FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jan 2015 23:02:57 -0800Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author (AP) — Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureSocial mediaObituariesEntertainmentOnline mediaMediaAustraliaSydneyOceania, 31 Jan 2015 04:38:58 GMTNo. 11 Arizona State women hold off Colorado 68-60, Colo. (AP) — Sophie Brunner and Katie Hempen scored 15 points each, combining for 21 in the second half and No. 11 Arizona State defeated Colorado 68-60 on Friday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsColoradoArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:18:39 GMTNo. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State in 57-34 win, Ariz. (AP) — T.J. McConnell jumped into passing lanes for steals and reached in to strip unsuspecting players of the ball.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsArizonaOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:15:59 GMT1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsNFL Super BowlFirst time eventsProfessional footballEventsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFootballSportsMedia and entertainment industry, 31 Jan 2015 05:14:15 GMTSafiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaSlovakiaOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 06:21:29 GMTSnoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn't just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it's also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentNFL Super BowlProfessional footballYouth sportsFootballYouth footballEventsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:11:57 GMTAP Sportlight — Jim Thorpe, star of the 1912 Olympics, signs to play baseball with the New York Giants.By The Associated PresssSports transactionsMen's skiingWomen's skiingWomen's sportsMen's skatingWomen's skatingMen's sportsMen's golfWomen's golfMen's boxingWomen's boxingMen's tennisWomen's tennisAlpine skiingNBA All-Star GameFIS Alpine Skiing World ChampionshipsSkiingNFL Super BowlCoachingBasketballBoxingAfrican-AmericansNHL All-Star GameCollege sportsGolfSkatingCelebrityBaseballProfessional footballWomen's basketballWinter Olympic gamesMen's basketballProfessional basketballTennisNFL Pro BowlOlympic gamesProfessional baseballSportsSports businessEventsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFootballJournalismNews mediaMediaNew YorkUnited StatesPhiladelphiaIllinoisIndianaNew York CityWisconsinCaliforniaLos AngelesChicagoMissouriGermanySan FranciscoPennsylvaniaKentuckyClevelandSacramentoPittsburghHoustonOrlandoDallasGreen BayTampaNorth AmericaUtahColoradoCincinnatiFloridaIndianapolisPortlandSeattleWashingtonNew OrleansOregonTorontoAustriaSt. LouisTorranceEdmontonMontrealWestern EuropeEuropeOhioTexasLouisianaOntarioCanadaAlbertaQuebec, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:25 GMTHayward, Utah Jazz upset Golden State Warriors 110-100 LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City with a bad taste in their mouths from a two-point overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week. Things got even worse against the Jazz on Friday night.By KAREEM COPELANDsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballSalt Lake CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:34:03 GMTGerman World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92 (AP) — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.iGeneral newsWorld War IIObituariesEventsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 02:12:45 GMTJapan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentHostage situationsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAnimation and comicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 31 Jan 2015 06:24:42 GMTWhat slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingLabor economyEconomyGovernment payRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:05:53 GMTToday in History is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaLegislatureGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:17 GMTBulgak leads No. 9 Florida State women past Georgia Tech (AP) — Adut Bulgak had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 9 Florida State to an 82-62 win over Georgia Tech on Friday night, extend the Seminoles' winning streak to seven games.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsGeorgiaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:27:46 GMTDespres' OT goal rallies Penguins over Devils 2-1, N.J. (AP) — Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night.By TOM CANAVANsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:06:22 GMTSundance closing-night film, 'Grandma' showcases Lily Tomlin CITY, Utah (AP) — Writer-director Paul Weitz knew what he was after when he was writing "Grandma," the official closing-night selection at the Sundance Film Festival.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSundance Film FestivalEventsPark CityUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:20:51 GMTSt. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files list of assets, debts (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has assets totaling more than $45 million — including about $11 million in real estate — according to a schedule of assets and liabilities filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.By AMY FORLITIaGeneral newsReligionChristianitySocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesViolent crimeCrimeMinneapolisMinnesotaSt. PaulUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:20:20 GMTHawks keep streak alive, top Trail Blazers 105-99 (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench.By CHARLES ODUMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:32:22 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 20 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:53:45 GMTBerntsen leads No. 19 Princeton women past Harvard 96-46, Mass. (AP) — Amanda Berntsen hit 6 of 7 shots for a career-high 17 points to lead No. 19 Princeton to a 96-46 win over Harvard on Friday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:07:34 GMTVarmalov makes 23 saves in Avs' shutout of Predators (AP) — Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:50:03 GMTJudge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityLegal proceedingsCrimeProfessional footballNFL Super BowlViolent crimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderFootballEventsFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:48:56 GMTMotorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsBlood donationAccidentsHealthBiologyPublic healthAccidents and disastersTransportationScience, 31 Jan 2015 04:46:50 GMTConnecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.aGeneral newsJudicial appointments and nominationsState legislatureGovernment and politicsLegislatureJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsState governmentsLegal proceedingsGun politicsLaw and orderPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsConnecticutUnited StatesNorth AmericaHartford, 31 Jan 2015 02:02:26 GMTKane, Sharp lead Blackhawks' 4-1 rout of Anaheim Ducks, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Sharp got the puck on the boards and abruptly whipped it in front to Patrick Kane, who scored before the Anaheim Ducks even knew where it went.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsCaliforniaBuffaloUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 31 Jan 2015 06:37:43 GMTCity will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen YORK (AP) — New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesPoliceLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsBronxNew York CityManhattanFergusonNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouri, 31 Jan 2015 05:02:16 GMTFather of 1st known surviving US quintuplets dies FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so large: She was about to give birth to five babies, who would become the first known surviving quintuplets born in the U.S.By REGINA GARCIA CANOaGeneral newsObituariesAberdeenSouth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:48:56 GMTRap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRIAN MELLEYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsArrestsLaw and orderHollywoodLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:55:58 GMTKansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the budget.By JOHN HANNAaGovernment and politicsState legislatureLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessState governmentsNational governmentsKansasTopekaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:24:31 GMT10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about YORK (AP) — It's almost show time.By MAE ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsSportsNFL Super BowlCelebrityEventsTelecommunicationsIndustriesEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNFL footballProfessional footballFootball, 31 Jan 2015 05:09:45 GMTTereza Mihalikova wins girls title at Australian Open, Australia (AP) — Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia took out the Australian Open junior girls' title on Saturday, winning five consecutive games after Katie Swan took a medical timeout and beating the British player 6-1, 6-4.sSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaSlovakiaOceaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 04:20:21 GMTRaptors blow big lead, edge Nets 127-122 in overtime YORK (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballBrooklynNew York CityTorontoNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 31 Jan 2015 03:39:09 GMTShattenkirk's shootout goal lifts Blues past Hurricanes 3-2, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout and the St. Louis Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.By JOEDY McCREARYsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockey, 31 Jan 2015 02:57:45 GMTSan Francisco police detain man in human remains case FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police said they detained a man shown in photos released earlier in the day in the case of human remains found inside a suitcase.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:25:39 GMTBeijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.By CHRISTOPHER BODEENiGeneral newsSportsSummer Olympic gamesWinter Olympic gamesHockeyMunicipal governmentsOlympic gamesTrain travelWinter weatherAir qualityEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsWeatherBeijingChinaPyeongchangEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsiaSouth Korea, 31 Jan 2015 06:46:39 GMTBledsoe, Dragic team for 44 points as Suns beat Bulls 99-93 (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and backcourt mate Goran Dragic had 21 as the Phoenix Suns held off the Chicago Bulls 99-93 on Friday night.By BOB BAUMsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:35:48 GMTCanucks' Miller makes 22 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller made 22 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss — 5-2 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:17:44 GMTArtillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.By BALINT SZLANKO and PETER LEONARDiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian assistanceGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineDonetskMinskBelarusKievEastern EuropeEurope, 31 Jan 2015 06:05:45 GMTGordon leads Davis-less Pelicans past Clippers, 108-103 ORLEANS (AP) — Eric Gordon looked a lot more like the player the Pelicans thought they were getting when he first arrived in a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011.By BRETT MARTELsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:13:15 GMTMotiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row (AP) — Donatas Motiejunas wasn't thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets victory was foremost on his mind.sSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:26:39 GMTLeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings (AP) — LeBron James met with Cavaliers team doctors Friday night to decide if he would play after missing a game because of a sprained right wrist.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 04:38:09 GMTMavericks embarrass Heat in 2nd half, win 93-72 (AP) — Charlie Villanueva scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks went on an incredible 37-2 run in the second half to embarrass the Miami Heat 93-72 on Friday night.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:41:42 GMTElliott headlines 5 drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.By JENNA FRYERsSportsAutomobile racingCelebrityAfrican-AmericansNASCAREntertainmentArts and entertainmentMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 03:06:35 GMTCarter-Williams leads 76ers past Timberwolves 103-94 (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in a matchup of two of the league's worst teams.By AARON BRACYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports transactionsSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthPhiladelphiaMinnesotaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:54:02 GMTAir Force instructor gets 20 years in prison for rapes ANTONIO (AP) — A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsMilitary recruitmentLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:31:59 GMTColumn: Ferry builds a powerhouse but won't get to enjoy it (AP) — Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 05:01:17 GMTUS mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.By JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityUnited States CensusCensusesLegislatureImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsEventsDemographicsUnited StatesDetroitNorth AfricaMichiganMiddle EastNorth AmericaAfrica, 31 Jan 2015 02:41:19 GMTPrison for NYC duo accused of abusing partly paralyzed woman YORK (AP) — A New York City couple accused of battering a partially paralyzed woman and controlling her finances for more than a year has been sentenced to over a decade in prison.aGeneral newsCrimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:56:55 GMTSheriff: Gun in City Hall shooting came from straw buyer (AP) — The shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting in suburban Minneapolis was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer, a sheriff said Friday night.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsMinnesotaMinneapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:09:34 GMTIs he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.By JIM GOMEZiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsNational securityMilitary and defenseManilaPhilippinesMalaysiaIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 06:55:38 GMTLaird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut, Ariz. (AP) — Rain wasn't the only thing that put a damper on the Phoenix Open on Friday.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsGolfMen's golfMen's sportsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 31 Jan 2015 02:05:06 GMT