FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:31 -0800Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7166cfcd0f74ca2a59a6153bb17e2cbDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February.eArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentDaytona 500Automobile racingNASCAREventsNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesDaytona BeachFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e7166cfcd0f74ca2a59a6153bb17e2cbFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:57:37 GMTUS not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attackhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1449b0542e774ee2a16e3a94bfbb8f38WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.By HOPE YENwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDisaster planning and responseHurricane Sandy 2012Emergency managementAccidents and disastersLegislatureNational securityEventsTerrorismWar and unrestNatural disastersStormsWeatherMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1449b0542e774ee2a16e3a94bfbb8f38Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:46:32 GMTCERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9857f5e16d0148c38e9ab84b7e46d4aaGENEVA (AP) — The world's top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member, a year after Israel was voted in as a full member.By JOHN HEILPRINiGeneral newsSciencePhysicsPakistanSwitzerlandSouth AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9857f5e16d0148c38e9ab84b7e46d4aaFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:52 GMTKenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7a2a56bd9754e9fb9a737ac57b9ecc5NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of Kenya's athletics federation says the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsDopingTrack and fieldSportsKenyaChinaRussiaEast AfricaAfricaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7a2a56bd9754e9fb9a737ac57b9ecc5Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:14 GMTHungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EUhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6ab461dbaf2408e838daaa4416f7149ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.By PABLO GORONDIiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesMunicipal governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseHungarySerbiaHelsinkiKosovoSyriaTurkeyEuropeWestern EuropeMiddle EastMediterranean SeaEastern EuropeFinlandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a6ab461dbaf2408e838daaa4416f7149Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:20 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his lifehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/84c1763d937b49b295ff1779143032c8DENVER (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDenverColoradoAuroraUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/84c1763d937b49b295ff1779143032c8Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:00 GMTSpeaker invites Obama for State of the Unionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/089fd9275ba14ef0ad4a5d61eb0fc2a8WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.wGovernment and politicsState of the Union AddressEventsExecutive branchhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/089fd9275ba14ef0ad4a5d61eb0fc2a8Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:13:18 GMTBlack market kidney broker is released from prisonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de58e4f73c1140b499158288460dcb5aTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said styled himself as 'the Robin Hood of kidneys" is out of prison after being the first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs.aGeneral newsCrimeAfrican-AmericansNew JerseyUnited StatesIsraelNorth AmericaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de58e4f73c1140b499158288460dcb5aFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:29:32 GMTNew Jersey beach owner sues over dune projecthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/376d1a856099421a870c3fc767b8061ePOINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesEnvironment and natureLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/376d1a856099421a870c3fc767b8061eFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:05 GMTUnemployment rates fell in 41 US states last monthhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8824bb13aea14e5d9b5feffdcae9591fWASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8824bb13aea14e5d9b5feffdcae9591fFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:35:46 GMTChrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup truckshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f51b8c77444d449e9efd12ff278f6cc9DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsNorth AmericaUnited Stateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f51b8c77444d449e9efd12ff278f6cc9Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:56:05 GMTCourt: Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfairhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0a20bb58ba954519b542eba73c28fbebHOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court says a 49-year-old man who was convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.aGeneral newsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0a20bb58ba954519b542eba73c28fbebFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:31:49 GMTFIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup voteshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/089f17848e29438a97a1253522fa4c3cMARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governance2014 FIFA World CupSoccerEventsMen's sportsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessMoroccoQatarNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/089f17848e29438a97a1253522fa4c3cFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:53 GMTPolice: 5-year-old boy found dead wasn't abductedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/536aaed0be814fecb6faa3c9078326dbBERNE, N.Y. (AP) — New York police say they're treating the death of a 5-year-old boy as a homicide after determining a caretaker lied when she told them he had been abducted from an Albany-area home by two masked men.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/536aaed0be814fecb6faa3c9078326dbFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:30 GMTGreek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential votehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/76ebf96e34ed454aa0b7dbaa810a6028ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest twist in the bailed-out country's fraught presidential vote.By ELENA BECATOROSiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionElectionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGeneral electionsNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/76ebf96e34ed454aa0b7dbaa810a6028Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:07:49 GMTBlackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue downhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87f2deecb6234db2afa0078111690d09NEW YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.htBusinessTechnologyCorporate stockFinancial performanceCorporate newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and serviceshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87f2deecb6234db2afa0078111690d09Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:43 GMTBoy sends $1 allowance to help save UAB footballhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41493c487d85404a96de4f49978055d8DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance — a $1 bill — with a handwritten note of support.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballFootballCollege sportsOhioUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/41493c487d85404a96de4f49978055d8Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:16 GMTUS stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rallyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/681a0ebaca56400d9a645c5f527887b4NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes are creeping higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's assurance that it was in no hurry to hike interest rates.aBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesEnergy industryUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/681a0ebaca56400d9a645c5f527887b4Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:08:50 GMTReport: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrestedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee7db3ddcd904aa9ac239cf86ae0e42cISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor is demanding that an arrest warrant be issued for the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsTurkeyIstanbulUnited StatesMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ee7db3ddcd904aa9ac239cf86ae0e42cFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:28:28 GMTEgypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdownhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc0555724cc44146ae75886beb15f79bCAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.By MAGGIE MICHAELiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansArrestsCrimePolitical ethicsIslamismSpasGovernment and politicsPolitical activismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesPolitical issuesSex in societyRecreation and leisureLifestyleEgyptCairoIraqMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc0555724cc44146ae75886beb15f79bFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:12:27 GMTBlack market kidney broker released from prisonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce1161968c354774be4be86cbb2b32f6TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison.aGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce1161968c354774be4be86cbb2b32f6Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:47:42 GMTAP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braveshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d5c69ba7a80e409fa8af3a68f034d36aATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsProfessional baseballSports businessBaseballMen's sportsGeorgiaAtlantaSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCaliforniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d5c69ba7a80e409fa8af3a68f034d36aFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:21 GMTAuschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b02ece7777384d35826cc0644ccfb492WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPolandEuropeEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b02ece7777384d35826cc0644ccfb492Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:36:16 GMT10 Things to Know for Todayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf92c0bbc2e24c18bd78ab178b3c521bYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf92c0bbc2e24c18bd78ab178b3c521bFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:38 GMTPakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacrehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f06ee104210f4e7784e314a253c3b055ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groups2008 Mumbai attacksWar and unrestTerrorismCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationReligious issuesReligionArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaMumbaiAsiaIndiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f06ee104210f4e7784e314a253c3b055Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:41:31 GMTGrain lower and livestock higherhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ef4479dc96f146c1a0a93129e138a260CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ef4479dc96f146c1a0a93129e138a260Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:51:45 GMTKenya president signs controversial security lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7212fb57fc84e82aa7f699c0d7f5287NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesTerrorismMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureWar and unrestKenyaNairobiEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7212fb57fc84e82aa7f699c0d7f5287Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:17:48 GMTYear's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/243ad548bf454492b370db1cdc15b6eeNEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.By MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityGrammy AwardsEventsAward showsMusic awardshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/243ad548bf454492b370db1cdc15b6eeFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:37:14 GMTFinland's 1st terror case sees 4 sentencedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a2a81524bba94144aa6398648f093644HELSINKI (AP) — In Finland's first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in SomaliaiGeneral newsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHelsinkiFinlandWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a2a81524bba94144aa6398648f093644Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:56:39 GMTPrepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9565224630024defaba22a6a48b96298WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwHealthGovernment and politicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9565224630024defaba22a6a48b96298Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:46:05 GMTEfforts to save rare northern white rhino continuehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/df8b0b4e1dd94906b73cad794a79ce14PRAGUE (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.iGeneral newsAnimalsRhinocerosZoological parksMammalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleKenyaEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/df8b0b4e1dd94906b73cad794a79ce14Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:15:30 GMTKenya president signs controversial new security lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/674575b854074863881a16c9e06d10ceNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureKenyaEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/674575b854074863881a16c9e06d10ceFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:46:27 GMTPutin: Russia military modernization plan to go onhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2153a2c35904bdd9a04813a3a78aa0cMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment and politicsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2153a2c35904bdd9a04813a3a78aa0cFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:44:47 GMT6th man set to plead guilty in MLB steroid casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbf7e5f1a3914569ad7f3f3f9bff2ef1MIAMI (AP) — A sixth man has pleaded guilty to playing a key role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsDopingDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsSports governanceCrimeProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsLaw and orderMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbf7e5f1a3914569ad7f3f3f9bff2ef1Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:56 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shifthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/347f6df6a4ce4bed873e9d0f401c8f90HAVANA (AP) — Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/347f6df6a4ce4bed873e9d0f401c8f90Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:47 GMTHungary official says disputed Internet tax plan 'dead'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/264e4183c8774539aa435c28128af4f4BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back to life."iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHungaryEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/264e4183c8774539aa435c28128af4f4Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:12:44 GMTYear's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b731a7200d14aee8e8214ce8ea23a0bNEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:By MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentQueensNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b731a7200d14aee8e8214ce8ea23a0bFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:54 GMT8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c24f14304684d4f895c83e92526797dSYDNEY (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c24f14304684d4f895c83e92526797dFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:27 GMT100 million euros in assets seized in Rome 'mafia' probehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/868acbc68a05452987cd07ef8cfcf11cROME (AP) — Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLaw and orderCrimeItalyRomeWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/868acbc68a05452987cd07ef8cfcf11cFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:24:07 GMTFord House sells Cezanne painting for $100 millionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4331e259e9e840b2b0eb36b4b3b14677GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPaintingHome buyingEndowmentsVisual artsResidential real estateLifestylePhilanthropySocial affairsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4331e259e9e840b2b0eb36b4b3b14677Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:51:27 GMTIsraeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israelhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb1fd0b0fd364f12920301f48454480bJERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment and politicsWest BankPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cb1fd0b0fd364f12920301f48454480bFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:27:41 GMT5 topics for Obama's year-end news conferencehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b32238fa690940f590fd19e96089bb94WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.By JULIE PACE and JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politicsFinancial crisisLegislatureForeign policyEconomyInternational relationsBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment policyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesMoscowCubaRussiaNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b32238fa690940f590fd19e96089bb94Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:11:51 GMTGift Guide: Strong photo, video gear optionshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4208075ae7cb445e9a6da6d6dd314d57ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke.By RON HARRIShtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4208075ae7cb445e9a6da6d6dd314d57Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:37:06 GMTBergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefingshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efeef9ca61864b328d3ed080062d8b29WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary and defensehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/efeef9ca61864b328d3ed080062d8b29Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:22:49 GMTLeast productive Congress? Not this one, barelyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d468d85ba9ef40448b4daa9bb4a90b52WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close.By ALAN FRAMwGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d468d85ba9ef40448b4daa9bb4a90b52Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:12:58 GMTActor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interviewhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d38dd4284ce4b4fad9f501507a9744bNEW YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d38dd4284ce4b4fad9f501507a9744bFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:26:53 GMTAP source: Peavy agrees to $24M deal to stay with Giantshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c41d8af460bb40ea81c5828778a507b9SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c41d8af460bb40ea81c5828778a507b9Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:07:22 GMT2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil righttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/19f074e54f674c1a9bdc905816aad46dCOALGATE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say two people have died of injuries suffered during an explosion and fire at an oil rig in the southeastern corner of the state.aGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersFiresAccidentsOklahomaOklahoma CityAdaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/19f074e54f674c1a9bdc905816aad46dFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:58 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dcf5cf0bcdcf425c9a539588323be859LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsObituariesPolitical scandalsPolitical issuesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dcf5cf0bcdcf425c9a539588323be859Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:55 GMTParity abounds among women's hoops elitehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5ff9d263a1af4effb93443cb7b48ddf2COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsWomen's sportsBasketballWomen's basketballCollege basketballCollege sportsSocial diversitySocial issuesSocial affairsSouth CarolinaConnecticutWacoAsheboroTexasTennesseeUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5ff9d263a1af4effb93443cb7b48ddf2Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:20 GMT