FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 12:16:01 -0800Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, Alaska (AP) — A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska's Arctic.By DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsCorporate crimeCrimeCorporate newsArcticAnchorageUnited StatesAlaskaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:43:20 GMTAP PHOTOS: In North Korea, the Kims are adored say that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:44:20 GMTObama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress.wBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational tradeEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 19:32:33 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — The parents of James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared if he is convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others after opening fire in a Colorado movie theater.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:50 GMTObama: Sony decision to cancel movie a 'mistake' (AP) — President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" by canceling release of "The Interview" movie.wGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentArts and entertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:07:17 GMTObama: Sony "made a mistake" in canceling Christmas release of film in face of NKorea threats (AP) — Obama: Sony "made a mistake" in canceling Christmas release of film in face of NKorea threats .wBusinessGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentArts and entertainment, 19 Dec 2014 19:03:34 GMTPakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsTerrorismWar casualtiesDeath penalty controversyMunicipal governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsCrimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsMilitary and defensePakistanIndiaAfghanistanIslamabadPeshawarSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 19 Dec 2014 20:01:48 GMTIraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsEvacuationsMilitant groupsMountainsWar and unrestEnvironment and natureSyriaIraqMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 19:10:25 GMTGreek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest twist in the bailed-out country's fraught presidential vote.By ELENA BECATOROSiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionElectionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGeneral electionsNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 18:44:15 GMTPaul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is taking online digs at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:16:07 GMTUS stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes crept higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's assurance that it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace to close with its second-biggest weekly gain this year.By MATTHEW CRAFTaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsCorporate stockCorporate newsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesCommodity marketsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:02:51 GMTProsecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied LOUIS (AP) — Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.By JIM SALTERaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderEventsFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:01 GMTMan on death row gets new sentence, may go free, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderElkoNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:06:54 GMTSkier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said.aGeneral newsSkiingWinter weatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSportsWeatherAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:39:22 GMTReport: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsScientific publishingMicrobiologyLegislatureLaw and orderCrimeScienceBiologyGovernment and politics, 19 Dec 2014 19:17:54 GMTAstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC.By LINDA A. JOHNSONfBusinessCancerDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationHealthDiagnostic testsWomen's healthDiseases and conditionsHealth care industryIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:39:11 GMT2 killed, 3 hurt in Oklahoma oil rig explosion, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically.aGeneral newsExplosionsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessOklahomaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:55 GMTU. Va. Board chair decries "drive by" journalism, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors is decrying what he called a "massive failure" of journalism ethics that has unfairly tarnished the school's image.By ALAN SUDERMANaGeneral newsNews mediaJournalismMedia, 19 Dec 2014 19:20:45 GMTObama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers (AP) — President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.wGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustrial products and servicesCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:54:43 GMTPutin: Russia military modernization to go ahead (AP) — Boasting about the Russian military's capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to continue an ambitious weapons modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsWar and unrestFinancial crisisEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment and politicsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineArcticEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:24 GMTBrazil to study legalization of medical marijuana DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government says it will study the possibility of legalizing the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures.iGeneral newsMedical marijuanaMedical researchHealth issuesHealthMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 19:37:29 GMTBrowns' Thomas accused of environmental violations, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballWisconsinMadisonRichmondClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaKentuckyOhio, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:19 GMTUS says traffic deaths fell about 3 pct in 2013 (AP) — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped just over 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics.aBusinessGeneral newsTransportation safetyTransportation, 19 Dec 2014 19:42:32 GMTFormer boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75 (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.sSportsBoxingMen's boxingObituariesMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:29:46 GMTObama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba (AP) — President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsLegislaturePublic opinionSocial affairsUnited StatesCubaNorth KoreaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:32 GMTRays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.sSportsProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessBaseballMen's sportsTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:50 GMTMarathon runner Jeptoo's 'B' sample positive, Kenya (AP) — Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo's "B'' sample tested positive, Kenya's athletics federation said Friday, confirming an earlier test that found traces of a banned performance enhancer.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsSportsDopingTrack and fieldMarathonsBoston MarathonDoping regulationsEventsKenyaRussiaEast AfricaAfricaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 18:44:11 GMTOhio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance (AP) — A Muslim woman has sued a northeast Ohio county alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge.aGeneral newsChristianityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReligionSocial affairsClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:36:28 GMTJerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsGovernment pensions and social securityCollege sportsCoachingCoach retirementSchool athleticsCollege footballCrimeCrimes against childrenFootballLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsEducationSocial affairsViolent crime, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.By ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaVenezuelaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:56 GMTLawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation, Ind. (AP) — Lawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:09:08 GMTFBI blames North Korea for Sony hack (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesLaw enforcement agenciesTechnology issuesUnited StatesNorth KoreaPyongyangMiddle EastNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:07 GMTObama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the "devil is in the details."wBusinessGovernment and politicsPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPolitical organizations, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:28 GMTUS officially accuses North Korea of Sony hacking (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused North Korea's government of being responsible for the dramatic hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. but offered few hints about how or whether it would retaliate. Its proof: The U.S. detected communications between computer Internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea and hacking tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI also said contained subtle clues linking them to that country's government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesUnited StatesNorth KoreaPyongyangMiddle EastHollywoodNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesCalifornia, 19 Dec 2014 18:49:32 GMTBush officials gave CIA wide latitude (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:37 GMTHackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:01:11 GMTObama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America' (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsLegislatureUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:37 GMTObama pledges proportional response to Sony hack (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's punishing hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment at a place, time and manner "that we choose."wGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth KoreaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:22:32 GMTT-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.By MARCY GORDONhtBusinessGeneral newsPersonal spendingGovernment regulationsPersonal financeTelecommunicationsIndustriesGovernment and politicsMobile communication technologyCommunication technologyTechnologyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:47:40 GMTNY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMTObama: 2014 made 'significant strides where it counts' (AP) — President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 19:02:09 GMTAP sources: Pads to obtain Middlebrooks from BoSox DIEGO (AP) — The Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday.By BERNIE WILSONsSportsSports transactionsProfessional baseballSports businessBaseballMen's sportsSan DiegoNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:38 GMTCraig Ferguson's last 'good night' as 'Late Late Show' host YORK (AP) — Was it Bob Newhart horsing around all those years on "The Late Late Show"?By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrity, 19 Dec 2014 19:51:43 GMTObama vows US will respond to North Korea "in a place and manner and time that we choose" (AP) — Obama vows US will respond to North Korea "in a place and manner and time that we choose"wBusinessGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:11:20 GMTPacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsEaglesEnergy industryIndustriesCorporate newsUtilitiesWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderBirdsAnimalsWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:57:10 GMTNY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths has been sentenced to more than a decade in a New York prison.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairs, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:12 GMTEPA sets first national standard for coal waste (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy and the environmentAir qualityUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environment, 19 Dec 2014 19:44:14 GMTWeird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.By RACHEL D'OROaBusinessGeneral newsScienceSmall businessWeather forecastsWeatherWinter weatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:23:39 GMT2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and injured three, two critically, at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma.aGeneral newsExplosionsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessOklahomaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:10:45 GMTNYC mayor finally supports 'Taxi of Tomorrow' YORK (AP) — New York City is finally moving ahead with a new generation of yellow taxis.aBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:59:35 GMT