FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 21 Dec 2014 11:31:23 -0800'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.By JAKE COYLEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainment, 21 Dec 2014 17:46:25 GMTBoko Haram camp dismantled in Cameroon, army says, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's army says it has broken up a Boko Haram training camp on its territory.By DIVINE NTARYIKEiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesTerrorismGovernment and politicsDoualaNigeriaCameroonWest AfricaAfricaNigerChadCentral Africa, 21 Dec 2014 17:31:28 GMTCalifornia 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 18:08:34 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 GMTIraqi Kurds push into contested northern town SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — With coalition warplanes circling overhead, 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 unrestSyriaIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 21 Dec 2014 17:50:23 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 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 GMTIn latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZfBusinessTV newsSatellite televisionCable televisionNews mediaMediaTelevision, 21 Dec 2014 18:58:44 GMTEgypt human rights group to register under restrictive law (AP) — One of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups announced Sunday that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 18:29:26 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 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 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 newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesGovernment and politicsCelebrityHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleBerlinGermanySwitzerlandMoscowAustriaEuropeWestern EuropeRussiaEastern Europe, 21 Dec 2014 19:19:46 GMTNo. 6 Virginia slams Harvard 76-27, Va. (AP) — Mike Tobey scored 15 points in the first half and No. 6 Virginia held Harvard to one field goal before the break as the Cavaliers rolled, 76-27 Sunday.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsVirginiaCharlottesvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 19:26:31 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 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 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 politicsEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMovie awardsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 18:31:37 GMTNYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology YORK (AP) — New York City's subways — the nation's biggest mass transit network — serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression.By VERENA DOBNIKhtGeneral newsTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNew YorkManhattanNew York CityBrooklynUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 17:59:49 GMTSurvey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.aBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesConsumer products and servicesCamarilloUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 18:11:53 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 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 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 GMTNigerian 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 18:02:15 GMTEgypt court bars pictures in homosexuality trial (AP) — An Egyptian court official says a judge has barred photographers from taking courtroom pictures of 26 men on trial in connection to their suspected homosexuality, after their families protested.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 18:46:35 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 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 GMTBelarus' president promises help for Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaBelarusMoscowRussiaKazakhstanKievEastern EuropeEuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 18:11:07 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 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 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 newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsFloridaTampaUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 17:26:22 GMT10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go? ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE and NINIEK KARMINIiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWaste managementCoastlines and beachesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndonesiaAcehSumatraIndian OceanSoutheast AsiaAsia, 21 Dec 2014 18:37:39 GMTGood news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentCancerDiseases and conditionsHealth, 21 Dec 2014 19:12:21 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 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 GMTEgypt group to register under restrictive law (AP) — One of Egypt's most prominent rights groups has announced that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.iGeneral newsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 21 Dec 2014 17:59:42 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 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 crimeMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePoliceEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMaryland, 21 Dec 2014 17:21:26 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 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 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 18:49:26 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 17:56:29 GMTCorrection: Rangers-Hurricanes story, N.C. (AP) — In a story Dec. 20 about the New York Rangers' win over the Carolina Hurricanes, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Rangers player Kevin Klein.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNew YorkNew York CityRaleighUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 21 Dec 2014 17:43:19 GMTAuthorities ID woman shot by man who killed of 2 NYPD cops, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are identifying a woman who was shot by the same man who killed two NYPD officers before shooting himself to death.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 21 Dec 2014 17:57:29 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 17:47:17 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