FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:42 -0800Cuban cigar boom? A look at what new rules mean (AP) — Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba's most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here's a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars:By RACHEL LA CORTEaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaDominican RepublicUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:32:51 GMTCyprus: initial offshore drilling finds no gas, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Energy Ministry says initial exploratory drilling by an Italian-Korean consortium off Cyprus' southern coast has failed to find significant quantities of gas.iBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesCyprusWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 17:53:46 GMTKenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China, Kenya (AP) — The head of Kenya's athletics federation said Friday the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsDopingTrack and fieldDoping regulationsSportsKenyaChinaRussiaJamaicaEast AfricaAfricaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:38 GMTOfficials: Pakistan executes 2 militants after reinstating death penalty after school massacre (AP) — Officials: Pakistan executes 2 militants after reinstating death penalty after school massacre.iGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:15 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — Some victims of the Colorado theater shooting are outraged that the parents of suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty just weeks before his trial is set to begin.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMental healthHealthColoradoUnited StatesNorth AmericaDenverAurora, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:10 GMTProsecutor begins probe into 2012 Valencia F1 GP (AP) — Spain's Prosecutor's Office has begun an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement in the awarding of contracts to hold the 2012 Formula One race in Valencia.sSportsAutomobile racingEmbezzlementFormula OneCrimeGeneral newsSpainValenciaWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 17:02:40 GMTNew Jersey beach owner sues over dune project 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 beachesMunicipal governmentsEnvironment and natureLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:12 GMTCorrection: Custody-Surrender story, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:01 GMT2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsTechnology issuesCorporate newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeNorth KoreaUnited StatesAuroraCaliforniaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaColorado, 19 Dec 2014 17:50:45 GMTIraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsEvacuationsMountainsEnvironment and natureIraqMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 17:45:59 GMTRussia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCorporate newsBusinessLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestMoscowCrimeaRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:31 GMTCuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaMiamiFloridaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:28:09 GMTUS stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes were mostly 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. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace to close with its second-best weekly gain this year.By MATTHEW CRAFTaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:39 GMTSuspected bomb found under N. Ireland soldier's car, Northern Ireland (AP) — British army experts have dismantled a suspected booby-trap bomb hidden underneath an off-duty British soldier's car in Northern Ireland.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomNorthern IrelandWestern EuropeEuropeIreland, 19 Dec 2014 17:41:00 GMTPoll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.By JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTAhtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyPublic opinionDrone aircraftWildlifeSocial affairsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:40 GMTSelig to become baseball commissioner emeritus YORK (AP) — Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sports, 19 Dec 2014 18:09:18 GMTAmazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with HILLEL ITALIEfBusinessArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryProducts and servicesCorporate newsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:59 GMTSkier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Information Center said.aGeneral newsSkiingWinter weatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSportsWeatherAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:14 GMTPhillies finalize deal sending Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle.sSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:28:30 GMT9 migrants drown off Morocco coast, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say that nine migrants, including three infants, drowned off the coast near Tangiers.iGeneral newsMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 17:31:52 GMTHackers gloat over 'The Interview' cancellation in new email YORK (AP) — Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, praising the studio as "very wise" to cancel the release of "The Interview" and saying Sony's data is safe "as long as you make no more trouble."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 17:30:45 GMT3.2 quake recorded in Oregon, Ore. (AP) — A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSalemOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:21:51 GMTReport: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.By SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsExtraditionArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsTurkeyIstanbulEuropeUnited StatesMiddle EastWestern EuropeNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:14 GMTAP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsGeorgiaAtlantaSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:45 GMTWoman who foiled abduction was ready for a fight, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAugustaMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:44 GMTMaine woman who foiled abduction ready for a fight, Maine (AP) — A Maine museum worker who prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says there would've been a "big fight" if the man hadn't given up.aGeneral newsCrimeMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:29:16 GMTBrowns' Thomas accused of environmental violations, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:30 GMTRays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Rays, Padres and Nationals have finalized an 11-player trade that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.sSportsProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessBaseballMen's sportsTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:09:09 GMTT-Mobile paying up to $90M for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay up to $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal spendingPersonal financeTelecommunicationsIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulations, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:21 GMTGold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsSportsMen's sportsCelebritySwimmingCrimeLegal proceedingsSummer Olympic gamesReckless endangermentEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAquaticsMen's aquaticsLaw and orderOlympic gamesEventsMarylandBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:43:06 GMT2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus has been sentenced to two years in prison.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsEducation issuesEducationLaw and orderNew HavenConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 18:07:01 GMTT-Mobile paying up to $90M in refunds for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will issue up to $90 million in refunds for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.wBusinessGeneral newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulations, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:54 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel CastroBy ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:25 GMTFBI blames North Korea for Sony hack (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.By ERIC TUCKEReArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentLaw enforcement agenciesNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:55:51 GMTGang accused of robbing New Jersey freight trains CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.aBusinessGeneral newsTheftCrimeViolent crimeNew JerseyJersey CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:52:01 GMTBush officials gave CIA wide latitude (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:23 GMTHackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form YORK (AP) — Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 18:04:58 GMTLittle-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into Francis' views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that shaped his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCubaVatican CityUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:33 GMTAthletics Kenya says marathoner Rita Jeptoo's 'B' sample confirms positive doping test, Kenya (AP) — Athletics Kenya says marathoner Rita Jeptoo's 'B' sample confirms positive doping test.sSportsTrack and fieldDopingMarathonsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 17:41:55 GMTAfter school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country's first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerrorismDeath penalty controversyCrimeMilitary legal affairsSocial issuesSocial affairsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:02 GMTAPNewsBreak: Sandusky won't get his pension back, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsGovernment pensions and social securityCoach retirementCoachingCollege footballCrimeLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsCollege sportsFootballCrimes against children, 19 Dec 2014 17:11:47 GMTCuban cigar boom? Stores and customers say not yet (AP) — The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsCubaMiamiUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:13:37 GMTBergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefings (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipArmed forcesMilitary facilitiesMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:13:54 GMTActor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor on only one occasion.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:05:27 GMTVolcker critical of delays in namesake rule (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is criticizing a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral news, 19 Dec 2014 17:33:00 GMTPeru investigates Greenpeace member in Nazca stunt, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian prosecutor is investigating the suspected involvement of a Greenpeace activist in a publicity stunt that allegedly damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines.iGeneral newsPeruSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 17:38:02 GMTWeird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.By RACHEL D'OROaBusinessGeneral newsScienceSmall businessWeather forecastsWeatherWinter weatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:32:18 GMTUN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthEpidemicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthWest AfricaAfricaLiberiaSierra Leone, 19 Dec 2014 17:56:47 GMTOfficials: Pakistan executes 2 convicted militants (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitant groups2008 Mumbai attacksWar and unrestTerrorismLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment and politicsLaw and orderEventsArmed forcesMilitary and defensePakistanSouth AsiaAsiaPeshawarMumbaiIndia, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:00 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies (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 LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentPolitical scandalsObituariesPolitical issuesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:26 GMT