FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 23:17:10 -0800Beleskey scores in 3rd as Ducks beat Canadiens (AP) — Matt Beleskey scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Montreal on Thursday night in a game the Canadiens lost top scorer Max Pacioretty to an injury.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's hockeyProfessional hockeyHockeyAthlete healthMontrealQuebecCanadaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:36:18 GMTCalifornia's top utility regulator defends record FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.By ELLEN KNICKMEYERaBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:14:11 GMTPakistani jets, ground forces kill 27 militants in northwest (AP) — Pakistan's military says its jets and ground forces have killed 27 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 04:57:51 GMTPakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre (AP) — Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 05:26:56 GMTPakistan: 59 militants killed after school massacre (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children -- in a school massacre.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestCrimeTerrorismGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 06:15:33 GMTJapan scientist quits as cell research discredited (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.iBusinessGeneral newsScienceStem cell researchMedical researchHealthCell biologyBiologyJapanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 06:06:21 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 KARNOWSKIaGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyBusinessAgricultureIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:41:55 GMTIn Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.By RYAN LUCASiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBeirutSyriaLebanonMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 06:43:06 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 05:02:57 GMTPhoenix police chief fired after union strife (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was "time to silence the critics" and requested a two-year contract from the city.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:04:27 GMTPilot gets 3 years for China crash that killed 44 (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison after 44 people died when his plane crashed more than four years ago.iGeneral newsAccidentsCrimeAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 05:11:11 GMTButler scores 35, Bulls beat Knicks 103-97 (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 103-97 Thursday night in a game missing All-Stars Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballNew YorkNew York CityIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:03:05 GMTDog saves man from Sacramento home fire, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector.aGeneral newsFiresAccidents and disastersSacramentoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:55:02 GMTSpy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsEspionageParentingCrimeRelationshipsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:17:23 GMTA's trade All-Star catcher Derek Norris to Padres, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsOaklandSan DiegoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:07:50 GMTChina pilot gets 3 years for crash that killed 44 (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison over the deaths of 44 people killed when his plane crashed.iGeneral newsAccidentsCrimeAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 04:43:08 GMTChina's wealth finds home in Washington state, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.By MANUEL VALDESaBusinessGeneral newsWashingtonChinaSeattleUnited StatesNorth AmericaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 07:08:00 GMT8 children killed in home in northern Australia (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 05:50:19 GMTLA Kings erase 3-goal deficit, move past Blues 6-4 ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar had a career-high five points, Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 11:02 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from an early three-goal deficit for a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:50:16 GMTToday in History is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaWar and unrestLegislatureGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:14 GMTCalifornia lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving.By DON THOMPSONaGeneral newsReckless endangermentLegal proceedingsState legislatureGovernment and politicsCrimeArrestsLegislatureState governmentsLaw and orderCaliforniaSacramentoSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:12:31 GMTJaguars hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.By MARK LONGsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballJacksonvilleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:06:29 GMTDurant leaves Thunder game with ankle injury, Calif. (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant did not return for the second half against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night after twisting his right ankle.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:46:36 GMTMoore, No. 10 Louisville beat Grand Canyon 65-51 (AP) — Mariya Moore scored 17 points and led the decisive second-half spurt that sent No. 10 Louisville over Grand Canyon 65-51 on Thursday night.By MIKE CRANSTONsSportsCanyonsWomen's basketballCollege basketballEnvironment and natureBasketballWomen's sportsCollege sportsLouisvilleKentuckyArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:21:06 GMTNo. 19 Oklahoma State holds off Weber State women 55-49, Utah (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 16 points, including the final go-ahead bucket late in the second half, to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 55-49 win over Weber State on Thursday night.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsOgdenOklahomaUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:14:59 GMTMarathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.By TRACEE M. HERBAUGHaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleTelevision programsFashionEntertainmentBeauty and fashionWeddingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsOccasionsEventsBostonAshevilleMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:24 GMTAsia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.By YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsSouth KoreaNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 06:05:27 GMTFederal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state's death penalty.aGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyCorrectional systemsNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:37:32 GMTTennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds of each other midway through the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.By RICK EYMERsSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsSan JoseEdmontonCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaAlbertaCanada, 19 Dec 2014 06:09:08 GMTCompanies' data security in question after Sony hack (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.By MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityHackingGovernment information leaksData storageMilitary intelligenceComputing and information technologyTechnology issuesConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsInternet technologyCommunication technologyMilitary and defenseInformation technologySoftwareUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 05:05:20 GMTPakistan to appeal bail for Mumbai attacker (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks.iGeneral newsLegal proceedings2008 Mumbai attacksLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeEventsTerrorismWar and unrestMilitant groupsPakistanMumbaiSouth AsiaAsiaIndia, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:03 GMTStephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityTV newsNewspapersNews mediaMediaTelevision, 19 Dec 2014 06:36:31 GMTBrazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end? DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system.By BRAD BROOKSiGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestProtests and demonstrationsCriminal investigationsGovernment and politicsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessBrazilSao PauloSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 05:09:14 GMTPadres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade DIEGO (AP) — Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.By BERNIE WILSONsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan DiegoLos AngelesOaklandCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:54:17 GMTWill artists skip studio support after Sony scandal? ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.By SANDY COHENaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaFreedom of the pressOnline mediaMediaNews mediaHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaHollywoodCaliforniaEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:31:53 GMTLava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa.By CATHY BUSSEWITZaGeneral newsScienceVolcanoesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:49:36 GMTAustralian Open goes back to The Australian course (AP) — American Jordan Spieth will have an opportunity to defend his Australian Open title next year on the same course he won the tournament on three weeks ago.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 06:38:52 GMTPenn State, BYU to meet for title CITY (AP) — It would be difficult to find two schools with more differing pedigrees heading into a championship match than Penn State and Brigham Young.By CLIFF BRUNTsSportsWomen's sportsVolleyball gamesCollege sportsTexasOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:17:14 GMT39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why:By RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsSchool athleticsFootballFBS College Football PlayoffEducationSocial affairsEventsFloridaArizonaAlabamaCaliforniaMichiganKentuckyArkansasHoustonWisconsinMobileLouisianaMinnesotaIllinoisMemphisNew OrleansNorth CarolinaWashingtonOklahomaOregonUtahBahamasGeorgiaSouth CarolinaCincinnatiBowling GreenMarylandUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexasTennesseeIowaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanOhio, 19 Dec 2014 06:51:57 GMTJones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two possessions into the second half, Mike Krzyzewski had seen more than enough from his young and talented Duke team and let them know it in forceful terms that any young man would understand.By TOM CANAVANsSportsCollege basketballMen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsConnecticutNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:36:51 GMTWarriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Thunder star Kevin Durant left with a sprained right ankle.By ANTONIO GONZALEZsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:00:35 GMTDavis scores 30, leads New Orleans over Houston (AP) — Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.By KRISTIE RIEKENsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballHoustonTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:17:14 GMTSides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.By JUSTIN PRITCHARDaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:15:15 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsSports transactions2018 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerSports businessEventsMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccer, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:20 GMTBucks spoil Cousins' return, beat Kings 108-107, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Knight scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled DeMarcus Cousins' return to the struggling Sacramento Kings with a 108-107 victory Thursday night.sSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballSacramentoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:06:31 GMTMinnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths (AP) — Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria.aGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 04:34:23 GMTEx-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death (AP) — A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported.iGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelBeijingChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 07:05:43 GMTPakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush (AP) — The Pakistani military says it has killed 32 militants in an ambush in the country's rugged northwest.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPakistanSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 05:36:29 GMTFilipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeGovernment and politicsViolent crimeLaw and orderPhilippinesManilaUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 05:52:47 GMTEd Dept. releases 'framework' to rate colleges (AP) — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.By KIMBERLY HEFLINGwGovernment and politicsHigher educationEducationSchool infrastructureSchool rankingsSocial affairs, 19 Dec 2014 05:05:33 GMT