FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:55:08 -0800California gets more rain, 1 big mudslidehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6489d04ea71a483a8aa15696bd12cc70LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersFiresCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6489d04ea71a483a8aa15696bd12cc70Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:55:01 GMTLowry scores 20 to lead Raptors past Nets 105-89http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/416af81b1e6f4d4f858d14dc057b1eeaTORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors used a big fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 Wednesday night.By IAN HARRISONsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballTorontoOntarioCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/416af81b1e6f4d4f858d14dc057b1eeaThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:52:20 GMTCastro survived odd, often inept, US schemeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a3f9a4cdf024dcab6dddd69c8973870WASHINGTON (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6a3f9a4cdf024dcab6dddd69c8973870Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:49:10 GMTState-by-state breakdown of child abuse deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a5ff0d53ebb14e9587959a7c8e5ad248The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimes against childrenCrimeUnited StatesNew YorkDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a5ff0d53ebb14e9587959a7c8e5ad248Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:00 GMTFed rate wording boosts Asian stock marketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5b033a26886429b9859abf4f67babefAsian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsPricesCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesEast AsiaRussiaAustraliaUnited StatesAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e5b033a26886429b9859abf4f67babefThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:34:41 GMTAP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hackinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68812ae3e8b743bb9703e5200dc7c53eWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/68812ae3e8b743bb9703e5200dc7c53eThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:14:03 GMTHow Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82ab71b2d472427482b1fa2d3605fbf2NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingGovernment and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesTechnology issuesIndustrial products and servicesNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82ab71b2d472427482b1fa2d3605fbf2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:41:00 GMTObama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracleshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42050384401a4a8eb09baf80cd89c63fWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42050384401a4a8eb09baf80cd89c63fThu, 18 Dec 2014 02:35:03 GMTMissouri school takes cane from blind student, 8http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5a50af080b9e4422847a6f21ebe43868KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school district has apologized to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.aGeneral newsEducationSocial affairsSchool infrastructureMissouriKansas CityUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5a50af080b9e4422847a6f21ebe43868Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:33 GMTAustralian leader: Siege may have been preventablehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d32a67f681aa414094af594562ef03ffSYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsExtortion and threatsLegal proceedingsPoliceCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d32a67f681aa414094af594562ef03ffThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:29:06 GMTParsons scores 32, Mavs beat Pistons 117-106http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/567678aa067548858dd8ded6c5d905c1AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points and Monta Ellis added 25 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 117-106 Wednesday night.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballDetroitDallasMichiganUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/567678aa067548858dd8ded6c5d905c1Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:04:08 GMTToday in Historyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f28d0713e75145d6adab0dd37d4bf59eToday is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaNazismGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f28d0713e75145d6adab0dd37d4bf59eThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:50 GMTMack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Clevelandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ac949170bc3a4cee88e4b423344c065bCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' largest loss of the season didn't sit well with coach David Blatt.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballClevelandTexasHoustonOhioUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ac949170bc3a4cee88e4b423344c065bThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:30:46 GMTChattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/304e76641fd9438581cc52a3a1fe95ebCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn't concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsChattanoogaTennesseeUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/304e76641fd9438581cc52a3a1fe95ebThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:11:10 GMTNightlife king faces queries from gaming regulatorhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d820d15d2e9d46fd8cfc5cd8b6d037dfLAS VEGAS (AP) — A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d820d15d2e9d46fd8cfc5cd8b6d037dfThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:22:07 GMTVideo of Albuquerque police shooting releasedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae65b44179454fa985a14836c22f2bc0ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released video showing what happened when an Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot a man during a burglary investigation.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae65b44179454fa985a14836c22f2bc0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:28:41 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados formhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e21c85fd58647499d79ceafb0b19770DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersColoradoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e21c85fd58647499d79ceafb0b19770Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:26:52 GMTTestimony: No warrant for FBI ruse in Vegas casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75fc095b91cf42afbba2d6ee5d1f31fdLAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge Wednesday that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. attorney but not a judge before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsIllegal gamblingCrimeSports bettingNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSports businessSportsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLas VegasUnited StatesNevadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75fc095b91cf42afbba2d6ee5d1f31fdThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:06:22 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protecthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f46b4e5289b1441c8f7d9b200cf4e34aBUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsGovernment grantsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsMontanaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f46b4e5289b1441c8f7d9b200cf4e34aThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:45:44 GMTOttawa's Anderson makes 34 saves, blanks Devilshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/51815f6bf23f4ea9ad0a8ef7155d7fe2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and Kyle Turris scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Wednesday night.By MIKE FARRELLsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/51815f6bf23f4ea9ad0a8ef7155d7fe2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:51:04 GMTMarathon bombing suspect due in court Thursdayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc8747a74e7540068fe0df5e4c7c5dbdBOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeNational courtsEventsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc8747a74e7540068fe0df5e4c7c5dbdThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:42:40 GMTWisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coachhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b883faa675064fde813c164b3c25f5dfMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.By GENARO C. ARMASsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b883faa675064fde813c164b3c25f5dfThu, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:57 GMTNo. 25 Michigan State beats Eastern Michigan 66-46http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc06c38d9c324a47990136ba368eb4b5EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bryn Forbes scored 14 points and Travis Trice added 13, and No. 25 Michigan State dispatched Eastern Michigan 66-46 on Wednesday night, denying the Eagles their second straight upset win over an in-state foe.By NOAH TRISTERsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsMichiganUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cc06c38d9c324a47990136ba368eb4b5Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:30:46 GMTSony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threatshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4fd833f16313442bb46620c6e0800ffdNEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsNational securityMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4fd833f16313442bb46620c6e0800ffdThu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:07 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in UShttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4304ba126e254c3f9df7986b860bbec7HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.iGeneral newsCrimeCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4304ba126e254c3f9df7986b860bbec7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:19:45 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest everhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50c9c2c3d3d24390bafb75e3c0bf84e7NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the hack, "The Interview."By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityGovernment information leaksMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited StatesNorth KoreaNew YorkEast AsiaHollywoodCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsiaLos Angeleshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/50c9c2c3d3d24390bafb75e3c0bf84e7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:01:39 GMT10 Things to Know for Thursdayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bd88a3048ff143b6bed5b09e4dea36bfYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bd88a3048ff143b6bed5b09e4dea36bfThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:52:53 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina rolls over Hampton, 69-49http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55be76c1af014d599673a6498d705c06HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell saw Hampton's defense closing in on No. 1 South Carolina's low post players, so she waited.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55be76c1af014d599673a6498d705c06Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:03:38 GMTAldridge, Trail Blazers rally to beat Bucks 104-97http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4b1776ff63747048d4dda16d46fb62ePORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-97 Wednesday night with both teams reeling from injuries to key players.By ANNE M. PETERSONsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d4b1776ff63747048d4dda16d46fb62eThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:46:26 GMTCincinnati beats No. 19 San Diego State 71-62 in overtimehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf1d075005784d93877635dad46067e9CINCINNATI (AP) — Four days after losing a game in double overtime because they couldn't make an open shot, the Bearcats fixed that problem.By JOE KAYsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsCincinnatiCaliforniaOhioUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bf1d075005784d93877635dad46067e9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:33:15 GMTHow the AP-NORC Center Russia poll was conductedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b6b146c99bb48b890b4daf6206fd6dfThe Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll of Russia was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with fieldwork by GfK Russia from Nov. 22-Dec. 7. It is based on a nationally representative random sample of 2,008 Russians age 18 and older.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b6b146c99bb48b890b4daf6206fd6dfThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:03:46 GMTPoll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble fallshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0dfe7d8407ba4f9f9201ce5d33f3d0c1MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.By LAURA MILLS and LYNN BERRYiBusinessGeneral newsPublic opinionEconomyFinancial crisisNational governmentsSocial affairsFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsCrimeaRussiaMoscowUkraineEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0dfe7d8407ba4f9f9201ce5d33f3d0c1Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:02:41 GMTEriksson's OT goal gives Bruins 3-2 win vs. Wildhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de9f6163a9dd4cc899b32dac2c840b88ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Loui Eriksson's goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six.By DAVE CAMPBELLsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/de9f6163a9dd4cc899b32dac2c840b88Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:08:04 GMTEnemkpali leads No. 3 Texas to win over McNeesehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14cf0193d9ed4de7a36445b064c4d5f0AUSTIN (AP) — Nneka Enemkpali had 18 points and 14 rebounds as third-ranked Texas beat McNeese State 76-59 Wednesday night.sSportsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14cf0193d9ed4de7a36445b064c4d5f0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:33:34 GMTUS, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accordhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0809a4b1783647f0baacf5a03f35f4c2WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational relationsChristianityDiplomacyLegislatureTravel laws and regulationsReligionSocial affairsGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesHavanaCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0809a4b1783647f0baacf5a03f35f4c2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:31:42 GMTCentral Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman soughthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9c52343d360a4997bf4150a7c4582263BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAtmospheric scienceEarth scienceScienceTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9c52343d360a4997bf4150a7c4582263Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:55:36 GMTMassachusetts ride-share driver accused of rapehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/25957171f5944876908d0a5d81b8ba8fCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service.aBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeKidnappingCrimeMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/25957171f5944876908d0a5d81b8ba8fThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:47:06 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protecthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af974a8e7e704f7fb8d7da4da7f574eeBUTTE, Montana (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials.By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKEaGeneral newsObituariesHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimes against childrenCrimeMontanaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/af974a8e7e704f7fb8d7da4da7f574eeThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:28:52 GMTCubans hope for better future with US-Havana dealhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e263f036254b4e8b8172b10bc1dc1720HAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e263f036254b4e8b8172b10bc1dc1720Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:08:54 GMTExecutions, new death sentences continue to fallhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/27b00764d9424385a6c4e9e8d89addbeWASHINGTON (AP) — Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.By MARK SHERMANwGovernment and politicsNational courtsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderGeneral newsLegal proceedingsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryCorrectional systemshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/27b00764d9424385a6c4e9e8d89addbeThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:05:41 GMTCubans cheer historic renewal of US relationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/129b9901e1f049e391a4087b63a9edc9HAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/129b9901e1f049e391a4087b63a9edc9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:55 GMTJazz add to Heat woes, top Miami 105-87http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/295395e0b7054b799c5efce4dbd6a156MIAMI (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Enes Kanter added 18 and the Utah Jazz overcame 42 points from Dwyane Wade to beat the Miami Heat 105-87 on Wednesday night.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiUtahFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/295395e0b7054b799c5efce4dbd6a156Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:14:07 GMTThings to know about Montana exchange student killinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9bb6bcb3a638464ab6cf992a47e52618MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old Montana man, was convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage. Kaarma's attorneys unsuccessfully argued his actions were justified by a state law allowing the use of deadly force if a person reasonably fears for his or her safety or their property. Some key legal issues raised by the case:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCrimeInternational studentsEducationSocial affairsHuman welfareSocial issuesMontanaMissoulaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9bb6bcb3a638464ab6cf992a47e52618Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:29:54 GMTRondo carries Celtics past Magic, 109-92http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3b4d9a3df66c4c60b1d31913882cbc5dBOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.By KEN POWTAKsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3b4d9a3df66c4c60b1d31913882cbc5dThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:05:53 GMTGrizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4bb3c93e5c174cb8a2da9bda5f06f42bSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.By RAUL DOMINGUEZsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4bb3c93e5c174cb8a2da9bda5f06f42bThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:05:33 GMTAmid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safetyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1af250c5b00b47fab107661632e5526eLOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1af250c5b00b47fab107661632e5526eThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:27 GMTAP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authoritieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2d39a5df740341a08ba6dbe297b3edbaBUTTE, Montana (AP) — AP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authorities.aGeneral newsCriminal investigationsLaw and orderCrimeCrimes against childrenMontanaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2d39a5df740341a08ba6dbe297b3edbaThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:15:34 GMTThomas, Dragic lead Suns over Hornets, 111-106http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6cfc557571634a8598b65ebd3c315323CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Goran Dragic said he hates to miss any game.By STEVE REEDsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6cfc557571634a8598b65ebd3c315323Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:38:50 GMTWhy the Fed thinks US economy still needs its helphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60c00fd8fa754e9fb176bcaf8fbf3df6WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.By JOSH BOAK and MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyEconomic policyRecessions and depressionsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEnergy industryIndustriesLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60c00fd8fa754e9fb176bcaf8fbf3df6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:05:57 GMTRussell's 21 lifts No. 12 Ohio State past A&T, 97-55http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1ce8a7ee7d954ee182ab6efc3e3b608bCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading No. 12 Ohio State to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.By RUSTY MILLERsSportsCollege sportsMen's basketballCollege basketballProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBasketballOhioColumbusNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1ce8a7ee7d954ee182ab6efc3e3b608bThu, 18 Dec 2014 02:07:09 GMT