FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 07:39:18 -0800North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 13:26:44 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 newsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeWar and unrestNational securityMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 14:24:11 GMTAirbus delivers first A350 jet, at long last (AP) — Airbus has at last delivered its first A350 jet, handing over the wide-body plane to Qatar Airways after years of delays and a multibillion-dollar redesign.tTravelLifestyleFranceQatarWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 14:05:36 GMTBelarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.By YURAS KARMANAUiBusinessGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsCuisinesFood and drinkLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsDiplomacyBelarusRussiaMoscowMinskEuropeKazakhstanUkraineEastern EuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 14:39:32 GMTStocks open mostly higher, extending a rally stock indexes are opening mostly higher as the market builds on its big gains from last week.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock markets, 22 Dec 2014 14:40:37 GMTUS home sales dropped sharply in November (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsProfessional servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:11:09 GMTEU inspection critical of Frankfurt airport security (AP) — The German government says a European Union inspection found security shortcomings at Frankfurt airport, the country's busiest, and that measures have been taken to address them.tTravelLifestyleTransportation safetyTransportationGeneral newsGermanyFrankfurtEuropeWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 14:04:18 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.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:16:36 GMTLeg lamp stolen from New York store's display TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie's "Old Man" from a New York store's annual tribute to "A Christmas Story"?aOdditiesNew YorkNorth TonawandaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:18:02 GMTRussian deputy PM talks up the ruble (AP) — A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomyCurrency marketsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment and politicsRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesCabinetsGovernment appointments and nominationsRussiaCrimeaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 22 Dec 2014 13:31:36 GMTPresidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan (AP) — South Africa's president met with the leaders of Tanzania and Uganda on Monday for talks on the South Sudan peace process, South Africa's government said.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsHumanitarian crisesGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsSouth SudanSouth AfricaUgandaSudanTanzaniaEast AfricaNorth AfricaAfricaSouthern AfricaMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 15:12:32 GMTList of people being honored as Carnegie Heroes of Carnegie Hero medals announced Monday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationFiresKansasKansas CityArizonaKansas CityMissouriPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:52:37 GMT88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote, Tunisia (AP) — 88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTunisiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 14:20:21 GMTCambodia 'doctor' faces murder rap in HIV outbreak PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prosecutor says an unlicensed medical practitioner in northwestern Cambodia suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 people with the virus that causes AIDS has been charged with murder and other crimes.iGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksViolent crimeCrimePublic healthCambodiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:12:55 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 BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsWar and unrestTunisiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 15:01:52 GMTVa. child falls 18 feet off ski lift, suffers minor injuries, Va. (AP) — Massanutten Resort is investigating a 6-year-old girl's 18-foot fall from a ski lift.tTravelLifestyleAccidentsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsHarrisonburgVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:02:55 GMTNigerian police say car bomb kills 16, wounds 25 at bus station in northeastern city of Gombe, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say car bomb kills 16, wounds 25 at bus station in northeastern city of Gombe.iGeneral newsBombingsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 15:27:26 GMTZimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses.By FARAI MUTSAKAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCabinetsCivil serviceTeachingEducationSocial affairsLabor issuesSocial issuesZimbabweHarareSouthern AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:21 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 crimeCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:00 GMTHernandez back in court for final pretrial hearing RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez is back in court for a final court hearing before the former New England Patriots star's murder case heads to trial.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderViolent crimeProfessional footballFootballFall RiverMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:58:52 GMTGerman bishops signal opening for some divorcees (AP) — The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion "under certain conditions."iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 14:19:55 GMTOldest of zoo gorillas turns 58 at Ohio facility, Ohio (AP) — The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 58 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her Ohio home.aGeneral newsAnimalsZoological parksPrimatesMammalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleOhioColumbusUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:44:43 GMTWounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela, Venezuela (AP) — The team coached by former NBA player Carl Herrera says his condition is improving following a shooting in Venezuela.iGeneral newsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballVenezuelaHoustonSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:47:02 GMTNazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is 'nonsense' (AP) — Kazakhstan's president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is "nonsense" and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUkraineMoscowKazakhstanRussiaEuropeEastern EuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 13:42:12 GMTDOJ seeks benefits for families of slain officers (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is directing Justice Department officials to expedite death benefits to the families of two New York police officers who were fatally shot inside their patrol car.wGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeGeneral news, 22 Dec 2014 15:18:33 GMTChina indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentDrug-related crimeCelebrityIndictmentsCrimeLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:28:38 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 14:34:50 GMTFlight from Seattle to New Jersey safely diverted, Wash. (AP) — Engine trouble forced a United Airlines flight heading from Seattle to Newark, New Jersey, to make an emergency landing in Spokane.aGeneral newsTravelLifestyleWashingtonSpokaneSeattleNewarkUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew Jersey, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:08 GMTStocks edge higher in early trade, extending rally stocks edged higher in early trading Monday, extending big gains from last week. Traders monitored the trajectory in oil prices, which have been moving higher from recent lows.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:09:54 GMTWinter Blast returns to downtown's Campus Martius (AP) — Dates have been announced for a popular festival that attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Detroit each winter.tTravelLifestyleFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisureDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:21:25 GMTSpain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery (AP) — Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLotteriesSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 15:07:02 GMTKurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsSyriaIraqMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 14:51:25 GMTNew Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets, N.J. (AP) — Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey.aGeneral newsOdditiesSocial mediaOnline mediaMediaHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 13:27:38 GMTMigrants to line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Many young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy are expected Monday to begin applying for Arizona driver's licenses, a privilege first denied by the governor but now given to them by the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:14:24 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 sliding oil prices is straining the banking system.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial crisisEconomyCurrency marketsRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyRussiaCrimeaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 22 Dec 2014 14:51:36 GMTSteinbrenner charity to aid slain officer's sons YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:29:57 GMTExpress Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsMedicationHealth care costsHealth issuesHealthInfectious diseasesHealth care industryIndustriesPersonal insurancePersonal financeConsumer products and servicesDiagnosis and treatment, 22 Dec 2014 15:22:55 GMTStocks advance amid oil price stability hopes (AP) — Global stock markets rose strongly Monday amid hopes that some stability was emerging in oil markets following a rout that's seen prices slide to five year lows.By The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsPricesCurrency marketsEnergy industryFinancial marketsEconomyCommodity marketsIndustriesStock marketsUnited KingdomEast AsiaWestern EuropeEuropeAsia, 22 Dec 2014 13:29:40 GMTTourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent (AP) — Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.By JAMEY KEATENtTravelLifestylePricesCustomer statisticsMountainsAccommodationsEconomyBusinessCorporate newsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureRussiaEuropeMoscowFranceCyprusGermanyUkraineAustriaEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 14:28:21 GMTA list of Pope Francis' 15 "Ailments of the Curia" CITY (AP) — Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Here's the list.iGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 13:52:02 GMT2 hurt in western Pennsylvania car wash explosion, Pa. (AP) — Two men suffered burns to their hands and face in a natural gas explosion and fire at a western Pennsylvania car wash.aGeneral newsExplosionsFiresAccidents and disastersPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 13:27:08 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 a downtown park in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeCrimeMental healthEventsHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 15:13:06 GMTPalestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled (AP) — A Palestinian official says international donors have not yet followed through on their pledges to rebuild Gaza.iGeneral newsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 14:29:34 GMTPolice: 'serious incident' unfolding in Glasgow (AP) — Police say an "ongoing serious incident" is unfolding in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.iGeneral newsGlasgowUnited KingdomScotlandWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 15:23:37 GMTTahoe Shakespeare festival to feature expanded 2-show season VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will feature an expanded two-show season in 2015.tTravelLifestyleFairs and festivalsRecreation and leisure, 22 Dec 2014 14:16:26 GMTCaesar's Entertainment to buy affiliate YORK (AP) — Caesar's Entertainment will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load.By The Associated PressfBusinessCorporate stockCorporate newsOwnership changes, 22 Dec 2014 13:53:48 GMTChina to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide (AP) — The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.By DIDI TANGiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical scandalsPolitical issuesChinaHong KongBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 15:18:57 GMTUS home sales fell 6.1 percent in November; low mortgage rates fail to draw buyers (AP) — US home sales fell 6.1 percent in November; low mortgage rates fail to draw buyers.wBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome buyingHome sellingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyle, 22 Dec 2014 15:02:46 GMTPanel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan (AP) — An independent panel says there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.iGeneral newsJapanEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 14:24:06 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — Prosecutor: No charges against white ex-Milwaukee police officer in black man's fatal shooting.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMilwaukeeWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 14:37:16 GMT