FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 14:26:12 -0800Icahn 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 early Saturday.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:17:02 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 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 kill 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 21:18:56 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 GMTMiyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason.By DERRIK J. LANGeArts and entertainmentCelebrityMoviesMusicEntertainmentGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyle, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:23 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 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 GMTBondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 22:16:10 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 GMTWorld War II bomb defused in German city (AP) — A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.iGeneral newsWorld War IIState legislatureEventsLegislatureGovernment and politicsState governmentsBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:05 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 GMTPutin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeReserve assetsPublic opinionGovernment and politicsBearsAnimalsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesWar and unrestSocial affairsMammalsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 20:46:46 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 GMTBears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears benched Jay Cutler on Thursday, deciding to start Jimmy Clausen against this Detroit Lions this weekend in favor of their franchise quarterback who signed a massive, seven-year deal less than a year ago.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional footballFootballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:19:32 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 22:06:51 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 GMTPresident signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFTwGovernment and politicsGovernment pensions and social securityNazismLegislationWar crimesGovernment business and financeBusinessLegislatureWar and unrestGeneral newsUnited StatesBerlinNorth AmericaGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:17 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 GMTContractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGovernment and politicsCrimeGeneral newsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:36:50 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 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 neighboring states.By GRANT SCHULTEaGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsNebraskaUnited StatesColoradoLincolnNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:00 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 GMTInnovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.aGeneral newsObituariesLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:54 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 GMTReport: Secret Service needs outsider as leader (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agencies, 18 Dec 2014 20:53:03 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:53 GMTYoung immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsImmigration policyImmigrationLaw and orderGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesArizonaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:01:13 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 GMTThousands respond to black rhino import request WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill.By EMILY SCHMALLaGeneral newsAnimalsRhinocerosOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleMammalsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:09:54 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 GMTInvestors say 'bye,' but not 'ciao,' to stock pickers YORK (AP) — Stock pickers might as well wear a scarlet "A."By STAN CHOEfBusinessPersonal financeFinancial servicesIndustriesStock marketsFinancial marketsPersonal investingLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:03 GMTReview: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.By JAKE COYLEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 20:47:42 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 21:37:53 GMTRabbi Harold Schulweis dies in Los Angeles at 89 ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.aGeneral newsObituariesLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:34:25 GMTColombia's government rebuffs rebel truce, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.By LIBARDO CARDONAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCease firesMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrug-related crimeCrimeDiplomacyInternational relationsColombiaHavanaCubaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCaribbean, 18 Dec 2014 21:27:41 GMTAmid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license VEGAS (AP) — The nightlife mogul who opened the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino on the Strip has won a gambling license from Nevada regulators after intense scrutiny into his past business dealings and drug use.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessConsumer products and servicesIndustriesGambling laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 21:12:21 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 GMTGrave of Confederate soldier dug up in Georgia, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say the grave of a Confederate soldier has been dug up and investigators are working to determine whether anything has been stolen.aGeneral newsGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:08 GMTFiles 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 21:19:45 GMT