FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Dec 2014 09:22:03 -0800California puzzles over safety of driverless cars ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyAutomotive technologyAutomobilesTechnology issuesIndustrial technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 15:46:05 GMTPalestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesArrestsWar and unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankEgyptIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMTRepublicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016 (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.By ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsEventsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:12:37 GMTNovak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballEventsSan DiegoSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:41 GMTAuthorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody.aGeneral newsFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 14:51:03 GMTGabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestGabonWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 09:04:29 GMTReaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsNew York CityUnited StatesNew YorkBrooklynNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:10:42 GMTRussia sees harsh crackdown on independent media (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTV newsTelevisionCable televisionJournalismNational governmentsNazismNeo-NazismMediaNews mediaLegislationLegislatureRussiaMoscowCrimeaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 10:28:27 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 14:10:15 GMTObama says US can influence new generation in Cuba (AP) — President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators.wGovernment and politicsInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesRussiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:36 GMTSaudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.By AYA BATRAWYiBusinessGeneral newsSummitsPricesEnergy industryOPEC MeetingsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndustriesEconomyEventsUnited Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastIran, 21 Dec 2014 12:56:35 GMTEx-mayor sworn in as Romania's new president, Romania (AP) — Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.ALISON MUTLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsMunicipal governmentsElectionsLocal electionsLocal governmentsRomaniaEuropeUnited StatesEastern EuropeNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 12:37:58 GMTStates trying to lure lawyers into rural practice, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.By REGINA GARCIA CANOaGeneral newsProfessional organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsSouth DakotaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:24:27 GMTCanadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.By DAVE KOLPACKaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsFinancial servicesNational courtsCrimeIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFargoUnited StatesNorth DakotaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMTTunisians head to elect president in runoff, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsPolitical activismNational electionsElectionsWar and unrestPolitical issuesTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 10:38:10 GMTLauren Jackson returns from 11-month injury layoff, Australia (AP) — Seattle Storm forward and former WNBA most valuable player Lauren Jackson played her first competitive match in 11 months on the weekend, admitting she was "terrible" while scoring 13 points to lead the Canberra Capitals to victory in Australia.iGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesWomen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballWomen's sportsProfessional basketballAustraliaCanberraOceania, 21 Dec 2014 08:08:42 GMTSierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."By SARAH DiLORENZOiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthSierra LeoneSenegalWest AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 16:30:18 GMTNo bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party's headquarters.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 12:53:22 GMTPakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimePakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 16:11:16 GMTVideo shows Boko Haram killing captives, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsNigeriaWest AfricaCameroonAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 12:36:01 GMT2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.By LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesCease firesWar and unrestBorder securityGeneral newsMilitary and defenseInternational agreementsJerusalemPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle EastJordanUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 13:18:55 GMTGulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent.Associated PressiGeneral newsAbu DhabiDubaiMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaUnited Arab Emirates, 21 Dec 2014 17:04:17 GMTStrong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEarth scienceScienceIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 12:24:01 GMTEgypt opens border with Gaza after 2-month closure CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankEgyptIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 11:51:13 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 17:00:54 GMTTent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsFinancial crisisHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsDetroitMichiganSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:14 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 crimeCrimeFloridaTampaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:15:39 GMTKurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport, Iraq (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 15:04:29 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 16:53:33 GMTRussia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTV newsTelevisionCable televisionJournalismNational governmentsNazismNeo-NazismNews mediaMediaLegislationLegislatureRussiaMoscowCrimeaUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 11:31:43 GMTNigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.By MICHELLE FAUL and HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesTerrorismRebellions and uprisingsNigeriaNigerCameroonChadWest AfricaAfricaCentral Africa, 21 Dec 2014 10:57:25 GMTJordan hangs 11 after lifting ban on executions, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Interior Ministry says the kingdom has hanged 11 people convicted of murder, the first executions to take place in the country in eight years.iGeneral newsCrimeDeath penalty controversySocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeJordanAmmanMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 12:33:07 GMTWright scores 17 as No. 14 Utah beats UNLV 59-46 VEGAS (AP) — Delon Wright scored 17 points, Brandon Taylor had 16, and No. 14 Utah beat UNLV 59-46 on Saturday night in the MGM Grand Showcase.By ADAM SOBOLESKIsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsUtahLas VegasUnited StatesNorth AmericaNevada, 21 Dec 2014 07:34:58 GMTEgypt President awards medal to retired spy chief (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards after ordering his retirement.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:54 GMTGreek prime minister open to 2015 early elections, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureNational electionsElectionsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 13:50:59 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 crimeProtests and demonstrationsFunerals and memorial servicesMunicipal governmentsCrimePoliceEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaryland, 21 Dec 2014 16:17:10 GMTIsrael arrests more from Jewish extremist group (AP) — Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeIsraelJerusalemMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 07:50:09 GMTUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.By JOSH LEDERMANhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentTerrorismCorporate sponsorshipTV newsWar and unrestGeneral newsCorporate newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaEast AsiaChinaMiddle EastHawaiiNorth AmericaAsiaGreater China, 21 Dec 2014 16:41:02 GMTStrong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely.iGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 12:06:39 GMTBelarusian independent news sites blocked, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.iGeneral newsOnline news mediaOnline mediaMediaNews mediaBelarusEastern EuropeEurope, 21 Dec 2014 14:37:56 GMTSharpton denounces violence against police YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeCrimeEventsSuicidesProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsFunerals and memorial servicesPoliceViolencePolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesSocial issuesSocial affairsBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaryland, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:23 GMTAustralian woman charged with murder of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 21 Dec 2014 13:06:11 GMTTourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent (AP) — Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.By JAMEY KEATENiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPricesCustomer statisticsMountainsAccommodationsTravelLifestyleEconomyCorporate newsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureRussiaEuropeMoscowFranceCyprusGermanyUkraineAustriaEastern EuropeWestern Europe, 21 Dec 2014 11:29:31 GMTPope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.By MATT SEDENSKYaGeneral newsChristianityReligionGovernment and politicsPolitical imprisonmentSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:15 GMTUS companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEnergy industryEconomyLegislatureGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyUtilitiesAgricultureCubaCaribbeanUnited StatesOrlandoLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaFlorida, 21 Dec 2014 16:13:03 GMTNY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.By MARY ESCHaBusinessGeneral newsAgriculture and the environmentAgricultureEnvironmentEnergy and the environmentEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnergy industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironment and natureNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:43:39 GMTTaliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.iGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 08:14:05 GMTRising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."By PETER ORSIiBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsEnvironmental impact assessmentsGovernment and politicsEnvironmentMarine biologyLakesEconomyLocal governmentsPolitical and civil unrestEnvironment and natureBiologyScienceOceanographyNicaraguaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral America, 21 Dec 2014 14:31:48 GMTTunisians votes in historic presidential runoff, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an official from the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsPolitical activismWar and unrestNational electionsElectionsPolitical issuesTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 14:05:18 GMTNational coal mining deaths, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the decline each year since 2007, when there were 4.2 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. Last year the rate was 3.1.Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsUnited StatesKentuckyNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:29 GMT