FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 01 Feb 2015 08:37:57 -0800Virginia state House still mulling disgraced lawmaker's fate, Va. (AP) — Joseph D. Morrissey used to be one of the most outspoken members of Virginia's House of Delegates, a habitual speechmaker who gave a lengthy soliloquy on the House floor nearly every day.By ALAN SUDERMANaGeneral newsState legislaturePolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsState governmentsLegislaturePolitical issuesVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:15:02 GMTRed Bull, Williams, Mercedes launch their F1 cars for 2015, Spain (AP) — Red Bull and Williams have launched the Formula One cars they hope will be able to better compete with Mercedes when the new season starts in six weeks' time.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 15:29:42 GMTStorm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast (AP) — A powerful storm moved from the Plains into the Midwest early Sunday that was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places before making its way into New England, where many cities are still digging out from a winter walloping from early last week.By SOPHIA TAREENaGeneral newsStormsWinter weatherWeatherU.S. Nor'easter 2015TransportationEventsChicagoIllinoisBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:41:11 GMTEgyptian official: Australian journalist Peter Greste freed, on his way to airport (AP) — Egyptian official: Australian journalist Peter Greste freed, on his way to airport.iGeneral newsJournalistsNews mediaMediaEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 14:24:59 GMTLawyer fights $1M fine over banned testimony, mistrial (AP) — A single word of testimony at a medical-malpractice trial has cost a Pennsylvania lawyer a nearly $1 million fine she says threatens her home, her family and her small law firm.By MARYCLAIRE DALEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsSmoking laws and regulationsLaw and orderGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:05:41 GMTRegulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers (AP) — Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt.By HOPE YENwBusinessPersonal financeGovernment and politicsPersonal loansConsumer affairsLegislatureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsFinancial servicesIndustriesOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 13:11:08 GMTOlympic ski jump champ Vogt wins World Cup event in Austria, Austria (AP) — Olympic ski jump champion Carina Vogt of Germany won a women's World Cup event Sunday for her second career victory, two weeks after her maiden win in Zao, Japan.sSportsNordic skiingWomen's skiingSkiingWomen's sportsAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 13:01:42 GMTArabic news channel backed by Saudi prince goes on air, Bahrain (AP) — The fight for Arabic news viewers is heating up.iBusinessGeneral newsTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionBahrainManamaMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 13:49:44 GMTOfficials meet to address safety after aviation calamities (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGovernment and politicsTransportation safetySummitsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370OceansTransportationGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersInternational relationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTelecommunicationsEventsEnvironment and natureNetherlandsMalaysiaUnited StatesIndian OceanKuala LumpurWestern EuropeEuropeSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 14:29:04 GMTNorthern California chief's new approach revitalizes force, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.By PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsPoliceProtests and demonstrationsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestCaliforniaFargoUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Dakota, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:54 GMTA look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked with an X:By The Associated PressaBusinessGovernment and politicsPersonal loansCustomer statisticsPersonal financeCorporate news, 01 Feb 2015 13:12:28 GMTAPNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.By JIM KUHNHENN and ANDREW TAYLORwBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment programsEconomyLegislatureCorporate taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsCorporate newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:18:07 GMTA look at Egypt's Al-Jazeera English Trial (AP) — Here is a look at the major events in the arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Egypt for over a year:iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsJournalismCrimeLaw and orderNews mediaMediaEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 15:29:41 GMTPrison school's defenders say cuts would hurt mission, Vt. (AP) — Thousands of former inmates can claim the Community High School of Vermont as their alma mater, the place they received the education allowing them to become productive citizens upon their release from prison. But like any other school, the one run by the state's Department of Corrections is facing the prospect of big budget cuts.By DAVE GRAMaGeneral newsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsState governmentsVermontNewportUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:58:51 GMTDjokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.By DENNIS PASSAiGeneral newsSportsMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's tennisTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 14:42:46 GMTUkraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels, Ukraine (AP) — Russian-backed separatists kept up their assault Sunday on a railway hub in eastern Ukraine, the fiercest battle in fighting that the government said has killed 13 of its troops and wounded 20 others over the last day.By YURAS KARMANAUiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsUkraineBelarusDonetskRussiaKievEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:04 GMTVettel fastest on 1st day of pre-season F1 testing, Spain (AP) — Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest lap for Ferrari on the first day of pre-season Formula One testing, while last year's championship runner-up Nico Rosberg clocked a massive 157 laps.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 16:17:14 GMTBomb on bus in central Damascus kills 7, Syria (AP) — A bomb placed on a bus ferrying Lebanese pilgrims around Shiite holy sites in Damascus exploded Sunday, killing at least seven people, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media.By ALBERT AJIiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsTransportationSyriaDamascusLebanonMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 15:02:30 GMTThousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy KONG (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsDemocracyPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHong KongBeijingChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 13:20:49 GMTAsians slower to seek immigration protection ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama's reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan.By AMY TAXINaGeneral newsImmigrationGovernment programsSocial issuesSocial affairsHigher educationEducationGovernment and politicsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:04:41 GMTRomanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians LAC, Romania (AP) — High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance.By NICOLAE DUMITRACHEiGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsRomaniaEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 13:35:19 GMTAl-Jazeera welcomes Egypt's release of reporter Peter Greste, presses for colleagues' freedom, Qatar (AP) — Al-Jazeera welcomes Egypt's release of reporter Peter Greste, presses for colleagues' freedom.iGeneral newsQatarMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 15:13:20 GMTCourt invader interrupts Australian Open men's final, Australia (AP) — A protester was tackled on court by a security guard during the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Sunday night, causing a brief delay in play during the second set.iGeneral newsSportsMen's tennisMen's sportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsTennisEventsAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 15:46:15 GMTSerbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has granted citizenship to a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile, Serbian officials said Sunday.By DUSAN STOJANOVICiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesSerbiaGaza StripMiddle EastEastern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 14:37:41 GMTMcIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An unrelenting Rory McIlroy secured his second Dubai Desert Classic title in six years with a 2-under 70 in the final round to win by three shots on Sunday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfUnited Arab EmiratesDubaiMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 15:02:48 GMTSteven Tyler headlines Rolling Stone party on Super Bowl eve, Ariz. (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler charged up a frenzied crowd on the eve of the Super Bowl that features his beloved New England Patriots.By JOSH HOFFNEReArts and entertainmentSportsCelebrityMusicProfessional footballNFL Super BowlEntertainmentFootballEventsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:56:56 GMTCairo airport official: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter has left on flight to Cyprus. (AP) — Cairo airport official: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter has left on flight to Cyprus.iGeneral newsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 14:35:43 GMTKanye West, Rihanna rock DirecTV party on eve of Super Bowl, Ariz. (AP) — The crowd at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party came for Rihanna, and got a healthy dose of Kanye West as a bonus.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYeArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:59:15 GMTDan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed, N.C. (AP) — A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to fine the nation's largest electricity company.By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISSaGeneral newsEnvironmental laws and regulationsRivers and streamsEnvironmentGovernment regulationsWater environmentMarine biologyEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsEnvironmental concernsBiologyScienceOceanographyRaleighNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:32 GMTImmigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.By SETH ROBBINSaGeneral newsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesSan AntonioMexicoTexasNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 01 Feb 2015 16:20:17 GMTSpain: 400 migrants repelled after storming border fence (AP) — Spain says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned of a buildup in numbers across the frontier.iGeneral newsSpainMoroccoWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 14:59:13 GMTRights group: Egypt covering up protester deaths (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International on Sunday accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 14:09:12 GMTExtremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsRebellions and uprisingsNigeriaCameroonWest AfricaChadAfricaCentral Africa, 01 Feb 2015 14:58:06 GMTJordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State, Jordan (AP) — Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestJordanAmmanSyriaMiddle East, 01 Feb 2015 15:27:16 GMTRights group: Egypt 'covering up' protester deaths (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International has accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence in order to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 12:40:31 GMTBoston bid has New England states dreaming of Olympic gold, R.I. (AP) — If Boston successfully lands the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, some of its New England neighbors hope all that gold, silver and bronze adds up to green.By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and RIK STEVENSaGeneral newsSportsTennisSummer Olympic gamesState governmentsOlympic gamesTransportationGovernment and politicsEventsProfessional footballFootballMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesRhode IslandProvidenceNewportConnecticutHartfordNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:28:32 GMTSelf-styled 'seer' faces murder trial for death he foretold, Kan. (AP) — The leader of a Kansas commune that prosecutors say lived off of insurance payouts following the deaths of group members is set to stand trial for murder in the 2003 drowning of one of them — a young mother whose death he allegedly foretold weeks before it happened.By ROXANA HEGEMANaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeAccidentsCrimeCriminal investigationsLaw and orderAccidents and disastersKansasWichitaUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:48:15 GMTWalker open to sending troops to fight Islamic State group (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is open to sending U.S. troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters, but the potential Republican contender for 2016 presidential nomination isn't calling for them immediately.pGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 15:33:10 GMTEgypt deports Australian Al-Jazeera reporter (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday after the president approved his deportation following more than a year behind bars in a case that was widely condemned by rights groups, officials said.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsCrimeLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 15:44:30 GMTEgypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday on a flight to Cyprus after being released from prison, following an apparent approval of the Australian journalist's deportation from the country's president, officials said.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 15:04:11 GMTFlash floods hit Greece, destroy bridge, force evacuations, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have submerged large areas in northwestern Greece, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from several villages in the Epirus region.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherProperty damageEvacuationsFloodsAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseGreeceAthensWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 12:59:17 GMTToddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents.aGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 12:51:03 GMTFlash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge.By DEMETRIS NELLAS and LLAZAR SEMINIiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsEvacuationsAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseGreeceAlbaniaAthensWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 01 Feb 2015 15:23:33 GMTGreek finance chief holds Paris talks amid tensions (AP) — Greece's finance minister is holding talks in Paris amid high tensions with international creditors, as his country's new leftist leadership seeks to renegotiate huge debts.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 01 Feb 2015 14:49:32 GMTEgypt antiquities showman tells the world it's safe to visit, South Africa (AP) — Egypt's best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer's fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsArchaeologyPolitical resignationsScienceGovernment and politicsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptCairoSouth AfricaJohannesburgMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 01 Feb 2015 13:54:30 GMTThai luxury train locomotive catches fire, no one hurt (AP) — The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 mostly European tourists caught fire Sunday morning as it was leaving a station in western Thailand, but no one was hurt.iGeneral newsTransportationFiresTrain travelAccidents and disastersTravelLifestyleThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 01 Feb 2015 13:11:18 GMTPope to visit Sarajevo to boost 'brotherhood and peace' CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsBosnia and HerzegovinaVatican CitySarajevoEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 01 Feb 2015 15:05:55 GMTCulturally sensitive palliative care represents new approach LINN, Ore. (AP) — When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated.By GOSIA WOZNIACKAaGeneral newsHealthDiagnosis and treatmentRace and ethnicityHispanicsSelf-improvementSocial issuesSocial affairsLifestylePortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 01 Feb 2015 16:11:38 GMTAl-Jazeera welcomes Egypt's release of reporter, Qatar (AP) — Al Jazeera says it is pleased that Australian reporter Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison and is demanding that authorities now release two of its other correspondents still behind bars.iGeneral newsQatarMiddle EastCyprusEgyptWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfrica, 01 Feb 2015 15:26:43 GMTMurray to move into 4th, Wawrinka drops to 9th in rankings, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray's fourth loss in four finals at the Australian Open on Sunday still netted him a gain in the ATP computer rankings, moving him from sixth spot to fourth in the rankings list set to be issued Monday.sSportsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsEventsAustraliaOceania, 01 Feb 2015 14:36:30 GMT