FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 25 Nov 2014 16:03:56 -0800Sizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessTechnologyHigher educationBaseballProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessSportsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesInformation technologyHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleEducationSocial affairsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballNFL footballProfessional footballFootballUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:59:23 GMTAs OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom YORK (AP) — These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.By JONATHAN FAHEYaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEnergy and the environmentGovernment and politicsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNigeriaMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaIranNorth AmericaWest AfricaAfrica, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:23 GMTEd Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs (AP) — The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsEducationStudent testingTeachingGraduationSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issues, 25 Nov 2014 22:47:04 GMTEd Dept. seeks to improve teacher prep programs (AP) — The Obama administration wants to improve teaching before teachers enter the classroom, and it's proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsParentingRelationshipsEducationTeachingSocial affairs, 25 Nov 2014 22:21:25 GMTHP earnings show continued struggle FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.By BRANDON BAILEYhtBusinessTechnologyInformation technologyIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and services, 25 Nov 2014 23:41:43 GMTGreece: HIV infections ease after spike, Greece (AP) — Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis.iGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Nov 2014 22:45:58 GMTSony to offer partial refunds for gaming console (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.By JENNIFER C. KERRhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleGovernment and politicsTechnologyParentingRelationshipsConsumer affairsMarketing and advertisingCorporate newsProducts and servicesGamesRecreation and leisureUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:35:25 GMTSchumer to Dems: Make government help workers (AP) — The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.By CHARLES BABINGTONwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsMid-term electionsPolitical partiesHealth care reformHealth care policyLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsLabor issuesPolitical organizationsPolitical issuesGovernment policyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsEconomic policyEconomyInternational tradeDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:04:11 GMTU.Va. looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking.By FREDERIC J. FROMMERaGeneral newsHigher educationCollegiate organizationsSex in societyEducationSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeSocial groups and organizationsSocial issuesHuman welfareCharlottesvilleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:56:53 GMTFrance suspends delivery of warship to Russia (AP) — France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.By SYLVIE CORBET and LORI HINNANTiBusinessGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsFranceRussiaCrimeaUkraineWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 25 Nov 2014 23:45:35 GMTFerguson police officer Darren Wilson says 'no way' Brown had his hands up when fatally shot, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson says 'no way' Brown had his hands up when fatally shot.aGeneral newsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:37:09 GMTRussian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems (AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansDiplomacyHuman rights and civil libertiesInternational relationsPolice brutalityTV newsSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderViolenceNews mediaMediaTelevisionChinaMoscowUnited StatesRussiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:15 GMTCanadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case YORK (AP) — A Canadian antiques dealer swept up in a U.S. crackdown on illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns has pleaded guilty in New York to a wildlife smuggling charge.aBusinessGeneral newsAnimal poaching and smugglingLegal proceedingsSmugglingRhinocerosCrimeEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeLaw and orderMammalsAnimalsBritish ColumbiaCanadaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:13:27 GMTUS stocks dip as oil pushes energy sector lower YORK (AP) — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsCommodity marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:18:00 GMTMan freed after 39 years in prison offers thanks (AP) — A man freed after nearly four decades in prison when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom.By LISA CORNWELLaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOhioCincinnatiClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:06:00 GMTTop candidate for defense secretary bows out (AP) — A top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon is taking herself out of consideration for the job.By JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defensePolitical organizations, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:15 GMTMan gets 7 years for shooting man at yard sale, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for shooting and wounding a customer at a yard sale who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEugeneOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:20:35 GMTLawmakers near deal to extend popular tax breaks (AP) — Lame duck lawmakers are closing in on an agreement to renew dozens of expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals, including permanent enactment of a generous tax breaks on investments in new equipment and research and development.By ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsStudent financesHigher educationEducation costsLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPersonal financeLocal governmentsEducationSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 21:55:04 GMT2nd day of rallies across US after Ferguson news protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in some U.S. cities for a second day Tuesday, even as others were still cleaning up vandalism from the night before.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderMissouriSt. LouisSeattleNew York CityChicagoDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaWashingtonNew YorkIllinois, 25 Nov 2014 22:19:56 GMTDoctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies, Neb. (AP) — Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.By JOSH FUNKaGeneral newsHealthScienceDiseases and conditionsObituariesAgingBiologySeniors' healthOmahaNebraskaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:34:36 GMTHolder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.By ERIC TUCKERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsCrimePolitical and civil unrestMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:56:23 GMTWarplanes strike airport in Libya capital again (AP) — Warplanes again bombed a Libyan military air base Tuesday that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport, shortly after the Islamist-backed prime minister said his government was at war.By MERRIT KENNEDYiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsEgyptLibyaMiddle EastTripoliNorth AfricaAfrica, 25 Nov 2014 21:59:43 GMTLongtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40 PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.aGeneral newsObituariesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsFamily issuesGuatemalaTexasEl PasoUnited StatesMexicoCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:40:10 GMTObama's remarks about Ferguson, Missouri (AP) — President Barack Obama spoke in Chicago on Tuesday about immigration but opened his remarks with comments about the grand jury decision and ensuing violence in Ferguson, Missouri. What he said about Ferguson, as transcribed by Federal News Service:aGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsMissouriChicagoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 25 Nov 2014 23:53:36 GMTFerguson officer: 'I know I did my job right', Mo. (AP) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he couldn't have done anything differently in his confrontation with Michael Brown to have prevented the 18-year-old's shooting death.aGeneral newsMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:49:41 GMTGunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist (AP) — Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said.iGeneral newsHostage situationsFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Nov 2014 23:37:28 GMTPuerto Rico police seize $11.5M worth of cocaine JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $11.5 million.iGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimePuerto RicoCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:14 GMTNo major flooding in Buffalo as snow melt ends, N.Y. (AP) — Melting snow has flooded some basements and pooled in yards and roadways after the Buffalo-area's 7-foot snowfall, but the region has dodged the kind of widespread flooding that weather-weary residents had feared.aGeneral newsWeatherWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersBuffaloNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:48:31 GMTMet Museum gets major gift of African-American art YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art has received a major gift of works by contemporary African-American artists from the South.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsArt museumsVisual artsMuseumsPhilanthropyRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:26:35 GMTProtesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsBlockadesNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:06:47 GMTTough to make a case against police in shootings (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.By ERIC TUCKERwGovernment and politicsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsPolice brutalityCrimeCivil rights violationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPoliceLaw and orderGeneral newsSocial issuesSocial affairsViolenceLaw enforcement agenciesNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:07:13 GMTObama pitches immigration steps in his hometown (AP) — President Barack Obama says the contributions that a broad patchwork of immigrants has made to the United States helps justify the executive actions he took to protect workers illegally in the country from deportation.By JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politicsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsHispanicsUnited StatesNorth AmericaChicagoIllinois, 25 Nov 2014 23:48:36 GMTCirque show scene returns after performer's death VEGAS (AP) — A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:26:11 GMTNo homicide charge against NY mom in girl's death PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they can no longer support a homicide charge against a special-education teacher who had been accused of killing her severely disabled daughter by neglecting her.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsViolent crimeCriminal negligenceLegal proceedingsCrimeIndictmentsCrimes against childrenLaw and orderWhite PlainsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:23 GMTLa. teacher pleads not guilty in group sex case, La. (AP) — A 32-year-old teacher accused of participating in group sex with a 16-year-old student and another faculty member has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of having carnal knowledge of a juvenile.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeEducationLaw and orderSocial affairsLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:23:27 GMTAP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.By JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATAwGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseMilitary leadershipNational securityImmigrationPolitical organizationsSocial issuesSocial affairsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:29:05 GMTBuffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt, N.Y. (AP) — A wild nine-day stretch of weather that saw epic snow followed by springlike temperatures, high winds and flood fears came to a close Tuesday, and forecasters said the Buffalo area was in for an uneventful Thanksgiving.aGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherFunerals and memorial servicesStormsAccidents and disastersBuffaloNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:21:57 GMTPolice: Students ran high school prostitution ring, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit.By JARED LEONEaGeneral newsJuvenile crimeCrimeCrimes against childrenFloridaSarasotaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:55:33 GMT5 children killed in South Texas house fire, Texas (AP) — Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their South Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:25:30 GMTTennis Hall of Fame says 'Dodo' Cheney dead at 98, R.I. (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame says Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, a member of the Hall and the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open, has died at age 98.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisObituariesWomen's sportsNewportRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:46:35 GMTRed Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez (AP) — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals.By JIMMY GOLENsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSports transactionsSports businessBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:30:20 GMTHeirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it POINT, Ore. (AP) — Pat Hanson of Central Point says she's lost about 10 pounds recently, an aftereffect of a fall, and noticed in church earlier this month that her mother's wedding ring was loose on her finger.aGeneral newsOdditiesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 25 Nov 2014 23:13:16 GMTBrown family blasts prosecutor's handling of case, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses burned to the ground.By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEBaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsFiresAccidents and disastersMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:28:41 GMTConservationists sue over federal coal program, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceGovernment programsLegal proceedingsNatural resource managementLaw and orderEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLand environmentEnvironmental concernsClimateUnited StatesBillingsMontanaNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:02:49 GMTSpain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms (AP) — Spain's foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island.iBusinessGeneral newsCabinetsGovernment and politicsEconomyInternational relationsCubaSpainCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Nov 2014 23:53:02 GMTHSBC to pay $12.5 million to settle SEC charge (AP) — HSBC will pay $12.5 million to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated U.S. securities laws.fBusinessUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 22:46:52 GMTTwitter lets merchants offer deals to its users YORK (AP) — Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers."htBusinessTechnologySocial mediaOnline mediaMediaInformation technologyIndustriesMedia and entertainment industry, 25 Nov 2014 23:21:22 GMTFederal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.By ANDREW DeMILLOaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsConstitutional amendmentsConstitutionsMarriageLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesArkansasLittle RockUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:45:20 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — Obama: Destruction of property after Ferguson ruling puts people at risk, is a criminal act.aGovernment and politics, 25 Nov 2014 23:09:53 GMTObama: No excuse for destructive acts in Ferguson (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's "no excuse" for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying property in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansSocial issuesSocial affairsMissouriDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:19 GMT