FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 26 Dec 2014 07:44:14 -08003 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.iBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesAccidentsAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryCorporate newsMaterials industrySouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 13:56:23 GMTMalaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsDisaster planning and responseAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsMalaysiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 11:15:28 GMTCalifornia gears up for migrant driver's licenses ANGELES (AP) — While tens of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.By AMY TAXINaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:26:23 GMTSpain premier announces modest minimum wage raise (AP) — Spain's prime minister has announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015 following years of crushing financial pain.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyGovernment pensions and social securityGovernment business and financeLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 13:54:29 GMTJapan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRecessions and depressionsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsPricesJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 09:50:20 GMTTurkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody, Turkey (AP) — A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar in the country.By SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationTurkeyAnkaraMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 14:39:55 GMTSanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.By DAVE GRAMaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsLegislaturePresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsVermontBurlingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 13:56:18 GMTTalks on Ukraine settlement break down, Belarus (AP) — The foreign ministry of Belarus, which has been hosting Ukraine peace talks, says the much-anticipated round of negotiations on Friday has been scrapped.iGeneral newsBelarusUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 09:39:29 GMTFire engulfs Ohio home; family of 4 can't be found COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters are battling a blaze that engulfed an Ohio house, and authorities have been unable to locate a family of four that lives there.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersWashington Court HouseOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:48:42 GMTCreator of 'Tail! Spin!' talks about power, truth YORK (AP) — One had a "wide stance" and another was "hiking the Appalachian Trail."By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsPolitical scandalsPolitical corruptionLegislaturePolitical issuesSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsPerforming artsEntertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:58:25 GMTEastern Ukraine prisoner exchange underway, Ukraine (AP) — A major exchange of war prisoners is getting underway in eastern Ukraine, with around 370 expected to be released.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPrisoner exchangeWar and unrestUkraineDonetskRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 15:28:40 GMTBirdshot accident reveals Ohio woman's heart issue, Ohio (AP) — The son of a 75-year-old woman who was struck with birdshot by her husband while sitting in a recliner says the accident might have been a blessing because doctors treating her found a previously undiagnosed heart problem.aGeneral newsOhioMedinaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:48:15 GMTInvestors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.By KEN SWEETfBusinessEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsCommodity marketsStock marketsGovernment financeFinancial servicesEuropeChinaUnited StatesJapanRussiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaEastern Europe, 26 Dec 2014 15:30:44 GMTLeaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea (AP) — It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba.By CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:56:13 GMTWoman, 3 grandkids feared dead inside burned home COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — A woman and three grandchildren staying with her for Christmas are feared dead inside the remains of a house engulfed by fire, authorities said Friday.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersWashington Court HouseOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:39:26 GMTIsraeli police: Palestinian stabs 2 border policemen (AP) — A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, injuring them lightly, Israeli police said.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesViolent crimeCrimeWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemMiddle East, 26 Dec 2014 12:56:18 GMTUS stocks open slightly higher in quiet trading stocks are opening slightly higher in relatively quiet trading the day after Christmas.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 26 Dec 2014 14:40:51 GMT9 killed, 10 missing in Sri Lanka mudslides, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains Friday in the central hills of Sri Lanka, officials said.By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersDisaster planning and responseSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 15:02:22 GMTSKorea, US, Japan to share intel on North Korea, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first joint intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, officials said Friday.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsNuclear weaponsMilitary and defenseWeapons of mass destructionGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaJapanNorth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 09:16:27 GMTSri Lanka mudslides kill 9, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 12:06:59 GMTAsia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.By FAKHRURRADZIE GADEiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersOceansCoastlines and beachesGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndonesiaAcehSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanThailandGermanySri LankaAsiaSumatraWestern EuropeEuropeSouth Asia, 26 Dec 2014 13:54:40 GMTNY man says wife shot him to avoid messy divorce, N.Y. (AP) — A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsDivorce and separationsCrimeMarriageLaw and orderFamily issuesSocial affairsNew YorkWhite PlainsUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:26:28 GMTS. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts.iBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeSouth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 10:15:09 GMTUS stocks edge higher in quiet trading stocks edged higher early Friday as relatively quiet trading resumed a day after Christmas. The gains followed mixed action in Asian markets. Most European markets were closed.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:59:31 GMTIsraeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryWest BankPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle East, 26 Dec 2014 11:54:31 GMTTransit officers help mother deliver baby on train (AP) — A pair of Philadelphia transit police officers rushed onto a downtown subway train on Christmas and helped make a special delivery: a baby boy.aGeneral newsMass transit systemsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleTransportationPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 11:53:27 GMTLos Angeles motel fire injures 6, 2 critically ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles fire officials say a motel blaze on Christmas injured six people, two critically.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:18:12 GMTRussia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent (AP) — The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 15:12:53 GMTNew lanes planned near La. Hwy 30 and I-10, La. (AP) — Two short-term projects are planned to ease traffic problems near Gonzales.aGeneral newsTrafficTransportationLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 12:07:46 GMTChinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader (AP) — China's leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong's unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsChinaHong KongBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 12:09:39 GMTWoman, 3 grandkids feared to be inside burned home COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say they fear a woman and her three grandchildren staying with her for Christmas are inside the remains of a house engulfed by fire.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersWashington Court HouseOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 14:59:58 GMTFactors shaping 2016 presidential race factors as the 2016 presidential race begins to take shape:By The Associated PresspGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionRace and ethnicityHispanicsElectionsPrimary electionsElectoral collegeNational electionsSocial issuesSocial affairsGenerationsDemographicsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 08:16:14 GMTActivists launch condom campaign against Russian opposition (AP) — Pro-Kremlin activists are distributing condoms on the streets of Moscow with the images of opposition leaders whom they blame for the collapse of the Russian currency.iGeneral newsPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 08:44:11 GMTCoalition strike kills 3 armed Afghan villagers, Afghanistan (AP) — An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces on Friday killed three Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan official said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestWar casualtiesBombingsAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 13:56:41 GMTChina offers to help electricity-starved Nepal, Nepal (AP) — China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.iBusinessGeneral newsBuddhismUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryReligionSocial affairsChinaNepalIndiaSouth AsiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 12:33:42 GMTNew Hampshire falcon's post-surgery vision limited, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire that had eye surgery to remove cataracts is doing well with her new synthetic lenses but has limited vision and isn't flying.aGeneral newsSurgical proceduresCataractsDiagnosis and treatmentHealthEye healthDiseases and conditionsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 12:36:55 GMTScientists target mess from Christmas tree needles YORK (AP) — Christmas Day is past but another Yuletide tradition continues: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.By MALCOLM RITTERaScienceBotanyTreesHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleBiologyPlants, 26 Dec 2014 15:38:27 GMTUS missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.By ISHTIAQ MAHSUDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 08:30:04 GMTImage of Asia: 40-day winter in Jammu-Kashmir this photo by Channi Anand, passengers at a train station in Jammu keep warm as freezing temperatures hit the northern Indian region. The 40-day harsh winter period, known in Jammu and Kashmir as "chillai kalan," started this week until the end of January. It brought below-freezing temperatures and disrupted transport service. But it is also a time that has inspired poetry and folk songs with a sight of snow and leafless trees, and special food delicacies such as dried fish and vegetables.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsKashmirIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 11:57:11 GMTWake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officers YORK (AP) — Mourners will gather Friday at a Queens church for the wake of a New York Police Department officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting.aGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePhilanthropic foundationsViolent crimePhilanthropySocial affairsQueensNew YorkNew York CityBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 11:10:32 GMTCollege sees small, big benefits with loan promise, Mich. (AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000 or get some or all student loans reimbursed.By JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationEducation costsStudent financesSocial affairsPersonal loansPersonal financeBusinessAdrianUnited StatesMichiganNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:10:33 GMTIrish court: End life support for pregnant woman (AP) — Life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus can't survive to birth, Ireland's second-highest court ruled Friday in a case that reignited debate over the country's abortion ban.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiGeneral newsHealthAbortionHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWomen's healthHuman welfareIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 15:21:04 GMT3 Afghans said dead in foreign forces' air strike, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least three people have been killed in an air strike by U.S.-led coalition forces but villagers in the remote area dispute the official version, saying the dead are civilians who were protecting their land from nomads.iGeneral newsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 12:43:38 GMTAzerbaijan's station raided by police, Azerbaijan (AP) — A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down.iGeneral newsAzerbaijanBakuEastern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 10:12:21 GMTAP-Times Square poll: Feeling optimistic for 2015 (AP) — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'By EMILY SWANSON and JENNIFER AGIESTAwGovernment and politicsPublic opinionPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCelebritySocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthEventsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 15:30:35 GMTArchbishop of Canterbury has pneumonia (AP) — Church of England officials say Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has pneumonia.iGeneral newsLung diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 13:35:35 GMTShares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for the Christmas holiday. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsJapanShanghaiEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaChinaGreater ChinaNorth America, 26 Dec 2014 08:25:34 GMTAt least 9 killed in Sri Lanka mudslides, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka on Friday, officials said.By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 26 Dec 2014 12:47:29 GMTComanche leads late on first day of Sydney-Hobart (AP) — American super maxi Comanche held the lead in the Sydney to Hobart late on the first day after an impressive start to the annual ocean race to the island state of Tasmania.iGeneral newsSportsRecord setting eventsAustraliaSydneyOceania, 26 Dec 2014 11:16:46 GMTA Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.iGeneral newsArrestsJuvenile crimeLaw and orderCrimeTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 26 Dec 2014 10:33:25 GMT