FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 24 Jul 2014 07:38:53 -0700US new-home sales plummet in June (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.wBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome buyingEconomyReal estateConstruction put in placeConstruction sector performanceResidential real estateLifestyle, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:41 GMTIraq elects Kurdish politician as president (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government.QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRASINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestGovernment transitionsLegislatureReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesNational governmentsIraqBaghdadUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:47 GMTUkraine accused of targeting civilians in east, Ukraine (AP) — War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.LUCIAN KIMiGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsUkraineDonetskRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:45 GMT2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.AMIR SHAHiGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesBombingsForeign aidAccidentsAccidents and disastersInternational relationsGovernment and politicsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAfghanistanFinlandCentral AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:16:57 GMTMother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast (AP) — Authorities say a mother and daughter have died of injuries they suffered when a food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month.aGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:55:00 GMTFans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line.The Associated PressaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentComic-Con InternationalAnimation and comicsEvents, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:33 GMTFAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.wBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAir travel disruptionsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsTransportation safetyTel AvivIsraelUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 12:42:12 GMTIsraeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 7 CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants.IBRAHIM BARZAKPETER ENAViGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestInternational incidentsTerritorial disputesBlockadesGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastJerusalem, 24 Jul 2014 13:12:45 GMTPope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderItalyRomeSudanWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:54 GMTOutcry saves rare redwood from chopping block, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.aGeneral newsConifersTreesPlantsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:13:46 GMTInjuries reported as possible tornado hits Va. CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia emergency management officials say numerous injuries are being reported following a possible tornado at a campground at Virginia's Eastern Shore.aGeneral newsWeatherTornadoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:12:41 GMTSouth African race track lives on; Porsche buys (AP) — South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.iBusinessGeneral newsSportsAutomobile racingConsumer products and servicesIndustriesSouth AfricaSouthern AfricaAfrica, 24 Jul 2014 13:58:21 GMTUnited 1st US airline to resume flights to Israel YORK (AP) — United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip.aBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleAir travel disruptionsTransportationIsraelUnited StatesNewarkMiddle EastNorth AmericaNew Jersey, 24 Jul 2014 13:22:50 GMTEU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women (AP) — A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a review of the evidence sparked by the French manufacturer's declaration that the drugs didn't work in women weighing more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).iHealthEmergency contraceptionBirth controlGovernment regulationsWomen's healthSexual and reproductive healthGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 12:44:36 GMTUS new-home sales tumble 8.1 percent in June to annual rate of 406,000 (AP) — US new-home sales tumble 8.1 percent in June to annual rate of 406,000.wBusinessGeneral newsHome salesEconomyReal estateConstruction put in placeConstruction sector performance, 24 Jul 2014 14:02:24 GMTAustrians investigate disturbance at Israeli game (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team.iGeneral newsSportsProtests and demonstrationsCriminal investigationsMen's soccerSoccerPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeMen's sportsProfessional soccerAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 13:47:15 GMTPoland cancels plans for cultural year with Russia, Poland (AP) — The Polish government has canceled plans for a year of cultural celebrations with Russia out of anger with Russian actions in Ukraine.iGeneral newsInternational relationsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashGovernment and politicsEventsPolandCrimeaRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:01 GMTFamily: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.aGeneral newsOceansAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEnvironment and naturePacific OceanIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:09 GMTUnion Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17 percent, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. says its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsOmahaNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:17 GMTPorch shooter was surprised by firing of gun (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:58 GMTSlow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern, N.D. (AP) — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.JOSH WOODaBusinessGeneral newsFiresExplosionsAccidents and disastersAir qualityAccidentsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNorth DakotaWillistonUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:57 GMTSuspects in Stradivarius theft due in court (AP) — A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentTheftLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderMilwaukeeWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:55 GMTTroubled Myanmar state invites back aid groups, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.iGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesForeign aidBuddhismGovernment and politicsInternational relationsReligionSocial affairsMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsia, 24 Jul 2014 13:19:41 GMTAP reporter's account of Arizona execution, Ariz. (AP) — Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the people making preparation for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms.ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:23:57 GMTGM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs (AP) — Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent.fBusinessCorporate stockConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsFinancial performanceNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:28 GMTIsraeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15 CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.IBRAHIM BARZAKPETER ENAViGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:13 GMTIslamic militants seize part of Syrian army base (AP) — Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on both sides, activists said.BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsInternational incidentsMilitary facilitiesMilitant groupsWar and unrestPolitical activismMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesSyriaMiddle EastIraq, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:11 GMTAmerican Airlines boosts profit on higher revenue WORTH, Texas (AP) — Profit and revenue are up at American Airlines, and the company will share some of the gains with shareholders.fBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate newsCorporate stockTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 12:45:24 GMTGerman midwife suspected of attempted murders (AP) — Police in Germany have arrested a midwife on suspicion of attempted murder, alleging that she administered a blood thinner to women undergoing cesarean sections.iGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArrestsLaw and orderGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 13:55:00 GMTFrance: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.AOMAR OUALIBRAHIMA OUEDRAOGOiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesAlgeriaMaliOuagadougouBurkina FasoFranceAlgiersWest AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:44 GMTCourt: Poland violated human rights in CIA case, Poland (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.VANESSA GERAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesTerrorismGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestHuman welfarePolandFranceEuropeEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 24 Jul 2014 13:58:04 GMTRyan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.wGovernment and politicsGovernment welfare systemsGovernment business and financeBusinessHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairs, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:55 GMT5 free things to do in Lincoln, Nebraska, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln may be famous for Husker football, but Nebraska's capital city also welcomes visitors with free attractions for history buffs and families on a budget.tTravelLifestyleLeisure travelLincolnNebraskaRussiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:03:23 GMTUS stocks open higher as investors gauge earnings YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as several big companies across industries report second-quarter earnings.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial markets, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:40 GMTUnited Airlines posts 2Q profit, reversing 1Q loss (AP) — United Airlines is making money after a slow start to the year.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:56 GMTPlanes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.DMYTRO VLASOViGeneral newsInternational incidentsMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashWar and unrestGovernment and politicsEventsUkraineKharkivNetherlandsAustraliaRussiaDonetskMalaysiaEastern EuropeEuropeWestern EuropeOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:15 GMTPalestinian official: 7 people killed while seeking shelter in UN school hit by Israeli shells CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian official: 7 people killed while seeking shelter in UN school hit by Israeli shells.iGeneral newsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:49 GMTUS stock futures rise as investors weigh earnings YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures rose ahead of the opening bell on Thursday as several big companies across industries reported second-quarter earnings.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial performanceCorporate newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLabor economyUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:25:51 GMTWal-Mart names new CEO of US discount division YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart U.S. chief Bill Simon is stepping down after being in the role since June 2010, the company said Thursday.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:01 GMTIraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named president (AP) — Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government.QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRASINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestGovernment transitionsTerrorismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesNational governmentsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 24 Jul 2014 12:54:26 GMTQuestions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec (AP) — There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.wGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politics, 24 Jul 2014 14:09:02 GMTUS unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000 (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years.wBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyUnemployment insuranceEconomyHiring and recruitmentRecessions and depressionsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLeading economic indicatorsPersonnelLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 24 Jul 2014 13:14:26 GMTSouthwest reports record profit of $465M for 2Q (AP) — Southwest Airlines is reporting a record profit for the second quarter, more than doubling what it earned a year ago.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:10:46 GMTFX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.htBusinessArts and entertainmentTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentTelevision ratingsCable televisionTelevisionMedia, 24 Jul 2014 14:17:31 GMTOil drifts down despite China manufacturing bounce price of oil fell below $103 a barrel Thursday, giving back part of its gains from the day before, despite improvements in Chinese manufacturing.PABLO GORONDIaBusinessGeneral newsCommodity marketsFinancial marketsChinaEast AsiaUnited StatesRussiaGreater ChinaAsiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:03 GMTICC: Gadhafi-era spy chief can be tried in Libya HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court have upheld a decision that allows Libyan authorities to put on trial a former intelligence chief from Moammar Gadhafi's era.iGeneral newsEspionageInternational lawLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimeInternational relationsGovernment and politicsLibyaMiddle EastThe HagueNorth AfricaAfricaNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:22 GMT3M 2Q profit rises 6 percent PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M's second-quarter profit jumped 6 percent as sales surged across all its businesses.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:04:45 GMTDeliberations in Ventura trial enter Day 3 PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury in St. Paul has reconvened for a third day to deliberate whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSt. PaulMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 14:21:26 GMTGerman prosecutors criticized in Nazi probe (AP) — A lawyer for families of alleged victims of a suspected Nazi death camp guard who died this week before he could be extradited for trial says German investigators should have acted more quickly to bring charges.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsNazismCrimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:19 GMTHow Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:The Associated PressaGeneral newsCorrectional systemsCrimeViolent crimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderArizonaOklahomaOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:51 GMT