FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 07:52:04 -0800Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500 BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February.eArts and entertainmentSportsMusicEntertainmentDaytona 500Automobile racingNASCAREventsNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesDaytona BeachFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:32:41 GMTUS not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.By HOPE YENwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDisaster planning and responseHurricane Sandy 2012Emergency managementAccidents and disastersLegislatureNational securityEventsTerrorismWar and unrestNatural disastersStormsWeatherMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:46:32 GMTCERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistan (AP) — The world's top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member, a year after Israel was voted in as a full member.By JOHN HEILPRINiGeneral newsSciencePhysicsPakistanSwitzerlandSouth AsiaAsiaWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:52 GMTKenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China, Kenya (AP) — The head of Kenya's athletics federation says the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsDopingTrack and fieldSportsKenyaChinaRussiaEast AfricaAfricaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:14 GMTHungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.By PABLO GORONDIiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesMunicipal governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseHungarySerbiaHelsinkiKosovoSyriaTurkeyEuropeWestern EuropeMiddle EastMediterranean SeaEastern EuropeFinland, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:20 GMTSpeaker invites Obama for State of the Union (AP) — Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.wGovernment and politicsState of the Union AddressEventsExecutive branch, 19 Dec 2014 15:13:18 GMTJames Holmes' parents plead against death penalty (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDenverColoradoAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:26:35 GMTCoroner: Boy becomes 4th person to die after car crashes into crowd outside California church BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Coroner: Boy becomes 4th person to die after car crashes into crowd outside California church.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:18:11 GMTNew Jersey beach owner sues over dune project PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesEnvironment and natureNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:35:59 GMTUnemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicatorsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:35:46 GMTChrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks (AP) — Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate newsNorth AmericaUnited States, 19 Dec 2014 14:56:05 GMTCourt: Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair (AP) — A Texas appeals court says a 49-year-old man who was convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.aGeneral newsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:31:49 GMTFIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governance2014 FIFA World CupSoccerEventsMen's sportsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessMoroccoQatarNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:53 GMTPolice: 5-year-old boy found dead wasn't abducted, N.Y. (AP) — A caretaker's initial report that a 5-year-old boy was abducted from an Albany-area home before being found dead nearby hours later was false, New York police said Friday.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:44:48 GMTGreek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest twist in the bailed-out country's fraught presidential vote.By ELENA BECATOROSiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPolitical corruptionElectionsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGeneral electionsNational electionsPolitical issuesCrimeGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 15:07:49 GMTUS agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.By STEVE KARNOWSKIfBusinessInternational tradeEconomyAgricultureIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:06:46 GMTHope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.By PETER ORSI and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsAutomobilesInternational relationsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:46:10 GMTBlackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.htBusinessTechnologyCorporate stockFinancial performanceCorporate newsTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:43 GMTBoy sends $1 allowance to help save UAB football, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance — a $1 bill — with a handwritten note of support.aGeneral newsSportsCollege footballFootballCollege sportsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:16 GMTUS stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes are creeping higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's assurance that it was in no hurry to hike interest rates.aBusinessGeneral newsEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesEnergy industryUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 15:08:50 GMTBlack market kidney broker released from prison, N.J. (AP) — The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison.aGeneral newsAfrican-AmericansCrimeNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:47:42 GMT3.2 quake recorded in Oregon, Ore. (AP) — A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon.aGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSalemOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:40:38 GMTRussia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that the nation's most prominent opposition leader be sentenced to 10 years in prison on allegations of fraud, which he rejected as a punishment for his political activities.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaCrimeaEastern EuropeEuropeUkraine, 19 Dec 2014 14:27:18 GMTMistrial declared for man accused of stalking Ashanti YORK (AP) — R&B star Ashanti could have to face being questioned by an accused stalker again after a juror's illness prompted a mistrial.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrity, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:51 GMTAuschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.iArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPolandEuropeEastern Europe, 19 Dec 2014 15:36:16 GMTTurkish court orders custody for 4 following raids (AP) — A Turkish court has ordered the formal arrest of four people detained in recent raids on a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned foe, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.iGeneral newsCrimeGovernment and politicsTurkeyIstanbulMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 14:16:38 GMTObama closing 2014 with year-end news conference (AP) — President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:53:25 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:38 GMTPakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groups2008 Mumbai attacksWar and unrestTerrorismCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsEducation issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsEducationReligious issuesReligionArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaMumbaiAsiaIndia, 19 Dec 2014 15:41:31 GMTPa. couple charged in boy's death waives hearing BROOK, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple charged in the torture death of the woman's 3-year-old son will head to trial after waiving their preliminary hearings.aGeneral newsActs of torture, 19 Dec 2014 13:50:35 GMTYear's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts' YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.By MESFIN FEKADUeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityGrammy AwardsEventsAward showsMusic awards, 19 Dec 2014 15:37:14 GMTFinland's 1st terror case sees 4 sentenced (AP) — In Finland's first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in SomaliaiGeneral newsTerrorismMilitant groupsWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHelsinkiFinlandWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 14:56:39 GMTPrepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths (AP) — Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwHealthGovernment and politics, 19 Dec 2014 15:46:05 GMTLarceny charge vs. Celtics coach to be dismissed, Mass. (AP) — Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty has agreed to pay more than $20,000 to a contractor for the purchase and installation of kitchen cabinets, and in exchange a larceny charge will be dismissed.aGeneral newsSportsProfessional basketballBasketballMen's basketballMen's sportsFraminghamMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:02 GMTKenya president signs controversial new security law, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 14:46:27 GMTChrysler to recall about 257K Ram pickup trucks (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.aBusinessGeneral newsProducts and servicesCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 13:42:58 GMTPutin: Russia military modernization plan to go on (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment and politicsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 15:44:47 GMT6th man set to plead guilty in MLB steroid case (AP) — A sixth man has pleaded guilty to playing a key role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsDopingDrug-related crimeLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsSports governanceCrimeProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsLaw and orderMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:56 GMTNo word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift (AP) — Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:47 GMTCoroner: Boy, 6, dies after car crashes into crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy whose mother and two other women were killed when a motorist slammed into a crowd outside a California church has also died from his injuries, authorities said early Friday.aGeneral newsCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:42:09 GMTHungary official says disputed Internet tax plan 'dead', Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back to life."iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHungaryEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 15:12:44 GMT8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:30 GMTIsraeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment and politicsWest BankPalestinian territoriesIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 15:27:41 GMTGift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke.By RON HARRIShtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnology, 19 Dec 2014 15:37:06 GMTLeast productive Congress? Not this one, barely (AP) — It turns out this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close.wGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:49:47 GMTGold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle.aGeneral newsOdditiesKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 13:52:52 GMTActor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 14:41:46 GMTAP source: Peavy agrees to $24M deal to stay with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:07:22 GMT2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say two people have died of injuries suffered during an explosion and fire at an oil rig in the southeastern corner of the state.aGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersFiresAccidentsOklahomaOklahoma CityAdaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:58 GMTParity abounds among women's hoops elite, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsWomen's sportsBasketballWomen's basketballCollege basketballCollege sportsSocial diversitySocial issuesSocial affairsSouth CarolinaConnecticutWacoAsheboroTexasTennesseeUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:20 GMT