FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 30 Jan 2015 05:55:16 -0800World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report KONG (AP) — World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.By KELVIN CHANiBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthPricesEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsStock marketsJapanShanghaiEast AsiaHong KongChinaUnited StatesEuropeAsiaGreater ChinaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:08:31 GMTMerkel to visit Hungary at time of huge political challenges, Hungary (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia and imposing higher taxes and other burdens on German and other foreign companies operating in the country.By PABLO GORONDIiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsHungaryBerlinGermanyBudapestRussiaEuropeEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 12:28:12 GMTA timeline of 'Suge' Knight's legal and medical troubles look at Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight's troubles over the past 20 years:By The Associated PressaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runCrimeMTV Video Music AwardsViolent crimeEventsAward showsMusic awardsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:33:08 GMTChad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town, Nigeria (AP) — A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.By HARUNA UMAR and LEKAN OYEKANMIiGeneral newsSummitsTroop deploymentsWar and unrestRebellions and uprisingsMunicipal governmentsKidnappingGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsInternational relationsCrimeNigeriaAfricaCameroonChadWest AfricaEthiopiaCentral AfricaEast Africa, 30 Jan 2015 12:12:54 GMTAltria misses 4Q profit forecasts, Va. (AP) — Altria Group (MO) on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.24 billion.fBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsRichmondVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:13:03 GMTItaly tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling (AP) — Italian lawmakers failed on Friday for a second time to come even close to a consensus to electing the country's new president, a contest which could complicate Premier Matteo Renzi's pursuit of government reforms.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureNational electionsElectionsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 12:47:16 GMTLuis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid, Portugal (AP) — Luis Figo identified the five national federations that formally nominated him to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter.sSportsMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerSports governanceSoccerMen's sportsEuropePortugalWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 12:42:59 GMTBattle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops, Iraq (AP) — Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.By IMAD MATTI and SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsMilitant groupsImprovised explosivesTerrorismIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 12:32:27 GMTMarlboro maker Altria's 4Q profit more than doubles, Va. (AP) — Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.'s profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter on higher cigarette prices and lower costs for paying down debt.By MICHAEL FELBERBAUMfBusinessFinancial performanceCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureRichmondUnited StatesVirginiaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:24:58 GMTHow can Google snap its stock out of its stupor? FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessTechnologyCorporate stockCorporate newsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:23:16 GMTFerrari unveils new 'sexy' car for 2015, Italy (AP) — Ferrari has unveiled the Formula One car it hopes will help new drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen get the Italian team back to winning ways.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula One, 30 Jan 2015 12:14:53 GMTSouth Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader (AP) — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock's victims are struggling to accept his release.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsCrimePolitical activismLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityViolent crimePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 30 Jan 2015 12:10:18 GMTIslamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.By ELAINE KURTENBACH and KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsHostage situationsPrisoner exchangeWar and unrestKidnappingCrimeTurkeyAmmanJordanJapanIraqSyriaMiddle EastUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:30:13 GMTMyanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has officially opened a deep sea port off its western coast, part of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China.iBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesMyanmarChinaSoutheast AsiaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 30 Jan 2015 12:42:57 GMTDeath toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35 (AP) — A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestKarachiPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 12:03:25 GMTNATO units set for Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria (AP) — NATO said Friday it will deploy small units in six eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.By LORNE COOKiGeneral newsRomaniaPolandBulgariaRussiaEuropeEastern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 12:54:14 GMTUS economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthPricesConsumer spendingEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:36:54 GMTPolice: Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested on murder charge in LA hit-and-run, held on $2M bail HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Police: Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested on murder charge in LA hit-and-run, held on $2M bail.eArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runViolent crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderHollywoodLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:56:41 GMTBomb blast in southern Pakistan kills 35 at Shiite mosque (AP) — A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 35 people and wounding dozens, officials said.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsPeshawar school massacreBombingsWar and unrestMilitant groupsAccidents and disastersTerrorismEventsTerrorist attacksPakistanKarachiPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 12:53:02 GMTEPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical. CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsScienceChristianityEnvironmentEnvironmental concernsReligionSocial affairsEnvironment and natureClimateVatican CityUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:50:22 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 30 Jan 2015 12:43:57 GMTMarathon champion Rita Jeptoo banned for two years for doping, Kenya (AP) — Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo banned for two years for doping.sSportsDopingTrack and fieldKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 13:26:04 GMTEurozone official in Athens to meet new government, Greece (AP) — A top eurozone financial official is in Athens for talks with Greece's new left wing government after it promised to renege on key commitments required in exchange for a 240 billion euro ($270 billion) rescue package.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceAthensEuropeWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 12:45:09 GMTGermany: Talk of axing Greek debt 'divorced from reality', Greece (AP) — Germany bluntly rejected suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, as a top eurozone finance official met on Friday the country's new left-wing government leaders in Athens.By DEREK GATOPOULOS and FRANK JORDANSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment programsGovernment and politicsDivorce and separationsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsFamily issuesSocial affairsGreeceBerlinAthensEuropeGermanyWestern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 13:40:53 GMTOhio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes' national championship victory.aBusinessGeneral newsSportsEducationSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:26:04 GMTBarbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesFinancial performanceCorporate news, 30 Jan 2015 13:18:45 GMTUN court upholds 2 Bosnian Serbs' genocide convictions HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Friday upheld genocide convictions against two senior Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first final judgment for genocide by the United Nations court.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsMassacresWar crimesGenocidesInternational lawWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeInternational relationsGovernment and politics, 30 Jan 2015 12:31:05 GMTChinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead (AP) — About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.By DIDI TANGiBusinessGeneral newsDisappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370AccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationEventsGovernment and politicsMalaysiaChinaBeijingSoutheast AsiaAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asia, 30 Jan 2015 13:38:26 GMTDoug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers (AP) — Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving.By ROB MAADDIsSportsSports transactionsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlNFL PlayoffsSports businessFootballEvents, 30 Jan 2015 12:11:51 GMTGermany: talk of trimming Greek debt 'divorced from reality', Greece (AP) — Germany has rejected's any suggestion that Greece should be forgiven part or all of the debt it owes to international lenders.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment programsDivorce and separationsGovernment and politicsFamily issuesSocial affairsGeneral electionsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsElectionsGreeceAthensGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 12:52:44 GMTDjokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park.By JOHN PYEsSportsAustralian Open Tennis ChampionshipsMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisEventsMelbourneAustraliaOceania, 30 Jan 2015 12:47:26 GMTPolice: Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV acted alone HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime has told detectives he was acting alone and had no links to any terror organization, police said Friday.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsCharlie Hebdo shooting in ParisEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 12:07:22 GMTEgypt raises death toll from coordinated Sinai attack to 32, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.By ASHRAF SWEILAMiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestMilitary facilitiesSocial mediaImprovised explosivesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsTerrorismOnline mediaMediaEgyptCairoMiddle EastGaza StripNorth AfricaAfricaPalestinian territories, 30 Jan 2015 13:21:06 GMTWeak Barbie sales cost Mattel over the holiday season SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnel, 30 Jan 2015 11:54:13 GMTRap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested for fatal LA hit-and-run HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run.By RAQUEL MARIA DILLONaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentHit-and-runViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsArrestsLaw enforcement agenciesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderGovernment and politicsLos AngelesCaliforniaHollywoodUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:06:43 GMTRod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81 YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.By HILLEL ITALIEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsObituariesMusicEntertainment, 30 Jan 2015 13:38:41 GMTCilic delays return again, withdraws from Zagreb Indoors, Croatia (AP) — Defending champion Marin Cilic says he is withdrawing from the Zagreb Indoors because of the lingering right shoulder injury which also forced him to miss the Brisbane International and Australian Open.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's tennisTennisAthlete healthCroatiaZagrebEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 13:34:34 GMTZimbabwe President Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders Friday appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.By ELIAS MESERETiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsAfricaZimbabweEthiopiaSudanMauritaniaSouthern AfricaEast AfricaMiddle EastNorth AfricaWest Africa, 30 Jan 2015 12:37:43 GMTCold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released ISLE, La. (AP) — Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast.By GERALD HERBERTaGeneral newsAnimalsTurtlesCoastlines and beachesWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthHealthReptilesNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationScienceNew OrleansGulf of MexicoLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 12:14:38 GMTMarathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping, Kenya (AP) — Athletics Kenya says on Friday it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping.sSportsDopingTrack and fieldMarathonsBoston MarathonEventsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 30 Jan 2015 13:31:23 GMTPakistani official raises death toll from midday bombing at Shiite mosque to 35 (AP) — Pakistani official raises death toll from midday bombing at Shiite mosque to 35.iGeneral newsReligious strifeBombingsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 30 Jan 2015 11:58:30 GMTAhead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders (AP) — Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesElectionsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestContracts and ordersCorporate newsBusinessGovernment business and financeIsraelPalestinian territoriesWest BankJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 12:39:27 GMTUS pay and benefits rose by most in 6 years last year (AP) — Wages and benefits rose at the fastest pace in six years last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsWages and salariesPersonnel, 30 Jan 2015 13:37:02 GMTRussia gives $3 billion Crimea bridge contract to Putin ally (AP) — The Russian government has awarded the contract for the construction of a $3 billion bridge to Crimea to a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin.Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesContracts and ordersCorporate newsGovernment business and financeCrimeaRussiaMoscowEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 30 Jan 2015 12:01:09 GMTActivists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said.iGeneral newsArmed forcesPolitical activismMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesSyriaMiddle East, 30 Jan 2015 13:47:54 GMTUS economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in Q4 despite strongest consumer spending since 2006 (AP) — US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in Q4 despite strongest consumer spending since 2006.wBusinessGeneral newsConsumer spendingEconomyUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:31:39 GMTObama proposes 'precision medicine' to end one-size-fits-all (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes.By LAURAN NEERGAARDwGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsMedicationGenomicsBiologyGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsDiagnosis and treatmentScienceUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 11:55:42 GMTIndiana city parking meters besieged with crow droppings, Ind. (AP) — A city in central Indiana is ramping up its defenses against a virulent menace: crow droppings.aGeneral newsOdditiesBloomingtonIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 30 Jan 2015 13:41:25 GMTReport: woman attacks police in Istanbul with automatic fire (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Istanbul's main square, Taksim, before escaping on foot. No one was hurt in Friday's incident.iGeneral newsIstanbulTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 13:41:51 GMTRussia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop (AP) — In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEurope, 30 Jan 2015 12:15:31 GMT