FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 24 Apr 2014 06:37:02 -0700EU institutions vulnerable to corruption: report (AP) — Official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption, an independent report says.JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureEurope, 24 Apr 2014 12:44:21 GMTVerizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains YORK (AP) — Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.BREE FOWLERhtBusinessTechnologyTelecommunicationsIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 24 Apr 2014 12:41:44 GMTUPS blames winter weather for drop in 1Q profit (AP) — First-quarter revenue at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue.DAVID KOENIGfBusinessStormsWeatherWinter weatherFinancial performanceCorporate newsGeneral news, 24 Apr 2014 12:53:50 GMTUS durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesEconomyWinter weatherLeading economic indicatorsManufacturing sector performanceCorporate newsWeatherUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:16:12 GMTN fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation (AP) — A U.N. panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million.iGeneral newsIraqKuwaitMiddle East, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:08 GMTKate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?SYLVIA HUIeArts and entertainmentLifestyleFashionBeauty and fashionFashion designCricketCelebrityIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessEntertainmentMagazines and journalsMediaSportsUnited KingdomNew ZealandAustraliaWestern EuropeEuropeOceania, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:24 GMTGM 1Q profit dragged down by recalls (AP) — General Motors on Thursday reported its worst financial results in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings.DEE-ANN DURBINTOM KRISHERfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsTransportationDetroitEuropeUnited StatesNorth AmericaSouth AmericaMichiganLatin America and Caribbean, 24 Apr 2014 12:51:57 GMTChiquita asks court to toss terror payments case (AP) — Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war.CURT ANDERSONaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited StatesColombiaNorth AmericaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 24 Apr 2014 12:38:48 GMTDiego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status (AP) — Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks.tTravelLifestyleDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:57:22 GMTRussia to hold new military exercises in southwest, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's defense minister has announced new military exercises in Russia's south and west in reaction to the mounting unrest in eastern Ukraine.YURAS KARMANAUiGovernment and politicsGeneral newsUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 13:13:45 GMTClashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops moved against pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints, both sides said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."YURAS KARMANAUiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestWar and unrestUkraineCrimeaRussiaKievSaint PetersburgEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 12:55:42 GMT3M 1Q results improve, but miss Street's view PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M's first-quarter net income rose 7 percent, led by sales growth in its health care business.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 24 Apr 2014 12:43:27 GMTTV SportsWatch — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Toyota Owners 400, at Richmond, Va.The Associated PresssBaseballGolfNASCARProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sportsAutomobile racingProfessional baseballTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports mediaRichmondNew York CityVirginiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 24 Apr 2014 12:32:39 GMTMaterial on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet, Australia (AP) — The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationAustraliaMalaysiaIndian OceanOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 24 Apr 2014 13:14:46 GMTAfghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.AMIR SHAHKAY JOHNSONiGovernment and politicsGeneral newsWar and unrestViolent crimeCrimeAfghanistanKabulUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:57:11 GMTReview: 'Hearthstone' card game is the real deal game publishers don't take many risks with their most popular franchises.LOU KESTENhtArts and entertainmentTechnology, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:01 GMTFamilies of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.GILLIAN WONGYOUKYUNG LEEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSouth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaAsia, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:02 GMTRadwanska eases into Stuttgart quarterfinals, Germany (AP) — Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2 to book her quarterfinal place at the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsStuttgartGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 12:47:48 GMTIsrael foreign minister: Peace deal 'impossible' (AP) — Israel's foreign minister said Thursday the new Palestinian reconciliation deal has made a peace agreement "impossible," as Israeli leaders fumed about the prospects of the Islamic militant group Hamas joining a Palestinian unity government.DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsInternational agreementsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyPalestinian territoriesIsraelWest BankGaza StripMiddle East, 24 Apr 2014 13:10:52 GMTStock futures jump, lifted by Apple and Facebook YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures rose sharply 30 minutes before the opening bell as investors cheered strong earnings from Apple and Facebook. Investors also were encouraged by a positive report on orders for long-lasting goods.KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:17:45 GMTLandmark designation for Pa. woodworker's complex, Pa. (AP) — The former suburban Philadelphia home of a celebrated furniture designer and woodworker has been designated a national historic landmark.tLifestyleTravelHome and gardenHobbiesRecreation and leisurePhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:07:50 GMT$66M expansion for Mandalay Bay convention center VEGAS (AP) — The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States.MICHELLE RINDELSaPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsGovernment and politicsBusinessGeneral newsRepublican National ConventionPolitical conventionsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsNational electionsElectionsLas VegasUnited StatesOrlandoNevadaNorth AmericaFlorida, 24 Apr 2014 13:29:35 GMTThursday's Time Schedule City at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m.The Associated PresssNBA PlayoffsStanley Cup PlayoffsProfessional baseballEventsProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sportsBaseballNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballLos AngelesNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:30 GMTFDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.MICHAEL FELBERBAUMhtBusinessGeneral newsHealthSmokingMedical technologyGovernment regulationsPublic healthProducts and servicesCorporate newsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesTechnologyMaterials industry, 24 Apr 2014 13:26:24 GMTAmerican Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit (AP) — American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways.DAVID KOENIGfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:10:12 GMTBig riders mean big horses on Western trails, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.KEITH RIDLERtTravelLifestyleHorsesMammalsAnimalsIdahoUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:55:38 GMTSouth Sudan president fires longtime army leader, Kenya (AP) — The removal of South Sudan's military chief of staff — who comes from the same ethnic group as rebels fighting the government — further freezes a powerful minority out of top government positions, an analyst said Thursday, as battles continued following a massacre by rebels.JASON STRAZIUSOiGeneral newsMassacresDiplomacyWar and unrestRace and ethnicityArmed forcesMilitary intelligenceMilitary leadershipInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseCorporate managementCorporate newsBusinessPersonnelSouth SudanKenyaNorth AfricaAfricaEast Africa, 24 Apr 2014 13:14:52 GMTRussia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project' (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.htGovernment and politicsGeneral newsInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:43 GMTSpirit plans flights between Vegas, Kansas City VEGAS (AP) — Discount carrier Spirit Airlines has announced plans to offer daily, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Kansas City.tTravelLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsBusinessLas VegasKansas CityMissouriNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:42 GMTFight Schedule Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (ESPN2), Josesito Lopez vs. Aaron Martinez, 10, light welterweights; Thomas Williams Jr. vs. Enrique Ornelas, 10, light heavyweights.The Associated PresssMen's boxingBoxingMen's sportsSportsNew YorkMexicoCaliforniaVenezuelaLos AngelesLas VegasNew York CityMontrealUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaNevadaQuebecCanada, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:06 GMTPark Service celebrates Chaco Canyon CULTURAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park.tTravelLifestyleNational parksCanyonsEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travel, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:15 GMTFuture delivers personal album with mind on moment, Tenn. (AP) — Future thinks his new star-laden album, "Honest," is a time capsule.CHRIS TALBOTTeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 24 Apr 2014 13:12:51 GMTNBA Calendar 20 — Draft lottery.sProfessional basketballBasketballSportsMen's basketballMen's sports, 24 Apr 2014 12:29:52 GMTArgentina's Congress approves $5B Repsol indemnity AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is hoping to have an easier time attracting international investors to exploit its oil and gas fields now that its Congress has approved a $5 billion payoff to Spain's Grupo Repsol for the controlling stake in the YPF oil company it seized.DEBORA REYiBusinessGeneral newsArgentinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 24 Apr 2014 12:55:29 GMTCampaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016.pGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsState governmentsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:17:10 GMTAustrian architect Hans Hollein dies at 80 (AP) — Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. He was 80.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArchitectureObituariesViennaAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 13:02:55 GMTApplications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyUnemployment insuranceEconomyLayoffsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsPersonnel, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:28 GMTApplications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs.wBusinessGeneral news, 24 Apr 2014 12:32:02 GMTZimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B, Ind. (AP) — Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet for about $13.35 billion in a move aimed at helping expand its product offerings and services.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsWarsawIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:27 GMTKy. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.ADAM BEAMaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsState legislatureLegislatureState governmentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesKentuckyNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:01:31 GMTEverest climbing season in disarray after deaths, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.BINAJ GURUBACHARYAtTravelLifestyleMountainsGovernment and politicsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGeneral newsEnvironment and natureNepalSouth AsiaAsia, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:51 GMTCaterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results.TOM MURPHYfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:57 GMTSouthwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 12:31:14 GMTBahamas police seize drugs worth $1.3 million, Bahamas (AP) — Police in the Bahamas have arrested two boaters whom officers say were carrying bales of marijuana worth an estimated $1.3 million.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeBahamasCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 24 Apr 2014 12:57:44 GMTChina set to punish web giant Sina for pornography (AP) — China's official news agency says authorities plan to revoke two crucial publication licenses for web giant because pornographic content was found on its sites.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 24 Apr 2014 13:23:16 GMTParents of infant found dead held on drug charges, Ga. (AP) — Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Apr 2014 13:06:50 GMTOrders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 percent in March with strength in business investment (AP) — Orders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 percent in March with strength in business investment.wBusinessGeneral news, 24 Apr 2014 12:31:36 GMTApple, Facebook give markets a lift (AP) — Solid earnings from Apple and Facebook helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.PAN PYLASYURI KAGEYAMAiBusinessGeneral newsSocial mediaCurrency marketsOnline mediaMediaStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 24 Apr 2014 13:24:51 GMTPineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar (AP) — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.HOWARD ULMANaGeneral newsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsBostonNew York CityMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 24 Apr 2014 13:14:02 GMTCanada's FM visits Auschwitz death camp memorial, Poland (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird paid a visit on Thursday to the memorial museum at the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp.iGeneral newsWorld War IIInternational relationsNazismEventsGovernment and politicsPolandWarsawEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Apr 2014 12:49:58 GMT