FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Dec 2014 15:28:35 -0800California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California early Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide but missed most vulnerable areas.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersFiresCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:44:02 GMT3 men accused of trying to sell arms to terrorists YORK (AP) — Three men arrested in Montenegro have been charged in a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists and have been labeled by prosecutors as international arms traffickers.aGeneral newsCrimeMontenegroPodgoricaEastern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 22:18:58 GMTStocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesCorporate stockCorporate newsCommodity marketsStock marketsUnited StatesRussiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 23:13:06 GMTNY suit: Help transit riders with limited English YORK (AP) — A lawsuit says it's seeking to end discrimination by the New York City Transit Authority against people with limited English who try to use a program providing transportation to those with disabilities.aGeneral newsHealthMass transit systemsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTransportationHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:43:03 GMTSexual assault reports calls for changes at Brown, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University task force on sexual assault said Wednesday the school's current culture is unacceptable and must be changed to ensure the campus is a "safe and welcoming place."By ERIKA NIEDOWSKIaGeneral newsViolent crimeSex in societyCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairs, 17 Dec 2014 22:34:44 GMTObama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politics, 17 Dec 2014 23:11:01 GMTFed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyDebt and bond marketsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial marketsLabor economyEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:21:09 GMTA fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as "the Berlin patient" have failed, and all six patients died.By MARILYNN MARCHIONEaHealthMedical researchInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 17 Dec 2014 22:07:27 GMTExperts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthDisease outbreaksPreventive carePublic healthInfectious diseasesEpidemicsEye healthImmunizationsDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsAfricaUnited StatesWest AfricaSierra LeoneMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:50 GMTBrown sexual assault task force recommends changes, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University task force on sexual assault recommends the school handle complaints in a more timely fashion and reduce the "tramatic nature" of the process.By ERIKA NIEDOWSKIaGeneral newsSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrime, 17 Dec 2014 22:15:54 GMTAlaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project.By BECKY BOHRERaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMaterials industryIndustriesBritish ColumbiaCanadaAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 23:05:58 GMTBush makes surprise visit to Sept. 11 museum YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to the Sept. 11 museum in New York City over the weekend.aGeneral newsSeptember 11 attacksEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:05:43 GMTFigures on government spending and debt (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.fGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment finance, 17 Dec 2014 22:04:36 GMTPump fake still an old standby tool in QB's belt Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.By DAVE CAMPBELLsSportsProfessional footballFootballSeattleDenverWashingtonUnited StatesNorth AmericaColorado, 17 Dec 2014 22:58:06 GMTThe AP picks its Top 10 theater of 2014 YORK (AP) — This year's best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that's set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier. Our Top 10 list of the best in theater in 2014:By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainment, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:47 GMTIndiana officer asked to stop selling 'divisive' shirts BEND, Ind. (AP) — Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the "I can't breathe" refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man.aGeneral newsSouth BendIndianaNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:18 GMTJustices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case (AP) — The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices' closed-door conference on Jan. 9.wGovernment and politicsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciary, 17 Dec 2014 22:18:45 GMTUtah trucker challenges arrest in sex slave case LAKE CITY (AP) — A defense lawyer on Wednesday challenged the arrest of a Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country.By LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeForced laborCrimeKidnappingArrestsLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 23:06:52 GMTIn surprise, Wyo. senator to head budget committee (AP) — The Alabama lawmaker who has been the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to become the panel's chairman, clearing the way for a colleague from Wyoming to lead the committee when the GOP controls Congress next year.By ALAN FRAMwGovernment and politicsLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessUnited StatesWyomingNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:30:35 GMTUN chief says US torture report should spur global action NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an international debate on stamping out torture in the wake of the recent U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsRadicalismGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defense, 17 Dec 2014 23:04:06 GMTAfghan soldier who fled US training sent to Canada, N.Y. (AP) — One of three Afghan military officers detained after fleeing a U.S. training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan has been allowed to make a refugee claim in Canada, his attorney said Wednesday.By CAROLYN THOMPSONaGeneral newsPolitical refugeesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsImmigrationGovernment and politicsCanadaAfghanistanUnited StatesBuffaloNew YorkNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsia, 17 Dec 2014 21:56:12 GMTBlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.By BARBARA ORTUTAY and ROB GILLIEShtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyMobile phonesConsumer electronicsComputer and data securityTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesComputing and information technologyUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:46:14 GMTNigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.By BASHIR ADIGUNiGeneral newsWar and unrestCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaCameroonAfrica, 17 Dec 2014 23:06:37 GMTColombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire (AP) — Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrug-related crimeCease firesGovernment and politicsCrimeDiplomacyInternational relationsSmugglingColombiaCubaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCaribbean, 17 Dec 2014 23:11:48 GMTCharges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen, N.H. (AP) — A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he's accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsViolent crimeKidnappingIndictmentsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeSex in societyLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNorth ConwayNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:13:59 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.iGeneral newsCrimeCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 23:01:48 GMTSony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens.By JAKE COYLEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:57:17 GMT49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.By JANIE McCAULEY and PAUL ELIASsSportsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeSports governanceCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsProfessional footballFootballCaliforniaSan JoseSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:46 GMTOfficers cleared in killing of FSU gunman, Fla. (AP) — Grand jurors called actions of police "heroic" and cleared five officers of all wrongdoing in killing a gunman who shot at students at a Florida State University library.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeFloridaTallahasseeUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:18 GMTSupplement maker admits lying about ingredients, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements sold by his company.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthDietary supplementsCrimeNutrition, 17 Dec 2014 23:05:29 GMTChristie to discuss 2016 with family over holidays, N.J. (AP) — Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll discuss his potential 2016 presidential bid with his family over the holidays and make a decision soon after.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:46:46 GMTUS, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyLegislatureChristianityTravel laws and regulationsSocial issuesSocial affairsReligionGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesHavanaCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:00:25 GMT15 years for FBI chat room terror case (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his conviction in South Florida of supporting terrorism in a case in which an FBI employee posed online as a terror financing middleman.aGeneral newsTerrorismCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesWar and unrestGovernment and politicsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:31:19 GMTNigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists.iGeneral newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 17 Dec 2014 22:42:38 GMTCentral Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAtmospheric scienceEarth scienceScienceTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:15:54 GMTUS-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyExerciseDiplomacyEnergy industryIndustriesAgricultureDiet and exerciseLifestyleTravel safetyTravelInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiddle EastCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:37:19 GMTCubans cheer historic renewal of US relations (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:50:15 GMTSony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview' YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview' .aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 17 Dec 2014 22:01:32 GMTMom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in chase, N.M. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and order, 17 Dec 2014 21:37:22 GMTPope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityInternational relationsDiplomacyReligionSocial affairsGovernment and politicsVatican CityCubaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:46:00 GMTUS backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeIowa CityIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:47:39 GMTMan charged with killing mom, stepfather in home HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his mother and stepfather, whose bodies were found by police inside their house after the couple was reported missing.aGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:39:11 GMTKey dates in US relations with Cuba events in U.S.-Cuba relations:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsInternational relationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:10:01 GMTNew York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinos, N.Y. (AP) — Three economically distressed counties in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos, a panel announced Wednesday, bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities.By DAVID KLEPPERaBusinessGeneral newsNative AmericansConsumer products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkAlbanyNew York CitySchenectadyUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:55:54 GMTHaiti president meets with opposition amid unrest, Haiti (AP) — Haiti President Michel Martelly met Wednesday with opposition leaders in a bid to stabilize the politically fractious country as pressure mounted on him to appoint an interim prime minister.By PIERRE-RICHARD LUXAMA and DANICA COTOiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical and civil unrestHaitiCaribbeanPort-au-PrinceLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 21:59:48 GMTIndictments in West Virginia chemical spill case, W.Va. (AP) — Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days.By JOHN RABYaBusinessGeneral newsIndictmentsFraud and false statementsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCorporate newsMaterials industryIndustriesCorporate crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsEnvironmental concernsWest VirginiaUnited StatesCharlestonNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:10:27 GMTLethal injection drug bill clears Ohio Legislature, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal sent Wednesday to the governor.aBusinessGeneral newsState legislatureDeath penalty controversyGovernment and politicsLegislationState governmentsLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:21:53 GMTMorgan to transition to new role at Krispy Kreme, N.C. (AP) — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' executive chairman is leaving his position after seven months.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelWinston-SalemNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:41:29 GMTPolice: Man killed, dismembered mom and stepdad (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing and dismembering his mother and stepfather.By JOE MANDAKaGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeCrimePoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 22:14:54 GMTAfter 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.By PAUL HAVENiBusinessGeneral newsSummitsDiplomacyEconomyMunicipal governmentsInternational relationsRebellions and uprisingsGovernment and politicsLegislatureLocal governmentsWar and unrestEnergy industryIndustriesCubaHavanaMexicoMexico CityUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 17 Dec 2014 22:13:39 GMT