FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Dec 2014 07:54:42 -0800Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."By ROBERT JABLONaGeneral newsAccidentsLegal proceedingsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:04:28 GMT2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.By JOSEF FEDERMANiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTerritorial disputesPolitical partiesWar and unrestPolitical organizationsIsraelPalestinian territoriesWest BankJerusalemMiddle EastGaza StripUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 10:37:23 GMTLiberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears, Liberia (AP) — Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthLegislatureGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 11:23:41 GMTInterim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls, Neb. (AP) — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach.By ERIC OLSONsSportsCoachingCollege footballCollege sportsFootballNebraskaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:32:17 GMTChina's Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaMacauBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 14:57:04 GMTProtesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesBusinessNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:49:15 GMTWHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.By BOUBACAR DIALLOiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaGuineaConakrySierra LeoneAfricaLiberiaMali, 20 Dec 2014 15:20:06 GMTN. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.By HYUNG-JIN KIMhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingCriminal investigationsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesLaw and orderCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsNorth KoreaSouth KoreaPyongyangSeoulUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:20 GMTObama touches down in Hawaii for annual vacation HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama is kicking off his annual winter vacation in his birthplace of Hawaii.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 08:43:47 GMTObama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro and his regime was a sure way to lose a race for office.By BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRace and ethnicityInternational relationsHispanicsSocial issuesSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 15:37:32 GMTHuman rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.By PETER ORSI and PAUL HAVENiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesInternational relationsGays and lesbiansGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPolitical activismSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:49 GMTChina's leader cautions against external forces (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaMacauBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 14:29:51 GMTUK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight (AP) — Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak.iGeneral newsMilitary affairsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomSierra LeoneWestern EuropeEuropeWest AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 12:55:14 GMTBahrain 'terror blast' wounds 3 police, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama.iGeneral newsBahrainManamaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 10:48:26 GMTLA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 11:36:41 GMTUS sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.By NEDRA PICKLERwGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestGeneral newsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 15:18:08 GMTTexas ranchers seeking alternative incomes, Texas (AP) — The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.By BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALLaBusinessGeneral newsAnimalsAgriculture and the environmentEnergy industryIndustriesAgricultureConsumer products and servicesOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeNatural resource managementTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 15:48:26 GMTUS drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 14:20:59 GMTAging white lion euthanized at Ohio zoo (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues.aGeneral newsAnimalsLionsAnimal healthAgingMammalsHealthSeniors' healthCincinnatiOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:14 GMTFalling oil prices worry Algeria, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.By KARIM KEBIR and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsPricesGovernment payEconomyGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyAlgeriaNorth AfricaAlgiersRussiaAfricaEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 10:30:06 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared 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 BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentHackingMovie rentalGovernment and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessTechnology issuesTechnologyMedia distributionMediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth KoreaJapanEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 11:21:13 GMTThings to know about Friday's baseball news was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:By The Associated PresssSportsAthlete compensationSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballSports businessAthlete healthMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessLos AngelesSan FranciscoNew York CityTampaKansas CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew YorkFloridaMissouri, 20 Dec 2014 08:30:29 GMTHopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future (AP) — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.By JENNIFER KAY and JONATHAN FAHEYhtBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEnergy and the environmentTechnologyOceansEnvironmental activismEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAccidentsAccidents and disastersCubaHavanaCaribbeanUnited StatesVenezuelaGulf of MexicoFloridaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaSouth America, 20 Dec 2014 14:01:41 GMTBombings kill 10 in Iraq (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 09:56:08 GMTVonn wins women's World Cup downhill in France D'ISERE, France (AP) — Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsAlpine skiingWomen's skiingSkiingWomen's sportsFranceAustriaWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 13:49:29 GMTAfter turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesHonoluluNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 12:51:59 GMTPakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 08:23:11 GMTTour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.By ERIC TALMADGEiGeneral newsHealthTravel agentsCrimeInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTravel safetyTravelLifestyleNorth KoreaJapanChinaPyongyangEast AsiaBeijingAsiaGreater China, 20 Dec 2014 10:36:44 GMTExtremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsSeniorsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsViolent crimeCrimeNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 12:06:33 GMTMadonna releases 6 songs after leak YORK (AP) — In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.eArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainment, 20 Dec 2014 14:54:01 GMTChristmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").By RAF CASERTiGeneral newsWorld War IWar and unrestObituariesEventsGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomBelgiumGermanyLondonFranceWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 20 Dec 2014 13:51:52 GMTSexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China (AP) — A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.By DIDI TANGiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansGender issuesRelationshipsSocial issuesSocial affairsLifestyleChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 11:01:33 GMTCuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear (AP) — Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsDiplomacyInternational relationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsMiamiCubaUnited StatesFloridaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 20 Dec 2014 09:00:56 GMTCongress finishes up, its members still grumbling (AP) — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims.By ALAN FRAMwGovernment and politics, 20 Dec 2014 15:41:11 GMT2 car bombs rock southern Sweden's city of Malmo, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden's third largest city.iGeneral newsBombingsImprovised explosivesWar and unrestSwedenDenmarkWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 15:36:39 GMTCubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament (AP) — Three Cubans recently released from prison in the U.S. are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament.iGeneral newsInternational relationsLegislatureGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 20 Dec 2014 15:33:45 GMTObama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms (AP) — President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyGovernment policyUnited StatesRussiaCubaMiddle EastChinaUkraineIranNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 14:11:48 GMTBurying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre, Pakistan (AP) — One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says.By RIAZ KHANiGeneral newsWar and unrestPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 14:59:07 GMTImmigrants build document trails to remain in US DIEGO (AP) — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.By ELLIOT SPAGATaGeneral newsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsSan DiegoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 15:46:58 GMTKidnapped Mozambican businessman released, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday.By EMMANUEL CAMILLOiGeneral newsKidnappingDrug-related crimeCrimeSmugglingMozambiqueMaputoUnited StatesEast AfricaAfricaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 14:32:16 GMTWhy the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.By TOMOKO A. HOSAKAhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesJapanEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 13:01:09 GMTTick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLaBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeHoliday shoppingHolidaysOccasionsShoppingFashionBeauty and fashionConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 20 Dec 2014 12:36:44 GMTBush officials did little oversight of CIA program (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesTerrorismLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareWar and unrestMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 08:19:58 GMTAfghan leader's two-man government raises concerns, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister.By LYNNE O'DONNELLiGeneral newsCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment appointments and nominationsCabinetsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyMissing personsPolitical organizationsAfghanistanKabulUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 14:46:14 GMTAustralian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested 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 newsArrestsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderAustraliaSydneyOceania, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:12 GMTRobbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.iGeneral newsTheftCrimeBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 13:37:23 GMTMegabus crashes on I-65 in southern Indiana, Ind. (AP) — A Megabus headed for Atlanta crashed Saturday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, authorities said, and some injuries were reported.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationSeymourIndianaIndianapolisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 14:25:03 GMTKurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.By BASSEM MROUEiGeneral newsSyriaMiddle EastIraq, 20 Dec 2014 13:33:56 GMTRussia dismisses new US sanctions as useless (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsInternational relationsProducts and servicesCorporate newsBusinessProfessional servicesIndustriesGovernment and politicsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUnited StatesEuropeUkraineEastern EuropeNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 11:13:46 GMTAir Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work? (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, 20 Dec 2014 14:38:59 GMT