FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 00:33:20 -0800Asian markets gain as oil rebounds, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.By YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyIndustriesCommodity marketsSouth KoreaEast AsiaShanghaiAsiaChinaGreater China, 22 Dec 2014 07:13:40 GMTAustralia family found after 10 days in wilderness (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in an Australian hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.By NICK PERRY and KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsNational parksEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelAustraliaOceania, 22 Dec 2014 06:36:36 GMTRemembering tsunami: Bodies, debris and silence 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the sixth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersEventsAccidents and disastersThailandSoutheast AsiaSouth AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 05:13:04 GMTN. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsTerrorismGovernment and politicsWar and unrestMilitary and defenseNorth KoreaUnited StatesSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangDistrict of ColumbiaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 04:25:32 GMTChina punishes hospital for operating room photos (AP) — Chinese authorities have put a hospital president on probation and fired three supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.iGeneral newsHealthChinaXi'anGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 07:35:36 GMTNorth Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 05:09:32 GMTPanthers keep on running in 17-13 win over Browns, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rediscovered their running game.By STEVE REEDsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballCharlotteNewtonClevelandNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth AmericaOhio, 22 Dec 2014 07:30:24 GMTPatriots edge Jets, clinch 1st-round playoff bye RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in a familiar position.By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.sSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballEventsNew JerseyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:33:16 GMTSeahawks lead Cardinals 14-6 after 3 quarters, Ariz. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch had a 6-yard touchdown run after sitting out the first quarter and Seattle's defense dominated Arizona, helping the Seahawks build a 14-6 lead over the Cardinals after three quarter Sunday night.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional footballAthlete healthFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 03:59:07 GMTIndia lawmakers demand Modi speak on conversion to Hinduism DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house of Parliament adjourned after descending into shouting matches.iGeneral newsHinduismIslamReligionGovernment and politicsLegislatureNationalismReligious issuesSocial affairsSocial issuesIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 07:51:01 GMTIraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims (AP) — Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.By VIVIAN SALAMAiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerrorismCrimeLegal proceedingsImprovised explosivesJudiciaryHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareLaw and orderGovernment and politicsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 06:30:10 GMTYoung immigrants to line up for driver's licenses (AP) — Many young immigrants who are protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies are expected Monday to begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsImmigration policyImmigrationNational courtsGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesArizonaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 08:25:23 GMTBelarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.By YURAS KARMANAUiBusinessGeneral newsInternational agreementsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsCuisinesFood and drinkLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsDiplomacyBelarusRussiaMoscowMinskEuropeKazakhstanUkraineEastern EuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 07:27:05 GMTChina sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan (AP) — China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, state media reported Monday.iGeneral newsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsChinaSouth SudanGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 07:45:04 GMTTexans remain in hunt with 25-13 win over Ravens (AP) — The Houston Texans are down to a fourth-string quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has hardly played all season because of a knee injury.By KRISTIE RIEKENsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:21:06 GMTTimeline of events before and after NYC cop deaths timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMarylandBrooklynBaltimoreNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 06:17:55 GMTSentencing slated 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 faces nearly six months in jail after pleading guilty to violating his probation.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsHigh school footballCrimeHigh school sportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriFootballCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSportsEventsSteubenvilleOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 05:45:42 GMTStafford, Suh lead Lions over Bears 20-14 (AP) — The playoff-bound Detroit Lions avoided an embarrassing loss to Chicago after the Bears benched Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsProfessional footballFootballChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:25:23 GMTToday in History is Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. There are nine days left in the year.By The Associated PressaArmed forcesWar and unrestMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsGeneral newsNew York CityParisNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:48 GMTWilson, Seahawks close in on NFC West title, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle's defense was stifling as usual and its offense had a record-breaking eruption against a defense that's supposed to be one of the NFL's best.By BOB BAUMsSportsProfessional footballFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 06:22:41 GMTHearing set for ex-Patriot facing murder trial RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Monday for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, whose murder trial is slated to start next month.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentFall RiverBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 06:28:06 GMTSteelers, Packers, Cowboys, Seahawks win, move into playoffs Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.By The Associated PresssSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballEventsFootballGreen BayKansas CitySeattleDallasSan FranciscoKansasBuffaloWisconsinUnited StatesNorth AmericaMissouriWashingtonTexasCaliforniaNew York, 22 Dec 2014 04:49:37 GMTList of people being honored as Carnegie Heroes of Carnegie Hero medals announced Monday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationFiresArizonaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 05:16:55 GMTAs Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.By ROBERT BURNSwGovernment and politicsNuclear weaponsArmed forcesEnergy policyMilitary legal affairsWar and unrestWeapons of mass destructionGeneral newsMilitary and defenseGovernment policy, 22 Dec 2014 07:21:27 GMTRudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success, Wis. (AP) — This seems to be Rudolph's Christmas.By CARRIE ANTLFINGERaGeneral newsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 06:18:25 GMTDolphins are keeping coach after 37-35 win over Vikings GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are out of the market for a new coach, even though they're also out of the playoff race for the sixth year in a row.By STEVEN WINEsSportsCoachingNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballFootballEventsMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:20:23 GMTRookie Beckham leads Giants past Rams 37-27 LOUIS (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. refused to be intimidated, giving as well as he received.By R.B. FALLSTROMsSportsAthlete injuriesRecord setting eventsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballGeneral newsSt. LouisMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:41:05 GMTZepp gets win in NHL debut as Flyers beat Jets 4-3, Manitoba (AP) — Rob Zepp made 25 saves in his NHL debut and Jakub Voracek scored 10 seconds into overtime, sending the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsWinnipegManitobaCanadaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 05:35:26 GMTAP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect, 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 newsExtortion and threatsCriminal investigationsHuman welfareLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment grantsLegislatureGovernment and politicsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment business and financeBusinessUnited StatesMontanaMaineSouth CarolinaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 08:02:19 GMTAbandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.By KATY DAIGLEiGeneral newsHealthOccupational healthProduction facilitiesDiseases and conditionsEnvironmental healthPublic healthCorporate newsBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 08:18:53 GMTNKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling.By KIM TONG-HYUNGiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentPolitical defectionsGovernment and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:00:01 GMTJets players speak out on slain NYPD officers RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty.By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.aGeneral newsSportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaCrimeEventsViolent crimeOnline mediaMediaProfessional footballFootballNew JerseyBrooklynNew York CityFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew YorkMissouri, 22 Dec 2014 05:31:27 GMTMan who helped subdue gunman among Carnegie Heroes (AP) — The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.By JOE MANDAKaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPennsylvaniaPittsburghUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 05:29:11 GMTForgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.By KATY DAIGLEiGeneral newsHealthOccupational healthCorporate legal affairsProduction facilitiesLegal proceedingsDiseases and conditionsEnvironmentGovernment and politicsPolitical activismEnvironmental healthPublic healthCorporate newsBusinessMaterials industryIndustriesLaw and orderEnvironment and naturePolitical issuesIndiaHyderabadSouth AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 08:06:02 GMTPackers beat Bucs, set up showdown for NFC North title, Fla. (AP) — Green Bay still has some unfinished business before heading into the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.By FRED GOODALLsSportsProfessional footballFootballTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:16:07 GMTSeattle could be back in Arizona for Super Bowl, Ariz. (AP) — The way they are playing, the Seattle Seahawks could well be back in Arizona in a month or so.By BOB BAUMsSportsNFL Super BowlProfessional footballEventsFootballArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:54:06 GMTNFL Capsules, Texas (AP) — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.By The Associated PresssSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthEventsProfessional footballFootballWisconsinDallasNew YorkHoustonMissouriSeattleTexasPhiladelphiaPittsburghGreen BayOaklandTampaWashingtonCincinnatiKansas CityNewtonUnited StatesNorth AmericaPennsylvaniaCaliforniaFloridaOhioNew Jersey, 22 Dec 2014 04:58:57 GMTAP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America United Stated and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after a break of more than five decades. Prisoners were exchanged, and Cubans on the island celebrated the surprise thaw.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMexicoLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 22 Dec 2014 05:02:28 GMTPolice departments on alert after cop killings YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaPoliceCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesEventsOnline mediaMediaViolent crimeGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 06:11:22 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSports, 22 Dec 2014 07:01:02 GMTSteelers grab playoff spot, showdown up next (AP) — There was no joyous celebration. The hooting and hollering was kept to the minimum.By WILL GRAVESsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballFootballEventsPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:31:06 GMTUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.By JOSH LEDERMANhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentTerrorismCorporate sponsorshipTV newsForeign policyWar and unrestGeneral newsCorporate newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionGovernment policyInternational relationsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaEast AsiaChinaMiddle EastHawaiiNorth AmericaAsiaGreater China, 22 Dec 2014 04:08:44 GMTUS renews elusive push for Mideast peace (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.By LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesCease firesWar and unrestBorder securityGeneral newsMilitary and defenseInternational agreementsJerusalemPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle EastJordanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:32:55 GMTAP: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect, 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 America, 22 Dec 2014 08:01:00 GMTExperts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening (AP) — As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home.By BEN FOXiGeneral newsTravelTravel laws and regulationsLeisure travelGovernment and politicsLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessGovernment regulationsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 05:29:25 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 2, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPoliceOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLaw enforcement agenciesHawaiiHonoluluNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 22 Dec 2014 05:28:17 GMTAP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people —most of them children — in what was one of the country's deadliest attacks in years. In the days that followed, families buried the victims of the massacre, residents held vigils and the nation mourned its loss.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsWest BankMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 22 Dec 2014 08:19:25 GMTRepublicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits (AP) — Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.By ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsEventsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 08:13:00 GMTRaiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win, Calif. (AP) — One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to move into playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders.By JOSH DUBOWsSportsNFL PlayoffsProfessional footballFootballEventsOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 07:40:24 GMTKings snap 5-game losing skid, beat Lakers 108-101, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings finally found the right remedy to end a monthlong bout of bad news: a healthy DeMarcus Cousins and a struggling Kobe Bryant.By ANTONIO GONZALEZsSportsSports transactionsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsSacramentoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 04:53:19 GMT