FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 08:22:35 -0800South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.By LYNSEY CHUTELiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureCrimeEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityViolent crimeSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 22 Dec 2014 15:49:00 GMTFrench power company to pay $772M in bribery case (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries.By ERIC TUCKERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeCorporate crimeCorporate newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustries, 22 Dec 2014 16:06:10 GMTProsecutor: No terror link in France car rampage (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.iGeneral newsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 14:24:11 GMTUS home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov. (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome pricesPricesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleLabor economyProfessional servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:36:52 GMTBelarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.By YURAS KARMANAUiBusinessGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsCuisinesFood and drinkLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsDiplomacyBelarusRussiaMoscowMinskEuropeKazakhstanUkraineEastern EuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 14:39:32 GMTStocks open mostly higher, extending a rally stock indexes are opening mostly higher as the market builds on its big gains from last week.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock markets, 22 Dec 2014 14:40:37 GMTUS home sales dropped sharply in November (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsProfessional servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:11:09 GMTJudge to rule on Oklahoma's execution method CITY (AP) — A federal judge plans to rule whether the lethal injection formula that Oklahoma used for the first time in a botched execution last spring is constitutional.aGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:17:11 GMTNY requires Ocwen reforms, $150M homeowner help, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial regulators have reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. requiring the nation's largest subprime mortgage servicer to reform its practices and provide $150 million to help struggling New York homeowners.By MICHAEL VIRTANENaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:19 GMTLate at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework, N.J. (AP) — It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran.By JILL COLVINaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionForeign policyInternational relationsCampaignsState governmentsPolitical scandalsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyPolitical fundraisingPolitical issuesPolitical organizationsUnited StatesNew JerseyMiddle EastIranTexasNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:13:10 GMTPresidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan (AP) — South Africa's president met with the leaders of Tanzania and Uganda on Monday for talks on the South Sudan peace process, South Africa's government said.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsSouth SudanSouth AfricaUgandaSudanTanzaniaEast AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaSouthern AfricaMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 15:12:32 GMTPeople killed, injured in Glasgow truck crash (AP) — Police say some people died when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowUnited KingdomScotlandWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 16:19:45 GMTList of people being honored as Carnegie Heroes of Carnegie Hero medals announced Monday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationFiresKansasKansas CityArizonaKansas CityMissouriPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:52:37 GMT88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote, Tunisia (AP) — 88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTunisiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 14:20:21 GMTCambodia 'doctor' faces murder rap in HIV outbreak PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with the virus that causes AIDS was charged Monday with murder and other crimes, a prosecutor said.By SOPHENG CHEANGiGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksViolent crimeCrimePublic healthCambodiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:58:09 GMT88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsRebellions and uprisingsElectionsWar and unrestTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 16:02:10 GMTNigerian police say car bomb kills 16, wounds 25 at bus station in northeastern city of Gombe, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say car bomb kills 16, wounds 25 at bus station in northeastern city of Gombe.iGeneral newsBombingsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 15:27:26 GMTRudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success, Wis. (AP) — This seems to be Rudolph's Christmas.By CARRIE ANTLFINGERaGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:41:27 GMTNeighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:01 GMTHernandez back in court for final pretrial hearing RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez returned to court Monday for what will likely be his final hearing before his murder trial begins next month.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderViolent crimeProfessional footballFootballFall RiverBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:53:13 GMTGerman bishops signal opening for some divorcees (AP) — The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion "under certain conditions."iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 14:19:55 GMTImmigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Dozens of young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy lined up outside government offices Monday in Arizona to apply for driver's licenses, a privilege first denied by the state but now given to them by the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationState governmentsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:10:20 GMTNigerian police: Car bomb kills 16 at bus station in Gombe, Nigeria (AP) — A car bomb exploded Monday at a bus station in Nigeria's northeastern city of Gombe, killing at least 20 people and injuring another 60, said rescue workers.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsTransportationBombingsWar and unrestAccidents and disastersImprovised explosivesTerrorismNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 16:15:02 GMTGunmen shoot, seriously wound Egypt military officer (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle shot an Egyptian military officer, seriously wounding him as he walked to work in a Cairo neighborhood, the military said Sunday.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsWar and unrestEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 15:59:44 GMTMarathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are again drawing parallels between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in an effort to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsLaw and orderEventsBostonOklahoma CityMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaOklahoma, 22 Dec 2014 15:49:53 GMTOldest of zoo gorillas turns 58 at Ohio facility, Ohio (AP) — The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 58 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her Ohio home.aGeneral newsAnimalsZoological parksPrimatesMammalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleOhioColumbusUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:44:43 GMTWounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela, Venezuela (AP) — The team coached by former NBA player Carl Herrera says his condition is improving following a shooting in Venezuela.iGeneral newsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballVenezuelaHoustonSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:47:02 GMTColts owner helps out Jack Kerouac organization, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's legacy alive.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsProfessional footballFootballSportsLowellMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:13:23 GMTDOJ seeks benefits for families of slain officers (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is directing Justice Department officials to expedite death benefits to the families of two New York police officers who were fatally shot inside their patrol car.wGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeGeneral news, 22 Dec 2014 15:18:33 GMTChina indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentDrug-related crimeCelebrityIndictmentsCrimeLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:28:38 GMT10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.By JERRY HARMER and JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersForensicsAccidents and disastersOceansEventsLaw and orderEnvironment and natureLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsMyanmarThailandSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanAsia, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:50 GMTFlight from Seattle to New Jersey safely diverted, Wash. (AP) — Engine trouble forced a United Airlines flight heading from Seattle to Newark, New Jersey, to make an emergency landing in Spokane.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleWashingtonSpokaneSeattleNewarkUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew Jersey, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:08 GMTStocks edge higher in early trade, extending rally stocks edged higher in early trading Monday, extending big gains from last week. Traders monitored the trajectory in oil prices, which have been moving higher from recent lows.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:09:54 GMTWinter Blast returns to downtown's Campus Martius (AP) — Dates have been announced for a popular festival that attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Detroit each winter.tTravelLifestyleFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:21:25 GMTSpain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery (AP) — Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLotteriesSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 15:07:02 GMTKurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsSyriaIraqMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 14:51:25 GMTPittsburgh mayor goes 'Undercover' in reality show (AP) — Pittsburgh's mayor has gone undercover for a reality show.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:05:35 GMTRussia bails out bank following ruble slide (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is straining the banking system.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial crisisEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyRussiaCrimeaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 22 Dec 2014 14:51:36 GMTSteinbrenner charity to aid slain officer's sons YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:29:57 GMTExpress Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsMedicationHealth care costsHealth issuesHealthInfectious diseasesHealth care industryIndustriesPersonal insurancePersonal financeConsumer products and servicesDiagnosis and treatment, 22 Dec 2014 15:22:55 GMTPolice departments on alert after cop killings YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesEventsOnline mediaMediaGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:37:31 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 KEATENtTravelLifestylePricesCustomer statisticsMountainsAccommodationsEconomyBusinessCorporate newsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureRussiaEuropeMoscowFranceCyprusGermanyUkraineAustriaEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 14:28:21 GMTEx-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimePoliceMental healthEventsViolent crimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:37:21 GMTPalestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled (AP) — International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.By TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 15:31:35 GMTSpain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on tax fraud charges — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the monarchy was restored in 1975.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeFraud and false statementsLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessMadridSpainPalmaWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 16:09:52 GMTPolice: 'serious incident' unfolding in Glasgow (AP) — Police say an "ongoing serious incident" is unfolding in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.iGeneral newsGlasgowUnited KingdomScotlandWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 15:42:30 GMTChina to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide (AP) — The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.By DIDI TANGiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical scandalsPolitical issuesChinaHong KongBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:18:57 GMTUS home sales fell 6.1 percent in November; low mortgage rates fail to draw buyers (AP) — US home sales fell 6.1 percent in November; low mortgage rates fail to draw buyers.wBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome buyingHome sellingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyle, 22 Dec 2014 15:02:46 GMTPanel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan (AP) — An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiGeneral newsJapanSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 16:08:44 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — Prosecutor: No charges against white ex-Milwaukee police officer in black man's fatal shooting.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMilwaukeeWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:37:16 GMT