FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 17:39:58 -0800Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentCorrectional systemsOklahomaArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:28:56 GMTPolice: NY shooter saw protest, didn't participate YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeViolent crimePolitical and civil unrest, 22 Dec 2014 23:35:16 GMTBMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:24:15 GMTBox office: 'Hobbit' finale sends 'Exodus' fleeing YORK (AP) — The finale of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Battle of the Five Armies," marauded through the multiplexes during the weekend before Christmas, taking in $54.7 million. Since opening Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release has made $89.1 million, according to final box office figures Monday.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 23:21:29 GMTRain and snowstorms could greet holiday travelers (AP) — Many of the nearly 100 million holiday travelers expected to hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains in the coming days may have to negotiate rain or snow forecast to fall across large swaths of the U.S.aGeneral newsHolidaysCustomer statisticsWeatherStormsWinter weatherOccasionsLifestyleCorporate newsBusinessLeisure travelTravel, 23 Dec 2014 00:03:01 GMTBattered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFunerals and memorial servicesProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimePoliceMunicipal governmentsCrimeLegal proceedingsEventsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:25:01 GMTUN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move.By CARA ANNAhtGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyInternational relationsHackingGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaUnited StatesChinaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 22 Dec 2014 23:36:08 GMTHighway tunnel under Seattle to open August 2017 (AP) — A new highway tunnel through downtown Seattle won't be open until August 2017, about 20 months behind schedule, state transportation officials said Monday.aBusinessGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:43:04 GMTArizona to change drugs it uses in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death.By ASTRID GALVANaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsDeath penalty controversyCrimeLaw and orderCriminal punishmentSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesCorrectional systemsArizonaTucsonOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:40:53 GMTGa. airline worker arrested in gun smuggling plot (AP) — Federal authorities say an Atlanta airline employee is suspected of helping smuggle firearms to New York City on passenger jets.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleSmugglingArrestsCrimeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLaw and orderAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:12:32 GMTDonny and Marie Osmond extend Las Vegas show dates VEGAS (AP) — Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:36:59 GMT90 players currently eligible for Masters, Ga. (AP) — Rory McIlroy was among 90 players who already have qualified and are expected to compete in the 2015 Masters.sSportsMen's golfMen's sportsGolfAugustaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:11:43 GMTConsumer group sues Aetna, alleges discrimination DIEGO (AP) — A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Aetna Inc. saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.By JULIE WATSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthLegal proceedingsFinancial servicesIndustriesInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLaw and orderHealth care industryConsumer products and servicesSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:20:16 GMTCalifornia Supreme Court nominee confirmed FRANCISCO (AP) — A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown — a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.By SUDHIN THANAWALAaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsJudicial appointments and nominationsJudiciaryGovernment appointments and nominationsCourtsState governmentsLegislature hearingsLegislatureCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:17:08 GMTKansas says new virus found after resident's death, Kan. (AP) — A new virus thought to be carried by ticks or other insects has been discovered following the death of a southeast Kansas resident during the summer, public health officials said Monday.By JOHN HANNAaHealthVirologyTicksBiologyScienceInsectsAnimalsKansasTopekaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:15:47 GMTMedellin's Christmas lights dazzle in Colombia, Colombia (AP) — Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si!By BETH J. HARPAZiGeneral newsTravelLifestyleHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsMedellinColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 23 Dec 2014 00:05:30 GMTBlagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.By MICHAEL TARMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimePolitical fundraisingLaw and orderUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:04:34 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 23:58:35 GMTPope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Dec 2014 00:59:32 GMTCharges to be dismissed in Arizona dog deaths (AP) — Animal cruelty charges will be dismissed against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel and two caretakers charged in the deaths of 21 dogs this summer, prosecutors said Monday.By WALTER BERRYaGeneral newsDogsCrimeMammalsAnimalsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:49:35 GMTConvict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.By JACK ELLIOTT JR.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:02:12 GMTWilliams has 18, No. 21 Ohio St rolls over Miami U, Ohio (AP) — Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and No. 21 Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami (Ohio) 93-55 on Monday night.By RUSTY MILLERsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:22:16 GMTIraqi Yazidi girls abducted by IS endured horror (AP) — Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of Islamic State group extremists after they were taken as slaves when last summer, leaving them deeply traumatized, an international watchdog group said in a report issued on Tuesday.iGeneral newsHostage situationsMilitant groupsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestIraqMiddle East, 23 Dec 2014 00:43:36 GMTThai farm workers may not get any of $8.7M award (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a California-based labor contractor to pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms.By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaBusinessGeneral newsAgricultureIndustriesHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:36:21 GMT2 men indicted in deadly California bank robbery, Calif. (AP) — An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeKidnappingIndictmentsTheftLaw and orderStocktonCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:04:55 GMTMan who shot protected hawks gets 6-hour jail term, N.J. (AP) — A man who shot protected hawks from the back door of his southern New Jersey home has been ordered to serve six hours in jail and perform 60 hours of community service at a wildlife facility.aGeneral newsBirdsWildlifeArrestsAnimalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:44:14 GMTFederal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume CITY (AP) — Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume.aGeneral newsNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCriminal punishmentOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:35:10 GMTSergio Romo finalizes $15M, 2-year deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:21:42 GMTMayor invites Obama to see Hawaii lava flow (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island is inviting President Barack Obama to view lava from an active volcano that has flowed into a rural town.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceVolcanoesMunicipal governmentsEnvironment and natureLocal governmentsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:59:38 GMTMan who fell from SF building to leave hospital, Calif. (AP) — A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again.By LISA LEFF AND KRISTIN J. BENDERaGeneral newsOaklandSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:08:41 GMTAP sources: NYC congressman to plead guilty YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month, people familiar with plea negotiations said Monday.By TOM HAYSaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsTax evasionCrimePolitical corruptionLegislatureGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesCampaignsElectionsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:20:58 GMTWife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now.By PETER ORSIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPregnancy and childbirthInternational relationsLegislatureAssisted reproductive technologySexual and reproductive healthHealthWomen's healthCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:20:49 GMTMarathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who are seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client's case and the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsSports mediaProtests and demonstrationsCrimeLaw and orderEventsSportsPolitical and civil unrestBostonOklahoma CityUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth AmericaOklahoma, 23 Dec 2014 00:24:56 GMTRose and Gibson return for game against Raptors (AP) — Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson have returned to the Chicago Bulls lineup for their game against the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:23:20 GMTPG&E discloses more emails with state regulators FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators.By ELLEN KNICKMEYERaBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:05:44 GMT13 primates die at South Texas research facility (AP) — A South Texas research facility where 13 primates died of hyperthermia in overheated rooms could face federal penalties, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Monday.aBusinessGeneral newsEthical treatment of research animalsPrimatesObituariesMedical researchScientific ethicsScienceAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsAnimalsHealthTexasAliceUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:56:16 GMTKey developments in the case of slain NYPD officers York police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed Saturday afternoon by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the final act in a rampage that began when he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore, then made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of police officers shooting unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesViolent crimeProtests and demonstrationsCrimePolicePolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsChinaBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:17:40 GMTGoldman Sachs sells metals business to Swiss firm YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs says it has sold Metro International Trade Services, a metals storage business that drew lawsuits and congressional scrutiny.fBusinessSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 23 Dec 2014 00:42:12 GMTMadoff trustee seeks to return another $322M YORK (AP) — Investors burned by Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme could be getting back more of their money.aBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and order, 23 Dec 2014 00:21:53 GMTJudge strikes down wage boost for home workers (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down Labor Department regulations that extended minimum wage and overtime pay to home health care workers.By SAM HANANELwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsStrikesLabor issuesNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulations, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:06 GMTMurray impresses Cowboys playing with broken hand, Texas (AP) — NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray had Dallas coach Jason Garrett believing he would play with a broken hand almost as soon as the injury happened.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsAthlete injuriesFootballAthlete healthProfessional footballTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:59:22 GMTNo bail for man in strangling of girlfriend, kids, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man told them he killed his girlfriend then chased down and strangled her children because they saw their mother's death.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMaineBangorUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:03:13 GMTTypical NFL season: smiles for some, frowns for others or frowning.By BARRY WILNERsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballNFL Super BowlFootballSports businessAthlete healthEventsSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:54 GMTLawyer says 'fix was in' when Winston cleared by FSU hearing, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for Jameis Winston's accuser says "the fix was in" when Florida State cleared the star quarterback of violating the school's code of conduct.By KAREEM COPELANDsSportsCollege footballFootballCollege sportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:51:58 GMTBonnie Samuelson lifts No. 16 Stanford past UC Davis 71-59, Calif. (AP) — Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 30 points and No. 16 Stanford turned back UC Davis 71-59 on Monday to end a two-game losing streak that saw the Cardinal drop out of the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 16, 2009.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:17:53 GMTTripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.htBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer affairsConsumer protection and advocacyMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 23:31:20 GMTJustin Lin to direct third 'Star Trek' film ANGELES (AP) — The USS Enterprise is about to get a little faster. "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third installment in Paramount's "Star Trek" franchise.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 23 Dec 2014 01:21:36 GMTCeremony marks new national monument in Nevada VEGAS (AP) — Several dignitaries received plaster replicas of an Ice Age mammoth tooth on Monday to help mark the dedication of a new national monument in a fossil-rich area at the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley.By KEN RITTERtTravelLifestyleNational parksPaleontologyGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelAccommodationsScienceLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 01:28:36 GMTStanford students design paddles to climb glass FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko.htGeneral newsScienceTechnologyCaliforniaSan JoseUnited StatesNorth America, 23 Dec 2014 00:55:57 GMTLoose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities called off the search Monday for a black bear that caused a stir when it was spotted running through an alfalfa field on the eastern edge of metropolitan Phoenix.aOdditiesScienceAnimalsBearsWildlifeMammalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementMesaPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 23:25:15 GMT