FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 10:31:53 -0800South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.By LYNSEY CHUTELiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureCrimeEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityViolent crimeSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:01 GMTTrump Entertainment eyes new financing from Icahn, Del. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts says a new $20 million pledge by billionaire investor Carl Icahn will give it time to restructure while keeping the struggling Taj Mahal casino open.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:57:21 GMTRailroads seek one-person crews for freight trains, Neb. (AP) — When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, they commonly had seven people aboard — an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral news, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:15 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in midday trading financial markets drifted slightly higher in midday trading Monday, although the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices. Stocks have notched gains the past three trading days.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsReal estateEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:09:40 GMTUN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — "a test that is sure to come."iGeneral newsDisease outbreaksDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthPublic healthWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:25:02 GMTBurundi arrests brother of French police attacker, Rwanda (AP) — An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeRwandaBurundiEast AfricaCentral AfricaKigaliAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:36:52 GMTFrench power company to pay $772M in bribery case (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking government officials in multiple foreign countries for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.By ERIC TUCKERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCorporate crimeCrimeCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:50 GMTObama signs New York state disaster declaration (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWeatherEmergency managementWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:18:00 GMTImmigrants apply for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy have started to apply for Arizona driver's licenses now that a judge has barred the state from denying them driving privileges.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsImmigration policyLegal proceedingsState governmentsGovernment policyLaw and orderArizonaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPhoenix, 22 Dec 2014 17:36:47 GMTCourt sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey can't conclude a mother abused and neglected her baby because the child was born exhibiting symptoms of methadone withdrawal due to the mother's use of the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled in an opinion Monday.aGeneral newsCourtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderJudiciaryGovernment and politicsNational courtsNational governmentsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:32 GMTProsecutor: No terror link in France car rampage (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.iGeneral newsArrestsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsFranceParisBurundiWestern EuropeEuropeEast AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 18:09:41 GMTMayor meets with family of slain NYPD officer YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the family of Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death in a squad car this weekend with his partner.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 18:00:12 GMTAdam Scott picks Mike Kerr to be new caddie COAST, Australia (AP) — Former Masters champion Adam Scott has picked Mike Kerr to be his next caddie.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolf, 22 Dec 2014 18:19:26 GMTUS home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov. (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome pricesPricesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleLabor economyProfessional servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:05:28 GMT2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsTennisMen's snowboardingSnowboardingProfessional footballMen's sportsFootballNFL footballKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:13 GMTWriter seeks records of long-dead arsenic killer, Conn. (AP) — A writer telling the story of a serial killer who inspired the play and 1944 movie "Arsenic and Old Lace" hopes the Connecticut Supreme Court will order records related to her incarceration in a state mental hospital to be opened.By STEPHEN SINGERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesHartfordConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:41:12 GMTNY requires Ocwen reforms, $150M homeowner help, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial regulators have reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. requiring the nation's largest subprime mortgage servicer to reform its practices and provide $150 million to help struggling New York homeowners.By MICHAEL VIRTANENaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:07:24 GMTSexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsSex in societyViolent crimeViolenceHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesEl SalvadorSan SalvadorCentral AmericaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:15 GMTConvict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.By JACK ELLIOTT JR.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsHuman rights and civil libertiesRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsMississippiUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:04:34 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading moved slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday, on pace to build modestly on gains from last week. The market has closed higher over the past three trading days. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsHealth care industryIndustriesReal estateEnergy industryLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:17:33 GMTFAA, industry launch drone safety campaign (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTransportation safetyDrone aircraftIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationConsumer products and services, 22 Dec 2014 17:33:38 GMTSkiers have reservations over airbag safety system GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.By ANDREW DAMPFhtGeneral newsHealthSportsAlpine skiingWomen's skiingMen's skiingSkiingAthlete injuriesSports sponsorshipWomen's sportsMen's sportsAthlete healthAutomotive technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologySports businessItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:23:17 GMT88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRebellions and uprisingsGovernment transitionsNational electionsWar and unrestNational governmentsTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:27 GMTEl Salvador's gangs target women and girls SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsViolent crimeSex in societyViolenceImmigrationHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimeEl SalvadorSan SalvadorUnited StatesCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:01 GMTIt's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.By MAE ANDERSONfBusinessLifestyleHolidaysOnline shoppingHoliday shoppingOccasionsShoppingLeisure travelTravelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesGift shoppingChinaUnited StatesColoradoGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:57 GMTPolice departments on alert after NYC cops killed YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaViolent crimeArrestsCrimeState governmentsLaw enforcement agenciesEventsOnline mediaMediaLaw and orderGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:58 GMTIt's down to the wire for online shopping (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.By MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleHiring and recruitmentHolidaysOnline shoppingHoliday shoppingGift shoppingPersonnelInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyOccasionsShoppingConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:02 GMTCeleb birthdays for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee ("Spider-Man," ''The Incredible Hulk") is 92. Actor Martin Milner ("Adam 12," ''Route 66") is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek") is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 76. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 68. Actor Denzel Washington is 60. Country singer Joe Diffie is 56. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 56. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 54. Actor Malcolm Gets ("Caroline in the City") is 50. Comedian Seth Meyers ("Saturday Night Live") is 41. Actor Brendan Hines ("Lie to Me") is 38. Actor Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") is 38. Singer John Legend is 36. Actress Sienna Miller is 33. Actress Mackenzie Rosman ("7th Heaven") is 25. "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is 24. Actor Miles Brown ("black-ish") is 10.By The Associated PresseArts and entertainmentMusicCelebrityEntertainmentPerforming arts, 22 Dec 2014 17:38:26 GMTOfficials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring (AP) — Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat.aGeneral newsAnimal crueltyIndictmentsCrimeLaw and orderBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:31:56 GMTHernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional footballFootballMassachusettsBostonFall RiverUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:44:13 GMTMarathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeLaw and orderEventsBostonOklahoma CityMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaOklahoma, 22 Dec 2014 17:43:13 GMTTop news of 2014 left public grasping for answers feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.By ADAM GELLERaGeneral newsHostage situationsInternational relationsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMilitant groupsAccidents and disastersWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsCrimeEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited StatesLibyaUkraineMiddle EastRussiaFergusonNorth AmericaNorth AfricaAfricaEastern EuropeEuropeMissouri, 22 Dec 2014 17:26:14 GMT10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.By JERRY HARMER and JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersForensicsAccidents and disastersOceansEventsLaw and orderEnvironment and natureLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsMyanmarThailandSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanAsia, 22 Dec 2014 17:18:46 GMTJudge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan (AP) — A federal judge on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.By SAM HANANELwGovernment and politicsImmigrationImmigration policyGovernment programsBorder securityConstitutionsNational courtsPoliceSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsMilitary and defenseNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLaw enforcement agenciesUnited StatesArizonaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:25:34 GMTRussia bails out bank following ruble slide (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial crisisEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesRussiaMoscowUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:23 GMTIn IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 17:05:29 GMTPhil Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract (AP) — Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:58:33 GMTAppeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen.By LARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsNational courtsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderDiagnostic testsDiagnosis and treatmentHealthNorth CarolinaRichmondUnited StatesNorth AmericaVirginia, 22 Dec 2014 17:56:15 GMTBig changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.By BEN FOXiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLeisure travelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPersonal spendingPersonal financeGovernment and politicsHavanaCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:39:49 GMTTruck veering out of control kills Glasgow pedestrians, Scotland (AP) — A number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow, police said.By PAUL KELBIE and GREGORY KATZiGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowScotlandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 17:32:09 GMTEx-chief says video rants meant to snare threats former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who posted online videos of himself ranting obscenely about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons secretly fed information on people he considered militia members, anti-government extremists and so-called "sovereign citizens" to the FBI and state police, according to documents he showed to The Associated Press.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsState governmentsTerrorismGun politicsIntelligence agenciesLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 22 Dec 2014 18:15:32 GMTAP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014 YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.By DAVID CRARYaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriLegislaturePublic opinionAfrican-AmericansDisease outbreaksNational courtsGovernment and politicsVeteransEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthSocial affairsPublic healthNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMarriageFamily issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseHealth care policyGovernment policyUnited StatesUkraineMalaysiaWest AfricaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeSoutheast AsiaAsiaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 18:10:53 GMTPalestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled (AP) — International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.By TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 17:54:46 GMTTruck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow, Scotland (AP) — Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said.By PAUL KELBIE and GREGORY KATZiGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowScotlandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:18:12 GMTTripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.iBusinessGeneral newsMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:02:16 GMTSpain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsTax evasionFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessMadridSpainPalmaWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:41 GMTAl-Jazeera Egypt channel shuts down (AP) — The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar.iGeneral newsEgyptQatarMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:46:20 GMTEx-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimeProtests and demonstrationsMental healthViolent crimeEventsPolitical and civil unrestHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:13:00 GMTMayor meets with families of slain NYPD officers YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the families of the two officers shot to death in a squad car this weekend.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 18:12:04 GMTGaza Strip to get Coca-Cola factory (AP) — The war-battered Gaza Strip is getting a Coca-Cola factory.iGeneral newsHiring and recruitmentTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsPersonnelBusinessWar and unrestConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 17:41:24 GMT