FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 05 Mar 2015 07:52:53 -0800El Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late (AP) — A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say.By SETH BORENSTEINwScienceWeather patternsWeatherClimateEnvironment and natureNatural disastersAccidents and disastersGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:37:07 GMTRooms going fast at Hungary's village for rent, Hungary (AP) — Rooms at Hungary's village-for-rent are going fast.iBusinessOdditiesHungaryBudapestEastern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 15:33:01 GMTApril hearing set on ex-BP engineer's reversed conviction ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors hoping to win reinstatement of an obstruction of justice conviction against a former BP engineer will argue their case next month at an appeals court in New Orleans.aBusinessGeneral newsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:46:22 GMTAndy Murray drawn to play Donald Young in Davis Cup, Scotland (AP) — Andy Murray, playing in his native Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013, will face Donald Young in the opening singles Friday when Britain hosts the Unites States in the first round of the Davis Cup.sSportsDavis CupMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsUnited KingdomGlasgowScotlandUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:41:59 GMTAaron Hernandez trial resumes with tire track testimony RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has resumed with testimony about tire tracks found near the body of the victim.aGeneral newsSportsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:05:22 GMTUS stocks open slightly higher, breaking a two-day slump YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher, breaking a two-day losing streak, as investors were encouraged by some positive earnings news.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 05 Mar 2015 14:39:10 GMTEuropean Central Bank: Recovery is strengthening, Cyprus (AP) — The struggling eurozone economy is picking up momentum ahead of the launch next week of a 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Thursday.By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and DAVID McHUGHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomyCurrency marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsFinancial marketsPricesFinancial servicesIndustriesCyprusEuropeGreeceNicosiaWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 15:26:41 GMTAPNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.By TAMARA LUSHaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsAnimalsCorporate managementLegal proceedingsAnimal welfareSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationCorporate newsPersonnelLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:05:31 GMTRussia launches military drills in the southwest (AP) — Russia's military is holding maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.iGeneral newsWar and unrestArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 14:33:42 GMTBlizzard cuts off villages, electricity in Bosnia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A blizzard which dumped 2.5 meters (8 feet) of snow on mountains around Sarajevo has isolated dozens of Bosnian mountain villages and left them without electricity.iGeneral newsWeatherStormsWinter weatherBosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevoEuropeEastern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 14:26:20 GMTUS draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria NATIONS (AP) — The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without outright assigning blame.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsChemical weaponsWeapons of mass destructionSyriaMiddle East, 05 Mar 2015 15:30:21 GMTAP PHOTOS: Murals keep late Venezuela leader ever-present, Venezuela (AP) — Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but his presence remains everywhere in Venezuela.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsVenezuelaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 05 Mar 2015 14:48:03 GMTSource: Obama counsel not aware of Clinton's email practice (AP) — The White House counsel's office was not aware at the time Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on personal email and only found out as part of the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack, according to a person familiar with the matter.By NEDRA PICKLER and JOSH LEDERMANhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsDiplomacyLegislatureInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyInternational relationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsDistrict of ColumbiaLibyaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 15:23:38 GMT'Black Madam' trial on hold because of Philadelphia storm (AP) — A hip-hop performer and "body sculptor" won't return to the witness stand in her Philadelphia murder trial until at least Friday because of a winter storm.aGeneral newsStormsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeWeatherPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:41 GMTOn the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face.By MICHAEL HILLtTravelLifestyleSkeletonWinter Olympic gamesWomen's skeletonBobsleddingLakesSportsOlympic gamesEventsWomen's sportsEnvironment and natureNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:25:36 GMT6 patients, 6 donors prepare for rare kidney swap chain FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare series of interlinked operations, six patients are getting kidney transplants from six donors at a San Francisco hospital.aGeneral newsHealthOrgan donationHealth issuesOrgan transplantsDiagnosis and treatmentSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:25 GMTAmid crisis, Venezuelans commemorate Chavez, Venezuela (AP) — Early morning fireworks burst over Venezuela's capital on Thursday for a commemoration of Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death, even as an economic crisis threatens to undo the former president's legacy of lifting many out of poverty.By FABIOLA SANCHEZiGeneral newsEconomyBusinessHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsVenezuelaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 05 Mar 2015 15:11:00 GMTLatest on Boston bombing trial: Cop describes grave injuries A.M.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsBombingsBoston Marathon bombingLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEvents, 05 Mar 2015 14:58:12 GMTCheers! Maine panel backs bill to ensure fair pint of beer, Maine (AP) — A bill seeking to crack down on "cheater pints" of beer has overcome its first hurdle in the Maine Legislature.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState legislatureLegislationLegislatureState governmentsMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:59:47 GMTPolice: Florida mom forces boy to jump from 2nd floor window PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A woman wielding a shotgun forced her 7-year-old son to jump out of a second-floor St. Petersburg, Florida, apartment window early Thursday before she jumped as well in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.aGeneral newsSt. PetersburgFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:46:01 GMTKerry: State Department will move to review Clinton emails, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the State Department will move immediately to review emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote on her personal account when held his job.By MATTHEW LEEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSaudi ArabiaRiyadhMiddle East, 05 Mar 2015 14:35:24 GMTRingling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018 CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.By TAMARA LUSHaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsAnimalsCorporate managementLegal proceedingsAnimal welfareSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationCorporate newsPersonnelLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsFloridaUnited StatesAshevilleNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 05 Mar 2015 15:43:46 GMTClinton urges State Dept. to release her emails (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate.By FREDERIC J. FROMMERhtGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyCommunication technologyPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsLibyaNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 14:31:26 GMTUS factory orders slip 0.2 percent in January but key investment category shows gain (AP) — US factory orders slip 0.2 percent in January but key investment category shows gain.wBusinessGeneral news, 05 Mar 2015 15:41:47 GMTItalian prime minister in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties (AP) — Italy's prime minister visited Moscow on Thursday in a bid to repair ties that have been hurt by Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsNational governmentsEconomyForeign policyGovernment policyBusinessInternational agreementsDiplomacyMoscowRussiaMilanItalyUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 15:29:08 GMTLatest on Boston bombing trial: Man who lost legs testifies A.M.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsBombingsBoston Marathon bombingLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEvents, 05 Mar 2015 15:11:35 GMTSyracuse frat members charged after pledge suffers frostbite, N.Y. (AP) — A Syracuse University pledge may lose four fingers after being forced to crawl in the snow and perform late-night pushups, and two fraternity members face charges for the hazing stunt.aGeneral newsHazing ritualsArrestsCollegiate organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsHigher educationEducationSocial issuesLaw and orderCrimeSyracuseNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:34:43 GMTEx-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiGeneral newsWorld War IIEventsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 15:29:25 GMTMyanmar cracks down on education protest at Yangon pagoda, Myanmar (AP) — Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law on Thursday, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a well-known pagoda in the heart of the old capital.By AYE AYE WINiGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsEducationArrestsEducation policyGovernment and politicsPolitical activismPolitical and civil unrestSocial affairsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment policyPolitical issuesMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 15:27:27 GMTUN rights chief: discredit IS, give peaceful Muslims courage (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is advocating an effort to discredit the Islamic State group and encourage peaceful Muslims to take a stand against extremist violence.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsReligious issuesReligionMiddle East, 05 Mar 2015 15:36:19 GMTUS factory orders fall 0.2 percent in January with key investment category down (AP) — US factory orders fall 0.2 percent in January with key investment category down.wBusinessGeneral news, 05 Mar 2015 15:15:03 GMTRemains of 2 babies found in ceiling at Indiana funeral home, Ind. (AP) — The remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies have been found tucked inside small boxes above ceiling tiles in a northwestern Indiana funeral home, investigators said.aGeneral newsGaryIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:38:47 GMTFloods kill 42 people in Tanzania, authorities say, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities say floods from a heavy 30-minute storm killed at least 42 people in an area close to Lake Victoria in Kahama district.iGeneral newsWeatherFloodsAccidents and disastersTanzaniaEast AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:49 GMTUS to play Italy in Brindisi in Fed Cup playoffs (AP) — Next month's Fed Cup match between the United States and Italy will be played in Brindisi, with both countries vying to return to the tournament's top tier.sSportsWomen's tennisTennisWomen's sportsItalyUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:50 GMTJudge nixes motion to limit bomb survivors' grisly testimony (AP) — Prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial quickly conveyed the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack — by letting the victims do it for them.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsSportsBoston Marathon bombingLegal proceedingsBombingsEventsLaw and orderBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:23:20 GMTThai court sentences 'Red Shirts' to jail for 2009 rioting (AP) — Thai news reports say 15 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement have been sentenced to four years in prison for rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderLegal proceedingsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 05 Mar 2015 14:48:06 GMTFlorida man brings neighbor's body to lawyer's office MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man put his dead neighbor in the bed of his pickup truck and drove to his lawyer's office claiming he'd killed the man in self-defense.aGeneral newsCrimeFort MyersFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 14:56:20 GMTEU extends asset freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year (AP) — The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 05 Mar 2015 15:40:31 GMTMusic Review: Kelly Clarkson's new album fails to woo Clarkson, "Piece By Piece" (RCA, 19)By CRISTINA JALERUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 05 Mar 2015 15:26:36 GMTFamily: Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea (AP) — Canada's government has confirmed that a Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea, the man's family said Thursday.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCanadaNorth KoreaTorontoNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaOntario, 05 Mar 2015 15:43:01 GMTAverage US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.75 percent (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estate, 05 Mar 2015 15:01:27 GMTUS productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise (AP) — U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomic outlookEconomyLabor issuesRecessions and depressionsSocial issuesSocial affairs, 05 Mar 2015 14:26:32 GMTAndreas Seppi to face Andrei Golubev in Davis Cup, Kazakhstan (AP) — Andreas Seppi will face Andrei Golubev in the first round of the Davis Cup when Italy takes on Kazakhstan.sSportsDavis CupMen's tennisTennisEventsMen's sportsKazakhstanItalyAstanaCentral AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 05 Mar 2015 15:34:06 GMTCoach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team, Va. (AP) — Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home.By JANIE McCAULEYaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsBasketballCoachingWomen's basketballCollege basketballHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsFamily issuesCollege sportsSenegalCharlottesvilleVirginiaWest AfricaAfricaUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:13:20 GMTProsecutors: No charges for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, Del. (AP) — Delaware prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsSportsCriminal investigationsAutomobile racingCrimeNASCARViolent crimeLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:39:10 GMTIsrael eases restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports (AP) — Israel has eased its restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports, a move that could help both Palestinian farmers and pious Jews.iGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyBusinessAgricultureIndustriesIsraelPalestinian territoriesMiddle EastGaza Strip, 05 Mar 2015 15:48:23 GMTUS factory orders slip 0.2 percent (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell again in January but a key investment category showed a gain.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral news, 05 Mar 2015 15:45:19 GMTLast Ebola patient is released in Liberia, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthImmunizationsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthLiberiaWest AfricaMonroviaGuineaSierra LeoneAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 15:30:55 GMTEgypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday, replacing the powerful minister in charge of the nation's police along with six other ministers, state television reported.By HAMZA HENDAWIiGeneral newsCabinetsBombingsWar and unrestArmed forcesGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 05 Mar 2015 15:27:24 GMTUS stocks open higher; Pharmacyclics jumps on AbbVie bid YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains for utilities and health care companies. Pharmacyclics, a pharmaceutical company that makes cancer drug Imbruvica, surged after AbbVie said it would acquire the company for $21 billion.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsHealth care industryIndustriesChinaUnited StatesEuropeGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 05 Mar 2015 15:01:54 GMT