FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:36:02 -0800Catskills hang hopes of revival on new casinohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/67155770b84744cd9731f2076562517dTHOMPSON, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this faded corner of the New York's Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally.By MICHAEL HILLaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesNew YorkNew York CitySchenectadyUnited StatesNorth AmericaYorkPennsylvaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/67155770b84744cd9731f2076562517dThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:56:18 GMTAfghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policemanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dea396cdf2654b9cbd958a3efff4527dKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were following detonated the explosives in his vehicle, an official said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dea396cdf2654b9cbd958a3efff4527dThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:14 GMTFed rate wording boosts Asian stock marketshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/279015d689d7481dad5667f36a7e86ceAsian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would 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 servicesIndustriesRussiaAustraliaEast AsiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/279015d689d7481dad5667f36a7e86ceThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:47:23 GMTAfghan official says suicide bomber kills policemanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/34898d4debe24762b795748077e13d76KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing a police officer and wounding three others.iGeneral newsPoliceTerrorismWar and unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/34898d4debe24762b795748077e13d76Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:59 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 GMTVegas hotelier faces gambling commission scrutinyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/05a3b44b064447dfae0dd876ee7dd495LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions for the second time this month from gambling regulators about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/05a3b44b064447dfae0dd876ee7dd495Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:14:14 GMTExiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4be2f2def125487b988ef854dabf03e8MIAMI (AP) — When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.By MATT SEDENSKY and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsRebellions and uprisingsInternational relationsDiplomacyPolitical and civil unrestEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyInternational tradeWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4be2f2def125487b988ef854dabf03e8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:35:33 GMTNY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug chargeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/860abb549bd64aa98905a53874efe998NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentDrug-related crimeArrestsLegal proceedingsCrimeSmugglingCelebrityLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/860abb549bd64aa98905a53874efe998Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:54:58 GMTAustralian leader: Siege may have been preventablehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/49ef298ccc7e4c07bdff98a89089122dSYDNEY (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 politicsAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/49ef298ccc7e4c07bdff98a89089122dThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:09:09 GMTHearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootingshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e8d6977982f483b82271b950fcc4b9cOLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeReligious strifeLaw and orderCrimeKansasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e8d6977982f483b82271b950fcc4b9cThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:49:05 GMTStars blank Canucks 2-0 behind Lehtonen's 27 saveshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/929eb4f371b745c793af308d5e237c6fVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for his second shutout this season and the 29th of his career as the Dallas Stars defeated Vancouver 2-0 on Wednesday night to extend the Canucks' losing streak to five games.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/929eb4f371b745c793af308d5e237c6fThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:02:08 GMTCanada man finds woman for free trip around worldhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf2268de5b43471f9ba378fdd558af91TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsCanadaTorontoNorth AmericaOntariohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cf2268de5b43471f9ba378fdd558af91Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:27:25 GMTNo. 16 Washington routs Grambling State 86-38http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e2eb1ba124cb4dc596d5e4f8a67acd3fSEATTLE (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half, Andrew Andrews added 16 points and No. 16 Washington raced past Grambling State 86-38 on Wednesday night.By TIM BOOTHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e2eb1ba124cb4dc596d5e4f8a67acd3fThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:55:22 GMTCircus disputes citation for hair-hanging accidenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7f3e29aa04b14048afa805c2c93110d9PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaBusinessGeneral newsWorkplace safetyGovernment regulationsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestylePersonnelGovernment and politicsProvidenceRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7f3e29aa04b14048afa805c2c93110d9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:28:34 GMTCharlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas treehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/743a16aedc554a1e80411b7ff8faf245READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsTreesHolidaysOccasionsLifestylePlantsReadingPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/743a16aedc554a1e80411b7ff8faf245Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:05:41 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 GMT1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrianshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2cc36d6194a04dbab29319ba4a1ac147REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2cc36d6194a04dbab29319ba4a1ac147Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:16:31 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 disastersStormsTornadoesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoUnited StatesNorth AmericaNebraskahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9e21c85fd58647499d79ceafb0b19770Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:26:52 GMTClippers edge Pacers for 102-100 winhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/54b9ecccc9af4681b71feb9317eef14aLOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan added 23 rebounds and 15 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 on Wednesday night.By JOE RESNICKsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsInternational basketballMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballIndianaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/54b9ecccc9af4681b71feb9317eef14aThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:29:08 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protecthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5c6b0bb17b2f4ba2ba10d645bf604c12BUTTE, 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/5c6b0bb17b2f4ba2ba10d645bf604c12Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:35 GMTMarathon bombing suspect due in court Thursdayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d66a4e17e45d4699b277a1b404573a42BOSTON (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/d66a4e17e45d4699b277a1b404573a42Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:23:34 GMTReformers target traffic courts in Fergusonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f94c3fb874c246e9a59251b263491cb6ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriGovernment programsLegal proceedingsArrestsMunicipal governmentsTrafficCrimeLocal governmentsEventsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f94c3fb874c246e9a59251b263491cb6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:46:36 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 GMTYear after W.Va. river spill, execs face chargeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8813ff40ed7644d597dfc500b5175b8bCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.By JONATHAN MATTISEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsRivers and streamsCrimeWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLaw and orderMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessEnvironmental concernsAccidentsAccidents and disastersFinancial performanceCorporate newsEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsCharlestonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8813ff40ed7644d597dfc500b5175b8bThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:38:59 GMTCourt documents: Suspect destroyed kidnap evidencehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/224a99dc00394ae19dc5896c8b196b95CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fearing arrest, the New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping, imprisoning and sexually assaulting a teenage girl over nine months ordered his captive to lie to police and help him destroy evidence by wiping off fingerprints and pouring cleaning fluid into drains, according to court documents.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsViolent crimeKidnappingIndictmentsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeSex in societyCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireNorth ConwayUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/224a99dc00394ae19dc5896c8b196b95Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:40:37 GMTAP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f8b9b3273866482ca7841386046ce3a6WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyTravel laws and regulationsLegislatureEconomyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsBusinessCubaUnited StatesHavanaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f8b9b3273866482ca7841386046ce3a6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:21:23 GMTRemembering tsunami: Too many bodies to buryhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d6452285afe43558548d6748728ffa9Some 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 nine of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the second of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 25.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersAcehIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaSouth AsiaSumatraAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9d6452285afe43558548d6748728ffa9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:50:09 GMTPoll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble fallshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/63118ae011354c88ba3db967db722efcMOSCOW (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/63118ae011354c88ba3db967db722efcThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:51:41 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 GMTNo. 16 Huskies rout Grambling State 86-38http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3a376197984a4ddb871274cb8dab8586SEATTLE (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half, Andrew Andrews added 16 points and No. 16 Washington raced past Grambling State 86-38 on Wednesday night.By TIM BOOTHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3a376197984a4ddb871274cb8dab8586Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:38 GMTInmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutionalhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c58d2642d98a468dbc8b73be93b74e00OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state's lethal injection protocol.aGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCorrectional systemsLegal proceedingsOklahomaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c58d2642d98a468dbc8b73be93b74e00Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:50:24 GMT'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trialhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0acaf237ee35468a847ad7aba8b420c0MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMissoulaMontanaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0acaf237ee35468a847ad7aba8b420c0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:14 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 GMTProsecutor to mom: Bring daughter out of hidinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6092973a5ea045e88015d6c78195aac6LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Mary Nunes was a child when her mother fled with her to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6092973a5ea045e88015d6c78195aac6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:02:30 GMTYour Top Plays for Todayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7da44684e62540a69118f5726b09d224Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerEventsMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7da44684e62540a69118f5726b09d224Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:13 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 GMTCompetency hearings set in Slender Man stabbinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/90efecaebb3b4549abd2708fc8ef732bMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrimehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/90efecaebb3b4549abd2708fc8ef732bThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:43 GMTLab tests: pesticide killed Portland crowshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/954f0d6943f94aa5932307645ef50940PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.aGeneral newsBirdsWildlifeAnimalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/954f0d6943f94aa5932307645ef50940Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:36 GMTGrizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/056d6d5d1b3443da87f1333bfed639ebSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies ended years of frustration in San Antonio, and had to play late into the night to do it.By RAUL DOMINGUEZsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/056d6d5d1b3443da87f1333bfed639ebThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:08:09 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 GMTHarden scores 41, Rockets beat Nuggets in OThttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7f5a0c26c8b4d4bb4183a8d5e8ecd9cDENVER (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points, including eight in overtime, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 115-111 on Wednesday night after Arron Afflalo tied the game on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation.By PAT GRAHAMsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballDenverHoustonColoradoUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7f5a0c26c8b4d4bb4183a8d5e8ecd9cThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:53:42 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 GMT14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d12478012be441fbbcaac5141188b34aBOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d12478012be441fbbcaac5141188b34aThu, 18 Dec 2014 07:13:11 GMTTwo-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cuphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/39ec635ffb744c3d8e96636cde0491ddDOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSports2022 FIFA World CupHuman rights and civil libertiesFIFA World CupMen's soccerSoccerEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMen's sportsInternational soccerQatarDohaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/39ec635ffb744c3d8e96636cde0491ddThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:55:16 GMT