FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:41:39 -0800'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debuthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b8e625710064f9d8b0430eff2ec3e2dNEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.By JAKE COYLEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b8e625710064f9d8b0430eff2ec3e2dSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:46:25 GMTBoko Haram camp dismantled in Cameroon, army sayshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3550f9c60fc340d8b107a6dbd2d70560DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's army says it has broken up a Boko Haram training camp on its territory.By DIVINE NTARYIKEiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesTerrorismGovernment and politicsDoualaNigeriaCameroonWest AfricaAfricaNigerChadCentral Africahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3550f9c60fc340d8b107a6dbd2d70560Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:31:28 GMTCalifornia puzzles over safety of driverless carshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/396041dc76ea409f878164611a26d933LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyAutomotive technologyAutomobilesTechnology issuesIndustrial technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLifestyleIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustrial products and servicesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/396041dc76ea409f878164611a26d933Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:08:34 GMTPalestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c4dda24a7994434918c0b63c423eb25JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesArrestsWar and unrestLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankEgyptIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c4dda24a7994434918c0b63c423eb25Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMTRepublicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0db51f05c2834421b0b8fed3aef494a5WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.By ERICA WERNERpGovernment and politicsSenate electionsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionPolitical partiesLegislatureNational electionsEventsPolitical organizationsUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0db51f05c2834421b0b8fed3aef494a5Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:12:37 GMTIraqi Kurds push into contested northern townhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2796a054915426c87090441d8a705c8MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqBaghdadMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2796a054915426c87090441d8a705c8Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:50:23 GMTAuthorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custodyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f78a169aa2f045c8adf0fecf9cc0fa0eTARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody.aGeneral newsFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f78a169aa2f045c8adf0fecf9cc0fa0eSun, 21 Dec 2014 14:51:03 GMTNovak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ca2bfb7947134ffa876903213bf559ebSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsAthlete injuriesNFL PlayoffsAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballEventsSan DiegoSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ca2bfb7947134ffa876903213bf559ebSun, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:41 GMTReaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/adf0fe1d194b4833afe02aada4b8239bNEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMunicipal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsViolent crimeCrimeLocal governmentsNew York CityUnited StatesNew YorkBrooklynNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/adf0fe1d194b4833afe02aada4b8239bSun, 21 Dec 2014 13:10:42 GMTIn latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Networkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0f4594f8b2ce489688b6084ddad414b5NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZfBusinessTV newsSatellite televisionNews mediaMediaTelevisionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0f4594f8b2ce489688b6084ddad414b5Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:26:39 GMTEgypt human rights group to register under restrictive lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8d3a5079d5424ed4a7d175c48d3bc989CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups announced Sunday that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationLegislatureEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8d3a5079d5424ed4a7d175c48d3bc989Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:29:26 GMTTimeline of events before, after NYPD cop deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96045df74ca3433196375a3ded00ed7bA timeline of events on Saturday in the hours before and moments after two NYPD officers were shot in their cruiser by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsMarylandBaltimoreBrooklynNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew Yorkhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/96045df74ca3433196375a3ded00ed7bSun, 21 Dec 2014 18:39:19 GMTHappy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in Englandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3eee641b7d8940a38855427f894adc2eLONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.By GREGORY KATZiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentCelebrityCouplesRelationshipsLifestyleOccasionsUnited KingdomEnglandWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3eee641b7d8940a38855427f894adc2eSun, 21 Dec 2014 14:10:15 GMTHow do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefullyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5441437aeb974711968d99b6186143a3How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess.By JOCELYN NOVECKaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityAward showsAcademy AwardsGovernment and politicsEventsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMovie awardsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5441437aeb974711968d99b6186143a3Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:31:37 GMTNYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technologyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f198d0e9a02e4ff39063c0ee2e3e998cNEW YORK (AP) — New York City's subways — the nation's biggest mass transit network — serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression.By VERENA DOBNIKhtGeneral newsTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessNew YorkManhattanNew York CityBrooklynUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f198d0e9a02e4ff39063c0ee2e3e998cSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:59:49 GMTObama says US can influence new generation in Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/45e84ba15de346fca208a0fdec925d54WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators.wGovernment and politicsInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesRussiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/45e84ba15de346fca208a0fdec925d54Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:36 GMTSaudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil priceshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c4b932333414c2bb79b122c4a9afa5dABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.By AYA BATRAWYiBusinessGeneral newsSummitsPricesEnergy industryOPEC MeetingsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsIndustriesEconomyEventsUnited Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastIranhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1c4b932333414c2bb79b122c4a9afa5dSun, 21 Dec 2014 12:56:35 GMTSurvey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0c28d68f7b2c4e14ae1213d7432f92e6CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.aBusinessGeneral newsEnergy industryIndustriesConsumer products and servicesCamarilloUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0c28d68f7b2c4e14ae1213d7432f92e6Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:11:53 GMTEx-mayor sworn in as Romania's new presidenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56055408a9a04459899044623491d6afBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.ALISON MUTLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsMunicipal governmentsElectionsLocal electionsLocal governmentsRomaniaEuropeUnited StatesEastern EuropeNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56055408a9a04459899044623491d6afSun, 21 Dec 2014 12:37:58 GMTStates trying to lure lawyers into rural practicehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/28b1c408d49a4b93a030ff769bb560f8CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.By REGINA GARCIA CANOaGeneral newsProfessional organizationsSocial groups and organizationsSocial affairsSouth DakotaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/28b1c408d49a4b93a030ff769bb560f8Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:24:27 GMTCanadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraudhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/933350d1ed874312abc6640820b44885FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.By DAVE KOLPACKaBusinessGeneral newsFraud and false statementsFinancial servicesNational courtsCrimeIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryFargoUnited StatesNorth DakotaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/933350d1ed874312abc6640820b44885Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMTSierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebolahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa6ec486e7f842488cf8e1e0b0b25eedDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."By SARAH DiLORENZOiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesDisease outbreaksInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthPublic healthSierra LeoneSenegalWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa6ec486e7f842488cf8e1e0b0b25eedSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:30:18 GMTNigerian Islamic uprising poses regional threathttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c3bde29de6d94e9e8d8e9fe822f3caa7MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.By MICHELLE FAUL and HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsWar and unrestHumanitarian crisesTerrorismRebellions and uprisingsNigeriaNigerCameroonChadWest AfricaAfricaCentral Africahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c3bde29de6d94e9e8d8e9fe822f3caa7Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:02:15 GMTNo bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attackhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7cee932d61f644ce9cbdfbb21a5a510eMADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party's headquarters.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSpainMadridWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7cee932d61f644ce9cbdfbb21a5a510eSun, 21 Dec 2014 12:53:22 GMTPakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b3b5d58dddb24c34bd8337802ea8363aISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimePakistanSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b3b5d58dddb24c34bd8337802ea8363aSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:11:16 GMT2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peacehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a0e447fc32c149a9903900dcb2a7bd5bWASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.By LARA JAKESwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesCease firesWar and unrestBorder securityGeneral newsMilitary and defenseInternational agreementsJerusalemPalestinian territoriesIsraelMiddle EastJordanUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a0e447fc32c149a9903900dcb2a7bd5bSun, 21 Dec 2014 13:18:55 GMTGulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7774f6ebf7f4249ac53c0da6ddd22fbDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent.Associated PressiGeneral newsAbu DhabiDubaiMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaUnited Arab Emirateshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7774f6ebf7f4249ac53c0da6ddd22fbSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:04:17 GMTBelarus' president promises help for Ukrainehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fad486cf8e504bbeb052b38631acdeb3MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUkraineCrimeaBelarusMoscowRussiaKazakhstanKievEastern EuropeEuropeCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fad486cf8e504bbeb052b38631acdeb3Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:11:07 GMTPakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce75c0c2b92d48cf92b39274ecb13e4aISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.By ZARAR KHANiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ce75c0c2b92d48cf92b39274ecb13e4aSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:54 GMTTent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroithttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1d8ee3c55d74a0980e62c39bb45a8b7DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsFinancial crisisHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsDetroitMichiganSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCaliforniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1d8ee3c55d74a0980e62c39bb45a8b7Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:14 GMTFlorida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dc0e181427e0463ab2a4bdec080ba1d3TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.aGeneral newsPoliceViolent crimeCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsFloridaTampaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dc0e181427e0463ab2a4bdec080ba1d3Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:26:22 GMT10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed54ef96f74845e8a0e4083e71e65f68BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE and NINIEK KARMINIiGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersWaste managementCoastlines and beachesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndonesiaAcehSumatraIndian OceanSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ed54ef96f74845e8a0e4083e71e65f68Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:37:39 GMTUS coal mines nearing record low in worker deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/faaea2db566642a5badbe876342dc50eLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.By DYLAN LOVANaBusinessGeneral newsExplosionsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsUnited StatesKentuckyWest VirginiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/faaea2db566642a5badbe876342dc50eSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:53:33 GMTKurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airporthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eec1c25ce96544deafb1c12c8f228bbcSINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eec1c25ce96544deafb1c12c8f228bbcSun, 21 Dec 2014 15:04:29 GMTEgypt group to register under restrictive lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c08b7bc922d04945a8bb9bc9b49f7897CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt's most prominent rights groups has announced that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.iGeneral newsLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c08b7bc922d04945a8bb9bc9b49f7897Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:59:42 GMTEgypt President awards medal to retired spy chiefhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/119a9f556a564c008bc768be44e4ccc0CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards after ordering his retirement.iGeneral newsEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/119a9f556a564c008bc768be44e4ccc0Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:54 GMTGreek prime minister open to 2015 early electionshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/264101f0750d4bad89bb4cf372b961d1ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureNational electionsElectionsGreeceWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/264101f0750d4bad89bb4cf372b961d1Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:50:59 GMT2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himselfhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c928698b12b34a8893a95f801b53cb14NEW YORK (AP) — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSuicidesViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePoliceEventsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMarylandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c928698b12b34a8893a95f801b53cb14Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:21:26 GMTUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor listhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/23c14a9ffd55472593bcb65a8bf26544HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.By JOSH LEDERMANhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentTerrorismCorporate sponsorshipTV newsWar and unrestGeneral newsCorporate newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaEast AsiaChinaMiddle EastHawaiiNorth AmericaAsiaGreater Chinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/23c14a9ffd55472593bcb65a8bf26544Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:41:02 GMTBelarusian independent news sites blockedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a961a96c1aa74965854f3b235d491cd6MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.iGeneral newsOnline news mediaOnline mediaMediaNews mediaBelarusEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a961a96c1aa74965854f3b235d491cd6Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:37:56 GMTSharpton denounces violence against policehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56766e1b082c444fa29f7acbff78edd1NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeCrimeEventsSuicidesProtests and demonstrationsMunicipal governmentsFunerals and memorial servicesPoliceViolencePolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agenciesSocial issuesSocial affairsBrooklynNew YorkNew York CityBaltimoreUnited StatesNorth AmericaMarylandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/56766e1b082c444fa29f7acbff78edd1Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:23 GMTAustralian woman charged with murder of 8 childrenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9fa5e0786eb49dbac597f86e78dbdf3SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9fa5e0786eb49dbac597f86e78dbdf3Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:06:11 GMTPope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flockhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2a70e2c00b3d43b292be669a4219239aMIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.By MATT SEDENSKYaGeneral newsChristianityReligionGovernment and politicsPolitical imprisonmentSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaMiamiUnited StatesFloridaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2a70e2c00b3d43b292be669a4219239aSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:15 GMTUS companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdleshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5e6a8ba944b64d2f85a0adad8ff35984WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.By PAUL WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEnergy industryEconomyLegislatureGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyUtilitiesAgricultureCubaCaribbeanUnited StatesOrlandoLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaFloridahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5e6a8ba944b64d2f85a0adad8ff35984Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:13:03 GMTNY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas richeshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/51238396d20540bba3d7062e5add9001ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.By MARY ESCHaBusinessGeneral newsAgriculture and the environmentAgricultureEnvironmentEnergy and the environmentEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnergy industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironment and natureNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/51238396d20540bba3d7062e5add9001Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:56:29 GMTCorrection: Rangers-Hurricanes storyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a92bfb6efcd4cf98a798e9bfde710ccRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Dec. 20 about the New York Rangers' win over the Carolina Hurricanes, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Rangers player Kevin Klein.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsNew YorkNew York CityRaleighUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolinahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a92bfb6efcd4cf98a798e9bfde710ccSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:43:19 GMTAuthorities ID woman shot by man who killed of 2 NYPD copshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8c1fd99608ae4c5886a02f98f250f8ceTOWSON, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are identifying a woman who was shot by the same man who killed two NYPD officers before shooting himself to death.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8c1fd99608ae4c5886a02f98f250f8ceSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:57:29 GMTRising anger as Nicaragua canal to break groundhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae0892a5dc324551ab32278084820eedRIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."By PETER ORSIiBusinessGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsProtests and demonstrationsEnvironmental impact assessmentsGovernment and politicsEnvironmentMarine biologyLakesEconomyLocal governmentsPolitical and civil unrestEnvironment and natureBiologyScienceOceanographyNicaraguaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ae0892a5dc324551ab32278084820eedSun, 21 Dec 2014 14:31:48 GMTTunisians votes in historic presidential runoffhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/857a8db6bd4f409e87e64db638a86a0aTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an official from the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRebellions and uprisingsPolitical activismWar and unrestNational electionsElectionsPolitical issuesTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/857a8db6bd4f409e87e64db638a86a0aSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:47:17 GMTNational coal mining deathshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be1710baa96d4120a23a04944bb766baLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the decline each year since 2007, when there were 4.2 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. Last year the rate was 3.1.Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsAccidents and disastersEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsUnited StatesKentuckyNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be1710baa96d4120a23a04944bb766baSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:29 GMT