FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 06:27:09 -0800James Holmes' parents plead against death penalty (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDenverColoradoAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:37 GMTCoroner: Boy becomes 4th person to die after car crashes into crowd outside California church BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Coroner: Boy becomes 4th person to die after car crashes into crowd outside California church.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:18:11 GMTCERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistan (AP) — The world's top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member.iGeneral newsSciencePhysicsPakistanSwitzerlandSouth AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:44:29 GMTHungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.By PABLO GORONDIiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesMunicipal governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseHungarySerbiaHelsinkiKosovoSyriaTurkeyEuropeWestern EuropeMiddle EastMediterranean SeaEastern EuropeFinland, 19 Dec 2014 12:49:48 GMTDeputies: Woman, 72, slapped over Facebook snub, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old woman is accused of slapping a 72-year-old woman who denied her friend request on Facebook.aGeneral newsCrimeFloridaSt. PetersburgTampaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 12:22:55 GMTIndonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said.iGeneral newsScienceVolcanoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 13:05:04 GMTJapan scientist quits as cell research discredited (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.fBusinessScienceStem cell researchMedical researchHealthCell biologyBiologyJapanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:25:30 GMTFIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, Morocco (AP) — FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governanceSoccerEventsMen's sportsMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:47 GMTUS agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.By STEVE KARNOWSKIfBusinessInternational tradeEconomyAgricultureIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:06:46 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 13:46:10 GMTPolice: 5-year-old boy found dead wasn't abducted, N.Y. (AP) — New York police investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy say a caretaker's initial report that he was abducted from an Albany-area home is false.aGeneral newsNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:32:31 GMTSri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIiGeneral newsWar crimesInternational relationsPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsInternational lawCourtsWar and unrestPolitical issuesNational electionsElectionsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsJudiciarySri LankaSouth AsiaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:06:09 GMTBlackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street. But its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.htBusinessTechnologyFinancial performanceCorporate newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 12:59:04 GMTPoll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.By JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTAhtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyHiring and recruitmentPublic opinionDrone aircraftWildlifePersonnelSocial affairsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:40:42 GMTSpanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ (AP) — Spanish police searched Friday for possible explosives at the Madrid headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance.By CIARAN GILESiGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolitical partiesLaw and orderCrimePolitical organizationsGovernment and politicsMadridSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:26:09 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 12:22:36 GMTBoy sends $1 allowance to help save UAB football, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has donated his entire allowance, sending a $1 bill with a handwritten note of support.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballFootballCollege sportsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 12:37:37 GMTEcclestone trying to revive South African GP (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneSouth AfricaAfricaSochiRussiaSouthern AfricaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:33 GMTBlack market kidney broker released from prison, N.J. (AP) — The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison.aGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:09 GMTMistrial declared for man accused of stalking Ashanti YORK (AP) — R&B star Ashanti could have to face being questioned by an accused stalker again after a juror's illness prompted a mistrial.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrity, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:51 GMTRussia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that an opposition activist be imprisoned for 10 years on allegations of fraud.iGeneral newsCrimePolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:10:23 GMTAuschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPolandEuropeEastern Europe, 19 Dec 2014 13:28:09 GMTTurkish court orders custody for 4 following raids (AP) — A Turkish court has ordered the formal arrest of four people detained in recent raids on a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned foe, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.iGeneral newsCrimeGovernment and politicsTurkeyIstanbulMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 14:16:38 GMTObama closing 2014 with year-end news conference (AP) — President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:53:25 GMTPa. couple charged in boy's death waives hearing BROOK, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple charged in the torture death of the woman's 3-year-old son will head to trial after waiving their preliminary hearings.aGeneral newsActs of torture, 19 Dec 2014 13:50:35 GMTIsrael grants Palestinian permits for Christmas (AP) — The Israeli military says it is relaxing travel restrictions for Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Christmas holiday season.iGeneral newsHolidaysLeisure travelTravel laws and regulationsOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 13:18:04 GMTChina arrests US aid work in N Korean border town (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.iGeneral newsArrestsVocational educationLaw and orderCrimeEducationSocial affairsChinaNorth KoreaEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:41:44 GMTBlackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, surprises Street YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street.htBusinessTechnologyCorporate stockFinancial performanceCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 12:29:16 GMTChina arrests US aid work in N. Korean border town (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.iGeneral newsArrestsVocational educationLaw and orderCrimeEducationSocial affairsChinaNorth KoreaEast AsiaGreater ChinaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:23 GMTThai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion.fBusinessProducts and servicesCorporate newsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:24:13 GMTPope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around' CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around."iGeneral newsSportsOlympic gamesReligionSummer Olympic gamesEventsSocial affairsVatican CityRomeWestern EuropeEuropeItaly, 19 Dec 2014 12:14:58 GMTPakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrest2008 Mumbai attacksTerrorismCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanMumbaiSouth AsiaAsiaIndia, 19 Dec 2014 12:05:21 GMTVictory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case (AP) — A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.iGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:20:02 GMTBelarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.By YURAS KARMANAUiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBelarusRussiaMinskEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:30:46 GMTTrade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion, Mozambique (AP) — Trade between China and Mozambique increased to nearly $3 billion this year, said China's ambassador.By LYNSEY CHUTELiGeneral newsInternational tradeInternational relationsEconomyBusinessGovernment and politicsChinaMozambiqueMaputoGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:11 GMTChrysler to recall about 257K Ram pickup trucks (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 13:42:58 GMTIn spite of Asia advance, European stocks steady (AP) — European markets were largely subdued Friday, a day after a big rally in the wake of the U.S. Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.By The Associated PressiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsStock marketsFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesEuropeAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:28:29 GMTFord House sells Cezanne painting for $100 million POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret the 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPaintingHome buyingEndowmentsVisual artsResidential real estateLifestylePhilanthropySocial affairsDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:07:12 GMTIsraeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestHolidaysLeisure travelTravel laws and regulationsOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsWest BankPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 14:12:18 GMT5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.By JULIE PACE and JIM KUHNHENNwGovernment and politicsFinancial crisisLegislatureForeign policyEconomyInternational relationsBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment policyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesMoscowCubaRussiaNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 13:29:44 GMTSepp Blatter says FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Morocco (AP) — Sepp Blatter says FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.iGeneral newsSportsMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerMen's sportsSoccerMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 12:47:25 GMTLennon & Maisy working on picture book YORK (AP) — Lennon & Maisy, the Canadian-born music and acting team, will soon be Lennon & Maisy the co-authors.eArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureChildren's entertainmentEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 12:26:09 GMTHK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.By CHRISTY CHOIfBusinessConspiracyCrimeGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 12:20:48 GMTGold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle.aGeneral newsOdditiesKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:52:52 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 just once.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:08:21 GMTBritain moves closer to allowing women in combat (AP) — Britain's defense minister said Friday that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years.iGeneral newsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 13:22:16 GMTFIFA VP Jim Boyce says World Cup investigation report to be published; No date set, Morocco (AP) — FIFA VP Jim Boyce says World Cup investigation report to be published; No date set.sSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerSports governanceProfessional soccerEventsMen's sportsSoccerMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 12:37:52 GMT5 die in Mozambique floods, Mozambique (AP) — Five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain, according to Mozambican authorities.By EMMANUEL CAMILLOiGeneral newsFloodsAccidents and disastersHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsMozambiqueMaputoEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 12:17:11 GMTPolice: Abducted 5-year-old NY boy found dead, N.Y. (AP) — New York police say a 5-year-old boy abducted from a home outside Albany has been found dead.aGeneral newsKidnappingCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 11:53:19 GMTUN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsEpidemicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthWest AfricaAfricaLiberia, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:13 GMT