FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:32:53 -0800Heat win LeBron's Miami return, top Cavs 101-91http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0c041663e1de4aa89dd1e24390814ef2MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaTennesseehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0c041663e1de4aa89dd1e24390814ef2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:33:11 GMTAfter 6 years, Obama personal chef hangs up apronhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1b76fe8211224d649200a6281f3e4823WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, Obama's personal chef is waving goodbye.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwFood and drinkGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLifestyleHealthy eatingChefsChild nutritionChild and teen healthNutritionHealthDiet and exerciseObesityDiseases and conditionsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1b76fe8211224d649200a6281f3e4823Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:38:54 GMTSKorea, US and Japan share intel on North Koreahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7de19d42b5654bdbb63bf240ae97cb1eSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it'll sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact with the U.S. and Japan next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats.iGeneral newsSouth KoreaJapanSeoulNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7de19d42b5654bdbb63bf240ae97cb1eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:37:37 GMTSKorea, US and Japan to share intel on North Koreahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae42c23724ce4dbfacc1d485c78bf8abSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsNuclear weaponsMilitary and defenseWeapons of mass destructionGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaJapanSeoulNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae42c23724ce4dbfacc1d485c78bf8abFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:16:06 GMTHaiti political veteran nominated as next prime ministerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53d846d625084162865989cea59f12faPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former mayor of Port-au-Prince and presidential candidate was nominated Thursday to be the next prime minister amid an ongoing standoff with parliament that has stalled legislative elections.iGeneral newsPolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsElectionsLegislatureNational electionsHaitiPort-au-PrinceCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53d846d625084162865989cea59f12faFri, 26 Dec 2014 03:08:30 GMTCrawford, Paul lead Clippers over Warriors 100-86http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0d38c94c24fb48bbabf5f0d0b886084bLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul added 22 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors their second loss at Staples Center in three days with a 100-86 victory Thursday night.By JOE RESNICKsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballLos AngelesOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0d38c94c24fb48bbabf5f0d0b886084bFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:25:51 GMTProtesters return to HK streets for 2nd nighthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/393bd91925a24790b1d8164e39bc279aHONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 37 people overnight Thursday as pro-democracy protesters returned to the city's streets for a second night demanding open nominations for the semi-autonomous city's chief executive, according to police.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/393bd91925a24790b1d8164e39bc279aFri, 26 Dec 2014 03:30:31 GMTWestbrook scores 34, lifts Thunder over Spurshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/07c9415b3ee14da88e9c740e07f673dbSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance.By RAUL DOMINGUEZsSportsMen's sportsNBA FinalsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballEventsTexasSan AntonioOklahoma CityDuncanUnited StatesNorth AmericaOklahomahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/07c9415b3ee14da88e9c740e07f673dbThu, 25 Dec 2014 23:57:26 GMTWashington crosses Delaware _ with better weatherhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a16b6e26c06945c6bc036cd836505d77TITUSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — George Washington made his Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River — with considerably better weather than the first time.aGeneral newsWeatherNew JerseyTrentonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a16b6e26c06945c6bc036cd836505d77Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:15:13 GMTJournalists share indelible memories, images from tsunamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/98777bd2cc654ef795a7def3ebe2f6edSome 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most:By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiSearch and rescue effortsAccidents and disastersProperty damageJournalistsEventsNatural disastersAccidentsNews mediaMediaAcehIndonesiaThailandSoutheast AsiaSri LankaMaldivesColomboBangkokSouth AsiaTaiwanTaipeiIndian OceanSumatraAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/98777bd2cc654ef795a7def3ebe2f6edFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:22:07 GMTJames hears plenty of cheers in return to Miamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/080e7e4c2eba4b8f967ce3713e6ba09fMIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was running the gamut of emotions Thursday when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/080e7e4c2eba4b8f967ce3713e6ba09fFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:40:08 GMTComanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart racehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/718d2d9e3d41429c82593767d38b4a9dSYDNEY (AP) — American super maxi Comanche took the lead at the start line and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.iGeneral newsSportsAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/718d2d9e3d41429c82593767d38b4a9dFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:03:19 GMTFather of pilot captured by IS pleads for releasehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b4930738d03c43a28a88d807bc24f2a0AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking the group to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.By OMAR AKOUR and DIAA HADIDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestAmmanJordanSyriaMiddle EastIraqUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b4930738d03c43a28a88d807bc24f2a0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:30:58 GMTMan drives into crowd of pedestrians in Beijinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a71ff4090854d36a7db0a6b10df85b8BEIJING (AP) — An elderly Chinese man drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a popular Beijing sports stadium Friday morning, injuring eight people in what appeared to be a protest against an unfavorable court ruling, police said.iGeneral newsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a71ff4090854d36a7db0a6b10df85b8Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:08:58 GMTWashington minimum wage to hit $9.47 an hour, highest in UShttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b48b14c6a4ec4e3a9e19abdca67a4147SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.aBusinessGeneral newsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b48b14c6a4ec4e3a9e19abdca67a4147Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:49:13 GMTToday in Historyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35fd2c5f3305465a88064dbb116ad5beToday is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2014. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.By The Associated PressaAccidents and disastersGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesJapanSan DiegoEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsiaCaliforniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35fd2c5f3305465a88064dbb116ad5beFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:00:02 GMTCapacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/490087dbf7b94368a8f3beb0a9031131NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.By HILLEL ITALIEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentDocumentariesOnline mediaGovernment and politicsMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesNorth KoreaManhattanNew York CityArkansasEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/490087dbf7b94368a8f3beb0a9031131Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:11:16 GMTObama on Christmas: World safer due to US troopshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/996fd16c4e6d4d31a9143203cb0010d0KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild thanks to the extraordinary service of U.S. troops.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesHolidaysMilitary and defenseOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesHawaiiAfghanistanHonoluluNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/996fd16c4e6d4d31a9143203cb0010d0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:59:57 GMTAsia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/841cef5d75d0478996c6e8daf78b41ceKHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were held across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.iGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesNatural disastersOceansAccidents and disastersCoastlines and beachesEnvironment and natureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndonesiaIndian OceanAcehThailandSoutheast AsiaSri LankaAsiaSumatraSouth Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/841cef5d75d0478996c6e8daf78b41ceFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:27:21 GMTLakers' Kobe Bryant sidelined again by sorenesshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2077231924df4e47b2d9857a9407a1baCHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers' contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2077231924df4e47b2d9857a9407a1baFri, 26 Dec 2014 01:23:30 GMTPolice in Kosovo stop driver with explosiveshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/abb089afec364e3e875dc0936b3436e0PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police say they have foiled an apparent attempt to detonate a car filled with explosive material in the capital Pristina.iGeneral newsArrestsEmbassiesLaw and orderCrimeInternational relationsGovernment and politicsKosovoPristinaSerbiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/abb089afec364e3e875dc0936b3436e0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:38:40 GMTTsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09b55d6fdc9b40f59f8953ae63afdda2Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the last of their stories, which have been published daily since Dec. 17.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSri LankaMaldivesSouth AsiaIndian OceanAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09b55d6fdc9b40f59f8953ae63afdda2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:19:03 GMTJapan inflation, industrial output weaken in Novhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/156fdc32ceea473283e2863ff17dd999TOKYO (AP) — Japan says its inflation rate eased slightly in November as household spending dropped, hindering the government's effort to get the world's third-largest economy out of recession and back to sustainable growth.iGeneral newsPricesEconomyRecessions and depressionsBusinessJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/156fdc32ceea473283e2863ff17dd999Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:48:29 GMTTransit officers help mother deliver baby on trainhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/525c21b64e5f449f8e051c627a1941a9PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit officers in Pennsylvania helped make a very special Christmas delivery.aGeneral newsMass transit systemsTransportationPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/525c21b64e5f449f8e051c627a1941a9Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:39:38 GMTJapan's McDonald's to put big fries back on menuhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b76ca4ffed04ec6a5e47f7d904da19eTOKYO (AP) — Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan.iBusinessGeneral newsJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b76ca4ffed04ec6a5e47f7d904da19eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:57:26 GMTPolice and fire officials save California family's Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2de9d5a6c9145a19a627694502f3688COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Josh Roffeis was about to leave for work Wednesday morning when he discovered his green Honda filled with most of the family's Christmas presents had been stolen.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeWest CovinaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2de9d5a6c9145a19a627694502f3688Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:43:04 GMTMilitants attack African Union base; 9 deadhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ded7370b88364ef8b3bb0b274bc53ecbNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said.By ABDI GULEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSomaliaKenyaMogadishuEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ded7370b88364ef8b3bb0b274bc53ecbFri, 26 Dec 2014 00:17:22 GMTObama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 yearshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbdff0a1ca1b4aaabcacd1122b1b4e22WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef also is hanging it up.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwFood and drinkLifestyleGovernment and politicsHealthy eatingChefsChild nutritionChild and teen healthNutritionHealthDiet and exerciseObesityDiseases and conditionsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cbdff0a1ca1b4aaabcacd1122b1b4e22Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:44:40 GMTKey developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6254ef658a374f0dbd0781a5cbbf5013Two New York police officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a Brooklyn subway station and committed suicide.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesExtortion and threatsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriArrestsCrimeViolent crimeEventsLaw and orderQueensNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6254ef658a374f0dbd0781a5cbbf5013Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:41:06 GMTVon Miller bounces back from tough 2013 seasonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9bb6c7bdfea14d718f44007f27b0b69aENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The extra pounds are gone and so is the weight off Von Miller's shoulders.By ARNIE STAPLETONsSportsAthlete injuriesSports transactionsNFL Pro BowlProfessional footballAthlete healthSports businessEventsFootballColoradoDenverUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9bb6c7bdfea14d718f44007f27b0b69aThu, 25 Dec 2014 23:30:36 GMT'Christmas Vacation' prank: Clark Griswold exithttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982c4bf16dcd47ecafacc4d7074f9b83CLARK, N.J. (AP) — At least one "Christmas Vacation" fan was driving on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway Thursday.aArts and entertainmentOdditiesMoviesEntertainmentHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982c4bf16dcd47ecafacc4d7074f9b83Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:52:06 GMTUnruly passenger forces Delta plane to land in Albuquerquehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e44df01b1241465481aa3d4318859eb3ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a disruptive passenger forced a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles to land at the Albuquerque International Sunport between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday.aGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e44df01b1241465481aa3d4318859eb3Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:57:01 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 6http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/174d004159224146a8960965d45681c3KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the sixth day of their holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/174d004159224146a8960965d45681c3Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:58:51 GMTPau Gasol leads Bulls past Lakers, 113-93http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82007d08837d46d9a3424f6dfc91c44dCHICAGO (AP) — There was no getting around it for Pau Gasol, no denying this was one strange and emotional night.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82007d08837d46d9a3424f6dfc91c44dFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:03:26 GMTSpokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospitalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/83c82cf65a46499ba3b438556d248f78HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized through Christmas Day after experiencing shortness of breath two days ago.aGeneral newsHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/83c82cf65a46499ba3b438556d248f78Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:28:37 GMTCalifornia officials issue caramel apple warninghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56113c07a61541cd947d56ff5d37aa59SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials are warning people not to eat Happy Apple brand caramel apples after they were recalled over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria.aGeneral newsFood and drinkLifestyleCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56113c07a61541cd947d56ff5d37aa59Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:24:31 GMTGeorge Washington upsets No. 11 Wichita St, 60-54http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1fdbef21f5f94a748d28f84322d15ab2HONOLULU (AP) — George Washington needed a spark, and Kethan Savage had the answer.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballMen's sportsBasketballCollege sportsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1fdbef21f5f94a748d28f84322d15ab2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:59:13 GMTJames receives mixed reaction in return to Miamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8d634050262b43aab81156ec04f416feMIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was running the gamut of emotions Thursday when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8d634050262b43aab81156ec04f416feThu, 25 Dec 2014 23:41:49 GMTIsrael's ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for womenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87851b37f4cb4b51b579f9c88ce6729aJERUSALEM (AP) — A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament.By TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsSocial diversityJudaismGovernment and politicsLegislatureGender ratioSocial issuesSocial affairsReligionDemographicsJerusalemIsraelMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87851b37f4cb4b51b579f9c88ce6729aFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:22:01 GMTAP PHOTOS: People around the world mark Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/326edd63ea3d431aa7e7233acae7e42ePeople around the world celebrate Christmas with prayers, festive meals, costume parades and selfies.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestylehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/326edd63ea3d431aa7e7233acae7e42eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:34:43 GMTCan GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b4205b0e8584a649471be6aafb2146fATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.By BILL BARROWaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionRace and ethnicityHispanicsPolitical partiesElectoral collegeDemographicsNational electionsEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b4205b0e8584a649471be6aafb2146fFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:33:30 GMTCollege sees small, big benefits with loan promisehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/88baa644dd7d4cb9b07c94c03031168fADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A small, private Michigan college has a deal for students: Make more than $37,000 a year after graduating or the school will pay all or part of your loans.By JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsEducationEducation costsSocial affairsHigher educationAdrianMichiganUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/88baa644dd7d4cb9b07c94c03031168fFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:28:18 GMTWisconsin man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 treehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa701a8985884335a2992fee3a335094WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.aGeneral newsTreesHolidaysOccasionsLifestylePlantsWausauWisconsinUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa701a8985884335a2992fee3a335094Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:50:49 GMTArians reportedly to go back to Lindley as starterhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/822b46d378574351bc3a5d14019fd13eTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went back to work Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday in the regular-season finale at San Francisco.sSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/822b46d378574351bc3a5d14019fd13eFri, 26 Dec 2014 01:54:32 GMTDetroit teen shot while playing with gun at homehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e6147342150540c8a9167d6fcd579ee2DETROIT (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Detroit boy was shot in the head while he and friends played with a gun in the basement of a home.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e6147342150540c8a9167d6fcd579ee2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:46:45 GMTSony says online PlayStation disruptedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9e3a5e9406a405a96e2623dd10d01cdTOKYO (AP) — Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.iBusinessGeneral newsGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9e3a5e9406a405a96e2623dd10d01cdFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:31:39 GMTOn Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combathttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e22ced19e2124b2684ae89f2f43d00a0KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesMilitary and defenseHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesAfghanistanHawaiiHonoluluIraqNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e22ced19e2124b2684ae89f2f43d00a0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:47:42 GMTShares mostly higher in quiet holiday tradinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8318adf8efc4bfb86357884189b5934TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.By The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsCommodity marketsJapanShanghaiEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaChinaGreater ChinaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8318adf8efc4bfb86357884189b5934Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:40:37 GMTNo. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady groundhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fa5440248dfc4d1dbbe226c981943e0dMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers have received a crash course in just how much of a business college sports can be.By GENARO C. ARMASsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fa5440248dfc4d1dbbe226c981943e0dFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:43:35 GMTPaws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelterhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0710c8eee1ec4db8bfca6e98e4f1b3afMADISON, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus went to work on Christmas Day for an animal shelter.aOdditiesAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0710c8eee1ec4db8bfca6e98e4f1b3afThu, 25 Dec 2014 23:20:11 GMT