FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 06:21:02 -0800Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide (AP) — Ford says it's expanding a recall for faulty driver's side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 13:47:49 GMTAfghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and three were wounded Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle, an official said.By LYNNE O'DONNELL and AMIR SHAHiGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLaw enforcement agenciesAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:03 GMTEU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism (AP) — The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away.iBusinessTravelForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsProducts and servicesCorporate newsLifestyleGeneral newsCrimeaEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:50 GMTThief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:35:18 GMTUK police probe murder claims in child abuse case (AP) — British police say they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that prominent people sexually abused children several decades ago.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsCrimes against childrenCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 13:10:03 GMTKraft Foods CEO to retire; Cahill named successor, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successor.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:19 GMTCrisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition entered a third day Thursday.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHealth care policyHealth care reformGovernment policyPolitical issuesNetherlandsThe HagueWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:49:47 GMTHearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeReligious strifeLaw and orderCrimeKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:26:55 GMTFrance fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing (AP) — France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents.iBusinessGeneral newsMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:49 GMTEgypt sends 41 Islamists to prison for rioting, Egypt (AP) — A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years.iGeneral newsCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 12:44:12 GMTSelf-defense fails in Montana's man murder trial, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMontanaMissoulaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 14:02:25 GMTRussian sailors leaving French port without warship (AP) — Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the French-made warship they were supposed to take home.iBusinessGeneral newsFranceRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 13:29:43 GMTDjokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.sSportsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:02 GMTPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsMilitary occupationsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 13:24:01 GMTUS jobless aid applications decline to 289,000 (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicators, 18 Dec 2014 13:49:40 GMTPutin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear (AP) — President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyAnimalsBearsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsMammalsCrimeaRussiaMoscowUkraineEuropeBlack SeaEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 13:36:00 GMTLawyer defends acts of Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death, Nigeria (AP) — A human rights lawyer says 54 soldiers have been sentenced to death because they embarrassed Nigeria's military by demanding weapons to fight Islamic extremists, and says they were justified in not going on what would have been a suicidal mission.By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsMilitary legal affairsCrimeLaw and orderMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 14:06:05 GMTGerman ex-lawmaker seeks end to child porn case (AP) — A former German lawmaker who quit amid a child pornography investigation says discussions are underway with prosecutors on possibly closing the case against him in exchange for a fine.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimes against childrenCrimeGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:31:48 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 13:53:42 GMTKenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows forcing parliament to adjourn the debate on proposed changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 12:28:24 GMTGermany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment (AP) — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn't expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine.iOdditiesBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 14:07:57 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados form (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceStormsTornadoesWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:31:18 GMTOfficial: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic, Central African Republic (AP) — Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28 people, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for safety, a Red Cross official said Thursday.By HIPPOLYTE MARBOUAiGeneral newsWar and unrestChristianityReligionSocial affairsAfricaCentral African RepublicBanguiCentral Africa, 18 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMTMarathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is due in federal court for the first time in nearly 1 1/2 years as a judge holds a final hearing before his trial next month.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingNational courtsBombingsEventsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 14:06:05 GMTChina arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:16:01 GMTTop Catholic cleric in Holy Land condemns violence (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land has condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas message.iGeneral newsReligious strifeTerritorial disputesChristianityWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:01:10 GMTReformers target traffic courts in Ferguson LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriGovernment programsLegal proceedingsArrestsMunicipal governmentsTrafficCrimeLocal governmentsEventsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:23:09 GMTQ&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.By DAN ELLIOTThtGeneral newsScienceTechnologyWeather forecastsWeatherStormsTornadoesDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 14:13:34 GMTSwiss central bank imposes negative interest rates, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.By JOHN HEILPRINiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesBernSwitzerlandRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:28:44 GMTSerbia jails 11 rights activists during China summit, Serbia (AP) — An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia.iGeneral newsSummitsPolitical activismArrestsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsPolitical issuesLaw and orderCrimeCorrectional systemsChinaSerbiaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 13:45:40 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinet, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence and political wrangling.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:20:13 GMTPoll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.By LAURA MILLS and LYNN BERRYiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPublic opinionEconomyFinancial crisisNational governmentsSocial affairsFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 14:05:31 GMTChine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:05 GMTPolice: 3 killed as car hits people leaving church BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver hit a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people — including two women in their 80s — and leaving up to nine others injured, police said.aGeneral newsPoliceAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:48:22 GMTIn botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.By RAPHAEL SATTERhtGeneral newsTechnologyHackingPolitical activismTechnology issuesSoftwareComputing and information technologyPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomSyriaWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 13:10:36 GMTMan dies 2 weeks after police used stun gun on him, Fla. (AP) — The medical examiner is reviewing the case of a 28-year-old man who died about two weeks after sheriff's deputies used a stun gun on him.aGeneral newsCrimePensacolaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:09:05 GMTApplications for US unemployment aid slip to 289,000, lowest level in 6 weeks (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 289,000, lowest level in 6 weeks.wBusinessGeneral news, 18 Dec 2014 13:30:28 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter will lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia now on the agenda.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governanceCorruption in sportsSoccerEventsMen's sportsRussiaMoroccoQatarEastern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:57:59 GMTSpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan. CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 14:10:48 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsExtortion and threatsCriminal investigationsHuman welfareLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment grantsLegislatureGovernment and politicsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment business and financeBusinessUnited StatesMontanaMaineSouth CarolinaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:17:11 GMTInmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutional CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state's lethal injection protocol.aGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCorrectional systemsLegal proceedingsOklahomaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:25:38 GMTPortugal gov't issues order to stop airline strike, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government has issued an executive order to stop a planned four-day strike by national airline staff during the busy Christmas holiday season.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPortugalWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 13:25:44 GMTPakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial.iGeneral news2008 Mumbai attacksLegal proceedingsTerrorismEventsLaw and orderWar and unrestPakistanIndiaMumbaiSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:21:41 GMTGulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf equity markets made massive gains Thursday with Dubai's main stock market rising 13 percent, just two days after closing at its lowest point of the year.By AYA BATRAWYiBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsEconomic policyGovernment policyUnited Arab EmiratesDubaiMiddle EastSaudi Arabia, 18 Dec 2014 14:06:59 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.iGeneral newsDiplomacyReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 12:22:53 GMT'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.By ELAINE KURTENBACHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer electronicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryTelecommunicationsJapanTokyoEast AsiaHollywoodAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:09 GMT11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfricaGuineaLiberia, 18 Dec 2014 13:41:43 GMTJimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy 'courageous' (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy "courageous."wGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 13:28:07 GMTColombia's government rebuffs rebel truce, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government has rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying conditions demanded by the guerrillas' are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.By LLIBARDO CARDONAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrug-related crimeCease firesCrimeColombiaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:51:13 GMTMyanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.iGeneral newsBuddhismLegal proceedingsCrimeArrestsReligionSocial affairsLaw and orderMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:01:35 GMT