FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Jan 2015 00:20:41 -0800Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94 DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who created the innocuous character the 'Common Man' who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94.iGeneral newsObituariesIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 07:08:52 GMTPeople across the Northeast US prepare for snowstorm snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast sent people scrambling Monday to gas up their cars, stock their refrigerators and charge their phones. Travelers rushed to get to their destinations before airports closed, rail service was suspended and roads were declared off-limits.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015StormsEventsNew YorkPhiladelphiaHartfordNew York CityFloridaMontrealUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniaConnecticutQuebecCanada, 27 Jan 2015 07:33:40 GMTArgentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.By PETER PRENGAMANiGeneral newsLegislatureGovernment and politicsCrimeArgentinaIranSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 05:02:47 GMTFacebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaSouth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 06:50:48 GMTAer Lingus board backs takeover bid by British Airways parent, needs Irish government support (AP) — Aer Lingus board backs takeover bid by British Airways parent, needs Irish government support.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politics, 27 Jan 2015 07:19:58 GMTObama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago.By NEDRA PICKLERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDrug resistanceInfectious diseasesPublic healthHealthGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentDiseases and conditionsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:31:00 GMTSentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel (AP) — Twin Chicago brothers reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent history are set to be sentenced in a federal courthouse in their hometown amid tight security.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeKidnappingLaw and orderOrganized crimeChicagoMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinoisCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 27 Jan 2015 07:28:26 GMTSmall businesses hunker down, cope during big winter storm YORK (AP) — The huge snowstorm that hit the Northeast Monday had some small companies hunkering down and others coping with a spike in business.By JOYCE M. ROSENBERGaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessStormsWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015Winter weatherEventsNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:05:23 GMTSiemens quarterly profit slips 25 pct on slow power business, Germany (AP) — Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says net profit fell 25 percent in its most recent quarter as revalued financial derivatives and lower earnings at its key power and gas business weighed on the bottom line.iBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 07:48:06 GMTJapan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."By YURI KAGEYAMAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHostage situationsSocial mediaCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 08:12:26 GMTPhilips' net profit slumps in 4th quarter, sales edge lower (AP) — Royal Philips NV, the world's biggest lighting maker, says its net profit slumped in 2014's fourth quarter to 134 million euros ($ 151 million) from 412 million euros a year earlier as sales declined and restructuring costs hit earnings.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 07:29:27 GMTEx-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a Taco Bell when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial.By GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeCrimes against childrenHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderSanta BarbaraUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:18:04 GMTGunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.aGeneral newsViolent crimeMental healthCrimeHealthCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:27:56 GMTObama promotes religious tolerance in India speech DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.By JULIE PACEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsReligious strifeConstitutionsReligionSikhismSocial affairsIndiaUnited StatesSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 06:37:27 GMTFacebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting an hour on Tuesday affecting users worldwide.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySocial mediaService outagesMobile mediaOnline mediaMediaSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 08:17:15 GMTJapan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACHiGeneral newsHostage situationsDiplomacyEmbassiesTerrorismGovernment and politicsInternational relationsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestJapanJordanAmmanMiddle EastEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 07:55:47 GMTAP PHOTOS: A selection of Northeast snowstorm images storm predicted to be among the worst to hit the Northeast has dumped a few inches of snow from Philadelphia up to Boston and beyond, and much more is expected. States of emergency have been declared; airports, schools and city offices have closed; roadway travel bans have been issued; mass transit, by train and ferry, has shut down.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsStormsWeatherWinter weatherBostonPhiladelphiaMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 05:18:27 GMTObama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.By JULIE PACE and MUNEEZA NAQVIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsReligious strifeGender issuesConstitutionsReligionSikhismSocial issuesSocial affairsIndiaUnited StatesSouth AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 06:58:00 GMTAfter roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions, South Korea (AP) — After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologySouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 07:15:07 GMTNo. 15 Iowa State holds off No. 19 Texas 89-86, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State accomplished what it set out to do: respond to a brutal loss at Texas Tech with another big win over a ranked team.By LUKE MEREDITHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsAmesIowaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:16:02 GMTHope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling.By The Associated PresssSports2015 FIFA Women's World CupFIFA Women's World CupWomen's sportsWomen's soccerSoccerEventsInternational soccerUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:05:40 GMTEricsson Q4 profits hit by decline in North America (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson's fourth-quarter fell by more than a third, with strong growth in Middle East, Europe and Asia offset by a decline in North America.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsNorth AmericaSwedenWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 08:04:29 GMTClippers ride Crawford's shooting to 102-98 win over Nuggets ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 19 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Denver Nuggets 102-98 Monday night for their fifth straight victory.By BETH HARRISsSportsMen's basketballViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballColoradoLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 27 Jan 2015 06:13:21 GMTCoast Guard suspends search for small plane in Wash. canal, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its efforts to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington's Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.aGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:52:23 GMTHundreds testify in Idaho Capitol for 'Add the Words' bill, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts on how to respond to the question he had just been handed in front of religious freedom supporters and hundreds of gay rights advocates.By KIMBERLEE KRUESIaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansHuman rights and civil libertiesState legislatureGovernment and politicsReligionLegislationSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislatureState governmentsReligious issuesGender issuesIdahoBoiseIdaho FallsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:26:05 GMT4 rockets launched into northern lights to study turbulence, Alaska (AP) — Four NASA soundings rockets were launched within a half hour into the northern lights in an effort to better understand and visualize turbulent air currents in the upper atmosphere.aGeneral newsScienceFairbanksAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:43:29 GMTNadal loses in quarterfinals to Berdych at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals by seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 05:43:03 GMTBoston JetBlue flight searched after threat; nothing found (AP) — A JetBlue Airways plane returned to the gate before takeoff on Monday after an unspecified threat, but nothing hazardous was found, state police said.aBusinessGeneral newsBostonFloridaMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:30:48 GMTDeputy: Police kill man who fired at officers in Minnesota HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a suburban Minneapolis city building Monday night, injuring two police officers before authorities returned fire and killed him, the county sheriff's department said.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMinnesotaMinneapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:10:24 GMTKraft takes the offensive, defends team, seeks NFL apology, Ariz. (AP) — The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl.By BARRY WILNERsSportsSports mediaNFL Super BowlProfessional footballFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 08:09:49 GMTAer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support (AP) — Aer Lingus announced Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after the national flag carrier's privatization.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsGovernment and politicsIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 07:57:19 GMTLeaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin, Poland (AP) — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.By VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsThe HolocaustEventsGovernment and politicsPolandRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 07:52:45 GMTPrince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90 LAKE CITY (AP) — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night.By KAREEM COPELANDsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:09:08 GMTEmirati airlines halt flights to Baghdad after shooting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Three airlines from the United Arab Emirates are cancelling flights to Baghdad after a flight from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital Monday night.iGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsTransportationViolent crimeCrimeDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesBaghdadMiddle EastIraq, 27 Jan 2015 08:12:52 GMTLawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.By GILLIAN FLACCUSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsVolunteerismCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsSanta BarbaraCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:13:19 GMTFacebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix, South Korea (AP) — Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyService outagesSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Jan 2015 06:59:29 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, 27 Jan 2015 05:23:47 GMTUN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime NATIONS (AP) — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsDiplomacyWar and unrestCease firesWar crimesInternational lawInternational relationsGovernment and politicsUkraineRussiaDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Jan 2015 06:35:13 GMTEx-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who oversaw sexual assault cases has been found guilty on rape and other charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg, military officials said Monday.By MICHAEL BIESECKERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsCrimeArmed forcesLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNorth CarolinaFayettevilleUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 06:13:50 GMTNadal out, Sharapova, Makarova advance in Australia, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal's lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 06:15:35 GMTArab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union, Israel (AP) — Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.By AREEJ HAZBOUN and DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsVotingNational governmentsIslamismLegislatureElectionsIsraelWest BankPalestinian territoriesGaza StripMiddle East, 27 Jan 2015 06:17:12 GMTNadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia, Australia (AP) — Two rounds after Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines.By DENNIS PASSAsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisWomen's tennisWomen's sportsMen's sportsTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 27 Jan 2015 07:32:10 GMTThe latest on the Northeast snowstorm The Associated PressaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015State governmentsMunicipal governmentsStormsTrain travelAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsLocal governmentsTravelLifestyleTransportationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew JerseyMassachusettsBostonMaineRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 07:50:53 GMTMillions hunker down as Northeast storm totals downgraded YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen.By MEGHAN BARRaGeneral newsStormsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015EventsNew JerseyPhiladelphiaNew York CityNew YorkManhattanHartfordUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniaConnecticut, 27 Jan 2015 07:31:06 GMTDrilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas, Alaska (AP) — The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday.By DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesLegislatureOceansWildlifeWater environmentGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironment and natureEnvironmentAlaskaArcticArctic OceanUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:51:02 GMTLawmakers to weigh NY speaker's fate following charges, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in New York's state Assembly are debating whether to call for the ouster of their longtime leader, Speaker Sheldon Silver, following federal corruption charges.aGeneral newsPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsState legislaturePolitical issuesLegislatureState governmentsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 07:31:38 GMTRecord number of exonerations driven by Texas drug cases (AP) — The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.By JUAN A. LOZANOaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Jan 2015 05:58:28 GMTSnowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast US YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.By MEGHAN BARRaGeneral newsWinter weatherStormsU.S. Nor'easter 2015WeatherState governmentsMunicipal governmentsTravel laws and regulationsEventsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGovernment regulationsNew YorkManhattanNew JerseyPhiladelphiaNew York CityMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 05:02:21 GMTWhat you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring anywhere from a few inches to a couple of 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 2015StormsAir travel disruptionsTravel laws and regulationsGovernment and politicsEventsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsTransportationNew JerseyPhiladelphiaDistrict of ColumbiaMaineUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Jan 2015 07:47:21 GMTFederal government failing to protect children, report says federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsHuman welfareObituariesLegislatureGovernment and politicsNational governmentsSpecial interest groupsPolitical organizationsCrimes against childrenCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 27 Jan 2015 06:52:48 GMT