FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 15:46:50 -0800Obama 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 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) — Radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that oppose any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Thursday.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsAfghanistanMiddle EastQatarCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 23:20:30 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 GMTFirst Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave (AP) — As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.By STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionCampaignsInternational relationsLegislatureForeign policyPolitical partiesPrimary electionsNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyPolitical organizationsUnited StatesCubaDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaSouth CarolinaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 23:14:21 GMTAP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert" Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring:By The Associated PressaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentPolitical fundraisingGovernment and politics, 18 Dec 2014 23:18:03 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 GMTJudge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors' tactics.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsCrimeNational courtsCorporate crimeCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:17:00 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 23:10:53 GMTNCAA executive backs athlete image compensation (AP) — Oliver Luck is ready to embark on another rebuilding project.By MICHAEL MAROTsSportsAthlete compensationCollege sportsMen's soccerProfessional soccerSports businessMen's sportsSoccerProfessional footballFootballCollege footballIndianapolisIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:03:43 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 relationsEuropeLithuaniaRussiaBrusselsEastern EuropeBelgiumWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 23:16:22 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 23:02:27 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 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 GMTKris Medlan and Royals agree to $8.5 million, 2-year deal CITY, Mo. (AP) — After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.By DAVE SKRETTAsSportsAthlete injuriesSports transactionsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:37:29 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 GMTFoxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court, Conn. (AP) — The felony conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official should have kept him from receiving a management job at the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino, an attorney for another tribal member argued Thursday.By MICHAEL MELIAaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsTheftCrimeEmbezzlementLaw and orderConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 23:09:33 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 preservationForestsMaterials industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureProfessional servicesNatural resource managementLand environmentGrants PassOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:34:43 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 GMTWoman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:33:30 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 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 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 23:01:10 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 GMTUS protection sought for scenic California region (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, businesses and politicians will use a visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday to push for permanent protection of some 550 square miles of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational parksMountainsAnimalsEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:13:50 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 GMT2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringFraud and false statementsDisease outbreaksArrestsCrimeDiseases and conditionsNational courtsViolent crimePublic healthHealthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:32:04 GMTFatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits, Texas (AP) — The initial wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accuse organizers of safety lapses after a driver struck a crowd of concertgoers.By PAUL J. WEBERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentAccidentsSouth by Southwest Music Conference and FestivalAccidents and disastersEventsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMusic festivalsAustinTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:38:52 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 GMTThink Cuban-Americans all think alike? Think again (AP) — Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.By CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsRebellions and uprisingsGovernment and politicsGenerationsDemographicsSocial affairsWar and unrestCubaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:04:37 GMTCorrection: Cuba-Travel story YORK (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000.tTravelLifestyleInternational agreementsLeisure travelInternational relationsGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndustrial products and servicesAccommodationsCubaMiamiHavanaUnited StatesNew YorkTampaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:07:49 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 GMTA post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers (AP) — With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.By JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyLegislatureImmigrationPolitical activismEnvironmental concernsEconomyNational electionsElectionsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsForeign policyInternational relationsEnvironmentEnvironment and naturePolitical issuesBusinessHavanaCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 23:06:48 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 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 22:45:08 GMT