FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 01:38:52 -0800S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group has canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.iGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsiaNorth Korea, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:17 GMTAfghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were following detonated the explosives in his vehicle, an official said.iGeneral newsWar and unrestPoliceTerrorismLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:14 GMTReaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations to the release of American Alan Gross who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, and the future of US-Cuba diplomatic relations:By The Associated PressaGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 08:10:26 GMTQatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World CupProfessional soccerEventsSoccerMen's soccerMen's sportsInternational soccerSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastQatarDohaEast AsiaChinaBrazilAsiaGreater ChinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTFed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsPricesCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaAustraliaEast AsiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:47:23 GMTAfghan official says suicide bomber kills policeman, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing a police officer and wounding three others.iGeneral newsPoliceTerrorismWar and unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsAfghanistanKabulCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:59 GMTVegas hotelier faces gambling commission scrutiny VEGAS (AP) — The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions for the second time this month from gambling regulators about his cocaine use and questionable business dealings.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAccommodationsTravelLifestyleLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:14:14 GMTExiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations (AP) — When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.By MATT SEDENSKY and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsRebellions and uprisingsInternational relationsDiplomacyPolitical and civil unrestEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyInternational tradeWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:35:33 GMTReports: jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest (AP) — Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.iBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 08:04:35 GMTNY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentDrug-related crimeArrestsLegal proceedingsCrimeSmugglingCelebrityLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:54:58 GMTSony emails show a studio ripe for hacking (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.By TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:17 GMTNot much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.By DEB RIECHMANNwGovernment and politicsDiplomacyLegislatureTravel laws and regulationsLegislationInternational relationsGovernment regulationsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyTravel safetyTravelLifestyleCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:06:23 GMTAustralian leader: Siege may have been preventable (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsExtortion and threatsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsAustraliaSydneyOceania, 18 Dec 2014 06:09:09 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 06:49:05 GMTKey elements of US policy shift toward Cuba (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House on Wednesday.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:09:30 GMTStars blank Canucks 2-0 behind Lehtonen's 27 saves, British Columbia (AP) — Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for his second shutout this season and the 29th of his career as the Dallas Stars defeated Vancouver 2-0 on Wednesday night to extend the Canucks' losing streak to five games.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBritish ColumbiaVancouverCanadaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:02:08 GMTNo. 16 Washington routs Grambling State 86-38 (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half, Andrew Andrews added 16 points and No. 16 Washington raced past Grambling State 86-38 on Wednesday night.By TIM BOOTHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:55:22 GMTAP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyTechnologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:04 GMTHow revived ties with Cuba came to be (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing.By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsInternational relationsDiplomacyGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesCanadaVatican CityIranMiddle EastMuscatOmanCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 08:12:44 GMTCircus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them.By MICHELLE R. SMITHaBusinessGeneral newsWorkplace safetyGovernment regulationsSpectacularsRecreation and leisureLifestylePersonnelGovernment and politicsProvidenceRhode IslandUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:28:34 GMTCharlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMaGeneral newsTreesHolidaysOccasionsLifestylePlantsReadingPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:05:41 GMT1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended.aGeneral newsCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:16:31 GMTColumn: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.By JIM LITKEsSportsBoxingBaseballSmugglingMen's boxingSummer Olympic gamesPolitical defectionsBasketballProfessional baseballMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessCrimeGeneral newsOlympic gamesEventsGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:11:09 GMTClippers edge Pacers for 102-100 win ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan added 23 rebounds and 15 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 on Wednesday night.By JOE RESNICKsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsInternational basketballMen's basketballAthlete healthBasketballProfessional basketballIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:29:08 GMTAP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials 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 newsGovernment grantsNational governmentsCrimes against childrenCrimeHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsMontanaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:35 GMTMarathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsCrimeNational courtsEventsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:23:34 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 06:46:36 GMTIndia launches rocket, tests unmanned crew pod DELHI (AP) — India has announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.iGeneral newsSpace launchesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:24 GMTCourt documents: Suspect destroyed kidnap evidence, N.H. (AP) — Fearing arrest, the New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping, imprisoning and sexually assaulting a teenage girl over nine months ordered his captive to lie to police and help him destroy evidence by wiping off fingerprints and pouring cleaning fluid into drains, according to court documents.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsViolent crimeKidnappingIndictmentsMissing personsLegal proceedingsCrimeSex in societyCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireNorth ConwayUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:40:37 GMTYear after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.By JONATHAN MATTISEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsRivers and streamsCrimeWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureLaw and orderMaterials industryIndustriesBusinessEnvironmental concernsAccidentsAccidents and disastersFinancial performanceCorporate newsEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsCharlestonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:38:59 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 industryGovernment information leaksMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:17:00 GMTAP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policy (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsForeign policyDiplomacyTravel laws and regulationsLegislatureEconomyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsBusinessCubaUnited StatesHavanaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:21:23 GMTNo. 16 Huskies rout Grambling State 86-38 (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half, Andrew Andrews added 16 points and No. 16 Washington raced past Grambling State 86-38 on Wednesday night.By TIM BOOTHsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:38 GMTCubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 09:15:34 GMT'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMissoulaMontanaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:14 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 06:50:24 GMTProsecutor to mom: Bring daughter out of hiding, N.H. (AP) — Mary Nunes was a child when her mother fled with her to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:02:30 GMTJailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerEventsMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccer, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:13 GMTGift Guide: Home products come with connectivity YORK (AP) — Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyHousehold technologyConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 08:27:27 GMTCompetency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCrime, 18 Dec 2014 06:52:43 GMTLab tests: pesticide killed Portland crows, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.aGeneral newsBirdsWildlifeAnimalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementPortlandOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:56:36 GMTGrizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimes ANTONIO (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies ended years of frustration in San Antonio, and had to play late into the night to do it.By RAUL DOMINGUEZsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 06:08:09 GMTText of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:By The Associated PressaGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPrisoner exchangeCold WarLegislatureTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestGeneral newsEventsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:11:18 GMTHarden scores 41, Rockets beat Nuggets in OT (AP) — James Harden couldn't quite fight his way through traffic and just barely missed getting his hand in the face of Arron Afflalo as the Nuggets swingman knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end regulation.By PAT GRAHAMsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthDenverHoustonColoradoUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 18 Dec 2014 07:51:54 GMTPutin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover (AP) — Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.iBusinessGeneral newsReserve assetsEconomyRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:57 GMTPolice: 1 dead, several hurt in California crash BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:11 GMTObama reignites political debate over Cuba (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLESpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionHuman rights and civil libertiesState governmentsNational electionsElectionsSocial issuesSocial affairsCampaignsCubaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:07:23 GMT14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64 (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 07:13:11 GMTThe ill-fated schemes to upend Castro (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureDiplomacyInternational relationsCubaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:08:29 GMT