FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 11:56:18 -0800Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains, Neb. (AP) — When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard — an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman.By JOSH FUNKaBusinessGeneral newsAccidentsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulations, 22 Dec 2014 18:30:20 GMTBMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:35:50 GMTUN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — "a test that is sure to come."By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsDisease outbreaksDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthPublic healthWest AfricaAfricaSierra LeoneGuineaLiberiaMali, 22 Dec 2014 18:50:02 GMTCuba says open to every one of US President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations (AP) — Cuba says open to every one of US President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:11:12 GMTFrench power company to pay $772M in bribery case (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking government officials in multiple foreign countries for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.By ERIC TUCKERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCorporate crimeCrimeCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:50 GMTImmigrants apply for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy started applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesArizonaPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:48:54 GMTObama signs New York state disaster declaration (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWeatherEmergency managementWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:18:00 GMTReview: A charming cast anchors the dark 'Into the Woods' is one Disney film that's definitely not a light fairy tale.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 19:48:58 GMTAdam Scott picks Mike Kerr to be new caddie COAST, Australia (AP) — Former Masters champion Adam Scott has picked Mike Kerr to be his next caddie.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolf, 22 Dec 2014 18:19:26 GMT2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsTennisMen's snowboardingSnowboardingProfessional footballMen's sportsFootballNFL footballKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:13 GMTJoe Cocker dies at 70 (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:23:43 GMTGreek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims, Greece (AP) — A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.iBusinessGeneral newsPolitical corruptionElectionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGovernment and politicsNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:34:41 GMTNBA prepares for Christmas coming-out party YORK (AP) — Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsMen's sportsHolidaysNBA FinalsMen's basketballFootballTelevision programsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentSports mediaProfessional basketballBasketballOccasionsLifestyleEventsOklahoma CityNew York CityFloridaOklahomaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 22 Dec 2014 18:44:17 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading moved higher in afternoon trading Monday, on track to extend gains from last week. Pharmaceutical stocks were among the big risers. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsHealth care industryIndustriesReal estateEnergy industryLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:25:25 GMTTribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.By FELICIA FONSECA and MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSmall businessNative AmericansRecreational drug laws and regulationsTribal governmentsDrug-related crimeCrimeGovernment regulationsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAgricultureUnited StatesFlagstaffWashingtonSeattleArizonaConnecticutMontanaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:22:00 GMTFAA, industry launch drone safety campaign (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.By JOAN LOWYhtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTransportation safetyDrone aircraftTechnologyAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesConsumer products and servicesPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:06:12 GMTSkiers have reservations over airbag safety system GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.By ANDREW DAMPFhtTravelLifestyleAlpine skiingWomen's skiingAthlete injuriesMen's skiingSkiingSports sponsorshipSportsWomen's sportsMen's sportsAthlete healthAutomotive technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologySports businessItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:32:44 GMTCuba: We're open to every part of Obama's detente (AP) — Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country's head of North American affairs said Monday.By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:36:59 GMTIt's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.By MAE ANDERSONfBusinessLifestyleHolidaysOnline shoppingHoliday shoppingOccasionsShoppingLeisure travelTravelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesGift shoppingChinaUnited StatesColoradoGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:57 GMTIt's down to the wire for online shopping (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.By MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestyleHiring and recruitmentHolidaysOnline shoppingHoliday shoppingSeasonal jobsGift shoppingPersonnelInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnologyOccasionsShoppingCareersConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:55:26 GMTOfficials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring (AP) — After the raid of a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring, 22 people face charges and hundreds of dogs are in shelters, authorities said Monday.aGeneral newsAnimal crueltyDogsIndictmentsCrimeMammalsAnimalsLaw and orderBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:59:55 GMT11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes.iGeneral newsArrestsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWar and unrestFranceParisBurundiWestern EuropeEuropeEast AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:56 GMTThe ins and outs of the playoff races five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.By BARRY WILNERsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballEventsFootballSeattleHoustonDallasWashingtonCincinnatiKansas CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexasOhioMissouri, 22 Dec 2014 19:45:23 GMTHernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsProfessional footballFootballMassachusettsFall RiverBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:33 GMTGoing it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014 (AP) — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone.By JOSH LEDERMANaGovernment and politicsEconomyLegislatureClimateInternational relationsImmigrationBusinessUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryEnvironment and natureSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 19:19:43 GMTEx Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.By BRAD BROOKS and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICONiBusinessGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCorporate managementCrimeCorporate newsPersonnelEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsBrazilBrasiliaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 19:39:13 GMT48 extra days in rape case probation violation, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.aGeneral newsViolent crimeHigh school footballLegal proceedingsCrimeHigh school sportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFootballSportsLaw and orderEventsSteubenvilleOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:46:28 GMTJudge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan (AP) — A federal judge on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.By SAM HANANELwGovernment and politicsImmigrationImmigration policyGovernment programsBorder securityConstitutionsNational courtsPoliceSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsMilitary and defenseNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLaw enforcement agenciesUnited StatesArizonaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:25:34 GMTAppeals court strikes down NC abortion law, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.By LARRY O'DELLaGeneral newsHealthAbortionNational courtsLegislationGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWomen's healthLegal proceedingsLaw and orderIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment regulationsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryDiagnostic testsDiagnosis and treatmentLegislatureUnited StatesNorth CarolinaRichmondNorth AmericaVirginia, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:19 GMTHow Obama used his executive powers in 2014 (AP) — President Barack Obama set out in 2014 to use his executive powers to advance priorities resisted by Congress.By JOSH LEDERMANaGovernment and politicsPrimary and secondary educationInternational relationsImmigrationEducationSocial affairsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureClimateSocial issuesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:47:11 GMTRussia bails out bank following ruble slide (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial crisisEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesRussiaMoscowUkraineEastern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:23 GMTNicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.iBusinessGeneral newsNicaraguaPanama CanalCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanPanama, 22 Dec 2014 19:42:24 GMTExpress Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into the fight over high-cost hepatitis C drugs with a coverage restriction that might ultimately lower prices and improve patient access to groundbreaking treatments for the liver-destroying virus.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsLiver diseaseDiagnosis and treatmentDiseases and conditionsMedicationHealth care costsHealth issuesHealthInfectious diseasesHealth care industryIndustriesFinancial services, 22 Dec 2014 18:59:34 GMTFlorida State's Fisher relieved after Winston ruling, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says there's a sense of relief after quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of any student code of conduct violations.By KAREEM COPELANDsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:53:02 GMTMichigan man guilty in Ohio killing 30 years ago, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a 19-year-old woman in northern Ohio 30 years ago.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderToledoOhioMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:53:15 GMTTop business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.By TALI ARBELhtBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeSmall businessPricesEconomyLabor economyFinancial crisisConsumer electronicsRecessions and depressionsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyOwnership changesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesFinancial marketsInformation technologyMedia and entertainment industryProducts and servicesTechnologyCorporate stockFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 18:49:52 GMTAl-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel (AP) — The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile between the two countries over the Gulf nation's support for Islamists.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsInternational relationsTV newsGovernment and politicsNews mediaMediaTelevisionEgyptMiddle EastQatarDohaSaudi ArabiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:19:44 GMTEx-chief says video rants meant to snare threats former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who posted online videos of himself ranting obscenely about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons secretly fed information on people he considered militia members, anti-government extremists and so-called "sovereign citizens" to the FBI and state police, according to documents he showed to The Associated Press.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsState governmentsTerrorismGun politicsIntelligence agenciesLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 22 Dec 2014 18:15:32 GMTEx-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimeProtests and demonstrationsMental healthViolent crimeEventsPolitical and civil unrestHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:25:49 GMTTripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.tTravelLifestyleConsumer affairsConsumer protection and advocacyMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCorporate newsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:29:40 GMTAgent of Joe Cocker says British singer has died of lung cancer at age 70. (AP) — Agent of Joe Cocker says British singer has died of lung cancer at age 70.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCancerDiseases and conditionsHealthLung diseaseUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:12:34 GMTRenee Fleming to make Broadway debut in 'Living on Love' YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star.By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentPerforming artsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:47:40 GMTLeaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUkraineMoscowRussiaGermanyFranceKievEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 19:37:48 GMTSpain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsTax evasionFraud and false statementsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessMadridSpainPalmaWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:41 GMTTruck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow, Scotland (AP) — Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said.By PAUL KELBIE and GREGORY KATZiGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowScotlandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 18:18:12 GMTMayor meets with families of slain NYPD officers YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the families of the two officers shot to death in a squad car this weekend.aGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 18:12:04 GMTNY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals YORK (AP) — New York's mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsSocial mediaPoliceFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePolitical activismMunicipal governmentsEventsPolitical and civil unrestViolent crimeOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsCampaignsElectionsPolitical issuesLocal governmentsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:47 GMTAP NewsAlert YORK (AP) — NYC mayor: Halt protests, political debate until after funerals for 2 slain officers.aGeneral newsPolitical activismFunerals and memorial servicesPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsPolitical and civil unrestCampaignsElectionsLocal governmentsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:00:29 GMTBMW expands US air bag recall nationwide YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to expand a recall of driver's-side air bags to the entire U.S.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:25:16 GMTLoose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have given up trying to capture a bear that was running through a Phoenix suburb much of Monday morning.aOdditiesScienceBearsAnimalsMammalsMesaPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:09:18 GMT