FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 14:48:27 -0800Destinations for 2015: Milan, Cuba, Queens and more YORK (AP) — See Cuba before it changes. Check out the World Expo in Milan. And if you're heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center's observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to Queens and see if you can figure out why it topped Lonely Planet's "best in the U.S." destinations for 2015.By BETH J. HARPAZtTravelLifestyleRestaurantsLeisure travelWorld War IIAmusement and theme parksFood and drinkEventsRecreation and leisureQueensMilanNew York CityCubaNew YorkUnited StatesJapanNew OrleansManhattanEuropeNorth AmericaItalyWestern EuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsiaLouisiana, 22 Dec 2014 21:34:34 GMTDriver charged after car lands in river, boy dies, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving a car into an Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOhioSanduskyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:52:18 GMTPolice: NY shooter saw protest, didn't participate YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeViolent crimePolitical and civil unrestPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaPoliceMunicipal governmentsPolitical activismEventsOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsPolitical issuesViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:45:59 GMTAs dust clears, what's next for Sony? (AP) — The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Will Sony eventually release "The Interview" in some form? In theaters, on DVD or online? And what recourse does the company have against the North Korean-linked hackers?By MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingWorkplace relationshipsTechnology issuesWorkplace cultureCareersLifestyleRelationshipsGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaHollywoodNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesCalifornia, 22 Dec 2014 21:39:34 GMTUN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.By CARA ANNAhtGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyInternational relationsHackingGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaPyongyangUnited StatesEast AsiaChinaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 22 Dec 2014 21:52:54 GMTArizona to change drugs it uses in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.By ASTRID GALVANaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderCriminal punishmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:55:24 GMTA look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush YORK (AP) — Officer Rafael Ramos was called "the best father and husband and friend," and Officer Wenjian Liu was lauded for his facility with Chinese dialects, a bridge between police and community, as relatives and friends recalled the NYPD partners killed in an ambush.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeBrooklynChinaNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 22:35:34 GMTFrench power company to pay $772M in bribery case (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking foreign government officials for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.By ERIC TUCKERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCorporate legal affairsCorporate crimeCrimeCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:38:28 GMTHow the Dow Jones industrial average did Monday returned to record territory on Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index each notched record highs. The market was building on a big gain last week.By The Associated PressfBusinessStock marketsFinancial markets, 22 Dec 2014 22:01:34 GMT11 hurt after van drives into Christmas market in France (AP) — France's top security official says the driver of a van that crashed into a Christmas market in western France on Monday stabbed himself several times after the incident.iGeneral newsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationWar and unrestFranceParisBurundiWestern EuropeEuropeEast AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 21:00:10 GMTBergdahl investigation report goes to senior Army commander (AP) — The fate of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl now rests with a top U.S. general in North Carolina who will decide if the soldier should be charged with desertion after he left his Afghanistan post in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipArmed forcesMilitary facilitiesMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:15:30 GMTBlagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.By MICHAEL TARMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimePolitical fundraisingLaw and orderUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:57:10 GMTTimeline of events before and after NYC cop deaths timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday 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 newsLaw enforcement agenciesPoliceGovernment and politicsMarylandBaltimoreBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:40:57 GMTOhio State takes down No. 21 West Virginia 96-54, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored an Ohio State freshman record 39 points in 27 minutes as Ohio State took down No. 21 West Virginia 96-54 on Monday to snap the Mountaineers' seven-game winning streak.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsOhioWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:25:21 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 3 BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the third day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Monday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:14:05 GMTF-Squared paying $35M to settle SEC charges on advertising (AP) — Investment firm F-Squared will pay $35 million and admit wrongdoing to settle federal regulators' charges that it defrauded investors with false advertising claims about financial performance.By MARCY GORDONfBusinessMarketing and advertisingMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesCorporate newsProducts and services, 22 Dec 2014 22:13:39 GMTBombs blamed on extremists kill 26 in northeast Nigeria, Nigeria (AP) — Two explosions in two northeast Nigerian states on Monday killed at least 26 people and injured 79, rescue and health officials said.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsBombingsWar and unrestAccidents and disastersImprovised explosivesTerrorismNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 21:44:32 GMTW.Va eye doctor's art exhibit appeals to the touch, W.Va. (AP) — Touching the art is a no-no at most museums. At Dr. Stephanie Skolik's exhibit, it's encouraged.By JOHN RABYtTravelLifestylePaintingVisual artsCeramicsHealthArts and entertainmentHuntingtonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:02:50 GMTCuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations.By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsExtraditionFugitivesPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw and orderImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaHavanaUnited StatesNew JerseyCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:01:34 GMTRecords detail allegations against Ray McDonald FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.By PAUL ELIASaGeneral newsSportsViolent crimeAthlete injuriesCrimeAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballSan FranciscoSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:32:52 GMTCharity, school offer aid to NYPD officer's sons YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.aGeneral newsSportsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:11:48 GMTImmigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyGovernment programsNational courtsImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesArizonaPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:31:03 GMTTrooper wounded in deadly ambush home for holidays GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly September ambush outside his barracks is home for a holiday visit.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrime, 22 Dec 2014 21:48:31 GMTWife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now.By PETER ORSIiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsForeign policyPregnancy and childbirthInternational relationsAssisted reproductive technologySexual and reproductive healthHealthGovernment policyWomen's healthCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:36:52 GMTFormer headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography, Del. (AP) — Former headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography.aGeneral newsCrimes against childrenCrimeDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:37 GMTFDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval Monday to a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer.wBusinessGeneral newsHealthCancerMedicationProducts and servicesCorporate newsSkin disordersDiseases and conditionsDiagnosis and treatment, 22 Dec 2014 22:04:57 GMTBelfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders said Monday they are close to reaching an agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government, but faced all-night negotiations to see whether they can seal a deal.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsUnited KingdomBelfastNorthern IrelandWestern EuropeEuropeIreland, 22 Dec 2014 21:52:56 GMTDo heart patients fare better when doctors away? (AP) — Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around.By LINDSEY TANNERaHealthMedical researchHeart failureHeart attackDeath ratesHealth statisticsHeart healthCardiovascular diseaseDiseases and conditionsDemographicsSocial affairs, 22 Dec 2014 21:48:50 GMTReview: Don't bet on this oddly lifeless 'Gambler' remake"If you're not a genius, don't bother," the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in "The Gambler" blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you're not gonna like this guy.By JOCELYN NOVECKeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 21:07:51 GMTGrain mixed, livestock mostly higher (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:01:54 GMTJudge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan (AP) — A federal judge on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.By SAM HANANELwGovernment and politicsImmigrationImmigration policyGovernment programsBorder securityConstitutionsNational courtsPoliceSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment policyLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsMilitary and defenseNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLaw enforcement agenciesUnited StatesArizonaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:43:07 GMTSpain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery (AP) — Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLotteriesSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:25 GMTCourt upholds ruling for California delta salmon FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species.aGeneral newsAnimalsSalmonFishNational courtsDolphinsUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMammalsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:14:48 GMTUS stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at record highs Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsPricesHome salesFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsHealth care industryIndustriesReal estateEnergy industryLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:40:39 GMTNorth Korea experiencing severe Internet outages (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.By ERIC TUCKERhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyService outagesHackingInternet technologyComputing and information technologyTechnology issuesNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:38:05 GMTNicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests from citizens in recent weeks.By LUIS GALEANOiBusinessGeneral newsEnvironmental impact assessmentsEnvironmentEconomyEnvironment and natureNicaraguaPanama CanalManaguaLatin America and CaribbeanCentral AmericaPanama, 22 Dec 2014 21:48:24 GMTArgentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom.By ALMUDENA CALATRAVAiGeneral newsAnimalsPrimatesMammalsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderArgentinaBuenos AiresNew YorkSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:21:03 GMTExpress Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into the fight over high-cost hepatitis C drugs with a coverage restriction that might ultimately lower prices and improve patient access to groundbreaking treatments for the liver-destroying virus.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsHealthAccess to health careLiver diseaseDiagnosis and treatmentDiseases and conditionsMedicationHealth care costsHealth issuesInfectious diseasesHealth care industryIndustriesFinancial services, 22 Dec 2014 21:44:33 GMTGiants second baseman Scutaro has back surgery FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsAthlete healthSan FranciscoOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:31:24 GMTJudge strikes down wage boost for home workers (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Labor Department regulations extending minimum wage and overtime pay to nearly 2 million home health care workers.By SAM HANANELwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsStrikesLabor issuesNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciary, 22 Dec 2014 22:25:09 GMTCutler to start finale for Bears with Clausen out FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is returning to the Chicago Bears' lineup and will start the final game of the season after Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesHealthSports businessAthlete healthWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthProfessional footballFootballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:37:24 GMTEx-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday, a decision that prompted the man's family to immediately demand a federal investigation.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimeProtests and demonstrationsMental healthViolent crimeEventsPolitical and civil unrestHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 22 Dec 2014 21:24:16 GMTEx-headmaster guilty in child porn case, Del. (AP) — The former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school faces at least 50 years in prison after being convicted Monday of dealing in child pornography.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:08:43 GMTBritish singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.By DAVID BAUDERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityPhilanthropic foundationsPhilanthropySocial affairsNew YorkColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:36:57 GMTPolice: Teen dies over possible athletic-shoe envy (AP) — A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.By DAN SEWELLaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDaytonMiddletownOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 22:03:39 GMTPolice: Woman found in fridge died months earlier (AP) — Investigators believe a woman was killed more than two months before her body was found stuffed in a disabled refrigerator in a vacant Houston apartment.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:59:25 GMTNY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a pause in protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsSocial mediaPoliceCrimePolitical activismFunerals and memorial servicesEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesCampaignsElectionsPolitical issuesNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:53:03 GMTOcwen and Gilead are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fCorporate stockCorporate newsBusinessHealth care industryIndustriesLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseases, 22 Dec 2014 22:30:57 GMTRates rise at weekly US Treasury bill auction (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction with rates on six-month bills climbing to their highest level in more than two years.fBusinessDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 22:17:01 GMTCaesars Entertainment to buy affiliate VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment Corporation says it will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load.By KIMBERLY PIERCECALLfBusinessOwnership changesCorporate newsFinancial performanceConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:21:17 GMT