FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:53:26 -0800Dead in clash among Mexico vigilantes rises to 11http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1bc32d51982498b81206eb01dd5697dMEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.iGeneral newsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1bc32d51982498b81206eb01dd5697dWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:40 GMTUS travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourismhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5cfae9604ce8418d93fc52e6747d5432NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesCubaHavanaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5cfae9604ce8418d93fc52e6747d5432Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:32:28 GMTReaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c98b09d6907249f2926eafbd85c4ed01WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the release of American Alan Gross who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, and the future of US-Cuba diplomatic relations:wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c98b09d6907249f2926eafbd85c4ed01Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:45:14 GMTStudy: Removing clot helps limit stroke disabilityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8fe3b49054d45fea21b771f0068a055For the first time in several decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up severely disabled.By MARILYNN MARCHIONEaHealthStrokeMedicationDiseases and conditionsDiagnosis and treatmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8fe3b49054d45fea21b771f0068a055Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:18 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to determining when to hike interest rateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bc3d23b3c5384e3d8be6f23ec9e41b7eWASHINGTON (AP) — Fed promises 'patient' approach to determining when to hike interest rates.wBusinessGeneral newsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bc3d23b3c5384e3d8be6f23ec9e41b7eWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:06 GMTExperts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease controlhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/99158b9cf17d40458ca6726ddd6a6d75NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthDisease outbreaksPreventive carePublic healthInfectious diseasesEpidemicsEye healthImmunizationsDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsAfricaUnited StatesWest AfricaSierra LeoneMiddle EastNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/99158b9cf17d40458ca6726ddd6a6d75Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:44:18 GMT49ers' McDonald investigated for sexual assaulthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6bedfd6c7b1b4a3791bfda590807acfdSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.By PAUL ELIASsSportsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsProfessional footballFootballSan FranciscoSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6bedfd6c7b1b4a3791bfda590807acfdWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:47:57 GMT4 indicted in West Virginia chemical spill casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7dfef63beda14dab9948d6f0ddfe17deCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban on drinking water for days for 300,000 West Virginia residents.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsIndictmentsCorporate legal affairsCorporate crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCorporate newsBusinessMaterials industryIndustriesAccidentsAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsFraud and false statementsUnited StatesWest VirginiaCharlestonNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7dfef63beda14dab9948d6f0ddfe17deWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:49 GMTMarijuana research projects getting state fundinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8669b4adb1664a7f8295629b9c0e258eDENVER (AP) — Colorado is awarding more than $8 million for medical marijuana research.By KRISTEN WYATTaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessMedical marijuanaMedical researchHealth issuesMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsScientific prizes and competitionsRecreational drug laws and regulationsPost-traumatic stress disorderPersonal spendingGovernment regulationsVeteransGovernment and politicsMental healthPersonal financeCancerDiseases and conditionsNeurological disordersMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseColoradoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8669b4adb1664a7f8295629b9c0e258eWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:19 GMTRepublican wins Arizona House seat after recounthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5860bbd044e434c9e8533bbba2bfdacPHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month, after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to a Republican challenger.By BOB CHRISTIEpGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsUnited States General ElectionState legislatureGeneral electionsEventsLegislatureState governmentsArizonaPhoenixTucsonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5860bbd044e434c9e8533bbba2bfdacWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:59 GMTDish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf925d29522e45d184f43377dcefb79eNEW YORK (AP) — Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix.htBusinessArts and entertainmentTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentOnline mediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsMediahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf925d29522e45d184f43377dcefb79eWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:09 GMTAmerican Alan Gross says knowing he wasn't forgotten 'crucial to my survival' in Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bb05d0e1d08d47d6bccfb5061f76d07bWASHINGTON (AP) — American Alan Gross says knowing he wasn't forgotten 'crucial to my survival' in Cuba.wGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bb05d0e1d08d47d6bccfb5061f76d07bWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:05:31 GMTNew York will move to prohibit frackinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c85059c5f96e4d0d85dd4542306c1efdALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.By MARY ESCHaBusinessGeneral newsEnvironmentEnvironmental impact assessmentsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnergy and the environmentEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironment and natureNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c85059c5f96e4d0d85dd4542306c1efdWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:51 GMTUN chief welcomes promise of renewed US-Cuba tieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87c93bd2b9234689aa14f44820566942UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the promise of full diplomatic relations between the United Nations and Cuba, saying the U.N. General Assembly has long pressed for this.iGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87c93bd2b9234689aa14f44820566942Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:06 GMTReligion news in briefhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2b1d24d22034cb9b715e46c1713e060Biden marks start of Hanukkah at national menorahBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsChristianityAtheismReligionLegal proceedingsJudaismSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleLaw and orderItalyVatican CityUnited StatesArkansasWestern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2b1d24d22034cb9b715e46c1713e060Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:48 GMTObama: US re-establishing relations with Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61a5f0a350f0476788a2c83992c34c02WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyPolitical issuesForeign policyLegislatureEconomySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment regulationsGovernment policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/61a5f0a350f0476788a2c83992c34c02Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:52 GMTStocks jump after Fed promises 'patient' approachhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b7e41a7141604491a46bee0e5324c056NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserved said the U.S. economy was improving and that it would be "patient" in determining when to raise rates. Energy stocks jumped after the price of oil recovered some of its recent losses.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsRussiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b7e41a7141604491a46bee0e5324c056Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:32:28 GMTIsraeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror listhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5bdfd9f752a2479abc64976982d532abJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust.By ARON HELLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelEuropeJerusalemWest BankMiddle EastPalestinian territorieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5bdfd9f752a2479abc64976982d532abWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:27 GMTCanada hosted secret meetings between Cuba and UShttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/878b024900844db3a7ea8da0dc237265TORONTO (AP) — Canada hosted about seven meetings between the U.S. and Cuba that helped lead to President Barack Obama's announcement that the two countries will establish full diplomatic relations.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsCanadaCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/878b024900844db3a7ea8da0dc237265Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:37 GMTScientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survivedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee671becd3ef46008a28a240c237bcdbSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.aGeneral newsSciencePrison breaksCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayNetherlandsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee671becd3ef46008a28a240c237bcdbWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:20:24 GMTNo. 25 DePaul rolls by Loyola-Chicago 109-84http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f1a5aac0dd4843f5b4fb2a5ff86ec7bcCHICAGO (AP) — Jessica January scored 25 points and Megan Rogowski added 21 to help No. 25 DePaul beat Loyola-Chicago 109-84 on Wednesday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f1a5aac0dd4843f5b4fb2a5ff86ec7bcWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:42 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to rate hikeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/840d0b1b6c924bb48d108ed1aea4229aWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows because of a strengthening U.S. economy and job market. But it is promising to be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.By The Associated PresswBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesLabor economyLeading economic indicatorshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/840d0b1b6c924bb48d108ed1aea4229aWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:14:40 GMTDoctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in executionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ecb8cb1c89d74ed69e4d13273aeac924OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ecb8cb1c89d74ed69e4d13273aeac924Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:53:10 GMTJudge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SChttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baa2f4c916784cc69eab6ccf6b5b7fd4COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.By JEFFREY COLLINSaGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansLegal proceedingsCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderColumbiaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/baa2f4c916784cc69eab6ccf6b5b7fd4Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:25:42 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to a rate increasehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/97df2e939dce404f82f7087e145c70a3WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustrieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/97df2e939dce404f82f7087e145c70a3Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:46:13 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in UShttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f3b4cdb75c7d4c7aa13a74b61083148dHAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.iGeneral newsCrimeCubaHavanaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f3b4cdb75c7d4c7aa13a74b61083148dWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:46 GMTReleased from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not freehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8cfedabfaa7b43579ee040ba44286758WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free.By JESSICA GRESKOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8cfedabfaa7b43579ee040ba44286758Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:10 GMTIsrael suffers sharp rebuffs from Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a78bbee942a24f2cac2668058ef54bfeBRUSSELS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and JOHN HEILPRINiGeneral newsMilitary occupationsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelEuropeJerusalemMiddle EastGaza StripGenevaFranceUnited StatesSwitzerlandWestern EuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a78bbee942a24f2cac2668058ef54bfeWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:47:57 GMTTop news of 2014 left public grasping for answershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/621d0af96f5f4dbc8720161c4777ed3eTwenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.By ADAM GELLERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriAccidents and disastersMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsCrimeEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthLibyaUnited StatesUkraineMiddle EastRussiaFergusonNorth AfricaAfricaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeMissourihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/621d0af96f5f4dbc8720161c4777ed3eWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:23:03 GMTImmigrants get closer to having driver's licenses in Arizonahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55ba39367b4049beb2d76d2629366c74PHOENIX (AP) — An order by the U.S. Supreme Court has moved thousands of young immigrants a step closer to obtaining driver's licenses in Arizona.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsImmigrationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55ba39367b4049beb2d76d2629366c74Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:04:53 GMTGuatemala arrests US fugitive in illegal adoptionshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7beb530ca594530996ecec399ca5a56GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested an American accused of human trafficking and participating in illegal adoptions.iGeneral newsFugitivesArrestsSmugglingCrimeLaw and orderGuatemalaGuatemala CityCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7beb530ca594530996ecec399ca5a56Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:07 GMTReport: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heathttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fd737b814a8f4fdb922b06f134384cdbWASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.By SETH BORENSTEINwGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and natureArctichttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fd737b814a8f4fdb922b06f134384cdbWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:44:44 GMTDow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6144e9df8b454c87a28121bdf1088cf2NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach.aBusinessGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6144e9df8b454c87a28121bdf1088cf2Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:27 GMTKey dates in US relations with Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1d3be76d1214b5c8cd0866d2507b15aKey events in U.S.-Cuba relations:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsInternational relationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1d3be76d1214b5c8cd0866d2507b15aWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:03:22 GMTDow surges as much as 300 points after Fed promises 'patient' approach in raising rateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e16e3e19dc214335bd3981536a04df2eNEW YORK (AP) — Dow surges as much as 300 points after Fed promises 'patient' approach in raising rates.aBusinessGeneral newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e16e3e19dc214335bd3981536a04df2eWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:10:02 GMTNew York woman sues police for not arresting sonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/63001d6de5704245bfed96690530c4e5MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman says in a lawsuit that her 29-year-old son died in a drunken driving crash because police decided not to arrest him on driving-while-intoxicated charges earlier that night.aGeneral newsAccidentsArrestsAccidents and disastersTransportationReckless endangermentCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/63001d6de5704245bfed96690530c4e5Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:45:22 GMTDemocrat Lauren McFerran sworn in as new labor board memberhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eb4a3a093add4adcaca8012aec6d4bffWASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Lauren McFerran is the newest member of the five-member National Labor Relations Board.By TOM RAUMwBusinessGovernment and politicsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eb4a3a093add4adcaca8012aec6d4bffWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:48 GMTNYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats flyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c5fffd9240e9462c972155bedf1123c1NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.By BERNARD CONDONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsGovernment and politicsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNew YorkNorth KoreaNew York CityLos AngelesCaliforniaEast AsiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c5fffd9240e9462c972155bedf1123c1Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:48:12 GMT1st Florida gay divorce granted by judgehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dff3ae3c907d494d830234aeccff3f8bFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansDivorce and separationsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesFloridaFort LauderdaleUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dff3ae3c907d494d830234aeccff3f8bWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:13:02 GMTComparing US Fed's views on timing of rate risehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/52da08b593ec4723a28c345fda8f9103A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting October 28-29:By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesLabor economyLeading economic indicatorshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/52da08b593ec4723a28c345fda8f9103Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:40:29 GMTProtections blocked, but sage grouse work goes onhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e837f85464d049fdbfb4a856a26b911fBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceSmall businessAnimalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationState governmentsWildlifeBirdsEnvironmental concernsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesMontanaBillingsNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e837f85464d049fdbfb4a856a26b911fWed, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:39 GMTAP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal ruleshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/89ae745151f34f418d1269a32af7bb7cWASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/89ae745151f34f418d1269a32af7bb7cWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:10:56 GMT14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreakhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae3614054efe4d459dec85fd69424399BOSTON (AP) — In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringFraud and false statementsDisease outbreaksLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae3614054efe4d459dec85fd69424399Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:12:27 GMTKurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leavehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6e6fc2db92c1471aab876dd15d5106a1DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kurt Busch testified Wednesday that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityCriminal investigationsAutomobile racingNASCAREntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCrimeDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6e6fc2db92c1471aab876dd15d5106a1Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:35:27 GMTEx-coal CEO seeks W.Va. mine blast trial delayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bb5088f029be42e193916ae5a66ce1c1BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The former head of a coal company that ran the West Virginia mine where 29 men were killed in a 2010 explosion told a judge Wednesday that he wants his federal criminal case moved and his trial delayed for a year.By JONATHAN MATTISEaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCorporate legal affairsCriminal investigationsExplosionsCrimeAccidents and disastersLaw and orderCorporate newsEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsBeckleyWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bb5088f029be42e193916ae5a66ce1c1Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:30 GMTQuotes from Pakistani families over school attackhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c3c6eb967807426db4959ccbb7497eebPESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Reaction to the killings of 148 people — almost all of them students — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:By The Associated PressiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarAfghanistanSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c3c6eb967807426db4959ccbb7497eebWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:14:53 GMTText of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a9c9427da3e4ba098bc77162dce584aWASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:wGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPrisoner exchangeCold WarLegislatureTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestGeneral newsEventsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a9c9427da3e4ba098bc77162dce584aWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:48 GMTCuban exile community divided over Obama changeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b02b1b0a4d5c4f86a15165cf351298d6MIAMI (AP) — Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations.By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZaGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaMiamiUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanFloridaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b02b1b0a4d5c4f86a15165cf351298d6Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:47:04 GMTEx-Marines: Man who killed 6 argued with ex-wifehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982d701415ba4e7ca7be6c70264135c9PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a Pennsylvania man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives before committing suicide said he fought constantly with his wife during the time they knew him.By MARYCLAIRE DALE and GEOFF MULVIHILLaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982d701415ba4e7ca7be6c70264135c9Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:35:09 GMTText of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesdayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/961f1949b057436997851dd34d289f36WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:wBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomic outlookEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial servicesIndustrieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/961f1949b057436997851dd34d289f36Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:20:06 GMT