FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 18:22:37 -0800Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement.By NICHOLAS RICCARDIaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderGovernment regulationsUnited StatesColoradoNebraskaOklahomaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:29:34 GMTJury rules for Indiana woman in firing over IVF WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury ruled Friday that a northern Indiana Roman Catholic diocese discriminated against a former teacher in one of its schools by firing her after church officials learned she was trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsAssisted reproductive technologySexual and reproductive healthHealthLaw and orderChristianityReligionSocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesFort WayneIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:14 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:15 GMTProtesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceSmall businessTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:12:05 GMTMan charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.tTravelLifestyleLegal proceedingsAir travelCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderGeneral newsHoustonQatarPersian GulfTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMT2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsGovernment and politicsCorporate newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeUnited StatesNorth KoreaAuroraCaliforniaHollywoodNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaColoradoLos Angeles, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:27 GMTAttorneys for jailed ex-billionaire seek his release, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth have filed an emergency motion seeking to have him released.By MATTHEW BROWNaGeneral newsBillingsMontanaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:31 GMTHowe's family reports rapid improvement (AP) — Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial.By NOAH TRISTERsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:23 GMTChina arrests US aid worker near N. Korean border (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.iGeneral newsArrestsVocational educationLaw and orderCrimeEducationSocial affairsChinaNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesGreater ChinaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:30:19 GMTState Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.tTravelLifestyleLeisure travelTravel safety, 20 Dec 2014 01:35:57 GMTCuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaMiamiFloridaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:20:24 GMTLava could reach Hawaii shopping center in 8 days, Hawaii (AP) — Lava flowing in a rural Hawaii town continues to slow down and is estimated to reach a shopping center in about eight days.aGeneral newsVolcanoesEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:38:59 GMTJohnson leads No. 9 Baylor to win over Syracuse PARK, Fla. (AP) — Niya Johnson made the go-ahead basket with a minute left as No. 9 Baylor defeated No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 Friday night, giving coach Kim Mulkey the win in her 500th game.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sports, 20 Dec 2014 02:18:19 GMTUS regulators close small Minnesota bank (AP) — Regulators have closed a small lender, the 18th bank failure in the U.S. this year after 24 closures in 2013.fBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:38:18 GMTNot guilty plea in crash that killed pedestrians, Calif. (AP) — A woman charged with running her car into a crowd of pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court on a stretcher and pleaded not guilty.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderReckless endangermentViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:26:01 GMTWalden helps Eastern Kentucky routs No. 18 Miami GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corey Walden scored 18 points to help Eastern Kentucky rout No. 18 Miami 72-44 on Friday night.By SANTOS PEREZsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsMiamiFloridaKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:09:49 GMTMan pleads guilty in airplane groping case LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.BY LINDSAY WHITEHURSTtTravelLifestyleLegal proceedingsCrimeAir travelArrestsLaw and orderGeneral newsSalt Lake CityUtahCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:14 GMT9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward shows, 20 Dec 2014 01:49:19 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingMovie rentalIntelligence agenciesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesTechnology issuesMedia distributionMediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 01:53:25 GMTMore than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say.By SUE MANNINGaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleSmall businessTelevision programsPetsEntertainmentDogsMammalsAnimals, 20 Dec 2014 00:27:43 GMTGrand Canyon awards temporary services contract, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim.By FELICIA FONSECAtTravelLifestyleLegal proceedingsContracts and ordersCanyonsLaw and orderGeneral newsCorporate newsBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnvironment and natureArizonaFlagstaffUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:33:51 GMTRondo wants another title run in move to Dallas (AP) — Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsSports transactionsMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:09:29 GMTUS nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been released from the hospital.aGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 20 Dec 2014 00:21:23 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, 20 Dec 2014 00:09:43 GMTSome gray wolves to be returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesNational courtsWildlifeWater environmentEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsUnited StatesMinnesotaTraverse CityWisconsinMichiganNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:57:42 GMTFDA OKs Cubist antibiotic for serious infections, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine to fight complex infections in the abdomen and urinary tract, the fourth antibiotic the agency has approved since May.BY LINDA A. JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesMedicationDiseases and conditionsProducts and servicesCorporate newsDiagnosis and treatmentHealth care industryIndustriesNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:20 GMTJailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMontanaBillingsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:23 GMTAshanti 'shocked' by prospect of stalker retrial YORK (AP) — Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial.By JENNIFER PELTZaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityLaw and order, 20 Dec 2014 02:03:06 GMTKocherlakota warns Fed of 'unacceptable' risk (AP) — One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed's policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed by low inflation.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERfBusinessEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPrices, 20 Dec 2014 00:10:29 GMTNo. 13 Duke women crush Mass-Lowell 95-48, N.C. (AP) — Sierra Calhoun scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 13 Duke coasted to a 95-48 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsLowellNorth CarolinaDurhamMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:45:16 GMT2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsEducation issuesEducationLaw and orderNew HavenConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:30 GMTDriver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.By ROBERT JABLONaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeReckless endangermentViolent crimeLaw and orderTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:32:50 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.By ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaVenezuelaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:04:06 GMTBob Simpson, co-developer of Saffir-Simpson scale, dies (AP) — Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.wGeneral newsObituariesAccidents and disastersNatural disastersStormsWeather, 20 Dec 2014 00:44:54 GMTLawyer: Child molester won't testify in 1979 case YORK (AP) — A convicted child molester who was long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime, his lawyer said Friday.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:49:03 GMT2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.sSportsLegal proceedingsMen's cyclingCyclingLaw and orderGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:35 GMTMan charged with bogus report during police search, Pa. (AP) — A man has been accused of making a bogus carjacking report while police were searching for someone believed to have killed six people in suburban Philadelphia.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDoylestownPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:15:22 GMTGray leads No. 6 North Carolina to 65-36 victory BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Allisha Gray scored 17 points and No. 6 North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Carolinas Challenge on Friday night.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMaineMyrtle BeachNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:14:15 GMTSony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 01:46:04 GMTUN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 00:56:08 GMTCourt finds anti-whaling protesters in contempt FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceSmall businessTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:42:06 GMTAP sources: Peavy agrees on deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:20 GMTObama calls on women only at news conference (AP) — Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:26:10 GMTFDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.By LINDA A. JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthLiver diseaseDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsOrgan transplantsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:32:04 GMTNY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:10:21 GMTCelebrities react to latest Sony hack developments reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 20 Dec 2014 00:51:43 GMTAP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba'S NOTE — When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.By Stanley Meisler and Ben F. MeyeraGeneral newsInternational relationsDiplomacyEmbassiesCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment and politicsLegislatureCabinetsGovernment appointments and nominationsCubaHavanaRussiaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:58:03 GMTPrepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwHealthGovernment and politicsDisease outbreaksGeneral newsPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPregnancy and childbirthSexual and reproductive healthWomen's healthMinnesotaMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:31 GMTSupreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.By GARY FINEOUTaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageWeddingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesFloridaTallahasseeNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMTAP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.By JOHN HEILPRINhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGenevaSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 00:27:45 GMT