FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 15:34:48 -0800Ohio enacts law shielding execution drug sources, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs.aBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsDeath penalty controversyLegislationState legislatureGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislatureCriminal punishmentLaw and orderOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:47:41 GMTSales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOaBusinessGeneral newsHoliday shoppingFinancial performanceCorporate newsPersonal spendingPersonal financeShoppingLifestyleHolidaysOccasionsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 23:16:18 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:26:17 GMTWhat's delaying trial of Colorado shooter (AP) — Defense lawyers acknowledge that James Holmes opened fire on an Aurora movie theater auditorium on July 20, 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70. Yet jury selection for his trial doesn't begin until next month.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:04:07 GMTProtesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:16:36 GMTCops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:14:34 GMTAP source: Rockets acquire Timberwolves' Brewer (AP) — The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter on Friday, landing veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMinnesotaHoustonUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 19 Dec 2014 22:55:38 GMTMan without use of arms facing gun charge released, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition but faces a gun possession charge has been released from a New Jersey jail without having to pay bail.aGeneral newsOdditiesTrentonNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:23:31 GMTStaples: Customer data exposed in security breach, Ore. (AP) — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLhtBusinessComputer and data securityComputing and information technologyTechnologyFinancial servicesIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 22:13:17 GMTHome confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered home confinement and GPS monitoring for two former officials with a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 others across the country.aGeneral newsRacketeeringLegal proceedingsDisease outbreaksCrimeDiseases and conditionsLaw and orderPublic healthHealthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesBostonUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:22:29 GMTObama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU (AP) — President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.By JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsCrimeaUnited StatesEuropeRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:33:20 GMTObama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation renewing dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and individuals.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsLegislationGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsLegislature, 19 Dec 2014 22:30:25 GMTSelig to become baseball commissioner emeritus YORK (AP) — Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sports, 19 Dec 2014 23:18:49 GMTFederal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign.aBusinessGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryAgricultureIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 23:01:24 GMTSugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.By TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersLaw and orderMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAccidentsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:04:42 GMTMan on death row gets new sentence, may go free, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderElkoNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:22:02 GMTSoccer governing body sues over player images (AP) — A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court.aGeneral newsSportsInternational soccerCollege sportsLegal proceedingsSports governanceMen's soccerSoccerLaw and orderMen's sportsChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:23:29 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth KoreaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:40:10 GMT9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward shows, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:33 GMTNY police officer suspended after videotaped punch YORK (AP) — A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended.aGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:26:24 GMTFormer boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75 (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.sSportsBoxingMen's boxingObituariesMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:22:42 GMTProtection sought for scenic California region (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGtTravelLifestyleNational parksEnvironmental laws and regulationsMountainsEnvironmental conservation and preservationAnimalsNatural resource managementGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelEnvironmentGovernment regulationsCaliforniaUnited StatesNapaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:11:34 GMTObama signs massive defense spending bill (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.wGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 22:18:33 GMTSony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack ANGELES (AP) — A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.htArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentComputer and data securityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessComputing and information technologyTechnology, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:56 GMTGuest lineups for the Sunday news shows (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:eArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 19 Dec 2014 22:38:03 GMTChevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm, Calif. (AP) — Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community.aBusinessGeneral newsScienceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:16:04 GMTGroup backs plan to turn Astrodome into large park (AP) — An idea to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and green space area holds great promise, a nonprofit research group focused on land use said Friday.By JUAN A. LOZANOtTravelLifestyleNational parksEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelProfessional footballFootballSportsTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:05:15 GMTIsraeli army says it has carried out an airstrike in Gaza targeting a Hamas site CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli army says it has carried out an airstrike in Gaza targeting a Hamas site.iGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 19 Dec 2014 22:57:47 GMTOhio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.By MARK GILLISPIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsChristianityReligionCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial affairsOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:42:36 GMTJail boss: Restrictive NYC unit will stop violence YORK (AP) — Correction officials on Friday encouraged the city's jail watchdog board to approve a proposed rule change to allow for the creation of a 250-bed restrictive housing unit at Rikers Island for the 2.2 percent of inmates they say are responsible for the vast majority of violence.By JAKE PEARSONaBusinessGeneral newsViolenceHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:48 GMT1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo CITY, Nev. (AP) — An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site.By KEN RITTERhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftInaugurationsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseNevadaLas VegasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:45:41 GMTUS says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013 (AP) — Driving is getting safer.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsTransportationTrafficLegislatureGovernment and politicsTransportation safetyProducts and servicesCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:05 GMTBob Simpson, co-developer of Saffir-Simpson scale, dies (AP) — Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.wGeneral newsObituariesAccidents and disastersNatural disastersStormsWeather, 19 Dec 2014 23:07:39 GMTMan pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon (AP) — A man charged with having once possessed the gun that prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer pleaded guilty Friday to gun possession and drug charges.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeBombingsViolent crimeLaw and orderEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:51:01 GMTIsrael carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 23:26:05 GMT2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former teammate, Floyd Landis.sSportsLegal proceedingsMen's cyclingCyclingLaw and orderGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:28:50 GMTFranciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisReligionEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsSocial affairsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 22:29:00 GMTHow the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.The Associated PressfBusinessFinancial marketsStock markets, 19 Dec 2014 22:03:51 GMT1 thing even Rahm 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, 19 Dec 2014 22:16:10 GMT5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack ANGELES (AP) — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:By TAMI ABDOLLAHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyTechnology issues, 19 Dec 2014 21:56:26 GMTSony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:51:20 GMTPadres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres acquired Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton on Friday in a trade that sent four prospects to the Braves.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsGeorgiaAtlantaSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 19 Dec 2014 22:29:44 GMTPacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.aBusinessGeneral newsScienceSmall businessCorporate legal affairsBirdsAnimalsEaglesLegal proceedingsEnergy and the environmentWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesCorporate newsNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmental concernsCrimeLaw and orderWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:45:51 GMTAP sources: Peavy agrees on deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants are keeping a key member of their World Series rotation, bringing back Jake Peavy and one of the Southern boys who thrived on the big October stage alongside ace Madison Bumgarner.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:20:37 GMTIndia's Shiv Kapur leads Dubai Open, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India's Shiv Kapur holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 first hole and finished with a 6-under 66 on Friday for a share of Dubai Open lead.sSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsDubaiThailandUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:01 GMTSuspected Honduran drug kingpins extradited to US, Va. (AP) — Two Honduran brothers suspected of running one of the world's largest drug-trafficking rings have been extradited to the U.S. and charged in federal court.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeExtraditionCrimeSmugglingOrganized crimeLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesHondurasNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 22:12:56 GMTAustralian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArrestsLaw and orderAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 22:11:07 GMTSony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice." ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice."htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:00:31 GMTAP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists.By JOHN HEILPRINhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGenevaSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 22:53:59 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.By JILL LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentPolitical scandalsObituariesPolitical issuesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 22:12:34 GMT