FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 09:49:05 -0800South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.By LYNSEY CHUTELiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsBooks and literatureCrimeEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsRace and ethnicityViolent crimeSouth AfricaAfricaSouthern Africa, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:01 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in midday trading financial markets drifted slightly higher in midday trading Monday, although the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices. Stocks have notched gains the past three trading days.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsReal estateEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:09:40 GMTGrain mixed and livestock higher (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:25:09 GMTUN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — "a test that is sure to come."iGeneral newsDisease outbreaksDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthPublic healthWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:25:02 GMTBurundi arrests brother of French police attacker, Rwanda (AP) — An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.iGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeRwandaBurundiEast AfricaCentral AfricaKigaliAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:36:52 GMTNorth Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesDiplomacyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsInternational relationsNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 17:04:15 GMTStocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesLeading economic indicatorsEconomyReal estateStock marketsFinancial markets, 22 Dec 2014 16:48:34 GMTFrench power company to pay $772M in bribery case (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.By ERIC TUCKERwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeCorporate crimeCorporate news, 22 Dec 2014 17:22:27 GMTImmigrants apply for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy have started to apply for Arizona driver's licenses now that a judge has barred the state from denying them driving privileges.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsImmigration policyLegal proceedingsState governmentsGovernment policyLaw and orderArizonaUnited StatesNorth AmericaPhoenix, 22 Dec 2014 17:36:47 GMTCourt sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey can't conclude a mother abused and neglected her baby because the child was born exhibiting symptoms of methadone withdrawal due to the mother's use of the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled in an opinion Monday.aGeneral newsCourtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderJudiciaryGovernment and politicsNational courtsNational governmentsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:32 GMTAP source: Phil Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins and right-hander Phil Hughes have agreed to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMinnesotaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:38:32 GMTStocks mostly higher in morning trading, extending rally stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday morning but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices, which hammered energy stocks. Stocks have notched gains the past three trading days.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsReal estateEnergy industryIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:24:18 GMTUS home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov. (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.By JOSH BOAKwBusinessGeneral newsHome salesHome pricesPricesHome sellingHome buyingEconomyReal estatePersonal loansPersonal financeResidential real estateLifestyleLabor economyProfessional servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:05:28 GMT2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsTennisMen's snowboardingSnowboardingProfessional footballMen's sportsFootballNFL footballKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:31:30 GMTJudge to rule on Oklahoma's execution method CITY (AP) — A federal judge plans to rule whether the lethal injection formula that Oklahoma used for the first time in a botched execution last spring is constitutional.aGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:17:11 GMTInvestors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.By KEN SWEETaBusinessGeneral newsEconomic growthEconomic outlookEconomyFinancial crisisRecessions and depressionsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEnergy industryIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyDebt and bond marketsCommodity marketsStock marketsFinancial servicesGovernment financeEuropeUnited StatesJapanRussiaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsiaEastern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 17:01:50 GMTSexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsSex in societyViolent crimeViolenceHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesEl SalvadorSan SalvadorCentral AmericaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:15 GMTLate at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework, N.J. (AP) — It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran.By JILL COLVINaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential ElectionForeign policyInternational relationsCampaignsState governmentsPolitical scandalsPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsGovernment policyPolitical fundraisingPolitical issuesPolitical organizationsUnited StatesNew JerseyMiddle EastIranTexasNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:58:50 GMTPeople killed, injured in Glasgow truck crash (AP) — Police say some people died when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowUnited KingdomScotlandWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 16:19:45 GMTFAA, industry launch drone safety campaign (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.By JOAN LOWYwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTransportation safetyDrone aircraftIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationConsumer products and services, 22 Dec 2014 17:33:38 GMTCorrection: Marijuana Research story (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about marijuana research, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported Marcel Bonn-Miller's profession. He is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Also, while he works with the Veterans Administration, his lab is not part of the VA.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessMedical marijuanaMedical researchPost-traumatic stress disorderVeteransHealth issuesMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMental healthMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsColoradoDenverUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:27:25 GMTGlasgow pedestrians killed when truck veers out of control (AP) — Police in Scotland said a number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowUnited KingdomScotlandWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 16:52:33 GMT88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRebellions and uprisingsGovernment transitionsNational electionsWar and unrestNational governmentsTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:27 GMTEl Salvador's gangs target women and girls SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsViolent crimeSex in societyViolenceImmigrationHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimeEl SalvadorSan SalvadorUnited StatesCentral AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:01 GMTNeighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:01 GMTOfficials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring (AP) — Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat.aGeneral newsAnimal crueltyIndictmentsCrimeLaw and orderBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:31:56 GMTPolice departments on alert after NYC cops killed YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.By TOM HAYSaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriSocial mediaViolent crimeArrestsCrimeState governmentsLaw enforcement agenciesEventsOnline mediaMediaLaw and orderGovernment and politicsNew YorkNew York CityManhattanUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:58 GMTCeleb birthdays for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee ("Spider-Man," ''The Incredible Hulk") is 92. Actor Martin Milner ("Adam 12," ''Route 66") is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek") is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 76. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 68. Actor Denzel Washington is 60. Country singer Joe Diffie is 56. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 56. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 54. Actor Malcolm Gets ("Caroline in the City") is 50. Comedian Seth Meyers ("Saturday Night Live") is 41. Actor Brendan Hines ("Lie to Me") is 38. Actor Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") is 38. Singer John Legend is 36. Actress Sienna Miller is 33. Actress Mackenzie Rosman ("7th Heaven") is 25. "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is 24. Actor Miles Brown ("black-ish") is 10.By The Associated PresseArts and entertainmentMusicCelebrityEntertainmentPerforming arts, 22 Dec 2014 17:38:26 GMTImmigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Dozens of young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy lined up outside government offices Monday in Arizona to apply for driver's licenses, a privilege first denied by the state but now given to them by the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationState governmentsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:10:20 GMTGunmen shoot, seriously wound Egypt military officer (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle shot an Egyptian military officer, seriously wounding him as he walked to work in a Cairo neighborhood, the military said Monday.By SARAH EL DEEBiGeneral newsWar and unrestEgyptCairoMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 16:41:36 GMTNigerian police: Car bomb kills 16 at bus station in Gombe, Nigeria (AP) — A car bomb exploded Monday at a bus station in Nigeria's northeastern city of Gombe, killing at least 20 people and injuring another 60, said rescue workers.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsTransportationBombingsWar and unrestAccidents and disastersImprovised explosivesTerrorismNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 16:15:02 GMTWounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela, Venezuela (AP) — Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the club he coaches said Monday.iGeneral newsSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballVenezuelaHoustonSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:42 GMTColts owner helps out Jack Kerouac organization, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's legacy alive.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsProfessional footballFootballSportsLowellMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:13:23 GMTTop news of 2014 left public grasping for answers feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.By ADAM GELLERaGeneral newsHostage situationsInternational relationsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMilitant groupsAccidents and disastersWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsCrimeEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthUnited StatesLibyaUkraineMiddle EastRussiaFergusonNorth AmericaNorth AfricaAfricaEastern EuropeEuropeMissouri, 22 Dec 2014 17:26:14 GMT10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.By JERRY HARMER and JOCELYN GECKERiGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersForensicsAccidents and disastersOceansEventsLaw and orderEnvironment and natureLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsMyanmarThailandSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanAsia, 22 Dec 2014 17:18:46 GMTJudge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan (AP) — A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.By SAM HANANELwGovernment and politicsImmigrationNational courtsPoliceSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryLaw enforcement agenciesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsImmigration policyGovernment programsBorder securityJudicial appointments and nominationsCrimeLegislatureNational securityGovernment policyMilitary and defenseGovernment appointments and nominationsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:51:14 GMTPittsburgh mayor goes 'Undercover' in reality show (AP) — Pittsburgh's mayor has gone undercover for a reality show.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsPittsburghPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:05:35 GMTIn IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestSyriaIraqMiddle East, 22 Dec 2014 17:05:29 GMTExpress Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers.By TOM MURPHYaBusinessGeneral newsLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsMedicationHealth care costsHealth issuesHealthInfectious diseasesHealth care industryIndustriesPersonal insurancePersonal financeConsumer products and servicesDiagnosis and treatment, 22 Dec 2014 16:29:15 GMTPhil Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract (AP) — Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:26:44 GMTSpokesman: Ali improving from case of pneumonia, Ky. (AP) — A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion's condition has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia during the weekend.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's boxingBoxingAthlete healthMen's sportsLung diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesLouisvilleKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:06 GMTTruck veering out of control kills Glasgow pedestrians, Scotland (AP) — A number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow, police said.By PAUL KELBIE and GREGORY KATZiGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationGlasgowScotlandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 17:32:09 GMTBig changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.By BEN FOXiBusinessGeneral newsTravelLeisure travelLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesPersonal spendingPersonal financeGovernment and politicsHavanaCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:52:48 GMTAP-GfK Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines (AP) — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don't share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts.By JENNIFER AGIESTA and EMILY SWANSONwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPublic opinionMarriage ratesHolidaysChristianityGift shoppingReligionSeniorsSocial affairsDemographicsMarriageFamily issuesOccasionsLifestyleShopping, 22 Dec 2014 16:49:12 GMTHernandez trial expected to take 6 to 10 weeks RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday at what is likely to be the former NFL star's final hearing before trial begins next month.By PHILIP MARCELOaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCelebrityCrimeEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderViolent crimeProfessional footballFootballFall RiverBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 16:24:54 GMTEx-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriCrimeProtests and demonstrationsMental healthViolent crimeEventsPolitical and civil unrestHealthWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:13:00 GMTSpain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on tax fraud charges — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the monarchy was restored in 1975.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeFraud and false statementsLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentProfessional servicesIndustriesBusinessMadridSpainPalmaWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 16:09:52 GMTComing soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.By JENNIFER KAYaBusinessGeneral newsBeveragesFood and drinkLifestyleConsumer products and servicesIndustriesCubaHavanaMiamiUnited StatesCaribbeanFloridaLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 17:05:00 GMTPanel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan (AP) — An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.By MARI YAMAGUCHIiGeneral newsJapanSouth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 16:08:44 GMTHow the AP-GfK poll was conducted Associated Press-GfK poll on seasonal greetings and gifts was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politics, 22 Dec 2014 16:47:10 GMT