FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 09:30:43 -0800Kenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China, Kenya (AP) — The head of Kenya's athletics federation said Friday the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsDopingTrack and fieldDoping regulationsSportsKenyaChinaRussiaJamaicaEast AfricaAfricaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:38 GMTOfficials: Pakistan executes 2 militants after reinstating death penalty after school massacre (AP) — Officials: Pakistan executes 2 militants after reinstating death penalty after school massacre.iGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:15 GMTProsecutor begins probe into 2012 Valencia F1 GP (AP) — Spain's Prosecutor's Office has begun an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement in the awarding of contracts to hold the 2012 Formula One race in Valencia.sSportsAutomobile racingEmbezzlementFormula OneCrimeGeneral newsSpainValenciaWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 17:02:40 GMTNew Jersey beach owner sues over dune project PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesMunicipal governmentsEnvironment and natureLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:12 GMTCorrection: Custody-Surrender story, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.aGeneral newsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:15:15 GMTUnemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:57 GMTFBI conclusively links North Korea to Sony hack (AP) — The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.By ERIC TUCKERhtArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentHackingLaw enforcement agenciesTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:05 GMTBlack market kidney broker is released from prison, N.J. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said styled himself as 'the Robin Hood of kidneys" is out of prison after being the first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs.aGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesIsraelNorth AmericaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 16:32:54 GMTIraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists and other logistics problems are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain.iGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureIraqMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 16:50:12 GMTHope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.By PETER ORSI and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsAutomobilesInternational relationsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:46:29 GMTRussia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCorporate newsBusinessLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestMoscowCrimeaRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:31 GMTAnother big catch for Thai co. in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee (AP) — A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.iBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsThailandUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:34 GMTFIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World Cup2018 FIFA World CupInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governanceWomen's sports2014 FIFA World CupSoccerEventsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessMen's soccerMen's sportsMoroccoQatarNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:16 GMTCuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaMiamiFloridaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:28:09 GMTPolice: 5-year-old boy found dead wasn't abducted, N.Y. (AP) — The death of a 5-year-old boy is being treated as a homicide after investigators determined a caretaker lied when she told them he had been abducted from an Albany-area home by two masked men, New York authorities said Friday.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:33:47 GMTUS stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.aBusinessGeneral newsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial markets, 19 Dec 2014 16:51:50 GMTAmazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with HILLEL ITALIEfBusinessArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryProducts and servicesCorporate newsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:59 GMTOlympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI charge 3 months after arrest (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI charge 3 months after arrest.aGeneral newsSportsCelebritySwimmingLegal proceedingsArrestsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentReckless endangermentCrimeAquaticsMen's aquaticsMen's sportsLaw and order, 19 Dec 2014 16:52:54 GMTSmashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back (AP) — The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins.BY JILL LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentUnited KingdomLondonWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 19 Dec 2014 16:35:34 GMTSkier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche, Alaska (AP) — Officials say an Alaska backcountry skier was buried by an avalanche, but he was able to dig his head and arms out of the snow.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:08:02 GMTPhillies finalize deal sending Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle.sSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:28:30 GMTReport: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.By SUZAN FRASERiGeneral newsExtraditionArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsTurkeyIstanbulEuropeUnited StatesMiddle EastWestern EuropeNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:14 GMTReport: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed Government Accountability Office says the science the FBI used to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks was flawed.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politics, 19 Dec 2014 16:33:01 GMTAP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsGeorgiaAtlantaSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:45 GMTCourt finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.By MICHAEL GRACZYKaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:41:33 GMTMaine woman who foiled abduction ready for a fight, Maine (AP) — A Maine museum worker who prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says there would've been a "big fight" if the man hadn't given up.aGeneral newsCrimeMaineUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:29:16 GMTKenya president signs controversial security law, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesTerrorismMilitant groupsGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureWar and unrestKenyaNairobiEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 16:17:48 GMTBrowns' Thomas accused of environmental violations, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of multiple environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballMadisonWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:32:46 GMTPrepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwHealthGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 19 Dec 2014 16:34:51 GMTFBI formally accuses North Korea of hacking of Sony Pictures, says it is 'deeply concerned' (AP) — FBI formally accuses North Korea of hacking of Sony Pictures, says it is 'deeply concerned'wGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 16:48:25 GMTEfforts to save rare northern white rhino continue (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.iGeneral newsScienceAnimalsRhinocerosZoological parksMammalsRecreation and leisureLifestyleKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 16:32:33 GMTJuno Therapeutics' stock surges in market debut YORK (AP) — Shares of cancer treatment company Juno Therapeutics Inc. are surging 60 percent in their stock market debut.fBusinessCorporate stockCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 16:51:43 GMTGold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityMen's sportsCrimeSwimmingLegal proceedingsLaw and orderReckless endangermentEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAquaticsMen's aquaticsBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:09:14 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel CastroBy ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:25 GMTT-Mobile paying up to $90M in refunds for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will issue up to $90 million in refunds for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.wBusinessGeneral newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulations, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:54 GMTAir France-KLM stock drops on profit warning (AP) — Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year.iBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFranceParisWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 16:47:15 GMTFBI blames North Korea for Sony hack (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.By ERIC TUCKEReArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentDiplomacyLaw enforcement agenciesInternational relationsNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:26:57 GMTTick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLfBusinessLifestylePersonal financeHoliday shoppingHolidaysOccasionsShoppingFashionBeauty and fashionConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:30 GMTBush officials gave CIA wide latitude (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:23 GMT8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:27 GMT100 million euros in assets seized in Rome 'mafia' probe (AP) — Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLaw and orderCrimeItalyRomeWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 16:24:07 GMTAPNewsBreak: Sandusky won't get his pension back, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsGovernment pensions and social securityCoach retirementCoachingCollege footballCrimeLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsCollege sportsFootballCrimes against children, 19 Dec 2014 17:11:47 GMTCuban cigar boom? Stores and customers say not yet (AP) — The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsCubaMiamiUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:13:37 GMTBergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefings (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipArmed forcesMilitary facilitiesMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:13:54 GMTActor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor on only one occasion.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 17:05:27 GMTAP source: Peavy agrees to $24M deal to stay with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — Pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 16:52:48 GMTPeru investigates Greenpeace member in Nazca stunt, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian prosecutor is investigating the suspected involvement of a Greenpeace activist in a publicity stunt that allegedly damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines.iGeneral newsPeruSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:34 GMT2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma.aGeneral newsExplosionsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessOklahomaAmarilloUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 19 Dec 2014 16:30:20 GMTOfficials: Pakistan executes 2 convicted militants (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitant groups2008 Mumbai attacksWar and unrestTerrorismLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment and politicsLaw and orderEventsArmed forcesMilitary and defensePakistanSouth AsiaAsiaPeshawarMumbaiIndia, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:00 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.By JILL LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentPolitical scandalsObituariesPolitical issuesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:26 GMT