FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:48 -0800Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.By DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsScienceCorporate crimeCrimeEnergy and the environmentEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureCorporate newsCorporate legal affairsArcticUnited StatesAlaskaSeattleNorth AmericaWashington, 19 Dec 2014 23:44:15 GMTOhio 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 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 SELLhtBusinessGeneral newsComputer and data securityComputing and information technologyTechnologyFinancial servicesIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 23:58:24 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 GMTJudge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.By TIM TALLEYaGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:44:29 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 GMTMore than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular," billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon.By SUE MANNINGfBusinessArts and entertainmentLifestyleTelevision programsPetsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:15 GMTBusiness Highlights The Associated PressfBusinessPricesShoppingCollege footballEconomyHoliday shoppingEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsProducts and servicesCorporate newsPersonal spendingPersonal financeStock marketsFinancial marketsLifestyleCollege sportsSportsFootballHolidaysOccasionsConsumer products and servicesUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 23:38:37 GMTUS Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida; some may start as soon as Jan. 6 (AP) — US Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida; some may start as soon as Jan. 6.aGeneral newsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:53:56 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 GMTGrand Canyon awards temporary services contract, Ariz. (AP) — Officials have awarded a temporary contract for a concessionaire to provide services at the The Grand Canyon's South Rim.By FELICIA FONSECAaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCanyonsEnvironment and natureFlagstaffArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:07:48 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 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 GMTJudge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:51 GMTRays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.sSportsProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessBaseballMen's sportsTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:09:43 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 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 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 GMTSome gray wolves to be returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesNational courtsWildlifeWater environmentEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsUnited StatesTraverse CityMichiganMinnesotaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:55:46 GMTFDA OKs Cubist antibiotic for serious infections, D.C. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination medicine to fight complex infections in the abdomen and urinary tract, the fourth antibiotic the agency has approved this year.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsDiseases and conditionsMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:31 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 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 GMTNew York mayor caught between protests, police YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPoliceMunicipal governmentsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:57:04 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 23:30:24 GMTTuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95, Calif. (AP) — Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsRace and ethnicityObituariesWorkplace diversityAfrican-AmericansWorld War IISocial issuesSocial affairsPersonnelBusinessSocial diversityEventsCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:56:33 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, the head of the order said.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisReligionEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsSocial affairsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:21 GMTHasbro and Xerox are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:f, 19 Dec 2014 23:35:54 GMTUN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestAfghanistanQatarCentral AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 23:38:44 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) — With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:55:23 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.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:02 GMTOklahoma official says state has execution drugs CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring.aGeneral newsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:52:45 GMTFDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.By LINDA A. JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthLiver diseaseDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsOrgan transplantsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:44 GMTSt. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer on Friday.By R.B. FALLSTROMsSportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsProfessional footballFootballMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:03:20 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 GMTSupreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida (AP) — Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.aGeneral newsGays and lesbiansMarriageNational courtsFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:57:12 GMT