FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Dec 2014 18:42:04 -0800California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 01:29:03 GMTCastro survived odd, often inept, US schemes (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 America, 18 Dec 2014 00:48:36 GMTAP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking (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 newsCrimeChinaUnited StatesNorth KoreaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:26:55 GMTObama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politics, 18 Dec 2014 02:35:03 GMTPalestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.By CARA ANNA and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiGeneral newsDiplomacyMilitary occupationsInternational relationsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemEuropeGaza StripMiddle EastFranceUnited StatesWestern EuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:02:31 GMTAlaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project.By BECKY BOHRERaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMaterials industryIndustriesBritish ColumbiaCanadaAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:07 GMTWilliams leads No. 13 Duke past Oklahoma 92-72, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to help No. 13 Duke beat Oklahoma 92-72 on Wednesday night.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsOklahomaDurhamUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 18 Dec 2014 01:55:10 GMTAustralian leader: Siege may have been preventable (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 proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneyOceania, 18 Dec 2014 02:36:03 GMTStars and others react to 'Interview' cancellation ANGELES (AP) — Stars, politicians and pundits are weighing in on Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision Wednesday to cancel the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy at the center of the North Korean cyberattack that has seen thousands of Sony's private documents and other proprietary materials released online:By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaNorth KoreaHollywoodEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:04:42 GMTGuilty verdict in German exchange student's death, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgGermanyMissoulaMontanaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:43:50 GMTAP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law' murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGun politicsInternational studentsLegislationViolent crimeCrimeEducationSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesLegislatureMontanaGermanyUnited StatesNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 00:46:45 GMTN Korea behind unprecedented cyberattack on Sony YORK (AP) — Hackers backed by North Korea perpetrated an 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 Interview," the film at the heart of the attack.By BERNARD CONDON AND ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 00:39:59 GMTFilm students to play role in Academy Awards show ANGELES (AP) — As many as six aspiring filmmakers will appear in next year's Academy Awards ceremony, and Channing Tatum will help them get there.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsAward showsEvents, 18 Dec 2014 01:06:37 GMTMack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:31:56 GMTChattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46, 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 02:17:49 GMTDraft UN resolution targets Israeli occupation NATIONS (AP) — Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.iGeneral newsMilitary occupationsWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 00:30:36 GMTNightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator VEGAS (AP) — A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing another interrogation into past misdeeds as he seeks a gambling license.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:55:01 GMTVideo of Albuquerque police shooting released, 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 02:28:41 GMTN Korea said to be behind massive attack on Sony YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated an 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 Interview," the film at the heart of the attack.By BERNARD CONDON AND ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 00:52:50 GMTDoctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyCrimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:34:01 GMTWisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coach, Wis. (AP) — Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.By GENARO C. ARMASsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:57 GMTKurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsAutomobile racingNASCARLaw and orderCrime, 18 Dec 2014 01:05:20 GMTEffort to draft Warren into '16 race lands in Iowa MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton.By CATHERINE LUCEYpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsIowaDes MoinesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:33:29 GMTSony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats 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 AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:07 GMTAvon Products settles bribery charges for $135M YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGovernment and politicsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaManhattanUnited StatesNew York CityGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:25:42 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US (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 America, 18 Dec 2014 02:19:45 GMTAx, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.By MARYCLAIRE DALE and GEOFF MULVIHILLaGeneral newsVeteransViolent crimeCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:52:56 GMTPelini ripped Neb's AD in last talk with players, Neb. (AP) — On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.By ERIC OLSONsCollege footballHigher educationCoachingFootballSportsCollege sportsEducationSocial affairsNebraskaYoungstownOmahaOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:35:31 GMTSony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release 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 COYLEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentNational securityMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:30:25 GMT10 Things to Know for Thursday 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 Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 02:01:57 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina rolls over Hampton, 69-49, Va. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and No. 1 South Carolina beat Hampton 69-49 on Wednesday night.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:50:00 GMTTrack coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension (AP) — Over an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsDopingTrack and fieldMen's track and fieldWomen's track and fieldCoachingMen's sportsLegal proceedingsSummer Olympic gamesWomen's sportsLaw and orderGeneral newsOlympic gamesEventsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:11:05 GMTTeen admits killing 2 at Oregon hunting cabin PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 15-year-old who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a remote Oregon cabin in 2012 never meant to kill anyone and never should have been around loaded guns due to his lack of maturity after years of abuse and other problems, a defense lawyer says.By JEFF BARNARDaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOregonGrants PassUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:32:29 GMTMan gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey.By LISA RATHKEaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderSt. JohnsburyVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:33:23 GMTFears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated 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 attack, "The Interview."By BERNARD CONDON AND ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 01:37:10 GMTAmerican Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds YORK (AP) — A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack.aBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePetsDogsDog showsWestminster Kennel Club Dog ShowMammalsAnimalsSportsEvents, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:24 GMTUS, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord (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 America, 18 Dec 2014 02:31:42 GMTUS-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.By PAUL WISEMANhtBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyPolitical defectionsBaseballDiplomacyTechnologySports transactionsSports businessSportsEnergy industryIndustriesProfessional baseballMen's sportsAgricultureForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiddle EastCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:28:16 GMTNevada regulator testifies in Vegas gambling ruse VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge that investigators spent hours briefing a federal prosecutor before employing a ruse to gain entry to high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and break up what prosecutors say was an illegal Internet sports gambling operation.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsIllegal gamblingArrestsNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCrimeLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:46:25 GMTMan charged with killing wife stuffed in fridge (AP) — Houston police have charged a 38-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, whose body was found rotting in a disabled refrigerator.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:44:01 GMTLiverpool advances in League Cup; Brooks scores in Germany will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling scored twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and Tottenham advanced with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.By The Associated PresssSportsMen's sportsMen's soccerProfessional soccerSoccerGermanyFrankfurtWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 01:42:54 GMT$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCrimeSeniorsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:53:45 GMTTucson police to stop some immigration checks, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police said Wednesday they will no longer fully enforce the state's landmark immigration law that requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws.By ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsImmigration policyCrimeImmigrationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseTucsonArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:28:32 GMTFor MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out YORK (AP) — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.By RONALD BLUMaGeneral newsSportsAthlete compensationSports transactionsBaseballProfessional baseballInternational relationsPolitical defectionsSports businessMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:39:54 GMT14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesCorporate newsLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:50:08 GMTCuban exile community divided over Obama changes (AP) — President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestCubaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 00:49:23 GMTStolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.By TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:16:12 GMTThomas, Dragic lead Suns over Hornets, 111-106, N.C. (AP) — Reserve Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 20 and the Phoenix Suns snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-106 victory over the struggling Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.By STEVE REEDsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:33:46 GMTAPNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsSportsAthlete healthAthlete injuriesCollege sportsHead injuriesNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderInjuriesHealthNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:54:42 GMTRussell's 21 lifts No. 12 Ohio State past A&T, 97-55, 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 02:07:09 GMT