FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:21:13 -0800Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Fergusonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3d0b9deae0c7486680c65c542f537d0fBERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeCrimeProtests and demonstrationsPoliceEventsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3d0b9deae0c7486680c65c542f537d0fThu, 25 Dec 2014 03:18:58 GMTSony statement on the on-demand release of 'The Interview'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3d51bbbd0a774d4d83bd9b2b478f3083LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment issued the following statement Wednesday on the on-demand release of "The Interview":htArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3d51bbbd0a774d4d83bd9b2b478f3083Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:35:36 GMTRogen, Franco, others react to 'The Interview' online streamhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c0074cd388e84c9b8117882523da78cbNEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities react to Sony's announcement Wednesday that it released Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea satire, "The Interview," on digital platforms:aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c0074cd388e84c9b8117882523da78cbThu, 25 Dec 2014 01:35:52 GMTPeyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ec199ae436e544db911547ea6e03a917ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning's prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.By ARNIE STAPLETONsSportsProfessional footballFootballColoradoDenverUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ec199ae436e544db911547ea6e03a917Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:47:51 GMTProsecutors: No delayed start in marathon trialhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d78ecceb5aa545aca7c9f3647190e30fBOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposing a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of his trial until September.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeBombingsLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d78ecceb5aa545aca7c9f3647190e30fWed, 24 Dec 2014 23:49:02 GMTObama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leaderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14d547e0e3bf434e88e6fe74ad5a6647KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you round up a few aides and make common cause on the golf course.By JOSH LEDERMAN and CATHY BUSSEWITZaGovernment and politicsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleMalaysiaHawaiiUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaHonoluluAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14d547e0e3bf434e88e6fe74ad5a6647Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:58:08 GMTChristmas Eve shooting wounds 1 at Louisiana mallhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a17b49bc4744a2e8a8e2bc46c8fd402GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Christmas Eve shooting has left one person wounded at a mall in suburban New Orleans.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLouisianaNew OrleansUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a17b49bc4744a2e8a8e2bc46c8fd402Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:27:03 GMTLawyer says Missouri officer is lucky to be alivehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5bfead652ac4487af513bbbc6bb9735BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for a suburban St. Louis police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old says his client is lucky to be alive.aGeneral newsMissouriUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5bfead652ac4487af513bbbc6bb9735Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:11:51 GMTChristmas parade for dying Utah girlhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e939363c93d3481e8fc9cf7d373fc7f1FOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah (AP) — A tiny rural town in Utah put on its first-ever Christmas light parade this week in the latest gesture aimed at making the holidays special for a dying little girl.aGeneral newsHolidaysParadesOccasionsLifestyleRecreation and leisureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessUtahUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e939363c93d3481e8fc9cf7d373fc7f1Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:04:50 GMTSony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of planshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cfc94d5ea63248b2ad97f09d12f25317LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.By LINDSEY BAHRhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMusicEntertainmentMovie rentalGovernment and politicsMedia distributionMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesNorth KoreaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaHartfordEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaConnecticuthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cfc94d5ea63248b2ad97f09d12f25317Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:19:14 GMTIslamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilothttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8c7aac4b1ec42fab681be3e47593548AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making him the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago.By OMAR AKOUR and DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestAccidentsBombingsAccidents and disastersTransportationAmmanSyriaJordanIraqMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8c7aac4b1ec42fab681be3e47593548Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:59:45 GMTCalifornia's governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2ff0d912b2474935b4a31cbc9bd8b212SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said.By JUDY LINaGeneral newsPardons and commutationsState governmentsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw and orderHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2ff0d912b2474935b4a31cbc9bd8b212Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:13:53 GMTCDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposurehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/462098719cce4dad81456a4a58d01787ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said.By PHILLIP LUCASaGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPublic healthAtlantaLiberiaWest AfricaGuineaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/462098719cce4dad81456a4a58d01787Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:18:33 GMT10 years after tsunami, Indonesian family rebornhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b313b9c6ba944c55bf65eba22e91dd7cMEULABOH, Indonesia (AP) — It all started with a dream that led to a chance meeting: A girl who had been swept away by the Indian Ocean tsunami a decade ago.By MARGIE MASONiGeneral newsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersIslamReligionSocial affairsAcehIndonesiaSumatraIndian OceanSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b313b9c6ba944c55bf65eba22e91dd7cWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:03:54 GMTCuba's relations with Catholic Church hit high pointhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c84ec66995fb4b14a638a7641971d3adHAVANA (AP) — Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Cuba's communist government.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsChristianityReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleCubaHavanaVatican CityCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c84ec66995fb4b14a638a7641971d3adWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:50:46 GMTCourt orders release of jailed real estate mogulhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8f54cee82ae247e2afc85e65d4e387beBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered the release Wednesday of a real estate mogul who was jailed last week in Montana after being found in contempt of court over his sale of a Mexico resort.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeSmall businessNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMontanaBillingsMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8f54cee82ae247e2afc85e65d4e387beWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:30:04 GMT4 Ohio inmates challenge lethal injection drug lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/676b712032d844178f0b4efc0b888599COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four death row inmates are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs.By ANN SANNER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSaGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyLegal proceedingsLegislationLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesCorrectional systemsLegislatureGovernment and politicsOhioColumbusUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/676b712032d844178f0b4efc0b888599Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:34:21 GMT2 dead in Northern California small plane crashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/406e9182693f488194ec2fd8fce87225SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed not far from an airport in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaSacramentoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/406e9182693f488194ec2fd8fce87225Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:59:58 GMTFirm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fearshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5a8a23922a704096be7b06b6e009154cWASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at least 29 illnesses in 10 states have been linked to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria.wBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsHealthGovernment and politicsLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsFood safetyPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMissouriUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5a8a23922a704096be7b06b6e009154cThu, 25 Dec 2014 03:54:10 GMTBail denied for man convicted of killing studenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/889acd53f0024e888be0aefdccb29698MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage will remain in jail until sentencing Feb. 12.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational studentsEducationSocial affairsLaw and orderViolent crimeMissoulaMontanaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/889acd53f0024e888be0aefdccb29698Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:26:55 GMTMexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoisehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4ee8e1c2a6cf47e69c4d8ff38afb3564MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.iGeneral newsAnimalsPorpoisesMammalsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeHobbiesRecreation and leisureLifestyleOutdoor recreationMexicoChinaCortezNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaColoradoUnited Stateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4ee8e1c2a6cf47e69c4d8ff38afb3564Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:03:23 GMTEx-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalizedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/edc991f8415b44e09980e0308a7645acHOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain overnight Wednesday in a Houston hospital where he was taken after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHoustonUnited StatesTexasNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/edc991f8415b44e09980e0308a7645acThu, 25 Dec 2014 01:45:28 GMTPakistan to set up military courts for terrorismhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de0d5ce1c0bf4830a72e92c37bf70ccdISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister announced Thursday the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.By ASIF SHAHZAD and REBECCA SANTANAiGeneral newsTerrorismMilitary legal affairsMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsDeath penalty controversyWar and unrestMilitary and defenseSocial issuesSocial affairsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de0d5ce1c0bf4830a72e92c37bf70ccdWed, 24 Dec 2014 20:59:17 GMTChristmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not whitehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b68c82aee004287918de7f5c75080b0NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZaBusinessGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherStormsHolidaysLeisure travelWinter weatherAccidents and disastersOccasionsChicagoSouth DakotaMichiganIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b68c82aee004287918de7f5c75080b0Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:48:56 GMTFANTASY PLAYS: Lessons from 2014 fantasy seasonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/512bac9fd0d343ac83be94e4c3c0c2c7Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck was sensational in fantasy leagues this year — the top scorer in standard formats and the most consistent passer. Just don't point that out to fantasy players who used him in the title game last week and watched him put up zero points.By OSKAR GARCIAsSportsAthlete injuriesFantasy sportsFootballAthlete healthProfessional footballhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/512bac9fd0d343ac83be94e4c3c0c2c7Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:12:19 GMTWestern Kentucky tops Central Michigan 49-48http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/40afccd37a454873bf2da80b3ba1cbd1NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Western Kentucky knows its defensive blunders on what became the final touchdown of the Bahamas Bowl will stay on highlight reels for a long, long time.sSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballKentuckyBahamasMichiganUnited StatesNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/40afccd37a454873bf2da80b3ba1cbd1Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:40:40 GMTArizona prosecutors want ex-officers' case dismissedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/842384cb50c74f8c9ce1569cf19eb8e9PHOENIX (AP) — The disappearance of a key wiretap document in an Arizona corruption case has led prosecutors to seek the dismissal of charges against three former sheriff's officers accused of helping a cartel-connected heroin smuggling ring.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeSmugglingMoney launderingLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsCrimeImmigrationPoliceOrganized crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/842384cb50c74f8c9ce1569cf19eb8e9Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:15:46 GMTUSS Peleliu makes Christmas Eve homecominghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/719a824271af4bc6bd634c5f0e290765SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families eagerly greeted crewmembers as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu made a Christmas Eve homecoming to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific.aGeneral newsSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/719a824271af4bc6bd634c5f0e290765Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:45:20 GMTNY mayor: Protests after cops' deaths are divisivehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5063c0d6e1841bea81e64825620440aNEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says anti-police protests after the shooting deaths of two officers are "deeply divisive."aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsPolicePolitical and civil unrestViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5063c0d6e1841bea81e64825620440aWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:29:54 GMTWho hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mysteryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/49d586267c2845d3a5348bf1ce0d3cadLOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.By TAMI ABDOLLAHhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityHackingComputer crimeGovernment information leaksIntelligence agenciesNational securityMilitary intelligenceComputing and information technologyTechnology issuesCrimeGeneral newsPolitical issuesMilitary and defenseNorth KoreaUnited StatesCaliforniaEast AsiaAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/49d586267c2845d3a5348bf1ce0d3cadWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:28:42 GMTA glance at key police shootings in St. Louis areahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/29f6e582fce64a18bba4a9d7d743f746ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeCrimePoliceEventsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMissouriSt. LouisFergusonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/29f6e582fce64a18bba4a9d7d743f746Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:44:12 GMTAcclaimed film 'Selma' disappoints LBJ historianhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9322b527e2b2497180ffe4d9a2a6f623AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The widely acclaimed movie "Selma" about the 1965 Civil Rights movement has disappointed at least one moviegoer: a leading historian of President Lyndon B. Johnson.By PAUL J. WEBEReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsTexasSelmaAustinUnited StatesNorth AmericaAlabamahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9322b527e2b2497180ffe4d9a2a6f623Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:47:26 GMTCDC says lab technician in Atlanta may have accidently been exposed to Ebola virushttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/812bc560b4214168857e528c2fe9db2fATLANTA (AP) — CDC says lab technician in Atlanta may have accidently been exposed to Ebola virus.aGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/812bc560b4214168857e528c2fe9db2fWed, 24 Dec 2014 22:16:30 GMTPope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugeeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d9d3ce2293e54d3ebcebe37f616f7775VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityHolidaysReligionSocial affairsOccasionsLifestyleVatican CityWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d9d3ce2293e54d3ebcebe37f616f7775Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:18:03 GMTNORAD 'tracks' Santa from Australia to S. Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3743edd9eaaa402691fd915c6c2a900cCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America.aGeneral newsLifestyleSocial mediaOnline mediaVolunteerismMediaSocial affairsColorado SpringsUnited StatesSouth AmericaColoradoNorth AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3743edd9eaaa402691fd915c6c2a900cThu, 25 Dec 2014 03:22:38 GMTBail denied for man convicted of shooting exchange studenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6dc79ded65374c29bcfcf68a1522cb4cMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage will remain in jail until sentencing Feb. 12.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsInternational studentsCrimeEducationSocial affairsLaw and orderMissoulaMontanaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6dc79ded65374c29bcfcf68a1522cb4cWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:47:55 GMT10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photoshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/48ff0fe9135948f39abded8499aa727aHere's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsMen's soccerSoccerMen's sportshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/48ff0fe9135948f39abded8499aa727aThu, 25 Dec 2014 00:52:53 GMTLeBron set for Christmas homecoming against Heathttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae672c5ea5f24aeaa548f5f1e9d497cdMIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn't have any apprehension for this homecoming.By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERSaGeneral newsSportsNBA FinalsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsEventsMiamiFloridaClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaOhiohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae672c5ea5f24aeaa548f5f1e9d497cdWed, 24 Dec 2014 23:26:54 GMTVolunteers warn kids to be asleep for Santa visithttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7076fd353ac54af488a967e273a3ced5PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Once a year, hundreds of volunteers, from generals to people who live near North American Aerospace Defense Command at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base, take calls from children around the world who want to find out where Santa is. It all started with a typo in a December 1955 newspaper ad that invited kids to call Santa, but the phone number it listed was for the Continental Aerospace Defense Command, the predecessor to NORAD. The officers on duty, charged with watching the skies for threats to the United States and Canada, played along and began an annual tradition of passing along reports on Santa's progress.By BRENNAN LINSLEYaGeneral newsMilitary facilitiesVolunteerismOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7076fd353ac54af488a967e273a3ced5Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:04:17 GMTChina tightens church control ahead of Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eda206bf43f34f1da6f53f3750273ad0BEIJING (AP) — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October.By DIDI TANGiGeneral newsChristianityHolidaysMunicipal governmentsReligionSocial affairsOccasionsLifestyleLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eda206bf43f34f1da6f53f3750273ad0Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:03:20 GMTText of Pope Francis' homily during Christmas Eve Masshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a2739dbb702243f7b4a280282d7c02daVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a2739dbb702243f7b4a280282d7c02daWed, 24 Dec 2014 22:01:35 GMTNicaragua moves to break highway blockadehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4e15beb8fca4488dafde8fd010bcefa2MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — National police special forces and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday to clear a roadblock erected by residents in southern Nicaragua to protest a proposed transoceanic canal.By LUIS MANUEL GALEANOiGeneral newsBlockadesNicaraguaManaguaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4e15beb8fca4488dafde8fd010bcefa2Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:29:19 GMTChristmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mallhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7acfba739c224ce091f8b8be43183f55GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man who had just bought something at a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeHoliday shoppingHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleShoppingLouisianaNew OrleansUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7acfba739c224ce091f8b8be43183f55Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:21:33 GMTMississippi towns regroup after deadly stormshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/703c2e4d64f6472291c6f8820251092fCOLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off.By JACK ELLIOTT Jr.aGeneral newsTravelWeather forecastsLifestyleWeatherProperty damageStormsTornadoesNatural disastersHoliday shoppingAccidents and disastersHolidaysOccasionsShoppingMississippiGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/703c2e4d64f6472291c6f8820251092fWed, 24 Dec 2014 22:43:58 GMTCuba relations with Catholic Church at high pointhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7170810b32fd418ca6b0974996c1409bHAVANA (AP) — Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Cuba's communist government.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsChristianityReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsReligious issuesSocial issuesHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleCubaHavanaVatican CityCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7170810b32fd418ca6b0974996c1409bWed, 24 Dec 2014 22:29:08 GMTAP source: Josh Smith to join Houston Rocketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/38f1ea05cb3f461a82f253e5fde59eddHOUSTON (AP) — Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday.By KRISTIE RIEKENsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/38f1ea05cb3f461a82f253e5fde59eddWed, 24 Dec 2014 21:56:32 GMTReport: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leonehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/584f6fb8e7af4d5eb2684f20048d0809One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.By MARILYNN MARCHIONEaHealthDisease outbreaksMedicationInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsGeneral newsPublic healthDiagnosis and treatmentSierra LeoneGuineaAfricaWest Africahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/584f6fb8e7af4d5eb2684f20048d0809Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:29:26 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 5http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/95ca5c2a8dc14991b5dcffde45785bf9KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the fifth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Wednesday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHolidaysExerciseOccasionsLifestyleOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelTravelDiet and exerciseUnited StatesHawaiiMalaysiaNorth AmericaSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/95ca5c2a8dc14991b5dcffde45785bf9Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:56:06 GMTBlizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53b68d9619ef475f9dc08856c68f2293HONOLULU (AP) — Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas.By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53b68d9619ef475f9dc08856c68f2293Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:35:00 GMTFaithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/83e1dfe1167b4ccd92d2845964b98a12BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsHolidaysChristianityTerritorial disputesTravelOccasionsLifestyleReligionSocial affairsWar and unrestDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesJerusalemWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/83e1dfe1167b4ccd92d2845964b98a12Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:50:58 GMT