FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 25 Dec 2014 01:19:22 -0800Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson, 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 crimeArrestsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsEventsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 06:33:59 GMTSony statement on the on-demand release of 'The Interview' 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 affairs, 25 Dec 2014 02:35:36 GMTUK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined (AP) — Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain.htGeneral newsTechnologyDrone aircraftHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Dec 2014 08:23:59 GMTRogen, Franco, others react to 'The Interview' online stream 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 newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrity, 25 Dec 2014 01:35:52 GMTProsecutors: No delayed start in marathon trial (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 America, 24 Dec 2014 23:49:02 GMTObama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 02:58:08 GMTJackson leads Rice to Hawaii Bowl win (AP) — Two touchdown passes in a span of 19 seconds were all Driphus Jackson needed to give Rice the spark it needed in the Hawaii Bowl.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsCollege footballRecord setting eventsCollege sportsFootballGeneral newsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 05:43:57 GMTPeyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015, 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 America, 24 Dec 2014 23:47:51 GMTQueen Elizabeth II praises workers who fight Ebola (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II will use her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.iGeneral newsHealthCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Dec 2014 07:25:46 GMTSony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans 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 AmericaConnecticut, 25 Dec 2014 03:19:14 GMTCalifornia's governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1, 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 politicsCrimeExecutive branchLaw and orderHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 06:17:11 GMTLeaders call for calm after police shooting near Ferguson, 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 crimeArrestsCrimeProtests and demonstrationsEventsLaw and orderPolitical and civil unrestFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 07:10:34 GMTDreaming of a white Christmas? Go West YORK (AP) — If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZaGeneral newsWeatherHolidaysLeisure travelTravelOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesMichiganNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 06:10:12 GMTAP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile, Chile (AP) — Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers.iGeneral newsChileSantiagoSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 25 Dec 2014 05:26:37 GMTCDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure (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 AmericaAfrica, 25 Dec 2014 04:22:26 GMTToday in History is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.By The Associated PressaCrimeHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleGeneral newsEast AsiaNew YorkAsiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 05:00:37 GMTFirm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears (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 America, 25 Dec 2014 03:54:10 GMT2 dead in Northern California small plane crash, 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 00:59:58 GMTMexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoise 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 States, 25 Dec 2014 00:03:23 GMTEx-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalized (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 America, 25 Dec 2014 01:45:28 GMTPolice: 2 shot after fight at Chicago train station (AP) — Police say three people have been wounded, two critically, in a shooting at a Chicago Transit Authority train stop.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 07:25:15 GMTAmericans appear comfortable with political dynasties (AP) — Again? Really?By NANCY BENACpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsLegislaturePresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 08:20:49 GMTIn year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup folklore met modern dentistry, with the whole world watching.By FRED LIEFsSportsMen's soccerSports governanceInternational soccerProfessional soccerMen's sportsSoccerProfessional footballFootballUruguaySouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 25 Dec 2014 07:44:38 GMTProtesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeCrimePoliceEventsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 08:30:17 GMTWestern Kentucky tops Central Michigan 49-48, 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 Caribbean, 24 Dec 2014 23:28:22 GMTFormer NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China (AP) — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.By CHRISTOPHER BODEENsSportsInternational basketballMen's basketballMen's sportsNBA DraftBasketballProfessional basketballEventsNHL hockeyProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyChinaBeijingNew York CityGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 07:46:31 GMTCitigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the companies said Thursday.iBusinessGeneral newsOwnership changesCorporate newsFinancial servicesIndustriesJapanEast AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 08:57:29 GMTObama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years (AP) — For six years, Sam Kass cooked up policy as well as meals for President Barack Obama and his family. He was not only their personal chef but also senior adviser for nutrition policy, giving him a seat at the table where administration officials hashed out everything from updated food labels to new requirements for healthier school lunches.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwFood and drinkLifestyleGovernment and politicsHealthy eatingChefsChild nutritionChild and teen healthNutritionHealthDiet and exerciseObesityDiseases and conditionsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 08:22:32 GMTUSS Peleliu makes Christmas Eve homecoming 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 02:45:20 GMTA glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 08:00:30 GMTPope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees 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 EuropeEurope, 25 Dec 2014 03:18:03 GMTNORAD 'tracks' Santa from Australia to S. America 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 Caribbean, 25 Dec 2014 03:22:38 GMT10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos'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 sports, 25 Dec 2014 00:52:53 GMTPassenger stabs man on Seattle bus (AP) — Seattle police say a man has life-threatening injuries after being stabbed on a bus.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeSeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 06:02:15 GMTChina tightens church control ahead of Christmas (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 AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 04:20:22 GMTNicaragua moves to break highway blockade, 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 Caribbean, 25 Dec 2014 02:29:19 GMTChristmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall, La. (AP) — A man who was shopping at a suburban New Orleans 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 05:28:03 GMTCuba relations with Catholic Church at high point (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 EuropeEurope, 25 Dec 2014 05:35:56 GMTStreaming release of 'Interview' test for industry (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.By MAE ANDERSONhtArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentMovie rentalEntertainment and media technologyOnline mediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessMedia distributionMediaConsumer products and servicesProducts and servicesCorporate newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 05:57:08 GMTAfghans hope for change after bloody year, Afghanistan (AP) — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.By LYNNE O'DONNELLiGeneral newsDiplomacyWar casualtiesWar and unrestInternational relationsPolitical corruptionEmergency managementForeign aidGovernment and politicsEconomyPolitical issuesBusinessArmed forcesMilitary and defenseAfghanistanPakistanKabulUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaSouth AsiaNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 07:58:05 GMT2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh 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 ninth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersEventsAccidents and disastersAcehIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaSouth AsiaSumatraAsia, 25 Dec 2014 05:56:40 GMTHK police arrest 12 pro-democracy protesters KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 12 protesters blocking several roads in the Mong Kok neighborhood overnight Wednesday as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the site hundreds had occupied for more than two months, police said.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsDemocracyPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 07:56:39 GMTAP PHOTOS: Lights and smiles mark the coming of Christmas Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day, lights in every color shine through the night around the world. Colored bulbs decorate buildings from Ahmadabad, India. Candles illuminate the faces of the faithful at a church in Beijing, China. And Santa Claus floats on a boat full of twinkling lights near Genoa, Italy.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 25 Dec 2014 05:33:00 GMTReport: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone 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 Africa, 24 Dec 2014 23:29:26 GMTSurvivors huddle after violence in India kills 72, India (AP) — Rina Vor was putting her four young children to sleep in her village in India's remote northeast when she heard the gunfire. She gathered them and ran for safety.By ANUPAM NATHiGeneral newsWar and unrestRace and ethnicityViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleGovernment and politicsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 08:54:02 GMTNORAD 'tracks' Santa's journey across globe 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 and on to the United States.aGeneral newsLifestyleSocial mediaOnline mediaVolunteerismMediaSocial affairsColorado SpringsUnited StatesColoradoNorth America, 25 Dec 2014 06:52:56 GMTNo. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady ground, 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 America, 25 Dec 2014 07:48:12 GMTDeath toll in violence in India's northeast rises to 72, India (AP) — Police says the death toll from rebel violence in remote northeastern India has risen to 72 with the recovery of more bodies from abandoned villages.iGeneral newsWar and unrestViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 06:30:48 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 5 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 AsiaAsia, 25 Dec 2014 02:56:06 GMTBlizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas (AP) — Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas.By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHERaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherStormsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 24 Dec 2014 23:35:00 GMT