FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 18:14:03 -0800Report: Australian lawmaker's adviser arrested (AP) — The media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping, local media reported Friday.iGeneral newsArrestsKidnappingGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeAustraliaIndonesiaSingaporeOceaniaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 01:27:43 GMTCalifornia power regulator doesn't address claims FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator finished the last meeting of his 12-year tenure by calling himself a man who got things done.aBusinessGeneral newsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsUtilitiesPolitical scandalsIndustriesPolitical issuesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:59:55 GMTDog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man.aGeneral newsOdditiesSheridanWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:42:24 GMTUN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence NATIONS (AP) — Radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that oppose any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Thursday.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsAfghanistanMiddle EastQatarCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 23:20:30 GMTAnthony sits out Knicks' game against Bulls (AP) — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony sat out Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.sSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsNew York CityChicagoNew YorkUnited StatesNorth AmericaIllinois, 19 Dec 2014 01:31:55 GMTAP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert" Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring:By The Associated PressaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentPolitical fundraisingGovernment and politics, 18 Dec 2014 23:18:03 GMTHope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday 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 RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsAutomobilesInternational relationsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:26:58 GMTJudge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors' tactics.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsCrimeNational courtsCorporate crimeCorporate newsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:33:00 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 to request a two-year contract from the city saying it was "time to silence the critics."aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsPhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:45:25 GMTBondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:35:27 GMTSKorea court orders dissolution of leftist party, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's constitutional court has ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party accused of pro-North Korea policies.iGeneral newsNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 01:48:17 GMTSpy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal (AP) — When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son had fallen ill. Officials told the elderly couple not to worry, saying only that he was better off.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZiGeneral newsEspionageParentingCrimeRelationshipsLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:40:04 GMTChina pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals (AP) — China is promising to streamline a regulatory process that has held up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States. The country also pledges to enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies.aBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsChinaChicagoUnited StatesGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaIllinoisNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:57:48 GMTEU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSummitsEconomyInternational relationsEuropeLithuaniaRussiaBrusselsEastern EuropeBelgiumWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 23:16:22 GMTHellman's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo''s mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and TALI ARBELaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureCorporate legal affairsCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 01:30:58 GMTIMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus, Cyprus (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won't release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country's parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December.iBusinessGeneral newsLegislationGovernment and politicsFinancial servicesIndustriesLegislatureCyprusEuropeWestern Europe, 19 Dec 2014 01:41:32 GMTVeteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retire ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsNewspapersJournalismCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNews mediaMediaLos AngelesUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:48:17 GMT'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction.By LINDSEY BAHRhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentAnimation and comicsNorth KoreaPyongyangChinaEast AsiaAsiaGreater China, 19 Dec 2014 01:50:59 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 01:50:32 GMTKris Medlan and Royals agree to $8.5 million, 2-year deal CITY, Mo. (AP) — After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.By DAVE SKRETTAsSportsAthlete injuriesSports transactionsSports businessAthlete healthProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsKansas CityMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:37:29 GMTPolice: Man hid gun parts in luggage at NY airport YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage.aGeneral newsArrestsToysLaw and orderCrimeRecreation and leisureLifestyleNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:14:05 GMTOklahoma official: Felt 'pressure' on executions CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure two executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn't have the drugs to carry them out.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyCriminal punishmentLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:31:34 GMTUS regulators label MetLife as potential financial threat (AP) — U.S. regulators have labeled insurer MetLife as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight.By MARCY GORDONwBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisGovernment regulationsFinancial servicesIndustriesEconomyFinancial marketsGovernment and politicsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeCorporate stockCorporate newsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:24:37 GMTAP Source: Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks (AP) — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.By JIMMY GOLENsSportsSports transactionsMen's sportsNBA PlayoffsNBA FinalsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballEventsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 02:03:45 GMTGroup challenges timber producer's 'green' label PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.By JEFF BARNARDaBusinessGeneral newsScienceEnvironmental laws and regulationsEnvironmental conservation and preservationForestsMaterials industryIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureProfessional servicesNatural resource managementLand environmentGrants PassOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:08:43 GMTProtection sought for scenic California region (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational parksEnvironmental laws and regulationsMountainsEnvironmental conservation and preservationAnimalsNatural resource managementLegislatureLegislationEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelEnvironmentGovernment regulationsCaliforniaUnited StatesNapaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:22:30 GMTDay care owner pleads in boy's death in murky pool (AP) — A former Philadelphia day care owner has pleaded guilty in the drowning of a boy who attended her unlicensed center.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:30 GMTS Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views. Critics say the decision could worsen already deep political divisions in a country once ruled by military dictators, and trigger a fierce debate on authorities' limits in restricting freedom of expression.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsNational courtsRebellions and uprisingsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryWar and unrestHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsSouth KoreaNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 01:58:56 GMTGovernment selling last stake in Ally Financial (AP) — The government is selling the last of its shares in Ally Financial Inc., the former financing arm of General Motors that was bailed out during the financial crisis.fBusinessFinancial servicesIndustriesConsumer products and servicesOwnership changesCorporate newsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policy, 19 Dec 2014 01:24:57 GMTReport: Australian lawmaker's adviser detained (AP) — Australian media are reporting that the media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been detained in relation to an alleged kidnapping.iGeneral newsArrestsKidnappingGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeAustraliaOceania, 19 Dec 2014 00:54:29 GMTWoman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessLegal proceedingsLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:33:30 GMTHelfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won't play against FSU, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game Jan. 1.By CHRIS HANSENsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballOregonEugeneUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:33:27 GMTEx-Tulsa cop to stand trial in off-duty shooting, Okla. (AP) — A judge Thursday ordered a former Tulsa police officer to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend in an off-duty shooting.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArrestsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTulsaOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:52:28 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 00:49:01 GMTMontana ex-billionaire jailed for contempt, Mont. (AP) — Embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth was taken away in handcuffs on Thursday after a federal judge ordered the onetime billionaire jailed until he accounts for millions of dollars he owes his creditors.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessNational courtsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMontanaButteMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 00:51:15 GMTFamily wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with man, 76, Texas (AP) — The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.aGeneral newsTexasVictoriaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:29:38 GMTLand, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump VEGAS (AP) — The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsMountainsRegulatory agenciesLegislatureGovernment regulationsWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsWaste managementNevadaLas VegasSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:22:47 GMTSony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.By ERIC TALMADGEiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNorth KoreaJapanUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:37:34 GMT2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringFraud and false statementsDisease outbreaksArrestsCrimeDiseases and conditionsNational courtsViolent crimePublic healthHealthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:32:04 GMTReview: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.By JAKE COYLEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 00:22:22 GMTPolice sketch of meteorologist shooting suspect released, Texas (AP) — Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting a Central Texas television meteorologist outside the studio where the weatherman worked.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAtmospheric scienceEarth scienceScienceTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:21:00 GMTOregon high court says injured snowboarder can sue, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday a ski resort's broad liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing.By JONATHAN J. COOPERaBusinessGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsAthlete injuriesLaw and orderAthlete healthOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:11:15 GMTFatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers.By PAUL J. WEBERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentAccidentsSouth by Southwest Music Conference and FestivalLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAccidents and disastersEventsTexasAustinUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 01:06:00 GMTNYPD: Brooklyn man arrested in assault on officers YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an assault on officers during a protest over the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsCrimeArrestsViolent crimePolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderBrooklynNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:45:11 GMT'Hands Up' players to attend Ferguson Christmas party LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season.By R.B. FALLSTROMsSportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriHolidaysEventsProfessional footballFootballOccasionsLifestyleFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:23:41 GMTArson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire ANGELES (AP) — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday.aGeneral newsFiresArsonAccidents and disastersCrimeLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 02:06:16 GMTNo. 6 Virginia handles Cleveland State 70-54, Va. (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half Thursday night and No. 6 Virginia returned from an 11-day layoff for exams with a 70-54 victory against Cleveland State.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsCollege sportsVirginiaCharlottesvilleUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 02:04:43 GMTSheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyHispanicsRace and ethnicityArrestsImmigrationLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesState legislatureSmugglingGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:55:48 GMTUber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months, Ore. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city.By GOSIA WOZNIACKAhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyCrimeIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 00:52:45 GMTAmid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license VEGAS (AP) — A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada's regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLaw and orderLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 23:44:46 GMT