FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 05:28:00 -0800Myanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.iGeneral newsBuddhismLegal proceedingsCrimeArrestsReligionSocial affairsLaw and orderMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:01:35 GMTPutin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:18:53 GMTUK air service to compensate airlines for glitch (AP) — Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.iBusinessGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:39 GMTEU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism (AP) — The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away.iBusinessTravelForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsProducts and servicesCorporate newsLifestyleGeneral newsCrimeaEuropeUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:50 GMTThief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:35:18 GMTUK police probe murder claims in child abuse case (AP) — British police say they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that prominent people sexually abused children several decades ago.iGeneral newsCriminal investigationsCrimes against childrenCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 13:10:03 GMTCrisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition entered a third day Thursday.By MIKE CORDERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHealth care policyHealth care reformGovernment policyPolitical issuesNetherlandsThe HagueWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:49:47 GMTFrance fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing (AP) — France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents.iBusinessGeneral newsMonopoly and antitrustConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCorporate newsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:49 GMTHearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings, 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 12:26:55 GMTPutin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 11:55:47 GMTA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingFinancial servicesPolitical defectionsGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industrySoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:12 GMTEgypt sends 41 Islamists to prison for rioting, Egypt (AP) — A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years.iGeneral newsCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesEgyptMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 12:44:12 GMTDjokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.sSportsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:02 GMTPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.iGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:50 GMTSubway co-founder will allow kids to use his field, Conn. (AP) — A co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain says kids in Danbury, Connecticut, can continue to play soccer on a field he owns until a new athletic field is ready to open.aBusinessGeneral newsYouth soccerSoccerSportsYouth sportsDanburyConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:12 GMTGerman ex-lawmaker seeks end to child porn case (AP) — A former German lawmaker who quit amid a child pornography investigation says discussions are underway with prosecutors on possibly closing the case against him in exchange for a fine.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimes against childrenCrimeGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:31:48 GMTKenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows forcing parliament to adjourn the debate on proposed changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 12:28:24 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 newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 10:58:26 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados form (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceStormsTornadoesWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:31:18 GMTChina arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 13:16:01 GMTOfficial: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic, Central African Republic (AP) — Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for safety, a Red Cross official said Thursday.By HIPPOLYTE MARBUAiGeneral newsWar and unrestChristianityReligionSocial affairsAfricaCentral African RepublicBanguiCentral Africa, 18 Dec 2014 13:02:17 GMTNigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria.iGeneral newsWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 11:41:04 GMTTop Catholic cleric in Holy Land condemns violence (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land has condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas message.iGeneral newsReligious strifeTerritorial disputesChristianityWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:01:10 GMTReformers target traffic courts in Ferguson 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 12:23:09 GMTUN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.iGeneral news, 18 Dec 2014 10:47:12 GMTSwiss central bank imposes negative interest rates, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.By JOHN HEILPRINiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial servicesIndustriesBernSwitzerlandRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern EuropeMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:28:44 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinet, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence and political wrangling.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:20:13 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityMaterials industryMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:52:37 GMTChine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:05 GMTDutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:57:25 GMTGreek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.iBusinessGeneral newsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 11:18:28 GMTIn botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.By RAPHAEL SATTERhtGeneral newsTechnologyHackingPolitical activismTechnology issuesSoftwareComputing and information technologyPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomSyriaWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 13:10:36 GMTMan dies 2 weeks after police used stun gun on him, Fla. (AP) — The medical examiner is reviewing the case of a 28-year-old man who died about two weeks after sheriff's deputies used a stun gun on him.aGeneral newsCrimePensacolaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:09:05 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter will lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia now on the agenda.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governanceCorruption in sportsSoccerEventsMen's sportsRussiaMoroccoQatarEastern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:57:59 GMTEuropean court rules obesity can be disability (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.iBusinessGeneral newsHealthObesityDiseases and conditionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEuropeUnited KingdomWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 11:43:18 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect, 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 newsExtortion and threatsCriminal investigationsHuman welfareLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment grantsLegislatureGovernment and politicsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment business and financeBusinessUnited StatesMontanaMaineSouth CarolinaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:17:11 GMTInmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutional 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 America, 18 Dec 2014 12:25:38 GMTImage of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas mood this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine capital, Manila. The orangutan is one of the main attractions in Manny Tangco's private animal collection in Manila's suburb of Malabon, which also includes the native Philippine Brown Deer, in the background. Tangco's message this holiday season is awareness about feelings of animals, especially when revelers explode firecrackers for the raucous New Year celebrations. Some cities in the Philippines have banned firecrackers due to high number of injuries.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsZoological parksPrimatesRecreation and leisureLifestyleMammalsAnimalsPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:18 GMTGulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's main stock market has gained 13 percent after closing at its lowest point of the year earlier in the week.iBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyDubaiMiddle EastSaudi ArabiaUnited Arab Emirates, 18 Dec 2014 12:52:23 GMTShareholders back DP World's London delisting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion.iGeneral newsCorporate stockCorporate newsBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesInternational tradeEconomyDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:31 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.iGeneral newsDiplomacyReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 12:22:53 GMTCalifornia power regulator to address allegations FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.aBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 11:08:11 GMT'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.By ELAINE KURTENBACHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer electronicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryTelecommunicationsJapanTokyoEast AsiaHollywoodAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:09 GMT11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfricaGuineaLiberia, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:20 GMTJimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy 'courageous' (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy "courageous."wGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 13:11:59 GMTColombia's government rebuffs rebel truce, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group as unacceptable.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCease firesWar and unrestDiplomacyInternational relationsColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 12:26:17 GMTPutin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscow, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:44 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEuropeCrimeaUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:06 GMTTwo-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup, 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 East, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:39 GMTIraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.By SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsJournalistsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNews mediaMediaIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:41 GMT