FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 15:06:25 -0800Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached (AP) — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.By STEPHEN BRAUNhtBusinessGovernment and politicsHackingTechnology issuesTechnology, 18 Dec 2014 22:45:08 GMTIcahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down Saturday.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:50:18 GMTUN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that are strongly opposed to any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsAfghanistanCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 22:49:28 GMTNo-confidence for UAB head over football scuttling, Ala. (AP) — Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to drop the school's football program despite it finishing with its best record in years.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsSportsWomen's sportsCollege footballHigher educationFootballLegislatureCollege sportsEducationSocial affairsGovernment and politicsBirminghamAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:22:49 GMTTop Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsMilitant groupsWar and unrestGeneral newsUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 22:13:00 GMTJudge to decide evidence issue in gambling case VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday she'll rule soon whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsIllegal gamblingNational courtsCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:14:27 GMTOklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn't have the drugs yet to carry them out.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCorrectional systemsLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:14:42 GMTUS stocks surge; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, rising sharply for a second day. The Federal Reserve set off the rally a day earlier by indicating that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsPricesCurrency marketsTechnologyStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:58:36 GMTCheniere and Rite Aid are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fFinancial performanceCorporate newsBusinessConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:31 GMTHope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.By PETER ORSI and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsHiring and recruitmentDiplomacyGovernment and politicsAutomobilesPersonnelInternational relationsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:56:17 GMT'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.aGeneral newsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:32:59 GMT'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.By BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsTheftCrimeDocumentariesPrison breaksEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCorrectional systemsLaw and orderFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:43:13 GMTPope Benedict helped free American from Cuba CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityInternational relationsCrimeReligionSocial affairsVatican CityCubaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:16:45 GMT2 defendants in meningitis outbreak case seek bail (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people asked to be freed from prison until their criminal trials.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringFraud and false statementsDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsArrestsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthHealthCorporate newsLaw and orderNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:08 GMTEU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSummitsEconomyInternational relationsEuropeLithuaniaRussiaUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 21:29:16 GMTTimeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release.By The Associated PresshtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksGovernment information leaksLegal proceedingsData privacyIntelligence agenciesGovernment and politicsLaw and orderTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesEventsPolitical issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:08:33 GMTSony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.By MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityHackingGovernment information leaksData storageMilitary intelligenceComputing and information technologyTechnology issuesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsInternet technologyCommunication technologyMilitary and defenseUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 21:52:41 GMTNYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking.By TOM HAYSaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsViolent crimeDrug-related crimeArrestsCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:30:46 GMTBears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The thought crossed Jay Cutler's mind as soon as he found out he was being benched: He might have played his final game for Chicago.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsProfessional footballFootballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:47:55 GMTPolice: Maine museum receptionist foiled abduction, Maine (AP) — A Maine museum employee thwarted a man's attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building, resulting in the man's arrest, police said Thursday.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderMaineAugustaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:00:58 GMTObama raises concerns over crackdown with el-Sissi (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has voiced concern to Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over mass trials and the imprisonment of journalists and peaceful activists in Egypt.wGovernment and politicsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 22:49:48 GMTNHL seeks to reduce its carbon footprint YORK (AP) — The NHL has named Constellation as its preferred energy provider as the league seeks to offset its carbon footprint across all 30 team markets.fBusinessSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesSports businessEnergy industryMen's hockeyMen's sportsEco-friendly practicesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnergy and the environmentProducts and servicesCorporate news, 18 Dec 2014 22:55:06 GMTSteroids trial pushed back for A-Rod's cousin (AP) — A federal judge has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.sSportsDopingDrug-related crimeCelebrityCriminal investigationsSports governanceNational courtsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCrimeGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:36:45 GMTCouple arrested after girl, 1, falls out of window, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is facing charges after the woman's 1-year-old daughter fell out of a second-story window.aGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeNew HavenConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:39:32 GMTNext steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?By MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyEmbassiesGovernment appointments and nominationsHuman rights and civil libertiesTravel laws and regulationsLegislationLegislatureExecutive branchSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment regulationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleHavanaCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:52:46 GMTNew York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.By LEANNE ITALIEfBusinessArts and entertainmentLifestyleFashionBeauty and fashionNew York Fashion WeekFashion showsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEventsEntertainmentFashion designEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:38:59 GMTGroup challenges timber producer's 'green' label PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.By JEFF BARNARDaBusinessGeneral newsScienceEnvironmental laws and regulationsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmentMaterials industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironment and natureProfessional servicesNatural resource managementLand environmentGrants PassOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:15 GMTDow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock markets, 18 Dec 2014 21:14:48 GMT'Sorority Sisters' draws criticism, loses sponsors ANGELES (AP) — VH1 says it's sticking with "Sorority Sisters" despite criticism of the reality show's depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors.By LYNN ELBERfBusinessArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCollegiate organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsHigher educationEducation, 18 Dec 2014 22:56:32 GMTGanassi sets lineups for Rolex 24 at Daytona (AP) — Winners for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series will team up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.sSportsMen's sportsAutomobile racingIndyCarNASCARIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:48:03 GMTReview: Secret Service needs outsider as leader (AP) — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:27:02 GMTHelfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won't play against FSU, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game next month.By CHRIS HANSENsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballEugeneOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:42:32 GMTOakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city.KRISTIN J. BENDERaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSmall businessAnimalsMunicipal governmentsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLocal governmentsOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:45:54 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIdentity theftImmigration policyArrestsImmigrationCrimeGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:21:48 GMT2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.By GRANT SCHULTEaGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsNebraskaColoradoUnited StatesLincolnOklahomaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:38:52 GMTTsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013 (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeNational courtsLaw enforcement agenciesViolent crimeEventsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsWalthamUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:36:16 GMTPlea hearing set for ex-manager in halal food case CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices, according to court documents filed Thursday.By RYAN J. FOLEYaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLifestyleLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsInternational tradeCrimeLaw and orderEconomyCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureIowa CityIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:58:17 GMT'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentHackingTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaTexasEast AsiaAsiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:58:19 GMTFamily wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with man, 76, Texas (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 76-year-old man says his relatives want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him.aGeneral newsVictoriaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:38:38 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops battling IS open key corridor in Iraq, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 21:44:22 GMTOhio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates.By DAN SEWELLaGeneral newsTrafficLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTransportationCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsOhioToledoCincinnatiUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:33:41 GMTSides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations ANGELES (AP) — West Coast dockworkers and their employers don't appear to be close to agreeing on a new contract, nearly six months after their old deal expired.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPersonnel, 18 Dec 2014 22:40:46 GMTLonghorns men and women rolling in 2014, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball is rolling — both the men and the women — and making a splash among the nation's best just two seasons after both had seemed to hit bottom.By JIM VERTUNOsSportsWomen's sportsCollege basketballCollege sportsBasketballMen's college basketballMen's basketballMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:18 GMT2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people will be released from custody, pending trial on criminal charges.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsDisease outbreaksDiseases and conditionsLaw and orderPublic healthHealthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesRacketeeringFraud and false statementsCorporate legal affairsArrestsCrimeCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth AmericaMassachusettsFramingham, 18 Dec 2014 22:59:43 GMTReview panel: Secret Service needs outsider as leader (AP) — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:51:06 GMTIRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds (AP) — Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGovernment and politicsPersonal taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPersonal financeIndustry regulationGovernment regulationsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:21:07 GMTSheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Congress and the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyHispanicsRace and ethnicityArrestsImmigrationLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesState legislatureSmugglingGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:44:55 GMTMom sent back to jail in New England custody case, N.H. (AP) — A woman accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago was sent back to jail on Thursday to await trial.By KATHY McCORMACKaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesLaw and orderNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:26:51 GMTDow industrials have their best day in three years YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve's reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsPricesCurrency marketsTechnologyFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsStock marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:45:43 GMTObama calls in to Massachusetts governor's show (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:49:37 GMT