FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 16:55:00 -0800Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.By DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsScienceCorporate crimeCrimeEnergy and the environmentEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureCorporate newsCorporate legal affairsArcticUnited StatesAlaskaSeattleNorth AmericaWashington, 19 Dec 2014 23:44:15 GMTSales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOaBusinessGeneral newsHoliday shoppingFinancial performanceCorporate newsPersonal spendingPersonal financeShoppingLifestyleHolidaysOccasionsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 23:16:18 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:15 GMTWhat's delaying trial of Colorado shooter (AP) — Defense lawyers acknowledge that James Holmes opened fire on an Aurora movie theater auditorium on July 20, 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70. Yet jury selection for his trial doesn't begin until next month.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:04:07 GMTProtesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessGeneral newsSmall businessProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:16:36 GMT2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsGovernment and politicsCorporate newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeUnited StatesNorth KoreaAuroraCaliforniaHollywoodNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaColoradoLos Angeles, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:27 GMTAttorneys for jailed ex-billionaire seek his release, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth have filed an emergency motion seeking to have him released.By MATTHEW BROWNaGeneral newsBillingsMontanaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:31 GMTAP source: Rockets acquire Timberwolves' Brewer (AP) — The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter on Friday, landing veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMinnesotaHoustonUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 19 Dec 2014 22:55:38 GMTStaples: Customer data exposed in security breach, Ore. (AP) — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLhtBusinessGeneral newsComputer and data securityComputing and information technologyTechnologyFinancial servicesIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 23:58:24 GMTChina arrests US aid worker near N. Korean border (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.iGeneral newsArrestsVocational educationLaw and orderCrimeEducationSocial affairsChinaNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesGreater ChinaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:30:19 GMTJudge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.By TIM TALLEYaGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:44:29 GMTState Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLeisure travelTravelLifestyleTravel safety, 20 Dec 2014 00:42:49 GMTCuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.By RACHEL LA CORTE and KELLI KENNEDYaBusinessGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaMiamiFloridaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:20:24 GMTLava could reach Hawaii shopping center in 8 days, Hawaii (AP) — Lava flowing in a rural Hawaii town continues to slow down and is estimated to reach a shopping center in about eight days.aGeneral newsVolcanoesEnvironment and natureHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:38:59 GMTUS regulators close small Minnesota bank (AP) — Regulators have closed a small lender, the 18th bank failure in the U.S. this year after 24 closures in 2013.fBusinessIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:38:18 GMTNot guilty plea in crash that killed pedestrians, Calif. (AP) — A woman charged with running her car into a crowd of pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court on a stretcher and pleaded not guilty.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderReckless endangermentViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:26:01 GMTSelig to become baseball commissioner emeritus YORK (AP) — Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month.sSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sports, 19 Dec 2014 23:18:49 GMTFederal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign.aBusinessGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsPolitical and civil unrestNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryAgricultureIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 23:01:24 GMTSugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.By TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersLaw and orderMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAccidentsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:04:42 GMT9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward shows, 20 Dec 2014 00:45:47 GMTMore than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say.By SUE MANNINGaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleSmall businessTelevision programsPetsEntertainmentDogsMammalsAnimals, 20 Dec 2014 00:27:43 GMTUS Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida; some may start as soon as Jan. 6 (AP) — US Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida; some may start as soon as Jan. 6.aGeneral newsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:53:56 GMTBusiness Highlights The Associated PressfBusinessPricesShoppingCollege footballEconomyHoliday shoppingEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsProducts and servicesCorporate newsPersonal spendingPersonal financeStock marketsFinancial marketsLifestyleCollege sportsSportsFootballHolidaysOccasionsConsumer products and servicesUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 23:38:37 GMTGrand Canyon awards temporary services contract, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim.By FELICIA FONSECAaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsContracts and ordersCanyonsCorporate newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesEnvironment and natureArizonaFlagstaffUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:16:12 GMTSoccer governing body sues over player images (AP) — A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court.aGeneral newsSportsInternational soccerCollege sportsLegal proceedingsSports governanceMen's soccerSoccerLaw and orderMen's sportsChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:23:29 GMTUS nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been released from the hospital.aGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 20 Dec 2014 00:21:23 GMTFormer boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75 (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.sSportsBoxingMen's boxingObituariesMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:22:42 GMTJudge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc.By RANDALL CHASEaBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:51 GMTRays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.sSportsProfessional baseballSports transactionsSports businessBaseballMen's sportsTampaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:09:43 GMTIsraeli army says it has carried out an airstrike in Gaza targeting a Hamas site CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli army says it has carried out an airstrike in Gaza targeting a Hamas site.iGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsIsraelGaza StripMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 19 Dec 2014 22:57:47 GMTSome gray wolves to be returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesNational courtsWildlifeWater environmentEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsUnited StatesTraverse CityMichiganMinnesotaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:55:46 GMTKocherlakota warns Fed of 'unacceptable' risk (AP) — One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed's policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed by low inflation.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERfBusinessEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPrices, 20 Dec 2014 00:10:29 GMTBob Simpson, co-developer of Saffir-Simpson scale, dies (AP) — Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.wGeneral newsObituariesAccidents and disastersNatural disastersStormsWeather, 20 Dec 2014 00:44:54 GMTNew York mayor caught between protests, police YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPoliceMunicipal governmentsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:57:04 GMTIsrael carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.By DANIEL ESTRINiGeneral newsTerritorial disputesWar and unrestHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsLifestyleTravelTravel safetyGovernment and politicsPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 23:30:24 GMTTuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95, Calif. (AP) — Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsRace and ethnicityObituariesWorkplace diversityAfrican-AmericansWorld War IISocial issuesSocial affairsPersonnelBusinessSocial diversityEventsCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:56:33 GMTLawyer: Child molester won't testify in 1979 case YORK (AP) — A convicted child molester who was long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime, his lawyer said Friday.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeCrimes against childrenViolent crimeLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:49:03 GMT2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.sSportsLegal proceedingsMen's cyclingCyclingLaw and orderGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:35 GMTFranciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, the head of the order said.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisReligionEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsSocial affairsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:21 GMTMan charged with bogus report during police search, Pa. (AP) — A man has been accused of making a bogus carjacking report while police were searching for someone believed to have killed six people in suburban Philadelphia.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeDoylestownPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:15:22 GMTHasbro and Xerox are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:f, 19 Dec 2014 23:35:54 GMTUN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsWar casualtiesWar and unrestAfghanistanQatarCentral AsiaAsiaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 23:38:44 GMTPadres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves (AP) — With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsAtlantaGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 23:55:23 GMTCourt finds anti-whaling protesters in contempt FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceSmall businessTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:42:06 GMTAP sources: Peavy agrees on deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants are keeping a key member of their World Series rotation, bringing back Jake Peavy.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:02 GMTObama calls on women only at news conference (AP) — What was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference? Male questioners.wGeneral newsGovernment and politics, 20 Dec 2014 00:40:36 GMTFDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.By LINDA A. JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthLiver diseaseDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsOrgan transplantsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:36:36 GMTSt. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer on Friday.By R.B. FALLSTROMsSportsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsProfessional footballFootballMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:03:20 GMTAP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.By JOHN HEILPRINhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGenevaSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 00:27:45 GMTSupreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.aGeneral newsGays and lesbiansNational courtsMarriageWeddingsFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 00:13:49 GMT