FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Dec 2014 14:20:35 -0800'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.By JAKE COYLEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 20:42:38 GMTLayman leads No. 17 Maryland past Oklahoma State, Okla. (AP) — Jake Layman had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 17 Maryland beat Oklahoma State 73-64 on Sunday to improve to 11-1.sSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballCoachingBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOklahomaStillwaterMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:00:25 GMTPats edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady and the Patriots can rest up during the first round of the playoffs.By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.sSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballEventsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:27:06 GMTA look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:05:37 GMTSteelers wrap up playoff berth, top Chiefs 20-12 (AP) — A two-year playoff absence is barely a hiccup in most NFL cities. In Pittsburgh, it's a drought that forced one of the league's most successful franchises to rebuild itself on the fly.By WILL GRAVESsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballEventsFootballPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:34:10 GMTFoster, defense lead Texans over Ravens 25-13 (AP) — The Texans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a fourth-string quarterback and a running back throwing passes.By KRISTIE RIEKENsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesSports businessAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:00:12 GMTRodgers, Packers clinch playoff spot, 20-3 over Bucs, Fla. (AP) — With the NFC North title still up for grabs, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers couldn't afford a slip-up against the struggling Tampa Buccaneers.By FRED GOODALLsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballFootballEventsTampaWisconsinFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:49:44 GMTProtester takes perch on St. Peter's facade CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur has lowered himself onto the facade of St. Peter's Cathedral, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest from the cathedral against government reforms.iGeneral newsChristianityProtests and demonstrationsReligionSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestVatican CityWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 20:55:25 GMTChristie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."aGeneral newsInternational relations2016 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsDiplomacyCrimePoliceImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsNational electionsElectionsPolitical issuesLaw enforcement agenciesCubaNew JerseyUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:56 GMTExit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRebellions and uprisingsLegislatureNational electionsVotingWar and unrestTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 22:10:26 GMTEntrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?, Maine (AP) — Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast.By DAVID SHARPhtGeneral newsArmed forcesEntrepreneurshipTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsCareersUnited StatesMaineNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:03:07 GMTOneida Indians plan new 'Oz'-themed NY casino, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.aBusinessGeneral newsHiring and recruitmentLocal governmentsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesGovernment and politicsNew YorkOneidaSyracuseUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 20:12:53 GMTGerman-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.By KIRSTEN GRIESHABERiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityBerlinGermanySwitzerlandMoscowAustriaWestern EuropeEuropeRussiaEastern Europe, 21 Dec 2014 21:22:35 GMTTimeline of events before, after NYPD cop deaths timeline of events on Saturday in the hours before and moments after two NYPD officers were shot in their cruiser by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMarylandBaltimoreBrooklynNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:42 GMTNo. 6 Virginia slams Harvard 76-27, Va. (AP) — Mike Tobey is the X factor for No. 6 Virginia, and when the 7-footer is a big factor, the Cavaliers are dangerous.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsVirginiaCharlottesvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 20:26:46 GMTDavenport layup lifts Texas past Texas A&M 67-65 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Empress Davenport put the finishing touch on what's become common place for Texas — beating Texas A&M.By KURT VOIGTsSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsTexasLittle RockArkansasUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:04:44 GMTStafford, Suh lead Lions over Bears 20-14 (AP) — Benching Jay Cutler nearly helped the Chicago Bears ruin the Lions' chances at their first division title in more than two decades.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsProfessional footballFootballChicagoGreen BayIllinoisUnited StatesNorth AmericaWisconsin, 21 Dec 2014 21:45:49 GMTHappy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.By GREGORY KATZiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleOccasionsUnited KingdomEnglandWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 19:40:44 GMTManziel injured in second quarter against Panthers, N.C. (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has left the game late in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers with a left hamstring injury, and his return is questionable.By STEVE REEDsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:32:48 GMTReal-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentTheftCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:09:49 GMTHow do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess.By JOCELYN NOVECKaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityAward showsAcademy AwardsGovernment and politicsEventsPerforming artsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMovie awardsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 20:57:55 GMTDolphins rally past Vikings 37-35; Philbin to keep job GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, buoyed by a thrilling comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings, says Joe Philbin will return as coach next season.By STEVEN WINEsSportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessProfessional footballFootball, 21 Dec 2014 22:12:48 GMTProtester takes perch on St. Peter's façade CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest against government reforms at one of Roman Catholicism's holiest sites.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestChristianityReligionSocial affairsVatican CityItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 21:37:38 GMTJones returns, Falcons beat Saints 30-14 ORLEANS (AP) — Julio Jones returned from a hip injury to catch seven passes for 107 yards, and the Atlanta Falcons remained in playoff contention with a 30-14 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.By BRETT MARTELsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballNew OrleansLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:11:22 GMTWillett narrowly earns spot in Masters (AP) — Danny Willett of England is going to the Masters for the first time with a little help from the world ranking formula.sSportsMasters Golf TournamentMen's sportsMen's golfGolfEventsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 19:06:03 GMTPolice seek answers in killing of 2 NYPD officers YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers Sunday to change up their routines and insist on extra backup after a gunman who had ranted online about the slayings of black men killed two New York patrolmen sitting in their squad car.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimePoliceLaw and orderViolent crimeEventsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:08:42 GMTMokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52 NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, died of an apparent heart attack, his wife said. He was 52.aGeneral newsObituariesMassachusettsNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 21 Dec 2014 20:46:44 GMTNYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriPoliceCrimeViolent crimeEventsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:10 GMTIndia's Arjun Atwal wins Dubai Open, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India's Arjun Atwal won the Asian Tour's season-ending Dubai Open on Sunday, rallying on the final hole to beat 19-year-old South Korean player Wang Jeung-hun by a stroke.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 20:12:45 GMTGray leads No. 6 North Carolina to 85-67 victory BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Allisha Gray scored 20 points and Stephanie Mavunga added 10 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 6 North Carolina beat Elon 85-67 at the Carolinas Challenge on Sunday.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsNorth CarolinaMyrtle BeachArizonaUnited StatesNorth AmericaSouth Carolina, 21 Dec 2014 22:11:19 GMT4 people including 2 children killed at Rockford home, Ill. (AP) — Four people, including two young boys, were killed in a shooting late Saturday at a home in the northern Illinois city of Rockford, authorities said.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeRockfordIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:55:53 GMTPakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 19:03:37 GMTFlorida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsFloridaTampaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:36:57 GMTGood news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.By FRAZIER MOOREaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentCancerDiseases and conditionsHealth, 21 Dec 2014 20:15:04 GMTLate safety helps Dolphins rally past Vikings 37-35 GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The postgame celebration on the field had just begun when Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave seventh-round draft pick Terrence Fede a happy slap on the back.By STEVEN WINEsSportsProfessional footballFootballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:24 GMTUS coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.By DYLAN LOVANaBusinessGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsUnited StatesKentuckyWest VirginiaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:33:09 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina beats Liberty 84-44 (AP) — A'ja Wilson came off the bench for 17 points and 10 rebounds to get her second career double-double and No. 1 South Carolina cruised past Liberty 84-44 Sunday.sSportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsSouth CarolinaMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:50:34 GMTFalcons eliminate Saints 30-14, setting up Panthers showdown ORLEANS (AP) — Julio Jones' remarkable return kept the Falcons alive in the NFC South playoff race while Jimmy Graham's fumble at the goal line sank the Saints.By BRETT MARTELsSportsProfessional footballFootballNew OrleansAtlantaLouisianaUnited StatesNorth AmericaGeorgia, 21 Dec 2014 21:45:56 GMTPanthers beat Browns 17-13, move into first place, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers never quit on the season, and now have a chance to repeat as NFC South champions.By STEVE REEDsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballFootballEventsCharlotteNewtonNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:38:00 GMT2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself YORK (AP) — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSuicidesViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePoliceEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaryland, 21 Dec 2014 19:59:41 GMTEgypt President awards medal to retired spy chief (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards on Sunday, after ordering his retirement.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 19:21:32 GMTNo. 19 Oklahoma St rallies for 66-62 win over USC ANGELES (AP) — Liz Donohoe scored 21 points, Roshunda Johnson added 17 more and No. 19 Oklahoma State rallied in the second half to beat Southern California 66-62 on Sunday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:13:02 GMTDocuments: Florida State QB Jameis Winston cleared of allegations in student conduct hearing, Fla. (AP) — Documents: Florida State QB Jameis Winston cleared of allegations in student conduct hearing.aGeneral newsSportsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:00:52 GMTMoseley, No. 14 Maryland cruise by Coppin State 110-51 (AP) — Brene Moseley had 18 points and eight assists and No. 14 Maryland cruised to a 110-51 victory over Coppin State on Sunday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 21:19:18 GMTNo. 5 Irish beat St. Joseph's 64-50 BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame freshman Brianna Turner returned to the lineup Sunday and scored 19 points for the No. 5 Fighting Irish in a 64-50 win over Saint Joseph's.By STEVE LOWEsSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsSouth BendIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:54:13 GMTKillings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.By RIK STEVENS and VERENA DOBNIKaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsPoliceGovernment and politicsEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 20:16:57 GMTBrowns' Hoyer takes over for injured Manziel at QB, N.C. (AP) — Brian Hoyer took over at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after Johnny Manziel left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter with a left hamstring injury.By STEVE REEDsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballCharlotteClevelandNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth AmericaOhio, 21 Dec 2014 19:54:21 GMTAP NewsAlert YORK (AP) — NYPD: Ambush killer of 2 officers told passers-by 'watch what I'm going to do'aGeneral news, 21 Dec 2014 21:20:51 GMTDocuments: QB Winston cleared in conduct hearing, Fla. (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared of the allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month.By KAREEM COPELANDaGeneral newsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 22:14:57 GMTObama offers help to NYPD after 2 officers killed (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering full support and federal assistance to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers.By JOSH LEDERMANaGovernment and politics, 21 Dec 2014 20:38:15 GMT