FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Jan 2015 14:35:11 -0800Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system.By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARwBusinessHealthGovernment and politicsProfessional organizationsGovernment-funded health insuranceHealth care industryGovernment programsPersonal insurancePersonal financeSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:34:35 GMT911 calls: Mom apologized after allegedly setting baby afire, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road repeatedly said "I'm sorry" as a man held her down, according to audiotape of a chaotic 911 call.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:25:47 GMTCounty suspends home purchase program over lava concerns, Hawaii (AP) — Uncertainty over a lava flow in a mostly agricultural region of Hawaii's Big Island has prompted officials to put a hold on a program that allows a county agency to buy homes near a geothermal power plant.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessGovernment programsHome buyingVolcanoesGovernment and politicsResidential real estateLifestyleEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesEnvironment and natureHawaiiHiloUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:07:47 GMTSuper Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals, Ariz. (AP) — The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday as it hosts the Super Bowl and the legions of fans who are shelling out big bucks to see the big game.By JOSH HOFFNER and JACQUES BILLEAUDaBusinessGeneral newsSportsSports facility constructionNFL Super BowlHockeyProfessional footballDebt and bond marketsSports businessEventsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional hockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsFootballProfessional baseballBaseballFinancial marketsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:14:58 GMTUnlicensed driver who killed 2 cyclists gets up to 40 years, N.H. (AP) — An unlicensed, intoxicated New Hampshire driver charged with killing two Massachusetts cyclists has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 20:52:58 GMTBP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.By CAIN BURDEAUaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesLegal proceedingsEconomyEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersCrimeEnergy industryIndustriesLaw and orderGulf of Mexico, 26 Jan 2015 21:43:07 GMTGreece's first radical left prime minister sworn in, Greece (AP) — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister.By NICHOLAS PAPHITISiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment transitionsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsGreeceEuropeAthensWestern Europe, 26 Jan 2015 21:02:45 GMTCar of missing Georgia couple who responded to classic-auto ad found in lake; 2 bodies inside (AP) — Car of missing Georgia couple who responded to classic-auto ad found in lake; 2 bodies inside.aGeneral newsAutomobilesLifestyleGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:44:08 GMTColombians celebrate Miss Universe title, Colombia (AP) — Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets on Monday to show their hometown pride after local beauty queen Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.By LIBARDO CARDONAiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBeauty pageantsCarnivalsEntertainmentRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelColombiaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 26 Jan 2015 22:16:46 GMTA murder at the edge of the world takes 'Fortitude' to crack YORK (AP) — A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCrimeGeneral newsViolent crime, 26 Jan 2015 20:50:28 GMTTsarnaev judge cites progress despite slow jury selection (AP) — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:55:13 GMTThousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast.By DAVID KOENIGaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsWinter weatherTransportationEventsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew York CityPhiladelphiaNew YorkNewarkUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey, 26 Jan 2015 21:45:53 GMTPatient with gun wounds worker at Los Angeles-area hospital ANGELES (AP) — A psychiatric patient shot and wounded an employee on Monday at the mental health ward of a Los Angeles County hospital before he was arrested, authorities said.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:59:26 GMTSpielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event, Poland (AP) — Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsThe HolocaustNazismEventsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesRace and ethnicityGovernment and politicsKrakowPolandEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 21:55:18 GMTAs storm rushes in, airlines cancel while salt sellers gain large and small are feeling the effects of a huge snowstorm sweeping into the Northeast Monday. For some, wintry weather is derailing activity: Airlines canceled thousands of flights. Car dealers expect to lose a couple sales days. Others are enjoying sales bumps, as shoppers stock up on shovels and other winter gear — and snow day snacks.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsWinter weatherHurricane Sandy 2012PricesU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsAir travel disruptionsEconomyWeatherEventsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersTransportationPerforming artsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentUnited StatesNew York CityNorth AmericaNew York, 26 Jan 2015 21:50:14 GMTBroadway theaters shutter as snowstorm blasts New York City YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters are shuttering as a snowstorm blasts Times Square.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentWeatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherGeneral newsPerforming artsEntertainmentEventsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:15:47 GMTDrone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his (AP) — A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security — and a growing threat from the sky.By JOSH LEDERMAN and JOAN LOWYhtGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:10:17 GMTAP Explains: The three-ring circus of Super Bowl Media Day (AP) — Media Day at the Super Bowl is unlike any other media day — or any other event, for that matter.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsSports mediaNFL Super BowlTelevisionProfessional footballMediaEventsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleFootballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 22:00:57 GMTAP PHOTOS: 10 worst Northeast snowstorms in last 60 years National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherStormsWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsNew York CityBostonNew YorkMaineMassachusettsVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:11:11 GMTFBI investigating online threats that affected 3 flights ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents on Monday were investigating hoax threats targeting three domestic airline flights that caused the evacuation of two after landing and the diversion of another.aGeneral newsComputer crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderCaliforniaSeattleUnited StatesNorth AmericaWashington, 26 Jan 2015 21:34:35 GMTRams notify St. Louis they'll go year-to-year on dome lease LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have notified the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission they intended to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome.By R.B. FALLSTROMsSportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootballSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 22:07:08 GMTBody found in New York in 1979 identified as Florida girl, N.Y. (AP) — A girl found shot to death in a western New York cornfield 35 years ago has been identified as a missing Florida teenager.aGeneral newsMissing personsNew YorkFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:07:53 GMTIBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs FRANCISCO (AP) — Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.By BRANDON BAILEYhtBusinessTechnologyHiring and recruitmentLayoffsPersonnelCorporate stockCorporate news, 26 Jan 2015 22:04:04 GMTSuper Bowl Media Day: The art of saying little to nothing (AP) — This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.By EDDIE PELLSaGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlSports mediaProfessional footballSports governanceArts and entertainmentMediaEventsFootballNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:53:02 GMT5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.By DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGovernment and politicsEnvironmental laws and regulationsCampaignsLegislatureEnergy and the environmentNature reservesWildlifeEnergy policyCoastlines and beachesLegislationEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsElectionsNatural resource managementGovernment policyUnited StatesArcticAlaskaNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:37:04 GMTHead of Justice Dept. anti-corruption section leaving (AP) — The head of a Justice Department section that prosecutes politicians for corruption says he's leaving his position this week for another job within the agency.wGovernment and politics, 26 Jan 2015 21:29:08 GMTKobe Bryant to have surgery on shoulder, 'probably' won't play again this season SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant to have surgery on shoulder, 'probably' won't play again this season.sSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthPerforming artsEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 26 Jan 2015 20:53:33 GMTColombian hometown for Miss Universe celebrating, Colombia (AP) — Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets to show their hometown pride after local girl Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.tTravelLifestyleBeauty pageantsCarnivalsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentRecreation and leisureLeisure travelColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 26 Jan 2015 20:51:30 GMTRussia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine (AP) — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestNational governmentsCrimeaUkraineMoscowRussiaDonetskKievEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 21:19:56 GMTLawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the Boy Scouts that has been documented internally by the organization for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.By GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsVolunteerismCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessSanta BarbaraOregonCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:14:34 GMTBoeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years.By MARCIA DUNNaBusinessScienceSpace explorationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesRussiaFloridaEastern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:37:16 GMTNew York police official testifies about bin Laden interview YORK (AP) — A top New York Police Department official who once worked as a television news correspondent took the witness stand Monday at the trial of an alleged al-Qaida lieutenant accused of helping spread Osama bin Laden's death threat against Americans before the terror network attacked U.S. embassies in Africa.By TOM HAYSaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentTerrorismEmbassiesExtortion and threatsLegal proceedingsBombingsCrimeWar and unrestInternational relationsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderUnited StatesNew YorkAfghanistanNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 26 Jan 2015 21:57:12 GMTBorder Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.By ASTRID GALVANhtGeneral newsSportsBorder securityTechnologyMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:01 GMTEx-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who handled sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg.aGeneral newsViolent crimeMilitary legal affairsCrimeMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNorth CarolinaFayettevilleUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:50:54 GMTUS announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that tried to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources, authorities said.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsEspionageLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderManhattanRussiaUnited StatesNew York CityNew YorkNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 21:23:03 GMTLaw enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.By EILEEN SULLIVANhtBusinessGovernment and politicsTechnologyLaw enforcement technologyCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGeneral newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:26:15 GMTSpokesman: Iowa governor taken to hospital by ambulance MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad was taken to a hospital by ambulance Monday after falling ill at an event in a Des Moines suburb, his spokesman said. He noted later that Branstad was alert and responding to questions.aGovernment and politicsHealthState governmentsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessIowaDes MoinesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:31:44 GMTCalifornia woman sentenced in toddler's chili powder death, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderVictorvilleCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:30:09 GMTSpain: 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.By JORGE SAINZiGeneral newsAccidentsMilitary facilitiesGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseAccidents and disastersTransportationSpainMadridGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Jan 2015 22:07:00 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm P.M. ESTBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015State governmentsAir travel disruptionsGovernment and politicsEventsTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessPhiladelphiaNew JerseyNew YorkNew York CityBostonMassachusettsPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:12:57 GMTChina moves to accept imports of all US apple varieties, Wash. (AP) — For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China.By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOSaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsLifestyleInternational tradeEconomyChinaWashingtonSpokaneUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:44:24 GMTUS drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAELiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareTerrorismMilitary facilitiesArmed forcesPolitical activismDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNational securityPolitical issuesYemenSanaaSaudi ArabiaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:01:03 GMTKey issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline this week.By DINA CAPPIELLOwGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesCourtsJudiciaryState governmentsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureCrimeUnited StatesNebraskaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 20:52:23 GMTPolice: Boy fatally shot playing 'cops and robbers', Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnesota say a 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers."aGeneral newsTheftCrimeMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:58:57 GMTCBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGovernment and politicsEconomic growthEconomyLegislatureSeniorsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsGenerationsDemographicsSocial affairsGovernment-funded health insuranceGovernment programsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:58:25 GMTScott Dixon shines in masterful final drive in Rolex win Dixon's teammates spent the final three hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona raving about his talent while watching him seal a victory in one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world.By JENNA FRYERsSportsDaytona 500Automobile racingMen's sportsIndyCarIndianapolis 500EventsNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesNASCAR, 26 Jan 2015 21:07:11 GMTTwins who became 'significant rats' to cartel await sentence (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeSmugglingOrganized crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChicagoMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinoisCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 26 Jan 2015 20:54:59 GMTWhat you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring up to 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsState governmentsAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGovernment regulationsPhiladelphiaNew JerseyNew York CityNew YorkDistrict of ColumbiaMainePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 21:38:26 GMTLawmakers hear heated testimony about sex-orientation bill, Idaho (AP) — A new bill that would create protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in Idaho attracted explosive testimony Monday, where supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe against lesbian and gay rights advocates.By KIMBERLEE KRUESIaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsState legislatureLegislature hearingsReligious issuesLegislationGovernment and politicsGender issuesLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsReligionIdahoBoiseUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Jan 2015 20:59:34 GMTOcwen and Mattel are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:htTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newsBusinessStock marketsFinancial markets, 26 Jan 2015 21:32:10 GMT