FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 02:36:19 -0800Putin: Russian economy will recover (AP) — The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:41:05 GMTPutin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:18:53 GMTS. Korean group cancels plans for border tree, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.By TONG-HYUNG KIMiGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:55:25 GMTAfghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were following detonated the explosives in his vehicle, an official said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:14 GMTReaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations to the release of American Alan Gross who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, and the future of US-Cuba diplomatic relations:By The Associated PressaGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 08:10:26 GMTQatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World CupProfessional soccerEventsSoccerMen's soccerMen's sportsInternational soccerSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastQatarDohaEast AsiaChinaBrazilAsiaGreater ChinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTVegas hotelier faces gambling commission scrutiny VEGAS (AP) — The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions for the second time this month from gambling regulators about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:14:14 GMTReports: jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest (AP) — Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.iBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 08:04:35 GMTNY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentDrug-related crimeArrestsLegal proceedingsCrimeSmugglingCelebrityLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:54:58 GMTPutin: Ukraine must remain 1 entity (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscow, 18 Dec 2014 10:04:58 GMTSony emails show a studio ripe for hacking (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.By TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:17 GMTNot much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.By DEB RIECHMANNwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyLegislatureTravel laws and regulationsLegislationInternational relationsGovernment regulationsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyTravel safetyTravelLifestyleCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:06:23 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 on Wednesday.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:09:30 GMTA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingFinancial servicesPolitical defectionsGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industrySoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:00:21 GMTNo. 16 Washington routs Grambling State 86-38 (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half, Andrew Andrews added 16 points and No. 16 Washington raced past Grambling State 86-38 on Wednesday night.By TIM BOOTHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:55:22 GMTAP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyTechnologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:04 GMTHow revived ties with Cuba came to be (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing.By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsInternational relationsDiplomacyGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesCanadaVatican CityIranMiddle EastMuscatOmanCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 08:12:44 GMTIndia's space program notches 2 more successes DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.htGeneral newsSpace launchesAerospace technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:40:27 GMTIran to hold military drill near strategic passage, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIranStrait of HormuzMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 10:14:55 GMT1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:16:31 GMTColumn: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.By JIM LITKEsSportsBoxingBaseballSmugglingMen's boxingSummer Olympic gamesPolitical defectionsBasketballProfessional baseballMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessCrimeGeneral newsOlympic gamesEventsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:11:09 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados form (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceStormsTornadoesWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 10:07:37 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsGovernment grantsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsMontanaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:35 GMTIndia launches rocket, tests unmanned crew pod DELHI (AP) — India has announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.iGeneral newsSpace launchesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:24 GMTSwiss central bank imposes negative interest rates, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's central bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies.fBusinessEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:59:20 GMTPutin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.iGeneral newsUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:58:18 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityMaterials industryGovernment information leaksMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:17:00 GMTAP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policy (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyTravel laws and regulationsLegislatureEconomyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsBusinessCubaUnited StatesHavanaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:21:23 GMTChine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested.iGeneral newsCrimeArrestsViolent crimeLaw and orderChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:20:19 GMTDutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:54:31 GMTCubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 09:15:34 GMT'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMissoulaMontanaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:14 GMTProsecutor to mom: Bring daughter out of hiding, N.H. (AP) — Mary Nunes was a child when her mother fled with her to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:02:30 GMTJailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 GMTPutin says won't force exporters to sell currency (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeMoscowUkraine, 18 Dec 2014 10:16:44 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerEventsMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccer, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:13 GMTPutin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings (AP) — Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.iBusinessGeneral newsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMTGift Guide: Home products come with connectivity YORK (AP) — Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyHousehold technologyConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 08:27:27 GMTFed rate wording boosts world stock markets stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaAustraliaEast AsiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:13 GMTCompetency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrime, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:43 GMTLab tests: pesticide killed Portland crows, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.aGeneral newsBirdsWildlifeAnimalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:36 GMT11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola, Sierra Leone (AP) — A health official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's doctors has died from Ebola.iGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsSierra LeoneAfricaWest Africa, 18 Dec 2014 10:27:20 GMTText of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:By The Associated PressaGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPrisoner exchangeCold WarLegislatureTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestGeneral newsEventsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:11:18 GMTPutin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscow, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:44 GMTPutin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover (AP) — Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.iBusinessGeneral newsReserve assetsEconomyRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:57 GMTPolice: 1 dead, several hurt in California crash BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:11 GMTObama reignites political debate over Cuba (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionHuman rights and civil libertiesState governmentsNational electionsElectionsSocial issuesSocial affairsCampaignsCubaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:07:23 GMTHarden scores 41, Rockets beat Nuggets in OT (AP) — James Harden couldn't quite fight his way through traffic and just barely missed getting his hand in the face of Arron Afflalo as the Nuggets swingman knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end regulation.By PAT GRAHAMsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthDenverHoustonColoradoUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 18 Dec 2014 07:51:54 GMT14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64 (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:13:11 GMTThe ill-fated schemes to upend Castro (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:08:29 GMT