FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:29:16 -0800Putin: Russian economy will recoverhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09281b4378d34f25a88d142d2bef4ca0MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09281b4378d34f25a88d142d2bef4ca0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:41:05 GMTIraq PM drops lawsuits against journalistshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1af39ed08714589855e04cc8e984b28BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.By SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsJournalistsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNews mediaMediaIraqBaghdadMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1af39ed08714589855e04cc8e984b28Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:41 GMTPutin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eeb6a9f143a54e28adb109c224e952e9MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eeb6a9f143a54e28adb109c224e952e9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:18:53 GMTUK air service to compensate airlines for glitchhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/88cf7b23fc8b4d118f8f3a0a576491a9LONDON (AP) — Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.iBusinessGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/88cf7b23fc8b4d118f8f3a0a576491a9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:39 GMTS. Korean group cancels plans for border treehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7afe9aa6d6845ea8a85eb2aee6e69bbSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.By TONG-HYUNG KIMiGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7afe9aa6d6845ea8a85eb2aee6e69bbThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:55:25 GMTQatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c7a8d56fcf474df8a9105bdde011a01aDOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World CupProfessional soccerEventsSoccerMen's soccerMen's sportsInternational soccerSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastQatarDohaEast AsiaChinaBrazilAsiaGreater ChinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c7a8d56fcf474df8a9105bdde011a01aThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTPutin: Ukraine must remain 1 entityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/509fc95afe964afe8d815f4d73f11945MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscowhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/509fc95afe964afe8d815f4d73f11945Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:04:58 GMTSony emails show a studio ripe for hackinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee987adc934f46409457f9ac93ae8a99WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.By TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee987adc934f46409457f9ac93ae8a99Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:17 GMTCrisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partnershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26f964b1036b439ca47b36c4fed82658THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHealth care policyHealth care reformGovernment policyPolitical issuesNetherlandsWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26f964b1036b439ca47b36c4fed82658Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:31 GMTPutin accuses West of trying to sideline Russiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8f16c08e8811432791001d89a28da983MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8f16c08e8811432791001d89a28da983Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:55:47 GMTA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilitieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/19c09d90f73a4d8fa2364dc24882b136SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingFinancial servicesPolitical defectionsGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industrySoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/19c09d90f73a4d8fa2364dc24882b136Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:12 GMTDjokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awardshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbf9e7ec43ce4667ad56bf279e7c88d2LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.sSportsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbf9e7ec43ce4667ad56bf279e7c88d2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:02 GMTAP source: North Korea linked to Sony hackinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b19c689655424e2fa1e44954b3aaf8a4WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyTechnologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b19c689655424e2fa1e44954b3aaf8a4Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:04 GMTIndia's space program notches 2 more successeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4708a35025ac4f63b1023e4b72477c85NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.htGeneral newsSpace launchesAerospace technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4708a35025ac4f63b1023e4b72477c85Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:40:27 GMTHow revived ties with Cuba came to behttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6dd4f6f1634041faa50ea9b424ddb22dWASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing.By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsInternational relationsDiplomacyGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesCanadaVatican CityIranMiddle EastMuscatOmanCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6dd4f6f1634041faa50ea9b424ddb22dThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:12:44 GMTIran to hold military drill near strategic passagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b59c4dd1fa844d1fad10a8c1f0c4c435TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIranStrait of HormuzMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b59c4dd1fa844d1fad10a8c1f0c4c435Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:14:55 GMTSubway co-founder will allow kids to use his fieldhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/16520bc55d2b448a99ec7444b0f4f469DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain says kids in Danbury, Connecticut, can continue to play soccer on a field he owns until a new athletic field is ready to open.aBusinessGeneral newsYouth soccerSoccerSportsYouth sportsDanburyConnecticutUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/16520bc55d2b448a99ec7444b0f4f469Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:12 GMT10 Things to Know for Todayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d5c69d41aae34280866a6c2341882233Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d5c69d41aae34280866a6c2341882233Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:58:26 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados formhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/00487b0237b249c78c9d6dc66f6f7e1aDENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceStormsTornadoesWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/00487b0237b249c78c9d6dc66f6f7e1aThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:12 GMTNigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squadhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b134c347eddf43ebbf081e3baccbf887ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria.iGeneral newsWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b134c347eddf43ebbf081e3baccbf887Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:41:04 GMTTop Catholic cleric in Holy Land condemns violencehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be0d1ea079044b1c90b14938b0cdde8eJERUSALEM (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land has condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas message.iGeneral newsReligious strifeTerritorial disputesChristianityWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be0d1ea079044b1c90b14938b0cdde8eThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:01:10 GMTIndia launches rocket, tests unmanned crew podhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a38f2df21dc4b409f755e15c9afa99dNEW DELHI (AP) — India has announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.iGeneral newsSpace launchesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a38f2df21dc4b409f755e15c9afa99dThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:24 GMTUN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugeeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e252d86104be464293ee13cee482207bBERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.iGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e252d86104be464293ee13cee482207bThu, 18 Dec 2014 10:47:12 GMTSwiss central bank imposes negative interest rateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/889fef5e78d044929b94afef434bf161BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.By JOHN HEILPRINiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesBernSwitzerlandRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/889fef5e78d044929b94afef434bf161Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:49:17 GMTPutin says Ukraine must remain a single political entityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb22acfd946e49d89e631183c604e6d2MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.iGeneral newsUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb22acfd946e49d89e631183c604e6d2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:58:18 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinethttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/62cc7626b8d84fe08ef2a679597348f7SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/62cc7626b8d84fe08ef2a679597348f7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:27:30 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest everhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/10c8c0b41e024157bac9f2f181110d21NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityMaterials industryMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/10c8c0b41e024157bac9f2f181110d21Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:52:37 GMTChine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful convictionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cfd696f33b4c4fe0b97345a20d84cb27BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cfd696f33b4c4fe0b97345a20d84cb27Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:05 GMTDutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speechhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/164937fbbb7643f294d15bcf57fdd991THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/164937fbbb7643f294d15bcf57fdd991Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:57:25 GMTGreek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e974f2b9f07b420cbd9fa1215de5a6dcATHENS, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.iBusinessGeneral newsGreeceWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e974f2b9f07b420cbd9fa1215de5a6dcThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:18:28 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9b3b0c143bad4bff9cd06040ae4e27f7MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The FIFA executive committee is meeting Thursday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerSports governanceSoccerEventsMen's sportsMoroccoNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9b3b0c143bad4bff9cd06040ae4e27f7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:22:06 GMTEuropean court rules obesity can be disabilityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a20302bae02c4359b665089e95c993f3LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.iBusinessGeneral newsHealthObesityDiseases and conditionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEuropeUnited KingdomWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a20302bae02c4359b665089e95c993f3Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:43:18 GMTCubans hope for better future with US-Havana dealhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baca6460e210490f9445aa4235ca54faHAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baca6460e210490f9445aa4235ca54faThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:15:34 GMTImage of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas moodhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/59fef0bb3e684dd6be67b68d8e0daef2In this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine capital, Manila. The orangutan is one of the main attractions in Manny Tangco's private animal collection in Manila's suburb of Malabon, which also includes the native Philippine Brown Deer, in the background. Tangco's message this holiday season is awareness about feelings of animals, especially when revelers explode firecrackers for the raucous New Year celebrations. Some cities in the Philippines have banned firecrackers due to high number of injuries.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsZoological parksPrimatesRecreation and leisureLifestyleMammalsAnimalsPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/59fef0bb3e684dd6be67b68d8e0daef2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:18 GMTJailed Russian tycoon leaves house arresthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bdf08f94eb3e466da839113c13ce1e29MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bdf08f94eb3e466da839113c13ce1e29Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 GMTShareholders back DP World's London delistinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be84aad189d248108d4868c3a249baedDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion.iGeneral newsCorporate stockCorporate newsBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesInternational tradeEconomyDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be84aad189d248108d4868c3a249baedThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:31 GMTPutin says won't force exporters to sell currencyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/27f0dfc31911421ba6d4dff7421f3183MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeMoscowUkrainehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/27f0dfc31911421ba6d4dff7421f3183Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:16:44 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accordhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/156587210d294d48902caf542e19f006VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.iGeneral newsDiplomacyReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/156587210d294d48902caf542e19f006Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:26 GMTPutin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earningshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1483eaa557f1463982305c379423a22dMOSCOW (AP) — Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.iBusinessGeneral newsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1483eaa557f1463982305c379423a22dThu, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMTCalifornia power regulator to address allegationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a56ea2ea74849b1a8f9e212ef20de65SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.aBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a56ea2ea74849b1a8f9e212ef20de65Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:08:11 GMTFed rate wording boosts world stock marketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/22c3572d79b24a4c9ea6270717ebe5dcWorld stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaAustraliaEast AsiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/22c3572d79b24a4c9ea6270717ebe5dcThu, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:13 GMTGift Guide: Home products come with connectivityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c4ab54a31ae147aba07a8e66cbb2c98dNEW YORK (AP) — Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyHousehold technologyConsumer products and servicesIndustrieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c4ab54a31ae147aba07a8e66cbb2c98dThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:27:27 GMT'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f443a02b6e7846238cc95e67e2c326d8TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.By ELAINE KURTENBACHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer electronicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryTelecommunicationsJapanTokyoEast AsiaHollywoodAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f443a02b6e7846238cc95e67e2c326d8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:09 GMT11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebolahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c5f559fa92b48139b2939f329af918bFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfricaGuineaLiberiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c5f559fa92b48139b2939f329af918bThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:20 GMTPutin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisishttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/337d55cf21a946cc9d8537b4ee42f46bMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscowhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/337d55cf21a946cc9d8537b4ee42f46bThu, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:44 GMTPolice: 1 dead, several hurt in California crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/910841999b434c1e95a2be742d971f9dREDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/910841999b434c1e95a2be742d971f9dThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:11 GMTPutin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recoverhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cefa18a5e5a541189be3a309d87be312MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.iBusinessGeneral newsReserve assetsEconomyRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cefa18a5e5a541189be3a309d87be312Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:57 GMTAP NewsAlerthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/674f97ab8b834870bfa94e6ed9e5f3fbBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEuropeCrimeaUkraineEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/674f97ab8b834870bfa94e6ed9e5f3fbThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:06 GMTTwo-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cuphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/34c2249ce61647aa81238e56dfa98aecDOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSports2022 FIFA World CupHuman rights and civil libertiesFIFA World CupMen's soccerSoccerEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMen's sportsInternational soccerQatarDohaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/34c2249ce61647aa81238e56dfa98aecThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:39 GMTMyanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddhahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c59e9964e2e47cdb758dc50eb63d94cYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.iGeneral newsBuddhismArrestsReligionSocial affairsLaw and orderCrimeMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c59e9964e2e47cdb758dc50eb63d94cThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:12:12 GMT