FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 27 Dec 2014 12:44:26 -0800Sports deaths: elegant Tony Gwynn, Jean Beliveau one, the tool of choice was a bat. For the other, a stick.By FRED LIEFsSportsHockeyMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootballNHL hockeyProfessional hockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNBA basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballCanadaMontrealNew YorkSan DiegoNorth AmericaQuebecUnited StatesCalifornia, 27 Dec 2014 08:33:24 GMTPolice officer shoots woman in leg in Hollywood ANGELES (AP) — A police officer shot a woman in the leg early Friday at a Hollywood parking structure after she fought with another woman and pointed a gun at the officer, authorities said.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeHollywoodLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 04:47:59 GMTLillard leads Portland past Philadelphia 114-93, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 28 points and nine assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-93 on Friday night for their seventh win in the last eight games.By NICK DASCHELsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsPortlandPhiladelphiaOregonUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvania, 27 Dec 2014 05:42:14 GMTMadagascar's former president under house arrest (AP) — Madagascar's former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeMadagascarAntananarivoSouth AfricaEast AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 27 Dec 2014 13:24:05 GMTJapan's Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country's precarious public finances.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyPopulation growth and declineGovernment and politicsRecessions and depressionsPricesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment financeDemographicsSocial affairsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 12:33:35 GMTSchool error takes money from staff bank accounts, Mass. (AP) — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch.aGeneral newsMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 12:51:02 GMTFaried grabs 25 rebounds as Denver beats Minnesota 106-102 (AP) — Kenneth Faried had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthMinnesotaDenverUnited StatesNorth AmericaColorado, 27 Dec 2014 04:53:02 GMTLukashenko names new PM, central bank head, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus has replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.iGeneral newsEconomyBusinessFinancial servicesIndustriesGovernment and politicsBelarusEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 13:11:23 GMTKey developments in police-communities tension killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFunerals and memorial servicesExtortion and threatsPoliceProtests and demonstrationsCrimeEventsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestNew York CityFergusonBostonNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouriMassachusetts, 27 Dec 2014 08:02:03 GMTChina jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported Saturday.iBusinessGeneral newsFiresCrimeAccidents and disastersAccidentsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureCorrectional systemsLaw and orderChinaChangchunGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 09:14:35 GMTN. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."By HYUNG-JIN KIMhtArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth KoreaSouth KoreaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 13:35:05 GMTWoman who bared breasts in Vatican square is freed CITY (AP) — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.iGeneral newsChristianityArrestsPolitical activismReligionSocial affairsLaw and orderCrimePolitical issuesGovernment and politicsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 12:21:22 GMTJapan's Abe unleashes new stimulus to spur growth (AP) — Japan's Cabinet on Saturday approved about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job creation, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRecessions and depressionsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsPricesJapanEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 11:11:48 GMTPakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 07:19:58 GMTSweden's PM: No early elections next year (AP) — Sweden's prime minister said on Saturday there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal.iGeneral newsElectionsGovernment and politicsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsSwedenWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 12:02:19 GMTWestbrook leads Thunder to win over Hornets CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 29 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-75 victory over Charlotte on Friday night, snapping the Hornets' season-high four-game win streak.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 03:44:57 GMTStudy: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado (AP) — Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study.aBusinessGeneral newsRecreational drug laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 04:36:36 GMTToday in History is Saturday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2014. There are four days left in the year.By The Associated PressaViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:20 GMTRondo, Nowitzki carry Mavs past Lakers, 102-98 (AP) — Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 21 points in his fourth game with Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki added 14 to move up another spot on the NBA's scoring list in the Mavericks' 102-98 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsSports transactionsMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 04:15:05 GMTPilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport, Cyprus (AP) — Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus.By MENELAOS HADJICOSTISiGeneral newsCyprusNicosiaTurkeyGreeceWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 27 Dec 2014 11:04:39 GMTPolicies of GOP governors could find national play, Wis. (AP) — One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures.By THOMAS BEAUMONTaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsHiring and recruitment2016 United States Presidential ElectionLegislaturePolitical partiesPersonnelGovernment financeGovernment business and financeState governmentsNational electionsElectionsNational governmentsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsWisconsinUnited StatesIowaIndianaDetroitMichiganOhioNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 08:20:02 GMTAP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015 (AP) — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'By EMILY SWANSON and JENNIFER AGIESTAwBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentPublic opinionPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCelebritySocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 08:26:00 GMTN. Korea blames US for Internet shutdown, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has hurled racial slurs against President Barack Obama while blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the Sony hacking row.htArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaSouth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 03:42:03 GMTGermany: Greece must stick to existing agreements (AP) — Germany's finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors — comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout opposition party to power.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGreeceGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 09:09:07 GMTIran's army tests suicide drone in drills, Iran (AP) — Iran's army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.iGeneral newsDrone surveillance and warfareArmed forcesDrone aircraftIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsMilitary affairsTerrorismWar and unrestIranPersian GulfMiddle East, 27 Dec 2014 11:42:08 GMTMayor, VP to speak at slain NYPD officer's funeral YORK (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral Saturday of a police officer shot to death along with his partner in a brazen daylight ambush that shook the city and put an end to large-scale local protests criticizing police following a series of high-profile deaths in police custody.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MIKE BALSAMOaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFunerals and memorial servicesViolent crimeCrimePoliceMunicipal governmentsEventsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 13:51:30 GMTPakistani army says airstrikes kill 23 militants, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's army says its warplanes have killed 23 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border.iGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsPakistanAfghanistanSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 27 Dec 2014 05:59:16 GMTNC State wins Bitcoin Bowl to cap turnaround year PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A turnaround season got a little sweeter for North Carolina State in the Bitcoin Bowl.By FRED GOODALLhtSportsFiesta Bowl GameTechnologyCollege footballEventsCollege sportsFootballBowl Championship SeriesFloridaSt. PetersburgUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 05:46:06 GMTWanted Islamic extremist leader surrenders in Somalia, Kenya (AP) — A Somali intelligence official says a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who has a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia.By ABDI GULEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSomaliaKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Dec 2014 13:44:15 GMTPolish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak died in US, Poland (AP) — Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza says that poet, translator, dissident and former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home. He was 68.iGeneral newsObituariesPolandHarvardEastern EuropeEuropeMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 12:57:12 GMTSnow, ice sweep Britain, stranding drivers (AP) — Snow and icy weather have swept through parts of Britain, stranding drivers and leaving thousands of homes without power.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherWinter weatherUnited KingdomEuropeWestern Europe, 27 Dec 2014 13:10:25 GMTAgonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China (AP) — In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago.By JACK CHANGiGeneral newsMissing personsSearch and rescue effortsKidnappingGovernment and politicsCrimes against childrenCrimeSmugglingSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 06:25:52 GMTTurkey: 2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed.iGeneral newsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 13:04:20 GMTAP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy (AP) — Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. As the 2016 candidates get set to kick off their campaigns, here are five things to know about public opinion on the economy.By JENNIFER AGIESTA and EMILY SWANSONwBusinessPersonal financeGovernment and politicsEconomyPublic opinionRecessions and depressionsSocial affairsLabor economyLeading economic indicators, 27 Dec 2014 13:38:11 GMTN. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview."By HYUNG-JIN KIMhtArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth KoreaSouth KoreaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 27 Dec 2014 04:45:18 GMTUkraine says Crimea transport halt temporary, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian security official said Saturday that the suspension of transport connections with Crimea is expected to be only a temporary measure.iGeneral newsUkraineCrimeaOdessaRussiaKievEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 13:46:33 GMTSuns outlast Kings 115-106 for 5th straight win, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds, Isaiah Thomas keyed the decisive run against his former team and the Phoenix Suns outlasted the short-handed Sacramento Kings 115-106 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.By ANTONIO GONZALEZsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballSacramentoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 05:30:36 GMT12-year-old riding new scooter fatally hit by car, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 04:26:37 GMTGunmen kill policeman, injure another (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle have shot and killed a policeman and injured another.iGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Dec 2014 07:31:59 GMTOfficial: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia, Kenya (AP) — Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia.iGeneral newsKenyaSomaliaEast AfricaAfrica, 27 Dec 2014 13:35:08 GMTCourt: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK ANGELES (AP) — A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.By TAMI ABDOLLAHaGeneral newsImmigration policyPoliceImmigrationLaw enforcement agenciesPersonal insurancePersonal financeBusinessCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 06:17:58 GMTSyria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks (AP) — Syrian state media says the government is prepared to attend peace talks that Moscow plans to hold next month.iGeneral newsDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSyriaMoscowMiddle EastRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 27 Dec 2014 13:03:41 GMTDavis leads New Orleans past San Antonio 97-90 ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 97-90 victory over the slumping San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballNew OrleansSan AntonioLouisianaUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 27 Dec 2014 03:47:33 GMTReports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp (AP) — Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps.iGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsJapanNew York CityEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 03:59:31 GMTClinton economic approach under scrutiny (AP) — If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats.By KEN THOMASfBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionEconomyNational electionsElectionsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 27 Dec 2014 13:56:37 GMTHow the AP-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 12-14. It is based on online interviews of 1,017 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentHolidaysOccasionsLifestyle, 27 Dec 2014 08:22:20 GMTEgypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court has reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison.iGeneral newsWeddingsGays and lesbiansOccasionsLifestyleLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 27 Dec 2014 13:47:02 GMTGood, bad and weird of NFL season NFL season offers much to marvel at or laugh about, and plenty of chances to shake our heads in befuddled wonderment.By BARRY WILNERsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional footballFootballSports businessTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports mediaAthlete healthTexasDallasSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 27 Dec 2014 05:01:00 GMTRockets top Grizzlies in overtime in Smith's debut, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Smith immediately paid dividends for the Houston Rockets, while the Memphis Grizzlies remained spiraling on their longest losing streak of the season.By CLAY BAILEYsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsMemphisHoustonTennesseeUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 27 Dec 2014 05:39:50 GMTHow the AP-GfK poll was conducted Associated Press-GfK poll on the economy was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.By The Associated PressaBusinessPersonal financeGovernment and politicsEconomy, 27 Dec 2014 13:39:43 GMT