FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Dec 2014 07:56:35 -0800California puzzles over safety of driverless cars ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyAutomotive technologyAutomobilesTechnology issuesIndustrial technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 15:46:05 GMTPalestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesArrestsWar and unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankEgyptIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMTPaul, Griffin lift Clippers over Bucks 106-102 ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored nine of his 27 points in the final 4:04 and Blake Griffin added 24, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 106-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.By JOE RESNICKsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketball, 21 Dec 2014 06:25:18 GMTRepublicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016 (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.By ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsEventsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:12:37 GMTNovak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballEventsSan DiegoSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:41 GMTAuthorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody.aGeneral newsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 14:51:03 GMTGabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestGabonWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 09:04:29 GMTReaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsNew York CityUnited StatesNew YorkBrooklynNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:10:42 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:aGeneral newsHolidaysOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleOccasionsHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 06:51:23 GMTJarreau helps Washington edge Oklahoma 69-67 VEGAS (AP) — Jernard Jarreau scored 12 points, and No. 16 Washington held on for a 69-67 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Showcase.By ADAM SOBOLESKIsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOklahomaLas VegasUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 21 Dec 2014 06:16:51 GMTRussia sees harsh crackdown on independent media (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTV newsTelevisionCable televisionJournalismNational governmentsNazismNeo-NazismMediaNews mediaLegislationLegislatureRussiaMoscowCrimeaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 10:28:27 GMTHappy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.By GREGORY KATZiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleOccasionsUnited KingdomEnglandWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 14:10:15 GMTBurns gives Sharks 3-2 win over Blues in OT JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.By RICK EYMERsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeySan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 06:35:09 GMTObama says US can influence new generation in Cuba (AP) — President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators.wGovernment and politicsInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesRussiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:36 GMTSaudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.By AYA BATRAWYiBusinessGeneral newsSummitsPricesEnergy industryOPEC MeetingsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndustriesEconomyEventsUnited Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastIran, 21 Dec 2014 12:56:35 GMTTsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the fifth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersEventsAccidents and disastersAcehIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanSumatraAsia, 21 Dec 2014 05:42:36 GMTEx-mayor sworn in as Romania's new president, Romania (AP) — Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.ALISON MUTLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsMunicipal governmentsElectionsLocal electionsLocal governmentsRomaniaEuropeUnited StatesEastern EuropeNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 12:37:58 GMTLauren Jackson returns from 11-month injury layoff, Australia (AP) — Seattle Storm forward and former WNBA most valuable player Lauren Jackson played her first competitive match in 11 months on the weekend, admitting she was "terrible" while scoring 13 points to lead the Canberra Capitals to victory in Australia.iGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesWomen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballWomen's sportsProfessional basketballAustraliaCanberraOceania, 21 Dec 2014 08:08:42 GMTSierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."By SARAH DiLORENZOiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthSierra LeoneSenegalWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 15:14:37 GMTTunisians head to elect president in runoff, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsPolitical activismNational electionsElectionsWar and unrestPolitical issuesTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 10:38:10 GMTNo bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party's headquarters.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 12:53:22 GMTVideo shows Boko Haram killing captives, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsNigeriaWest AfricaCameroonAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 12:36:01 GMT2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.By LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesCease firesWar and unrestBorder securityGeneral newsMilitary and defenseInternational agreementsJerusalemPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle EastJordanUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:18:55 GMTMichael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsViolent crimeCrimeFergusonMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 06:20:38 GMTStrong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEarth scienceScienceIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 12:24:01 GMTEgypt opens border with Gaza after 2-month closure CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankEgyptIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 11:51:13 GMTWright scores 17 as No. 14 Utah beats UNLV 59-46 VEGAS (AP) — Delon Wright scored 17 points, Brandon Taylor had 16, and No. 14 Utah beat UNLV 59-46 on Saturday night in the MGM Grand Showcase.By ADAM SOBOLESKIsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsUtahLas VegasUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 21 Dec 2014 07:34:58 GMTTanev lifts Canucks over skidding Flames 3-2 in OT, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Tanev scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the skidding Calgary Flames 3-2 Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyVancouverBritish ColumbiaCalgaryCanadaNorth AmericaAlberta, 21 Dec 2014 06:23:26 GMTNigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.By MICHELLE FAUL and HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesTerrorismRebellions and uprisingsNigeriaNigerCameroonChadWest AfricaAfricaCentral Africa, 21 Dec 2014 10:57:25 GMTFlorida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 14:57:22 GMTKurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport, Iraq (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 15:04:29 GMTRussia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTV newsTelevisionCable televisionJournalismNational governmentsNazismNeo-NazismNews mediaMediaLegislationLegislatureRussiaMoscowCrimeaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 11:31:43 GMTBomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India, India (AP) — An explosion in the parking lot of a bus station early Sunday killed three people and wounded five others in India's remote northeastern state, where several separatist groups operate, police said.iGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 06:50:05 GMT10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go? ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE and NINIEK KARMINIiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWaste managementCoastlines and beachesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndonesiaAcehSumatraIndian OceanSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 05:47:21 GMTJordan hangs 11 after lifting ban on executions, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Interior Ministry says the kingdom has hanged 11 people convicted of murder, the first executions to take place in the country in eight years.iGeneral newsCrimeDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeJordanAmmanMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 12:33:07 GMTNumbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersOceansEnvironment and natureAcehIndonesiaIndian OceanSumatraSoutheast AsiaBangladeshSouth AsiaEast AfricaAsiaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 05:50:38 GMTEgypt President awards medal to retired spy chief (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards after ordering his retirement.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:54 GMTGreek prime minister open to 2015 early elections, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureNational electionsElectionsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 13:50:59 GMT2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself YORK (AP) — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSuicidesViolent crimeProtests and demonstrationsFunerals and memorial servicesMunicipal governmentsCrimePoliceEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaryland, 21 Dec 2014 14:59:31 GMTIsrael arrests more from Jewish extremist group (AP) — Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeIsraelJerusalemMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 07:50:09 GMTUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war.By JOSH LEDERMANhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaDistrict of ColumbiaChinaMiddle EastHawaiiNorth AmericaAsiaGreater China, 21 Dec 2014 15:34:29 GMTStrong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 12:06:39 GMTBelarusian independent news sites blocked, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.iGeneral newsOnline news mediaOnline mediaMediaNews mediaBelarusEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 14:37:56 GMTAustralian woman charged with murder of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 21 Dec 2014 13:06:11 GMTTourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent (AP) — Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.By JAMEY KEATENiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPricesCustomer statisticsMountainsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleEconomyCorporate newsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureRussiaEuropeMoscowFranceCyprusGermanyUkraineAustriaEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 21 Dec 2014 11:29:31 GMTNo. 21 Mississippi State trounces Illinois-Chicago 73-36 VEGAS (AP) — Kendra Grant scored 14 points and No. 21 Mississippi State trounced Illinois-Chicago 73-36 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Saturday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsChicagoIllinoisMississippiLas VegasUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 21 Dec 2014 05:42:38 GMTTaliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.iGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 08:14:05 GMTCanucks' Hansen taken to hospital after hit, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is expected to be OK after it appeared he collapsed on the bench Saturday night after taking a hit during Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 07:12:53 GMTRising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."By PETER ORSIiBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsEnvironmental impact assessmentsGovernment and politicsEnvironmentMarine biologyLakesEconomyLocal governmentsPolitical and civil unrestEnvironment and natureBiologyScienceOceanographyNicaraguaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral America, 21 Dec 2014 14:31:48 GMTTunisians votes in historic presidential runoff, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an official from the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsPolitical activismWar and unrestNational electionsElectionsPolitical issuesTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 14:05:18 GMT