FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:36 -0800UN Security Council discussing N. Korea's human rights NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsCourtsInternational relationsJudiciaryNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsiaPyongyangUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:24:00 GMTDriver charged after car lands in river, boy dies, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving a car into a northern Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOhioSanduskyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:01:35 GMTBMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:35:50 GMTCuba says open to every one of US President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations (AP) — Cuba says open to every one of US President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:11:12 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 governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWeatherWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:01:36 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 released Monday.aGeneral newsCourtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderJudiciaryGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNational courtsNational governmentsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:00:19 GMTChange of leadership in Crimea means property grab, Crimea (AP) — One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe.By LAURA MILLS and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPolitical corruptionConstitutionsEmbezzlementAgricultureCrimeWar and unrestParliamentary electionsLegislatureOwnership changesCorporate newsBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsPolitical issuesIndustriesElectionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderConsumer products and servicesCrimeaRussiaMoscowUkraineSimferopolKievBlack SeaEastern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 20:18:12 GMTReview: A charming cast anchors the dark 'Into the Woods' is one Disney film that's definitely not a light fairy tale.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 19:48:58 GMTFuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.By DINA CAPPIELLOiGeneral newsInternational tradeEnergy industryEnvironmental policyEnvironmental concernsCoastlines and beachesEnvironmental conservation and preservationCabinet appointments and nominationsTreesForestsLegislatureEconomyBusinessIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment policyGovernment and politicsAir qualityEnergy and the environmentClimateIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmental laws and regulationsCabinetsGovernment appointments and nominationsNatural resource managementLand environmentPlantsWildlifeEconomic policyInternational agreementsInternational relationsUnited StatesPanamaPanama CanalLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 22 Dec 2014 20:24:31 GMTBlagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his sibling on charges that he attempted to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.By MICHAEL TARMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:42 GMTTimeline of events before and after NYC cop deaths timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsLaw enforcement agenciesPoliceGovernment and politicsMarylandBaltimoreBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:54:15 GMTJoe Cocker dies at 70 (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:23:43 GMTPope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 20:23:27 GMTGreek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims, Greece (AP) — A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.iBusinessGeneral newsPolitical corruptionElectionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGovernment and politicsNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:34:41 GMTArizona will change drugs used in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials will no longer administer the two-drug combination used in the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood this year.Associated PressaGeneral newsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:23:35 GMTNorth Korea suffers massive Internet outages; US official declines to say if it is responsible (AP) — North Korea suffers massive Internet outages; US official declines to say if it is responsible.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsService outagesNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 20:01:53 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading stock indexes edged higher in afternoon trading Monday, on course to build on gains from last week. Pharmaceutical stocks were among the big risers. 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 20:17:02 GMTTribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.By FELICIA FONSECA and MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSmall businessNative AmericansRecreational drug laws and regulationsTribal governmentsDrug-related crimeCrimeGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureUnited StatesFlagstaffWashingtonSeattleArizonaConnecticutMontanaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:03:40 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 DAMPFhtTravelLifestyleAlpine skiingWomen's skiingAthlete injuriesMen's skiingSkiingSports sponsorshipSportsWomen's sportsMen's sportsAthlete healthAutomotive technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologySports businessItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:32:44 GMT88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRebellions and uprisingsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment transitionsEconomyNational electionsWar and unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsBusinessTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaMiddle EastAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:59:17 GMTCuba: We're open to every part of Obama's detente (AP) — Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country's head of North American affairs said Monday.By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:03:01 GMTNeighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:59 GMTDebt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea, Guinea (AP) — When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why.By MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesAnimalsBatsDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthMammalsGuineaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:37 GMT11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes.iGeneral newsArrestsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestFranceParisBurundiWestern EuropeEuropeEast AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:56 GMT'Guardian angel,' community join to give man home, N.C. (AP) — She'd warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but "Mr. I Don't Listen" ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he'd taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer.By ALLEN G. BREEDaGeneral newsHealthLexingtonNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:06:47 GMTThe ins and outs of the playoff races five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.By BARRY WILNERsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballEventsFootballSeattleHoustonDallasWashingtonCincinnatiKansas CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexasOhioMissouri, 22 Dec 2014 19:45:23 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 newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional footballFootballMassachusettsFall RiverBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:33 GMTGoing it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014 (AP) — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone.By JOSH LEDERMANaGovernment and politicsEconomyLegislatureClimateInternational relationsImmigrationBusinessUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 19:19:43 GMTWife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three spies imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, as well as the fact that one of their wives is expecting a baby in two weeks.iGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:11 GMTWounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela, Venezuela (AP) — Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the team he coaches and one of his sons said Monday.iGeneral newsSportsHealthMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsVenezuelaHoustonSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:09 GMTEx Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.By BRAD BROOKS and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICONiBusinessGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCorporate managementCrimeCorporate newsPersonnelEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsBrazilBrasiliaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 19:39:13 GMTDOJ seeks benefits for families of slain officers (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is directing Justice Department to expedite death benefits to the families of two New York police officers who were fatally shot inside their patrol car, the Justice Department said Monday.wGovernment and politicsFamily financesPersonal financeBusiness, 22 Dec 2014 20:28:00 GMT48 extra days in rape case probation violation, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.aGeneral newsViolent crimeHigh school footballLegal proceedingsCrimeHigh school sportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFootballSportsLaw and orderEventsSteubenvilleOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:46:28 GMTLGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles YORK (AP) — For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month.By KEN SWEETaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansSeniorsCouplesWorkplace discriminationPublic opinionMarriageRelationshipsLifestyleHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsFamily issuesGenerationsDemographicsPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthHuman welfare, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:49 GMTAppeals court strikes down NC abortion law, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.By LARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsHealthAbortionNational courtsLegislationGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWomen's healthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryDiagnostic testsDiagnosis and treatmentLegislatureUnited StatesNorth CarolinaRichmondNorth AmericaVirginia, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:19 GMTNorth Korea experiencing severe Internet outages (AP) — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."By ERIC TUCKERhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyService outagesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 20:04:03 GMTNicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.iBusinessGeneral newsNicaraguaPanama CanalCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanPanama, 22 Dec 2014 19:42:24 GMTAP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves, Spain (AP) — Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves — a legacy of Spain's fascist past.By DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZAiGeneral newsSeniorsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:58:24 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 FOXtTravelLifestyleLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessPersonal spendingPersonal financeGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:55:51 GMTAl-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel (AP) — The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile between the two countries over the Gulf nation's support for Islamists.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsInternational relationsTV newsGovernment and politicsNews mediaMediaTelevisionEgyptMiddle EastQatarDohaSaudi ArabiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:19:44 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 19:25:49 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.tTravelLifestyleConsumer affairsConsumer protection and advocacyMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCorporate newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:29:40 GMTAgent of Joe Cocker says British singer has died of lung cancer at age 70. (AP) — Agent of Joe Cocker says British singer has died of lung cancer at age 70.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCancerDiseases and conditionsHealthLung diseaseUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:12:34 GMTRenee Fleming to make Broadway debut in 'Living on Love' YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star.By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentPerforming artsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:47:40 GMTCorrection: Coyotes-Kings story ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 20 about the game between the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes, Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was credited for a power play goal in the third period. The team announced an official scoring change Monday, crediting the goal to Jeff Carter and giving him two for the game.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsLos AngelesArizonaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:56:44 GMTBritish singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer YORK (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.By DAVID BAUDERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityPhilanthropic foundationsPhilanthropySocial affairsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:57:28 GMTLeaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineMoscowRussiaGermanyFranceKievEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 19:37:48 GMTCourt heaps grief on vaccine victims, makes them wait years (AP) — A system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found.By MITCH WEISS, JUSTIN PRITCHARD and TROY THIBODEAUXwGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsImmunizationsGovernment programsLegal proceedingsLegislatureInjuriesGovernment and politicsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessCorporate newsPublic healthHealthLaw and orderCriminal punishmentDevelopmental disordersDiseases and conditionsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:04:37 GMTNY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a temporary halt to protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with a force preparing Christmastime burials for two of its own and decrying the demonstrations as a factor in the officers' cold-blooded executions.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsSocial mediaPoliceCrimePolitical activismFunerals and memorial servicesEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesCampaignsElectionsPolitical issuesNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:14 GMTBMW expands US air bag recall nationwide YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to expand a recall of driver's-side air bags to the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:25:16 GMT