FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Apr 2015 09:29:34 -0700Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimateEnvironmental activismHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:23:07 GMTRingo Starr, Green Day headline eclectic Rock Hall class (AP) — Ringo Starr was always behind the other Beatles.By TOM WITHERSeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 14:54:45 GMTSpain PM says fraud probe into ex-minister damages his party (AP) — Spain's prime minister says an investigation into an ex-minister and former International Monetary Fund chief over alleged fraud and money laundering is damaging his party, which faces a general election late this year.iGeneral newsFraud and false statementsCrimeGovernment and politicsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Apr 2015 15:51:58 GMTSinger Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds YORK (AP) — Rising country star Sam Hunt may be finding success on the pop charts, but don't fret — he won't pull a Taylor Swift.By MESFIN FEKADUaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentAcademy of Country Music AwardsEventsAward showsMusic awardsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:14:58 GMTCzech Republic leads France 2-0 in Fed Cup semis, Czech Republic (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles matches on Saturday.sSportsFed CupTennisWomen's tennisEventsWomen's sportsCzech RepublicFranceEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Apr 2015 14:37:31 GMTCyprus passes insolvency laws, clears rescue program hurdle, Cyprus (AP) — Lawmakers in Cyprus on Saturday passed key insolvency laws designed to open the taps for more international bailout cash.By MENELAOS HADJICOSTISiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsFinancial servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsGovernment financeCyprusEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Apr 2015 16:20:44 GMTSchool districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.By CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsLifestyleParentingRelationshipsPrimary and secondary educationEducationSocial affairsHuman welfareSocial issuesLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 14:56:17 GMTNew England's snowy winter pushes back gardening season, Vt. (AP) — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt.By LISA RATHKEaGeneral newsLifestyleHome and gardenShrubsGardeningTreesPlantsHobbiesRecreation and leisureVermontMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:26:23 GMTAfghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.By LYNNE O'DONNELL and RAHIM FAIEZiGeneral newsBombingsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestWar crimesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanPakistanUnited StatesMiddle EastCentral AsiaAsiaSouth AsiaNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:31:42 GMTThe Latest: Presidential contenders woo New Hampshire voters A.M. (EDT)By The Associated PresspGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsPolitical organizationsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:14:14 GMTBangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.iBusinessGeneral newsAccidents and disastersConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAccidentsBangladeshDhakaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Apr 2015 13:59:48 GMTSudan newspaper quotes governor as saying rebels kill 136, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese newspapers are quoting a governor as saying that rebels have killed 136 civilians in attacks during the presidential election that ended last week.iGeneral newsNewspapersNews mediaMediaSudanMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Apr 2015 16:02:27 GMTUN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in north Mali, Mali (AP) — Two assailants attacked a United Nations convoy of civilian workers in northern Mali, killing two and wounding another, the peacekeeping mission said Saturday.By BABA AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMaliWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Apr 2015 14:26:33 GMTBMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate news, 18 Apr 2015 15:52:42 GMTUS Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal (AP) — Global finance officials are urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors and avoid a catastrophic default that would stagger a world economy still emerging from recession.By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment payLegislatureGovernment business and financeFinancial servicesIndustriesChinaGreeceUnited StatesEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsiaWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:07:44 GMTYemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base, Yemen (AP) — Militiamen loyal to Yemen's embattled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsYemenSanaaUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 14:38:48 GMTTravelers diverted from Denver get stuck on plane for hours SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least eight planes were diverted from Denver to Colorado Springs on Friday because of weather, and some passengers were left sitting on the tarmac for hours.aGeneral newsColorado SpringsDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:12:35 GMTCivil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.By CHRIS CAROLAaGeneral newsAmerican Civil WarWar and unrestEventsSaratoga SpringsMaineConnecticutNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:37:43 GMTIn NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains' rise YORK (AP) — New York is increasingly becoming chain store city.By DEEPTI HAJELA and JENNIFER PELTZaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesManhattanNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth AmericaKansas, 18 Apr 2015 15:33:48 GMTCharges dismissed against Missouri officer in shooting CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Missouri police officer who was indicted in the nonfatal shooting of a suspect during an arrest last summer.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMissouriKansas CityKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:30:16 GMT5 years on, empty graves, full hearts for Gulf survivors, La. (AP) — Courtney Kemp was getting dressed for work when husband Wyatt walked in and sat down. He didn't speak, but she could tell something was weighing on him.By ALLEN G. BREEDaGeneral newsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersGulf of MexicoLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:11:00 GMTLosing return for Hingis in Fed Cup playoffs GORA, Poland (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.sSportsFed CupTennisWomen's tennisEventsWomen's sportsPolandSwitzerlandEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Apr 2015 15:51:13 GMT2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote (AP) — At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA and MICHAEL WEISSSENSTEINiGeneral newsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsHavanaCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Apr 2015 16:05:19 GMTTurin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious, Italy (AP) — Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsItalyTurinWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Apr 2015 16:19:57 GMTHamilton posts fastest time in 3rd practice at Bahrain GP, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton warmed up for qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix with the fastest time in the third practice session Saturday.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsFormula OneAutomobile racingBahrainMiddle East, 18 Apr 2015 14:02:31 GMTThings to Know: More schools offer breakfast in classroom ANGELES (AP) — When the school bell rings, children file into classrooms and open their textbooks. Increasingly, they're also eating a bowl of cereal.By CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsLifestyleParentingRelationshipsEducationSocial affairs, 18 Apr 2015 15:42:36 GMTOhio principal cancels headscarf event, apologizes, Ohio (AP) — The principal of a suburban Cincinnati high school has apologized to anyone who was offended after canceling a student-led event that invited girls to spend the day wearing a Muslim headscarf.aGeneral newsSchool administrationPrimary and secondary educationEducationSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:01:15 GMTSerena Williams holds off Giorgi but Italy-US tied at 1-1, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Italy's Camila Giorgi on Saturday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff.By ANDREW DAMPFsSportsFed CupWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Apr 2015 15:11:16 GMTDiplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change.By JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politicsGovernment appointments and nominationsCabinet appointments and nominationsLegislatureInternational relationsPolitical partiesDiplomacyCabinetsPolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesIranNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Apr 2015 15:25:44 GMTPope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy (AP) — Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.By FRANCES D'EMILIOiGeneral newsItalySicilyEuropeEast AfricaWestern EuropeAfrica, 18 Apr 2015 15:12:20 GMTSouth Texas hit with hard rain, hail and possible tornadoes (AP) — Thunderstorms and torrential rain Friday brought possible tornadoes in South Texas, flooding to Houston and lightning that police said caused an explosion sending flames into the air from an oil tank south of San Antonio. Forecasters said more severe weather is expected in the state.aGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsTexasHoustonSan AntonioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:39:17 GMTNew England Aquarium offering penguins 'honeymoon suites' (AP) — The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy.aGeneral newsOdditiesScienceAnimalsPenguinsBirdsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleWeddingsOccasionsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:21:53 GMTEgypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows (AP) — Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities.By JOSEPH KRAUSSiGeneral newsSportsSocial mediaProtests and demonstrationsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsOnline mediaMediaPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Apr 2015 13:58:38 GMTShort portraits of 11 who died on the Deepwater Horizon of the 11 who died on the Deepwater Horizon:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsFloodsAnimal welfareNASCAREnergy industryIndustriesBusinessAccidents and disastersCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleOccasionsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsSocial issuesSocial affairsAutomobile racingSportsLouisianaBaton RougeNatchezMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:18:29 GMTPhilanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91 HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.aBusinessGeneral newsObituariesStem cell researchMedical researchHealthCell biologyBiologyScienceProfessional servicesIndustriesMichiganDetroitAnn ArborUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 14:42:29 GMTHamilton takes pole position for Bahrain GP ahead of Vettel, Bahrain (AP) — Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position for the first time after clinching his fourth straight pole of the season on Saturday, finishing well ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsFormula OneAutomobile racingBahrainMiddle East, 18 Apr 2015 16:11:52 GMTDjokovic downs Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday.By SAMUEL PETREQUINsSportsTennisMen's sportsMen's tennisViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsMonacoMonte CarloWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Apr 2015 16:08:53 GMTPolice: Officers kill man who charged at them near St. Louis, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say police officers shot and killed a suburban St. Louis man after he charged at them.aGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 14:03:30 GMTArmour III takes Greater Gwinnett lead with first-round 67 (AP) — Tommy Armour III birdied his last two holes to take the lead at 5-under 67 on Saturday in the rain-delayed first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.By CHARLES ODUMsSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolf, 18 Apr 2015 15:09:08 GMTMarco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionState legislatureState governmentsCampaignsPrimary electionsLegislaturePolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyPolitical organizationsFloridaNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:15:05 GMTNew England Aquarium breeding nearly extinct penguin species (AP) — The New England Aquarium hopes its endangered African penguins get a little steamy this spring.aGeneral newsOdditiesScienceAnimalsEnvironmental concernsPenguinsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureBirdsWildlifeBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 16:20:12 GMTFed Cup: Netherlands and Australia 1-1'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff.sSportsFed CupWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsAustraliaOceania, 18 Apr 2015 15:45:27 GMTNepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Saturday marked the anniversary of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche with a memorial and a government announcement that it will set up a welfare fund for mountaineering and trekking workers in the Himalayan nation.By BINAJ GURUBACHARYAiGeneral newsGovernment welfare systemsMountainsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsAccidentsEnvironment and natureNepalKathmanduSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Apr 2015 15:08:01 GMTAfter Israeli elections, US Zionists cast votes of their own YORK (AP) — Call it the other Israel election.By RACHEL ZOLLaGeneral newsJudaismVotingLegislatureTerritorial disputesElectionsGovernment and politicsReligionSocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesWar and unrestIsraelJerusalemUnited StatesMiddle EastNew YorkNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:28:54 GMTIraqi soldiers enter refinery amid Islamic State attacks (AP) — Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsBombingsGovernment and politicsIraqBaghdadUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:25:37 GMTNew Hampshire clash of Republican presidential contenders, N.H. (AP) — Republicans already in the 2016 presidential race or thinking about it have swarmed New Hampshire for an early state showdown that has highlighted the diversity, challenges and size of the emerging field.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimatePolitical organizationsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:44:29 GMTCaged puppies on car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio.aGeneral newsDogsMammalsAnimalsOhioAkronUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Apr 2015 15:25:46 GMTFed Cup: Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany, Russia (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets.sSportsFed CupWomen's tennisTennisEventsWomen's sportsRussiaGermanySochiEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Apr 2015 14:02:44 GMTA look at a manufacturer of statues for Civil War monuments Monumental Bronze Co. of Bridgewater, Connecticut, was one of the leading manufacturers of soldier statues for Civil War monuments and memorials erected in the North and South between the mid-1870s and 1912. Some facts about the company:By The Associated PressaGeneral news, 18 Apr 2015 15:38:50 GMTSouth Africa faces crisis over anti-immigrant attacks (AP) — South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. In the latest violence, mobs attacked shops owned by foreign nationals in a poor area of Johannesburg.By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIAiGeneral newsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaDurbanJohannesburgAfricaSouthern AfricaZimbabwe, 18 Apr 2015 15:18:13 GMT