FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 23 Apr 2014 03:33:14 -0700Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesInternational agreementsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestJapanChinaEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaGreater ChinaNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 09:38:30 GMTThai Red Shirt activist shot dead in capital (AP) — Police in Thailand's capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.iGeneral newsPolitical activismViolent crimeCrimePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsThailandBangkokSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 10:15:10 GMTFrance unveils plan to fight jihadist threat (AP) — French authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of young would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria's civil war.iGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 09:36:12 GMTHappy 100th, Wrigley Field! A few memories (AP) — Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, marks the 100th anniversary of its first game on Wednesday with a matchup against Arizona. The ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914, has hosted millions of fans and been the scene of some of baseball's most indelible moments. Some stars who graced its friendly confines offer their memories:ANDREW SELIGMANDON BABWINaGeneral newsSportsBaseballNFL PlayoffsProfessional baseballMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessMen's sportsEventsProfessional footballFootballChicagoIllinoisPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 23 Apr 2014 07:45:24 GMTPirates rob Singapore tanker in Malacca Strait LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates stopped a Singapore-owned tanker in the Malacca Strait and stole several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday.iGeneral newsMaritime piracyCrimeEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessMalaysiaSingaporeKuala LumpurSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 06:48:41 GMTPro-Russian insurgents hold journalist hostage, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.iGeneral newsHostage situationsJournalistsNews mediaMediaUkraineDonetskEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 09:21:54 GMTMore powerful sonar likely next step in jet search, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.ROD McGUIRKiGovernment and politicsGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsOceansEnvironment and natureAustraliaMalaysiaIndian OceanAtlantic OceanOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:13 GMTIn India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground, India (AP) — For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.NIRMALA GEORGEiGeneral newsParliamentary electionsHinduismNational electionsGovernment and politicsNationalismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesElectionsLocal electionsIndiaNew DelhiSouth AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 10:25:48 GMTBoogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate (AP) — To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.PHILIP ELLIOTTpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsLegislatureCampaignsPublic opinionPolitical partiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsSocial affairsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAlaskaNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 07:07:46 GMTBombing in Cairo kills senior Egypt police officer (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 23 Apr 2014 08:28:43 GMTMicrosoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.htBusinessTechnologySoftwareComputing and information technology, 23 Apr 2014 10:21:00 GMTAP PHOTOS: Entering the monkhood a rite of passage, Myanmar (AP) — With golden umbrellas covering them from the equatorial sun, boys in princely attire are hoisted onto the shoulders of their fathers and uncles, part of a ritual carried out this time every year at Buddhist pagodas all over Myanmar: young would-be-novices preparing to enter the monkhood.iGeneral newsBuddhismReligionSocial affairsMyanmarSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 07:01:32 GMTFugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon', Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.STEVEN DUBOISaGeneral newsFugitivesCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderOregonPortlandUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 06:54:15 GMTShares mixed on lackluster China data (AP) — Shares were mixed Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped the upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.ELAINE KURTENBACHfBusinessCurrency marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsFinancial marketsStock marketsJapanChinaEast AsiaSoutheast AsiaAsiaGreater China, 23 Apr 2014 08:22:59 GMTRangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead (AP) — While his teammates mobbed him after a late goal, Dan Carcillo trash-talked with Flyers fans through the glass before hitting the bench for a celebration.DAN GELSTONsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyNew York CityPhiladelphiaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 23 Apr 2014 07:17:06 GMTAnti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila, Philippines (AP) — Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsEmbassiesPolitical and civil unrestInternational relationsGovernment and politicsPhilippinesManilaUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 08:57:26 GMTFormer Iron Curtain still barrier for deer (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.KAREL JANICEKiGeneral newsOdditiesAnimalsCold WarDeerScienceEventsMammalsCzech RepublicPragueGermanyEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 23 Apr 2014 06:51:46 GMTMichigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye' ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.MIKE HOUSEHOLDERaHealthVision impairment and blindnessDiseases and conditionsEye healthMichiganAnn ArborUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 07:30:40 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:The Associated PressaGeneral newsHigher educationAffirmative actionEducationSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial diversityRace and ethnicity, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:36 GMTPujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game (AP) — Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499.HOWARD FENDRICHwGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sports, 23 Apr 2014 07:19:00 GMT9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.MITCH WEISSaGeneral newsKidnappingExtortion and threatsViolent crimeIndictmentsCrimeLaw and orderNorth CarolinaCharlotteRaleighUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:45 GMTMissouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.JIM SALTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentAgricultureIndustriesBusinessMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 07:02:57 GMTEU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief (AP) — EU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief.iBusinessGeneral newsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 10:16:27 GMTEurope recovery shows signs of strengthening, Germany (AP) — Business activity in Europe has risen to its highest level in three years as a once-shaky economic recovery gains speed.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 23 Apr 2014 10:19:39 GMTChina says quality of its groundwater has worsened (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.iGeneral newsHealthEnvironmental concernsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 10:23:22 GMTHK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.iGovernment and politicsGeneral newsTravel safetyTravelLifestylePhilippinesHong KongManilaSoutheast AsiaAsiaChinaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 23 Apr 2014 10:06:56 GMTPro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been since early Tuesday.YURAS KARMANAUiGeneral newsHostage situationsGovernment and politicsJournalistsNews mediaMediaUkraineCrimeaDonetskKievRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 10:02:00 GMTReport on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials (AP) — The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.BEN FOXSTEPHEN BRAUNwGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsMilitary correctional systemsMilitary legal affairsIntelligence agenciesLaw and orderLegislatureCriminal investigationsCrimeGeneral newsMilitary and defenseHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareDistrict of ColumbiaCubaUnited StatesNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 23 Apr 2014 07:06:12 GMTUN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered' (AP) — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.iGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsSyriaMiddle East, 23 Apr 2014 08:58:52 GMTDiscovery to chronicle Everest avalanche YORK (AP) — With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.DAVID BAUDERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentMountainsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and nature, 23 Apr 2014 07:41:27 GMTChris Brown assault trial could start Wednesday (AP) — After a brief postponement, singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge is scheduled to begin in Washington.wArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crime, 23 Apr 2014 10:03:53 GMTMaterial on Australian shore examined in jet hunt, Australia (AP) — Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities said Wednesday.ROD McGUIRKiGovernment and politicsBusinessGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsOceansEnvironment and natureAustraliaMalaysiaIndian OceanAtlantic OceanOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 10:06:04 GMTAP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.HUSSEIN MALLAiGeneral newsCivil warsMountainsWar and unrestEnvironment and natureSyriaLebanonMiddle East, 23 Apr 2014 07:34:28 GMTHoylake to have Open's 1st horseshoe grandstand, England (AP) — There will be a horseshoe grandstand around the 18th green for the first time at a British Open as part of a number of course changes for this year's tournament at Hoylake.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfEnglandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 10:25:37 GMTScorekeeper at Wrigley practices dying art (AP) — Inside a dusty, dimly lit chamber of steel catwalks, Darryl Wilson peers out a square hole and into one of baseball's most revered shrines.DON BABWINaGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:08 GMTObama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.DARLENE SUPERVILLEiGovernment and politicsJapanTokyoEast AsiaRussiaUkraineAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 23 Apr 2014 10:03:30 GMTLuxury automakers scramble to woo young Chinese (AP) — At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China's lucrative but crowded market.DIDI TANGfBusinessAutomobile showsIndustry conferences and trade showsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsAutomobilesLifestyleGovernment and politicsChinaBeijingShanghaiGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 08:39:26 GMTWizards beat Bulls 101-99 in OT to take 2-0 lead (AP) — This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsChicagoDallasIllinoisUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:31 GMTFinalists named in Bloomberg European city contest YORK (AP) — Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.JENNIFER PELTZhtBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsTechnologyGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNetherlandsWalesSpainPolandBulgariaBarcelonaNew York CityEuropeUnited StatesWestern EuropeUnited KingdomEastern EuropeNew YorkNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 09:57:35 GMTFIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal (AP) — FIFA has cleared Barcelona to sign new players this summer by freezing the Spanish soccer club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal.sSportsSports governanceMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSoccerMen's sports, 23 Apr 2014 09:47:22 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideThe Associated PresssSportsNBA PlayoffsStanley Cup PlayoffsBoston MarathonMen's soccerMen's track and fieldProfessional soccerInternational soccerEventsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballSoccerTrack and fieldProfessional baseballBaseballMarathonsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 06:55:40 GMTPakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel (AP) — The Pakistani army has filed a complaint asking the government to shut down the country's leading private Geo News TV channel over what the military calls "false" reports, an official said Wednesday.ASIF SHAHZADiGeneral newsTV newsTelevisionGovernment and politicsNews mediaMediaTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentPakistanIslamabadSouth AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 09:39:54 GMTPacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series (AP) — The Pacers got tired of talking trash.MICHAEL MAROTsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Apr 2014 07:23:29 GMTProf: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank says he suspects a problem with the steering gear caused the sinking.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 07:17:11 GMTAfghan election commission delays vote results, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission has delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits.iGeneral newsElection recountsElectionsGovernment and politicsAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 08:10:53 GMTGovernment finances improved across Europe in 2013 (AP) — Governments across the 18-country eurozone made further headway in 2013 in reducing their deficits, official figures showed Wednesday in a further sign that spending cuts and the nascent economic recovery helped to heal government finances.JUERGEN BAETZiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeEconomic growthFinancial marketsNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyEuropeGreeceWestern Europe, 23 Apr 2014 10:15:40 GMTCaptain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.FOSTER KLUGYOUKYUNG LEEiGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSouth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 09:19:35 GMTSherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.BINAJ GURUBACHARYAiGeneral newsSportsMountainsAccidentsGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureNepalSouth AsiaAsia, 23 Apr 2014 07:36:37 GMTBomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, officials said.SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsBombingsMilitant groupsWar and unrestPolitical assassinationsAssassinationsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoAlexandriaMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 23 Apr 2014 09:46:46 GMTBlair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat (AP) — The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesUnited KingdomChinaRussiaMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern Europe, 23 Apr 2014 09:25:36 GMT