FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 04:14:18 -0800US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack (AP) — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.By HOPE YENwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDisaster planning and responseHurricane Sandy 2012Emergency managementAccidents and disastersEventsTerrorismWar and unrestNatural disastersStormsWeatherMilitary and defense, 19 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTFarmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks (AP) — Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals.iBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeProtests and demonstrationsAgriculture and the environmentEconomyPolitical and civil unrestEnvironmentEnvironment and nature, 19 Dec 2014 08:36:23 GMTPolish school honors Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Poland (AP) — A spokeswoman for a Catholic university in southern Poland says it has bestowed an honorary doctorate on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in recognition of his efforts to reveal the full evil of the Holocaust and defend human dignity.iGeneral newsThe HolocaustEventsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsPolandEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 10:31:31 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 10:48:03 GMTJags' Marks caps 21-13 win over Titans with sack, Fla. (AP) — Sen'Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground.By MARK LONGsSportsProfessional footballFootballJacksonvilleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:54:57 GMT12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam.iGeneral newsSearch and rescue effortsProduction facilitiesAccidentsAccidents and disastersCorporate newsBusinessUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryVietnamSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 11:40:26 GMTEPA expected to treat coal waste like garbage (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsWaste managementEnvironmentEnvironment and nature, 19 Dec 2014 08:08:10 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 GMTGreek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday that someone he did not identify had attempted to bribe him to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president.iGeneral newsPolitical corruptionElectionsGovernment and politicsGeneral electionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 11:03:27 GMTSpanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ (AP) — Spanish police were searching for possible explosives at the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance Friday.By CIARAN GILESiGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolitical partiesLaw and orderCrimePolitical organizationsGovernment and politicsMadridSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 10:20:54 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 08:36:39 GMTUS tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:23:37 GMTDutch coalition crisis fizzles out (AP) — A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 10:27:08 GMTAP PHOTOS: 4 seasons in 1 war on WWI battlefields, Belgium (AP) — A century on, the four seasons bring constant changes to the scarred landscapes and ruins of the World War I battlefields in Belgium and northern France.By VIRGINIA MAYOiGeneral newsWorld War IEventsBelgiumWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 11:29:51 GMTGerman consumer confidence on the rise (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomyLeading economic indicatorsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 08:53:42 GMTMistrial declared for man accused of stalking Ashanti YORK (AP) — A juror's illness has prompted a Manhattan judge to declare a mistrial for a man accused of stalking R&B star Ashanti.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityLaw and order, 19 Dec 2014 12:06:35 GMTSony hack adds to security pressure on companies (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.By JOE McDONALDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingComputer crimeGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesCrimeChinaJapanEast AsiaBeijingNorth KoreaSeoulUnited StatesGreater ChinaAsiaSouth KoreaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 11:43:41 GMTHow the AP-GfK Poll was conducted Associated Press-GfK poll on drones was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.By The Associated PresshtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone aircraft, 19 Dec 2014 08:17:23 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 10:51:30 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 GMTIt's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFTwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment pensions and social securityNazismWar crimesLegislationGovernment business and financeLegislatureWar and unrestUnited StatesBerlinNorth AmericaGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 08:21:12 GMTGlobal markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the 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 YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsStock marketsSouth KoreaNorth KoreaEast AsiaAustraliaAsiaOceania, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:05 GMTThai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion.iBusinessGeneral newsThailandSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 11:35:21 GMTAsia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the 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 YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsCorporate stockCorporate newsStock marketsSouth KoreaNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 08:30:20 GMTFor US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?By MATTHEW LEEwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyEmbassiesGovernment appointments and nominationsHuman rights and civil libertiesTravel laws and regulationsLegislationLegislatureExecutive branchSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment regulationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleHavanaCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:30:59 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 09:41:24 GMTBombings kill 11 people in Iraq (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombings have killed 11 people in the capital Baghdad.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 10:49:32 GMTTrade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion, Mozambique (AP) — China's ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year.iGeneral newsInternational tradeInternational relationsEconomyBusinessGovernment and politicsChinaMozambiqueMaputoGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 11:43:56 GMTEPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy and the environmentWaste managementLegislatureAir qualityLegislationUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentEco-friendly practices, 19 Dec 2014 08:39:38 GMTHack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyTechnology issuesForeign policyGovernment policyNorth KoreaUnited StatesPyongyangDistrict of ColumbiaMiddle EastEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:33:32 GMTLava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa.By CATHY BUSSEWITZaGeneral newsScienceVolcanoesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 10:34:28 GMTColorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge (AP) — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.By SADIE GURMAN and GRANT SCHULTEaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsDrug-related crimeRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderGovernment regulationsColoradoUnited StatesDenverNebraskaLincolnNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:14:24 GMT8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 10:22:43 GMTMichael Phelps' DUI trial set Friday in Baltimore (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsSportsMen's sportsCelebritySwimmingCrimeReckless endangermentEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAquaticsMen's aquaticsBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:05:54 GMTIsraeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel (AP) — The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in the first such attack since September.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 11:15:21 GMTImage of Asia: Celebrating Hanukkah in Myanmar this photo by Khin Maung Win, members of a tiny Jewish community in Myanmar's largest city celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. They were joined by visitors in Myanmar's only synagogue, the 118-year-old Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. The Jews in predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma, are descendants of 19th century migrants from Iraq, Europe and India. Before World War II, more than 2,500 Jews lived in Myanmar, and now only a few dozen remain. They are led by the patriarch of the community, Moses Samuels, who lit candles on a menorah this week together with a Myanmar politician, an Israeli representative and other guests.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHolidaysJudaismOccasionsLifestyleReligionSocial affairsMyanmarSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 10:28:26 GMTGift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke.By RON HARRIShtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnology, 19 Dec 2014 09:06:15 GMTRussian opposition activist faces 10 years behind bars (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that an opposition activist be imprisoned for a total of 10 years on allegations of fraud.iGeneral newsCrimePolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 11:24:11 GMTSnyder learning that there's never enough time (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the season from varied perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. In this installment, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder provides an inside look.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsCoachingMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:40:31 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 12:02:58 GMTWoman arrested in crash that killed 3 from crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating what led up to a motorist driving through a red light and into nearly a dozen people as they left a church Christmas event in Southern California — leaving three women dead and several other people injured, including children.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeReckless endangermentLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportation, 19 Dec 2014 08:38:41 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 CHOIiBusinessGeneral newsConspiracyCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 09:30:22 GMTA look at NFL's most underappreciated, overblown Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday's game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should go to head coach Jason Garrett's assistants.By HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:24 GMTBritain moves closer to allowing women in combat (AP) — Britain is moving closer to allowing female soldiers to take a role in close combat on the front lines.iGeneral newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:41 GMTEssebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsRebellions and uprisingsNational electionsElectionsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 08:11:53 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 GMT5 die in Mozambique floods, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican authorities say five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain.iGeneral newsFloodsAccidents and disastersMozambiqueMaputoEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 11:23:31 GMTSheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsImmigration policyHispanicsRace and ethnicityArrestsImmigrationLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesState legislatureSmugglingGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:21:54 GMTUN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations, Liberia (AP) — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is visiting the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis in West Africa.iGeneral newsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthWest AfricaAfricaLiberiaGuinea, 19 Dec 2014 11:06:19 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a scandal of sex and politics that rocked Cold War Britain, has died. She was 70.By JILL LAWLESSiGeneral newsObituariesPolitical scandalsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 11:14:12 GMT