FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:58 -0700UN: Global asylum claims at highest number in 22 years NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world's number of asylum claims is at its highest in 22 years, with fleeing Syrians and Iraqis leading the way.iGeneral newsIraqMiddle East, 26 Mar 2015 18:34:42 GMTNCAA concerned with Indiana religious objections bill (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.aGeneral newsSportsNCAA Men's Division I Basketball ChampionshipCollege sportsEventsMen's college basketballCollege basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:15:32 GMTEnergy Dept revives vehicle loan program after criticism (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money.By HENRY C. JACKSONwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHiring and recruitmentGovernment programsEnergy industryPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMaterials industryFinancial performanceCorporate newsTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:35:03 GMTUS stocks recover early losses, oil gains on Yemen tensions YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were little changed in afternoon trading Thursday, having recovered their losses from earlier in the day. Investors continued to watch the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia has launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. The price of oil rose.By KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsInternational relationsFinancial marketsStock marketsEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastUnited StatesYemenSuez CanalNorth AmericaEgyptNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Mar 2015 18:23:37 GMTFormer informant: Another man admitted molesting Etan Patz YORK (AP) — A former jailhouse informant testified Thursday that someone other than the man on trial for killing 6-year-old Etan Patz admitted decades ago to kidnapping and molesting him.By COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsMissing personsCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:50:55 GMTVice to start daily newscast on HBO YORK (AP) — HBO and Vice Media have announced an expansion of their partnership, including the launch of a daily Vice newscast on the pay cable outlet.eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 26 Mar 2015 17:53:48 GMTJimenez trying to continue roll at Gulf Resort Classic, Miss. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez has had quite a start to his Champions Tour career.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolf, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:56 GMTNigeria's military pushes extremists before elections, Nigeria (AP) — Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are threatening to disrupt.By MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyPolitical refugeesMunicipal governmentsWar and unrestInternational relationsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsNational electionsElectionsLocal electionsNigeriaAfricaWest AfricaCameroon, 26 Mar 2015 18:09:28 GMTExpert to jury: Marathon bombs 'not too difficult' to build (AP) — The pressure-cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack were "not too difficult" to build, using readily available parts and instructions easily found on the Internet, an FBI bomb expert testified Thursday.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSportsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsLegal proceedingsCrimeEventsLaw and orderBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:15:57 GMTTractor-trailer plows into Texas interstate bridge, 1 killed, Texas (AP) — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions, authorities said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTexasAustinUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:13 GMTUncle denounces police claim that California kidnap was hoax, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a California woman who was reported kidnapped says police were reckless and overzealous in calling the ordeal a hoax after she turned up safe.By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ELLEN KNICKMEYERaGeneral newsMissing personsKidnappingCrimeViolent crimeCaliforniaVallejoUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:30:36 GMTCensus: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs.By MIKE SCHNEIDER and JESSE J. HOLLANDaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPopulation growth and declineMigration ratesCensusesUnited States CensusDemographicsSocial affairsImmigrationSocial issuesEventsFloridaTexasOrlandoUnited StatesCaliforniaNew YorkNorth DakotaNaplesFort MyersSarasotaHoustonClevelandNorth AmericaOhio, 26 Mar 2015 18:14:35 GMTSafety experts: Air crash in Alps raises need for 3rd pilot (AP) — French prosecutors' assertion that this week's air crash of a German airliner into a rugged mountainside was a deliberate act of the co-pilot points to the possible need for a third pilot in airline cockpits, several aviation safety experts said Thursday.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAccidentsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFranceUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 17:53:05 GMTMom accused of trafficking girl for heroin pleads not guilty (AP) — An Ohio woman charged with trafficking her 11-year-old daughter for sex in exchange for heroin has pleaded not guilty.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenSmugglingLaw and orderOhioCincinnatiUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:26:53 GMTUS general: Iran-backed Shiite militias not in Tikrit fight (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias have left the northern Iraq city of Tikrit, a key condition the U.S. demanded before it agreed to begin launching airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces and try to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said Thursday.By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNSwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitant groupsWar and unrestUnited StatesIraqIranMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:06:46 GMTAir Canada to mandate 2 people in the cockpit (AP) — Canada's largest airliner is immediately implementing a policy change to ensure two people are in the cockpit at all times in the wake of news that a co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidentsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationCanadaNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:37:18 GMTJury examines models of bombs used in Boston Marathon attack (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have examined models of the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 deadly attacks.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSportsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsEventsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:36 GMTEnergy announces first loan in 4 years from vehicle program (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism that it funded flops and squandered taxpayer money.By HENRY C. JACKSONwGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate news, 26 Mar 2015 18:10:44 GMTAuthorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.By ANNE FLAHERTYwBusinessGovernment and politicsCar buyingFraud and false statementsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAutomobilesLifestyleCrimeGeneral news, 26 Mar 2015 18:08:47 GMTThe Latest: Experts say crash raises need for 3rd pilot p.m. (1745GMT, 1:45 p.m. EDT)By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidentsCriminal investigationsCrimeDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370Government and politicsMunicipal governmentsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationTransportation safetyLaw and orderLocal governmentsMarseilleGermanyFranceSpainBarcelonaWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Mar 2015 17:51:31 GMTDiet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 17:51:08 GMTBergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.By MICHAEL BIESECKERaGeneral newsActs of torturePrisoner exchangeArmed forcesMilitary leadershipMilitary legal affairsCrimeNational securityGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitary and defenseCommodity marketsFinancial marketsBusinessUnited StatesCubaRaleighNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Carolina, 26 Mar 2015 18:08:51 GMTExpert doubts source of $1M for house of Sterling 'friend' ANGELES (AP) — An accountant says the woman who recorded offensive racial remarks by Donald Sterling made unbelievable claims about where she got $1 million to buy a house.By BRIAN MELLEYaBusinessGeneral newsSportsSmall businessFamily financesSports team ownership changesHome buyingPersonal financeSports businessMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesResidential real estateLifestyleNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:50:35 GMT200 hens poached from California farm weeks before Easter, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks before Easter, a Northern California farmer says someone stole more than 200 of his hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown.aBusinessGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleCaliforniaSanta RosaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:07:09 GMTResidents atop failing dam fret about plan to replace it LAKE, Ohio (AP) — The earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake is deteriorating, which perhaps isn't surprising for a 180-year-old structure. More stunning is the unusual arrangement that officials say considerably weakened the 4.1-mile embankment, putting it at risk of failing and flooding the surrounding community.By KANTELE FRANKOaBusinessGeneral newsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:51:53 GMTReport: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened (AP) — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsScienceBotanyMountainsWildlifeNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmental scienceEnvironmental concernsBiologyEnvironment and natureEnvironmentMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 17:50:11 GMTUS, Iran nuke talks enter critical round ahead of deadline, Switzerland (AP) — Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from a deadline to secure the outline of a deal.By MATTHEW LEEiGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTehranIranUnited StatesSwitzerlandMiddle EastFranceYemenNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Mar 2015 18:41:10 GMTJury considering death sentence for grandmother of dead girl, Ala. (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday on whether an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death should be executed or face life in prison without parole.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderAlabamaGadsdenUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:40:23 GMTUN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsDiplomacyTerritorial disputesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:12:13 GMTUN sounds positive note as Libya deal remains elusive, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Libya's peace talks sounded a positive note Thursday as negotiations between the rival governments took another break with a deal remaining elusive.iGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsLibyaMiddle EastMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:05 GMTFDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies (AP) — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.By MATTHEW PERRONEwBusinessGeneral newsHealthMedicationAlternative medicineGovernment regulationsDietary supplementsDiagnosis and treatmentGovernment and politicsNutritionUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:00:07 GMTThe Latest: White House says crash not linked to terrorism p.m. (1835 GMT, 2:35 p.m. EDT)By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidentsCriminal investigationsCrimeTerrorismDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370Government and politicsMunicipal governmentsEventsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderWar and unrestLocal governmentsMarseilleGermanyFranceSpainBarcelonaWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Mar 2015 18:37:37 GMTEx-Husker DE Randy Gregory to NFL Media: I failed drug tests, Neb. (AP) — Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year.sSportsDopingSports mediaMediaProfessional footballFootballNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:17:14 GMTArkansas governor says he'd sign religious protection bill ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he would sign into law a religious protection measure that opponents have said amounts to a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.By ANDREW DeMILLOaGovernment and politicsGays and lesbiansHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislationState governmentsState legislatureLocal governmentsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLegislatureGender issuesArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:44:30 GMTJuveniles to get therapy for child porn Instagram account PINES, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say three South Florida teens accused of creating an Instagram account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors will participate in therapy and community service rather than face criminal charges.aGeneral newsJuvenile crimeSocial mediaCrimeOnline mediaMediaCrimes against childrenFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:26:01 GMTAaron Hernandez trial resumes after courthouse bomb threat RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was briefly delayed Thursday by a bomb threat called in to the courthouse.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsBomb threatsCelebrityCrimeCourtsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderViolent crimeJudiciaryGovernment and politicsFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:48:40 GMTDisbelief, shock worldwide at co-pilot's role in Alps crash, shock, disbelief and horror.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAccidentsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashMountainsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsEnvironment and natureGermanyFranceBarcelonaWestern EuropeEuropeSpain, 26 Mar 2015 18:32:06 GMTSuburban Chicago cousins arrested in Islamic State case (AP) — A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and his suburban Chicago cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a Thursday statement.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsTerrorismState governmentsArrestsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:22 GMTLawmakers urge more study of US tribal recognition changes, Conn. (AP) — Several congressional members on Thursday called on the U.S. Interior Department to slow down an overhaul of the rules for recognizing American Indian tribes, saying more study is needed of problems that could result from the "sweeping changes."By MICHAEL MELIAaGeneral newsLegislatureGovernment and politicsUnited StatesConnecticutNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:24:53 GMTJesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he begins his transition back into society two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.By CARYN ROUSSEAU and MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsCampaign finance improprietiesGovernment and politicsPolitical resignationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeCampaignsElectionsUnited StatesChicagoIllinoisAlabamaNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:01:01 GMTFamily of man killed by Georgia police want investigation, Ga. (AP) — The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers before he was fatally shot announced Thursday that they are seeking an independent investigation of the incident.By JEFF MARTINaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:37:46 GMTHeavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert, Chile (AP) — Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.By LUIS ANDRES HENAOiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersChileSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 26 Mar 2015 18:24:10 GMTCourt hears appeal in terror-related custody dispute, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia is considering whether to revive a parental rights lawsuit by a radical Muslim convert serving a 25-year prison sentence for supporting terrorism.By LARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesGovernment and politicsUnited StatesVirginiaNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:34:24 GMTAP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews.By KEN DILANIANhtGovernment and politicsArmed forcesVeteransMilitary technologyLegislatureTechnologySoftwareMilitary and defenseIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessComputing and information technologyAfghanistanTampaIraqFayettevilleCentral AsiaAsiaFloridaUnited StatesNorth AmericaMiddle EastNorth Carolina, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:00 GMTSyrian government shells kill 18 in south, activists say (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country's south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.iGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPolitical activismCultural preservationPolitical issuesCulturesSocial affairsSyriaMiddle East, 26 Mar 2015 17:56:44 GMTAlone in cockpit, co-pilot 'intentionally' destroyed plane (AP) — Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as passengers screamed in terror, a prosecutor said Thursday.By LORI HINNANT and DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsGermanwings Flight 9525 crashAccidentsSuicidesAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsFranceCologneSan FranciscoWestern EuropeEuropeGermanyCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:35 GMT'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season YORK (AP) — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.By FRAZIER MOOREaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentUnited KingdomUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:45:21 GMTSchock says he leaves Congress with sadness, humility (AP) — Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock said Thursday he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility and vowed to work "tirelessly" to make amends to constituents and others he has let down.By MATTHEW DALYwGovernment and politicsPolitical resignations, 26 Mar 2015 17:55:26 GMT'Fifty Shades' director Taylor-Johnson bows out of franchise ANGELES (AP) — Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to "Fifty Shades of Grey," she announced Wednesday night.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 26 Mar 2015 18:56:25 GMTWomen pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said.aBusinessGeneral newsCollegiate organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsHigher educationEducationState CollegePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Mar 2015 18:18:35 GMT