Pacers 100-87 (AP) — Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points after nearly missing the game with an eye injury sustained hours before tip-off, and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 100-87 Wednesday night in a matchup of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls.By KEN POWTAKsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:18:41 GMTSabres rally back to beat Maple Leafs 4-3, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored 1:41 apart in the third period, and the Buffalo Sabres rallied for a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.By JOHN WAWROWsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBuffaloTorontoNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 02 Apr 2015 02:23:24 GMTGovernor in a political firestorm over Indiana law (AP) — Just a week ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was considered one of the few Republican presidential prospects who could unite the GOP's business wing with religious conservatives.By STEVE PEOPLES and TOM DAVIESwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsGays and lesbiansWorkplace discriminationState governments2016 United States Presidential ElectionReligious issuesLegislationPolitical partiesPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesNational electionsElectionsReligionLegislatureMarriageFamily issuesPolitical organizationsIndianaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 00:54:25 GMTJudge ends Maine man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.aBusinessGeneral newsOdditiesNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 02:58:51 GMT2nd victim identified in New York City building explosion YORK (AP) — The second person killed in a New York City building explosion last week has been identified.aGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersMissing personsAccidentsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:30:50 GMTPadres rout Samardzija and White Sox 8-2 as Shields tunes up, Ariz. (AP) — James Shields allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Jeff Samardzija, and the San Diego Padres beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 8-2 Wednesday in the final game of the Cactus League season at Camelback Ranch.sSportsMLB Spring TrainingProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsEventsCaliforniaArizonaIllinoisSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth America, 02 Apr 2015 01:10:26 GMT