FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Dec 2014 12:51:18 -0800'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014 top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:By LOU KESTEN and DERRIK J. LANGhtArts and entertainmentTechnologyGame consolesInformation technologyIndustriesBusinessConsumer electronicsGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleMoviesEntertainmentMontrealQuebecCanadaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:27:17 GMTCalifornia officer kills teen after machete attack CREEK, Calif. (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:33:26 GMTLiberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthSenate electionsLegislatureGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsElectionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 19:04:37 GMTOnly thing even Rahm Emanuel can't fix: Da Bears (AP) — Rahm Emanuel traded Washington politics for the City of Big Shoulders because here, at least, he figured he could actually fix things.By JIM LITKEaGeneral newsSportsMunicipal governmentsNFL DraftProfessional footballFootballLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:36:17 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, 20 Dec 2014 19:59:22 GMTNo. 11 Lady Vols trounce No. 7 Stanford 59-40, Tenn. (AP) — Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday as No. 10 Tennessee breezed past No. 7 Stanford 59-40 for its fifth consecutive victory.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsBasketballWomen's basketballCollege sportsTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:29:03 GMTIce buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.By JOCELYN NOVECKhtArts and entertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityCulturesMusicConsumer electronicsOnline mediaMediaEntertainmentFashion designSocial affairsMobile phonesTechnologyItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 20:20:29 GMTN. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.By HYUNG-JIN KIMhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingCriminal investigationsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesLaw and orderCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsNorth KoreaSouth KoreaPyongyangSeoulUnited StatesEast AsiaDistrict of ColumbiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:54:00 GMTSony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaDistrict of ColumbiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:41:58 GMTObama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.By BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRace and ethnicityInternational relationsHispanicsSocial issuesSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 18:57:42 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, 20 Dec 2014 20:18:15 GMT2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCrimeGeneral news, 20 Dec 2014 20:21:25 GMTBledsoe, Thomas carry Suns past Knicks, 99-90 YORK (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the New York Knicks 99-90 on Saturday.By BRIAN MAHONEYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballNew YorkNew York CityTorontoUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanada, 20 Dec 2014 20:41:19 GMTNo. 4 Louisville holds off Western Kentucky 76-67 GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Terry Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the second half, to lead fourth-ranked Louisville past Western Kentucky 76-67 on Saturday.By GARY B. GRAVESsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsKentuckyLouisvilleBowling GreenUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:13:26 GMTAP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world (AP) — No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades.By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVEiBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsArts and entertainmentEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEuropeUnited KingdomRussiaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEastern EuropeNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 20:03:18 GMTPolitics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015 (AP) — Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.By The Associated PresswGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrest2016 United States Presidential ElectionUnited States Presidential ElectionState governmentsLegislaturePolitical partiesMarriageImmigrationNational electionsElectionsEventsTerrorismNational securityMilitary and defensePolitical organizationsFamily issuesSocial affairsSocial issuesUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAfghanistanIraqNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 19:52:48 GMTEgypt president meets Qatar envoy (AP) — Egypt's President has met with an envoy of the Emir of Qatar, the first such meeting since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office last summer, signaling a thaw in relations between the two nations.iGeneral newsEgyptQatarMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaDohaNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 18:32:24 GMTPolice: Man in elf costume charged with DWI, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunk driving charges in New Jersey.aGeneral newsArrestsReckless endangermentCrimeLaw and orderNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:05:11 GMTUS sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsTerrorismLegislatureWar and unrestGeneral newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesCubaAfghanistanNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanCentral AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 20:49:51 GMTHaggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.aBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesWashingtonBellinghamUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:16:13 GMTNo. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74 (AP) — Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds, and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.By JAY COHENsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsOhioNorth CarolinaChicagoUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 20 Dec 2014 20:37:59 GMT4 teens die in fiery head-on crash in Pennsylvania, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say four teens have died in a fiery head-on crash in Pennsylvania that left one car upside-down and another split in two.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:35:18 GMTOfficer kills teen who was attacked with machete CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 18:39:20 GMTOver and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014 YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample:By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionProfessional footballFootballSports, 20 Dec 2014 20:23:16 GMTThe AP's top 10 movies of the year top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:By JAKE COYLE and JOCELYN NOVECKeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentPaintingVisual artsSelmaBudapestRussiaAlabamaUnited StatesNorth AmericaHungaryEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 20:19:19 GMTProtesters against Cuba-US plan gather in Miami (AP) — Waving flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with Cuba.By KRISTEN WYATT and CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsCubaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:59:41 GMTYear's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts' YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.By MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityGrammy AwardsEventsAward showsMusic awards, 20 Dec 2014 20:14:29 GMTAutopsy describes abuse by mayor before his death ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy report for a Southern California mayor who was shot to death by his wife provides more detailed allegations that he inflicted domestic abuse over a span of two decades.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:01:47 GMTMan kills self in police chase, injuring couple, La. (AP) — Police in northwest Louisiana say a man wanted in Oklahoma killed himself during a chase, causing his truck to hit a car and seriously injure a couple.aGeneral newsSuicidesPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsShreveportLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:48:07 GMTAmazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014 YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.By HILLEL ITALIEeArts and entertainmentBooks and literatureEntertainmentConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusiness, 20 Dec 2014 20:25:58 GMT3 killed in car crash on way to Mexico funeral ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say three people were killed in a rollover crash in northern San Diego County while they were on their way to a funeral service in Mexico.aGeneral newsAccidentsFunerals and memorial servicesAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:22:58 GMTCuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear (AP) — Protesters waving Cuban flags have started to gather for a demonstration against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government.By KRISTEN WYATTaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestCubaMiamiCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 18:34:33 GMT5 comedy alternatives to 'The Interview' ANGELES (AP) — Kim Jong Un isn't alone.By DERRIK J. LANGaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politics, 20 Dec 2014 18:42:41 GMTTop news of 2014 left public grasping for answers feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.By ADAM GELLERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriAccidents and disastersMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsCrimeEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthLibyaUnited StatesUkraineMiddle EastRussiaFergusonNorth AfricaAfricaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeMissouri, 20 Dec 2014 19:34:46 GMTFrench police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant (AP) — Officials say man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.iGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 20:29:46 GMTBurying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre, Pakistan (AP) — One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says.By RIAZ KHANiGeneral newsWar and unrestPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 19:19:30 GMTYear's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:By MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentQueensNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:10:33 GMTProtesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties (AP) — Waving flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with Cuba.By RACHEL LA CORTE and CHRISTINE ARMARIOaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsCubaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:45:36 GMTA chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US (AP) — Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and CHRISTINE ARMARIOiGeneral newsExtended familyTravel laws and regulationsRelationshipsLifestyleTravel safetyTravelGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:17:50 GMT2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash, Ind. (AP) — More than two dozen people were injured when a double-decker bus traveling from Chicago to Atlanta slid off an interstate in southern Indiana and rolled on its side early Saturday.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationSeymourIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 18:57:36 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina tops Central Michigan 80-45 (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points despite a bloody nose as No. 1 South Carolina cruised past Central Michigan 80-45 on Saturday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMichiganSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:41:37 GMTLouisville F Harrell ejected vs Western Kentucky GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell has been ejected from the fourth-ranked Cardinals' game at Western Kentucky for throwing an elbow.sSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsKentuckyLouisvilleBowling GreenUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:45:22 GMTKurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and advancing toward the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsWar and unrestSyriaMiddle EastIraq, 20 Dec 2014 19:17:56 GMTFinal goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014 each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during the Korean War.By BERNARD McGHEEaGeneral newsCelebrityMoviesMusicAcademy AwardsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionSports mediaNewspapersLegislatureNative AmericansProfessional footballEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFashion designEventsPolitical issuesSportsNews mediaMediaViolent crimeCrimeFootballAward showsMovie awardsUnited KingdomUnited StatesBostonMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaMassachusetts, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:58 GMTPGA: Golfer, 103, may be oldest to record hole in one, Fla. (AP) — A 103-year-old Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole in one.aGeneral newsSportsGolfSarasotaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:12:03 GMTRaul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won't change the communist system he leads.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsInternational incidentsDiplomacyEmbassiesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsLegislatureEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:34:04 GMTProsecutors: Fraudster used funds to freeze wife YORK (AP) — An accused financial fraudster used backers' money for a personal and uncommon purpose, prosecutors say: to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen.aBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsCrimeNew York CityManhattanNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:40:20 GMTPanama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion.By JUAN ZAMORANO and KATHIA MARTINEZiGeneral newsDrug-related crimeGovernment and politicsCrimePanamaPanama CityMedellinUnited StatesColombiaCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:22:52 GMTProsecutor: No charges in church disturbance death LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.aGeneral newsCrimeNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 20:34:30 GMTOfficials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving.aGeneral newsOdditiesDogsMammalsAnimalsCaliforniaRiversideUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 19:34:09 GMT