FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 12:09:50 -0800Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor's show (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:56:17 GMTDeath penalty sought in Jewish site shootings, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty against a white supremacist from Missouri who was ruled competent Thursday to face trial on charges of killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.By BILL DRAPERaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeReligious strifeCrimeLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsKansasUnited StatesKansas CityKansas CityNorth AmericaMissouri, 18 Dec 2014 19:16:28 GMTIcahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down early Saturday.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:02 GMTNew ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyInternational relationsImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:10:16 GMTTwo more former Sony workers sue over data breach ANGELES (AP) — Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderComputing and information technology, 18 Dec 2014 19:08:35 GMTCanada woman stops for ducks; sentenced in 2 deaths (AP) — A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in prison and a 10-year driving ban.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCanadaMontrealNorth AmericaQuebec, 18 Dec 2014 19:58:51 GMTOil-price drop rattles smaller operators in Kansas, Kan. (AP) — When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore.By ROXANA HEGEMANfBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:34:48 GMTDeaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world YORK (AP) — For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014.By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsComedy performanceCelebrityEntertainmentBars and clubsRecreation and leisureLifestyleHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:27 GMTIce buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.By JOCELYN NOVECKhtArts and entertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityCulturesMusicConsumer electronicsOnline mediaMediaEntertainmentFashion designSocial affairsMobile phonesTechnologyItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 19:27:16 GMTOklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system says he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, despite the lack of an execution method.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:30 GMT'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.aGeneral newsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:24:17 GMT'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.By BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsTheftCrimeDocumentariesPrison breaksEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCorrectional systemsLaw and orderFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:39:23 GMTGirl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:35:37 GMTKey elements of US policy shift toward Cuba (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:15:55 GMTJudge: Slender Man stabbing defendant competent, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:44 GMT2 defendants in meningitis outbreak case seek bail (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsDiseases and conditionsLaw and orderPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseases, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:45 GMTPutin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeEconomyPublic opinionReserve assetsAnimalsBearsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesWar and unrestSocial affairsMammalsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 19:31:54 GMTCuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business for a state ban on deep hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.aBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:35 GMTObama to waive sanctions authority in Hill bill (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to immediately impose new economic penalties on Russia.wBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislationLegislatureRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:13 GMTTrauma expert: Kidnapping victim can thrive, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents, a trauma expert says there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped, imprisoned and sexually assaulted for nine months will recover and thrive.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsMissing personsKidnappingCrimeViolent crimeIndictmentsLegal proceedingsSex in societyCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Conway, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:31 GMTBernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeGeneral newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 19:44:40 GMTStudy: large carnivores gaining ground in Europe (AP) — Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe.iGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesBearsMountainsScienceMammalsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleEnvironment and natureEuropeSwedenWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:08 GMTObama calls into Massachusetts governor's show (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded hundreds of calls during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this one was different.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRadio programsState governmentsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:51 GMTPaul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea' (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternational trade2016 United States Presidential ElectionEconomyPolitical partiesBusinessEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyNational electionsElectionsForeign policyInternational relationsPolitical organizationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:08:16 GMTSlain German teen's parents testify about ordeal, Mont. (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational studentsViolent crimeLaw and orderEducationSocial affairsGovernment and politicsHamburgGermanyMissoulaMontanaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:50 GMTUN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsSyriaIranMiddle EastNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:58 GMTMexican legislator rescued from kidnappers CITY (AP) — Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsKidnappingState legislatureGovernment and politicsCrimeLegislatureState governmentsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 18:28:06 GMTNASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:51:54 GMT2nd security clearance investigation contractor hacked (AP) — Federal officials say the private files of 48,439 workers may have been compromised by a computer breach at government contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. The hacking incident is the second this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of federal workers for the government.By STEPHEN BRAUNhtGovernment and politicsHackingTechnology issuesTechnology, 18 Dec 2014 19:51:04 GMTGovernment sues to recover costs of sunken vessel, Alaska (AP) — The federal government is suing the owner of a 117-foot boat that sank in a commercial fishing port in Alaska and was cleaned up at public expense.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:46 GMTFeds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates.By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:06:29 GMTJeb Bush to step down from Barclays (AP) — Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.By STEVE PEOPLESfBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElections, 18 Dec 2014 18:58:18 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIdentity theftImmigration policyArrestsImmigrationCrimeGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:11:43 GMTUS prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation (AP) — The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.By LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsMilitary occupationsDiplomacyWar and unrestGeneral newsInternational relationsLegislationLegislaturePalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 19:37:23 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 19:48:32 GMTUS announces protections for transgender workers (AP) — The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals.wGovernment and politicsWorkplace discriminationGender issuesPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 18 Dec 2014 19:23:22 GMTPolice: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house, Calif. (AP) — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:08 GMTPope Benedict got ball rolling with Cuba on Gross CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityReligionSocial affairsInternational relationsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanHavanaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:41:11 GMTAlabama court: Running death case to continue, Ala. (AP) — A state appeals court refused to dismiss a capital murder charge against an Alabama woman jailed in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter, potentially setting the stage for her trial early next year.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:03:22 GMTMore US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks (AP) — The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 19:33:32 GMTCorrection: Meningitis Outbreak story (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesCorporate newsLaw and orderBostonUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:46:50 GMTCalifornia power regulator to address allegations FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address allegations of backroom dealings with the state's largest utility on Thursday when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission.aBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:43:10 GMTMaine cops: Museum receptionist foiled abduction, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man was arrested after a museum employee thwarted his attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building.aGeneral newsCrimeMaineAugustaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:59 GMTTrauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victim can thrive, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeKidnappingCrimeSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:53:11 GMTCorrection: Home Shootings-Pennsylvania story (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about a former Marine believed to have killed six people, The Associated Press misidentified the agency that deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts. It was Veterans Affairs, not the Veterans Administration.aGeneral newsVeteransMilitary affairsViolent crimeCrimeMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:57:11 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks as Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsTechnologyStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:03:24 GMTReformers target traffic courts after Ferguson LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriGovernment programsLegal proceedingsArrestsCrimeTrafficLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:18 GMTTsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeNational courtsLaw enforcement agenciesBombingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeEventsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsWalthamUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:49 GMTColombia's government rebuffs rebel truce, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.By LIBARDO CARDONAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCease firesMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrug-related crimeCrimeDiplomacyInternational relationsColombiaCubaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCaribbean, 18 Dec 2014 18:34:33 GMTJudge rules Wisconsin girl competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing, Wis. (AP) — Judge rules Wisconsin girl competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:51 GMT