FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 16:07:48 -0800Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols are constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.aGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:41:46 GMTPolice: NY shooter saw protest, didn't participate YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeViolent crimePolitical and civil unrest, 22 Dec 2014 23:35:16 GMTBMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:24:15 GMTBox office: 'Hobbit' finale sends 'Exodus' fleeing YORK (AP) — The finale of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Battle of the Five Armies," marauded through the multiplexes during the weekend before Christmas, taking in $54.7 million. Since opening Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release has made $89.1 million, according to final box office figures Monday.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 23:21:29 GMTUN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move.By CARA ANNAhtGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyInternational relationsHackingGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaUnited StatesChinaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 22 Dec 2014 23:36:08 GMTArizona to change drugs it uses in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death.By ASTRID GALVANaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderCriminal punishmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:22:57 GMTPolice: Teen shot over possible athletic-shoe envy (AP) — A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.By DAN SEWELLaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDaytonMiddletownOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:40:08 GMTA look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush YORK (AP) — Officer Rafael Ramos was called "the best father and husband and friend," and Officer Wenjian Liu was lauded for his facility with Chinese dialects, a bridge between police and community, as relatives and friends recalled the NYPD partners killed in an ambush.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeBrooklynChinaNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 22:35:34 GMTDonny and Marie Osmond extend Las Vegas show dates VEGAS (AP) — Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:36:59 GMT90 players currently eligible for Masters, Ga. (AP) — Rory McIlroy was among 90 players who already have qualified and are expected to compete in the 2015 Masters.sSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfAugustaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:11:43 GMTCalifornia Supreme Court nominee confirmed FRANCISCO (AP) — A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown — a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.By SUDHIN THANAWALAaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial appointments and nominationsJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsCourtsState governmentsLegislature hearingsLegislatureCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:46 GMTKansas says new virus found after resident's death, Kan. (AP) — Health officials say a new virus has been discovered following the death of a southeast Kansas resident this summer and they believe it is carried by ticks or other insects.aHealthTicksInsectsAnimalsKansasTopekaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:00:25 GMTNY requires Ocwen reforms, $150M homeowner help, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial regulators have reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. requiring the nation's largest subprime mortgage servicer to reform its practices and provide $150 million to help struggling New York homeowners.By MICHAEL VIRTANENaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:58:35 GMTBlagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.By MICHAEL TARMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimePolitical fundraisingLaw and orderUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:57:10 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 3 BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the third day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Monday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:14:05 GMTConvict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.By JACK ELLIOTT JR.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:02:12 GMTF-Squared paying $35M to settle SEC charges on advertising (AP) — Investment firm F-Squared will pay $35 million and admit wrongdoing to settle federal regulators' charges that it defrauded investors with false advertising claims about financial performance.By MARCY GORDONfBusinessMarketing and advertisingMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesCorporate newsProducts and services, 22 Dec 2014 22:13:39 GMTFederal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume CITY (AP) — Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume.aGeneral newsNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCriminal punishmentOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:35:10 GMTMan who shot protected hawks gets 6-hour jail term, N.J. (AP) — A man who shot protected hawks from the back door of his southern New Jersey home has been ordered to serve six hours in jail and perform 60 hours of community service at a wildlife facility.aGeneral newsBirdsWildlifeArrestsAnimalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:44:14 GMTSergio Romo finalizes $15M, 2-year deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:21:42 GMTMayor invites Obama to see Hawaii lava flow (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island is inviting President Barack Obama to view lava from an active volcano that has flowed into a rural town.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceVolcanoesMunicipal governmentsEnvironment and natureLocal governmentsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:59:38 GMTRecords detail allegations against Ray McDonald FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.By PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeAthlete injuriesCrimeAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballSan FranciscoSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:32:52 GMTCharity, school offer aid to NYPD officer's sons YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.aGeneral newsSportsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:11:48 GMTNeighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:51:18 GMTImmigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyGovernment programsNational courtsImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesArizonaPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:21:42 GMTAP sources: NYC congressman to plead guilty YORK (AP) — People familiar with the case tell The Associated Press that U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City is planning to plead guilty to a tax evasion charge instead of going to trial next month.By TOM HAYSaBusinessGeneral newsTax evasionPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsCrimeGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPolitical issuesNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:47:51 GMTWife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now.By PETER ORSIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsForeign policyPregnancy and childbirthInternational relationsAssisted reproductive technologySexual and reproductive healthHealthGovernment policyWomen's healthCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:36:52 GMTFDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval Monday to a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer.wBusinessGeneral newsHealthCancerMedicationProducts and servicesCorporate newsSkin disordersDiseases and conditionsDiagnosis and treatment, 22 Dec 2014 22:04:57 GMT13 primates die at South Texas research facility (AP) — A South Texas research facility where 13 primates died of hyperthermia in overheated rooms could face federal penalties, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Monday.aBusinessGeneral newsEthical treatment of research animalsPrimatesObituariesMedical researchScientific ethicsScienceAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsAnimalsHealthTexasAliceUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:56:16 GMT48 extra days in rape case probation violation, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.aGeneral newsViolent crimeHigh school footballLegal proceedingsCrimeHigh school sportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFootballSportsLaw and orderEventsSteubenvilleOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:10:09 GMTBelfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders said Monday they are close to reaching an agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government, but faced all-night negotiations to see whether they can seal a deal.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUnited KingdomBelfastNorthern IrelandWestern EuropeEuropeIreland, 22 Dec 2014 21:52:56 GMTNorth Korea experiencing severe Internet outages (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.By ERIC TUCKERhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyService outagesHackingInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnology issuesNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:38:05 GMTArgentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom.By ALMUDENA CALATRAVAiGeneral newsAnimalsPrimatesMammalsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderArgentinaBuenos AiresNew YorkSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:21:03 GMTGiants second baseman Scutaro has back surgery FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthSan FranciscoOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:31:24 GMTJudge strikes down wage boost for home workers (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down Labor Department regulations that extended minimum wage and overtime pay to home health care workers.By SAM HANANELwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsStrikesLabor issuesNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulations, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:06 GMTMurray impresses Cowboys playing with broken hand, Texas (AP) — NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray had Dallas coach Jason Garrett believing he would play with a broken hand almost as soon as the injury happened.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsAthlete injuriesFootballAthlete healthProfessional footballTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:59:22 GMTCutler to start finale for Bears with Clausen out FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is returning to the Chicago Bears' lineup and will start the final game of the season after Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesHealthSports businessAthlete healthWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthProfessional footballFootballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:37:24 GMTNo bail for man in strangling of girlfriend, kids, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man told them he killed his girlfriend then chased down and strangled her children because they saw their mother's death.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMaineBangorUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:03:13 GMTTypical NFL season: smiles for some, frowns for others or frowning.By BARRY WILNERsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballSports businessAthlete healthEventsSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:54 GMTCM Punk set for real fight game with UFC debut YORK (AP) — CM Punk's body looks like the comics he loves to read, illustrated from chest to feet with so many tattoos he's lost count.AP Sports WritereArts and entertainmentSportsTelevision programsEntertainmentMen's martial artsMixed martial artsEntertainment wrestlingMartial artsWrestlingMen's sports, 22 Dec 2014 22:51:26 GMTTripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer affairsConsumer protection and advocacyMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 23:31:20 GMTEx-headmaster guilty in child porn case, Del. (AP) — The former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school faces at least 50 years in prison after being convicted Monday of dealing in child pornography.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:08:43 GMTBritish singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.By DAVID BAUDERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityPhilanthropic foundationsPhilanthropySocial affairsNew YorkColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:36:57 GMTPolice: Teen dies over possible athletic-shoe envy (AP) — A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.By DAN SEWELLaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDaytonMiddletownOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:03:39 GMTPolice: Woman found in fridge died months earlier (AP) — Investigators believe a woman was killed more than two months before her body was found stuffed in a disabled refrigerator in a vacant Houston apartment.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:59:25 GMTRates rise at weekly US Treasury bill auction (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction with rates on six-month bills climbing to their highest level in more than two years.fBusinessDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 22:17:01 GMTCaesars Entertainment to buy affiliate VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load.By KIMBERLY PIERCECALLfBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsFinancial performanceConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:46:36 GMTLoose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities called off the search Monday for a black bear that caused a stir when it was spotted running through an alfalfa field on the eastern edge of metropolitan Phoenix.aOdditiesScienceAnimalsBearsWildlifeMammalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementMesaPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:15 GMTOcwen and Gilead are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fCorporate stockCorporate newsBusinessHealth care industryIndustriesLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseases, 22 Dec 2014 22:30:57 GMTNY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a pause in protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsSocial mediaPoliceCrimePolitical activismFunerals and memorial servicesEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesCampaignsElectionsPolitical issuesNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:53:03 GMT