FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:46:31 -0800Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chanceshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3e3d289265fc41168eafabc391e32b60ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.By BILL BARROWpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionRace and ethnicityElectionsHispanicsPolitical partiesElectoral collegeDemographicsNational electionsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3e3d289265fc41168eafabc391e32b60Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:15:06 GMTSKorea, US and Japan share intel on North Koreahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7de19d42b5654bdbb63bf240ae97cb1eSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it'll sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact with the U.S. and Japan next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats.iGeneral newsSouth KoreaJapanSeoulNorth KoreaEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7de19d42b5654bdbb63bf240ae97cb1eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:37:37 GMT3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction sitehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1d2e517ed76d4575b4e006b2f0ee5a64SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers have died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant.iBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesAccidentsAccidents and disastersCorporate newsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industrySouth KoreaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1d2e517ed76d4575b4e006b2f0ee5a64Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:26:57 GMTMalaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floodshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cff273fe16fe483bbbc80fa0c1706062KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000.iGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherFloodsDisaster planning and responseAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsMalaysiaSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cff273fe16fe483bbbc80fa0c1706062Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:59:12 GMTSKorea, US and Japan to share intel on North Koreahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dc257b2fc42c4b07973358cd909c69b4SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsNuclear weaponsMilitary and defenseWeapons of mass destructionGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaJapanNorth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dc257b2fc42c4b07973358cd909c69b4Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:05:12 GMTHaiti political veteran nominated as next prime ministerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53d846d625084162865989cea59f12faPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former mayor of Port-au-Prince and presidential candidate was nominated Thursday to be the next prime minister amid an ongoing standoff with parliament that has stalled legislative elections.iGeneral newsPolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsElectionsLegislatureNational electionsHaitiPort-au-PrinceCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/53d846d625084162865989cea59f12faFri, 26 Dec 2014 03:08:30 GMTCrawford, Paul lead Clippers over Warriors 100-86http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/77e3246d1e9d46e4bbe3004145959354LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden State Warriors shot as dreadfully in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers did in the first. As a result, the team with the NBA's best record absorbed its fifth loss of the season and second at Staples Center in three days.By JOE RESNICKsSportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/77e3246d1e9d46e4bbe3004145959354Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:50:30 GMTProtesters return to HK streets for 2nd nighthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/393bd91925a24790b1d8164e39bc279aHONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 37 people overnight Thursday as pro-democracy protesters returned to the city's streets for a second night demanding open nominations for the semi-autonomous city's chief executive, according to police.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsArrestsPolitical and civil unrestLaw and orderCrimeHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/393bd91925a24790b1d8164e39bc279aFri, 26 Dec 2014 03:30:31 GMTJournalists share indelible memories, images from tsunamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/98777bd2cc654ef795a7def3ebe2f6edSome 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most:By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiSearch and rescue effortsAccidents and disastersProperty damageJournalistsEventsNatural disastersAccidentsNews mediaMediaAcehIndonesiaThailandSoutheast AsiaSri LankaMaldivesColomboBangkokSouth AsiaTaiwanTaipeiIndian OceanSumatraAsiaGreater ChinaEast Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/98777bd2cc654ef795a7def3ebe2f6edFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:22:07 GMTJapan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weakenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4a06f9bb7e7d48fdb36ff6166adab1dbTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyRecessions and depressionsGovernment and politicsMunicipal governmentsLocal governmentsPricesJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4a06f9bb7e7d48fdb36ff6166adab1dbFri, 26 Dec 2014 09:50:20 GMTTurkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custodyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1cd3de25a9494f0d93461381e66630f7ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A teenager has been released from custody after his arrest for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused uproar in the country.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLaw and orderGovernment and politicsTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1cd3de25a9494f0d93461381e66630f7Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:37:43 GMTSanders: I'll decide on presidential run by Marchhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42d3699b24484f808a1f5448b2e2e63eBURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.By DAVE GRAMaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsLegislaturePresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsVermontBurlingtonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42d3699b24484f808a1f5448b2e2e63eFri, 26 Dec 2014 08:11:11 GMTSony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gaphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/065282fde1ee4bcca6384e248e4a961dTOKYO (AP) — Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.By ELAINE KURTENBACHhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentEntertainment and media technologyMobile mediaDigitizationTechnologyMarriageConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryMediaComputing and information technologyProducts and servicesCorporate newsFamily issuesSocial affairsJapanTokyoEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/065282fde1ee4bcca6384e248e4a961dFri, 26 Dec 2014 07:53:24 GMTTalks on Ukraine settlement break downhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d83894b50526402bbf9257c65e6945f0MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The foreign ministry of Belarus, which has been hosting Ukraine peace talks, says the much-anticipated round of negotiations on Friday has been scrapped.iGeneral newsBelarusUkraineEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d83894b50526402bbf9257c65e6945f0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:39:29 GMTComanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart racehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bad881f0148847978e1291459f0a5a06SYDNEY (AP) — American entry Comanche took the lead after an impressive start and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.iGeneral newsSportsRecord setting eventsAustraliaSydneyOceaniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bad881f0148847978e1291459f0a5a06Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:03:56 GMTJames hears plenty of cheers in return to Miamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/080e7e4c2eba4b8f967ce3713e6ba09fMIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was running the gamut of emotions Thursday when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/080e7e4c2eba4b8f967ce3713e6ba09fFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:40:08 GMTMan drives into crowd of pedestrians in Beijinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a71ff4090854d36a7db0a6b10df85b8BEIJING (AP) — An elderly Chinese man drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a popular Beijing sports stadium Friday morning, injuring eight people in what appeared to be a protest against an unfavorable court ruling, police said.iGeneral newsChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a71ff4090854d36a7db0a6b10df85b8Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:08:58 GMTTexas movie set used by John Wayne fading awayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/faefde7da7de418fbfa70efcc6c4f393BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.By MICHAEL GRACZYKaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCelebrityTexasSan AntonioUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/faefde7da7de418fbfa70efcc6c4f393Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:54:04 GMT5 things to know about Alamo Villagehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b9f717d5a724dadbec35a3a097109f6BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. It's been closed since 2009. Here are five things to know about the 400-acre park's history:aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentMusicTexasUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5b9f717d5a724dadbec35a3a097109f6Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:50:32 GMTToday in Historyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35fd2c5f3305465a88064dbb116ad5beToday is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2014. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.By The Associated PressaAccidents and disastersGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesJapanSan DiegoEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsiaCaliforniahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35fd2c5f3305465a88064dbb116ad5beFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:00:02 GMTCapacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/490087dbf7b94368a8f3beb0a9031131NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.By HILLEL ITALIEaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentDocumentariesOnline mediaGovernment and politicsMediaMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesNorth KoreaManhattanNew York CityArkansasEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/490087dbf7b94368a8f3beb0a9031131Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:11:16 GMTSKorea, US, Japan to share intel on North Koreahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1497051ae33246c9b8c203acadf1144aSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first joint intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, officials said Friday.By HYUNG-JIN KIMiGeneral newsNuclear weaponsMilitary and defenseWeapons of mass destructionGovernment and politicsSouth KoreaJapanNorth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1497051ae33246c9b8c203acadf1144aFri, 26 Dec 2014 09:16:27 GMTObama on Christmas: World safer due to US troopshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/996fd16c4e6d4d31a9143203cb0010d0KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild thanks to the extraordinary service of U.S. troops.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesHolidaysMilitary and defenseOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesHawaiiAfghanistanHonoluluNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/996fd16c4e6d4d31a9143203cb0010d0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:59:57 GMTAsia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunamihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42e27a35b1724958ab6f3a94ade08ed2BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.By FAKHRURRADZIE GADEiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersOceansCoastlines and beachesEnvironment and natureIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndonesiaAcehSoutheast AsiaIndian OceanThailandSri LankaAsiaSumatraSouth Asiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/42e27a35b1724958ab6f3a94ade08ed2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:42:33 GMTS. Korean official arrested over nut rage incidenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e57feaaa832742f1beaa510cdbfcbabbSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts.iBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeSouth KoreaSeoulEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e57feaaa832742f1beaa510cdbfcbabbFri, 26 Dec 2014 10:15:09 GMTTsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09b55d6fdc9b40f59f8953ae63afdda2Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the last of their stories, which have been published daily since Dec. 17.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSri LankaMaldivesSouth AsiaIndian OceanAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09b55d6fdc9b40f59f8953ae63afdda2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:19:03 GMTTransit officers help mother deliver baby on trainhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/525c21b64e5f449f8e051c627a1941a9PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit officers in Pennsylvania helped make a very special Christmas delivery.aGeneral newsMass transit systemsTransportationPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/525c21b64e5f449f8e051c627a1941a9Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:39:38 GMTJapan's McDonald's to put big fries back on menuhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b76ca4ffed04ec6a5e47f7d904da19eTOKYO (AP) — Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan.iBusinessGeneral newsJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0b76ca4ffed04ec6a5e47f7d904da19eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:57:26 GMTKey developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/13484722216f43be87adee5488ad23b2Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a Brooklyn subway station and committed suicide.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsExtortion and threatsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriArrestsCrimeViolent crimeEventsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/13484722216f43be87adee5488ad23b2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:49:43 GMT'Christmas Vacation' prank: Clark Griswold exithttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982c4bf16dcd47ecafacc4d7074f9b83CLARK, N.J. (AP) — At least one "Christmas Vacation" fan was driving on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway Thursday.aArts and entertainmentOdditiesMoviesEntertainmentHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/982c4bf16dcd47ecafacc4d7074f9b83Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:52:06 GMTUnruly passenger forces Delta plane to land in Albuquerquehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e44df01b1241465481aa3d4318859eb3ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a disruptive passenger forced a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles to land at the Albuquerque International Sunport between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday.aGeneral newsAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e44df01b1241465481aa3d4318859eb3Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:57:01 GMTFactors shaping 2016 presidential racehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/afb9e74f639e48b39f8ae74b59a285a3Key factors as the 2016 presidential race begins to take shape:By The Associated PresspGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEvents2016 United States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionRace and ethnicityHispanicsElectionsPrimary electionsElectoral collegeNational electionsSocial issuesSocial affairsGenerationsDemographicsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/afb9e74f639e48b39f8ae74b59a285a3Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:16:14 GMTPau Gasol leads Bulls past Lakers, 113-93http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82007d08837d46d9a3424f6dfc91c44dCHICAGO (AP) — There was no getting around it for Pau Gasol, no denying this was one strange and emotional night.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82007d08837d46d9a3424f6dfc91c44dFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:03:26 GMTActivists launch condom campaign against Russian oppositionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/24ad034932944540a4b22623bf668d82MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Kremlin activists are distributing condoms on the streets of Moscow with the images of opposition leaders whom they blame for the collapse of the Russian currency.iGeneral newsPolitical activismPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/24ad034932944540a4b22623bf668d82Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:44:11 GMTPresident Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 6http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/174d004159224146a8960965d45681c3KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the sixth day of their holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleHawaiiHonoluluUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/174d004159224146a8960965d45681c3Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:58:51 GMTGeorge Washington upsets No. 11 Wichita St, 60-54http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1fdbef21f5f94a748d28f84322d15ab2HONOLULU (AP) — George Washington needed a spark, and Kethan Savage had the answer.By DOUG FERGUSONsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballMen's sportsBasketballCollege sportsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1fdbef21f5f94a748d28f84322d15ab2Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:59:13 GMTUS missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/564743c8df4e43ae925ad82060e21d19DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.By ISHTIAQ MAHSUDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/564743c8df4e43ae925ad82060e21d19Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:30:04 GMTWake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0dead6bdde764287a21b42cb80bcaffdNEW YORK (AP) — Mourners of a New York Police Department officer killed with his partner in an ambush shooting will gather at a Queens church for his wake.aGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesCrimePhilanthropic foundationsViolent crimePhilanthropySocial affairsQueensNew YorkNew York CityBrooklynUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/0dead6bdde764287a21b42cb80bcaffdFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:47:28 GMTIsrael's ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for womenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87851b37f4cb4b51b579f9c88ce6729aJERUSALEM (AP) — A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament.By TIA GOLDENBERGiGeneral newsSocial diversityJudaismGovernment and politicsLegislatureGender ratioSocial issuesSocial affairsReligionDemographicsJerusalemIsraelMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/87851b37f4cb4b51b579f9c88ce6729aFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:22:01 GMTAP PHOTOS: People around the world mark Christmashttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/326edd63ea3d431aa7e7233acae7e42ePeople around the world celebrate Christmas with prayers, festive meals, costume parades and selfies.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestylehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/326edd63ea3d431aa7e7233acae7e42eFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:34:43 GMTIndia's brass bands struggle amid changing tasteshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c77e73481fd4442bbc017d2ff520e95NEW DELHI (AP) — The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.By NIRMALA GEORGEiGeneral newsSports transactionsSports businessSportsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentIndiaNew DelhiSouth AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7c77e73481fd4442bbc017d2ff520e95Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:16:31 GMTCollege sees small, big benefits with loan promisehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09c67024245b4d20b73de80d8be4cd69ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000, or get some or all student loans reimbursed.By JEFF KAROUBaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationEducation costsStudent financesSocial affairsPersonal loansPersonal financeBusinessAdrianUnited StatesMichiganNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/09c67024245b4d20b73de80d8be4cd69Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:40:17 GMTCan GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b4205b0e8584a649471be6aafb2146fATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.By BILL BARROWaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsUnited States Presidential Election2012 United States Presidential ElectionRace and ethnicityHispanicsPolitical partiesElectoral collegeDemographicsNational electionsEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4b4205b0e8584a649471be6aafb2146fFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:33:30 GMTWisconsin man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 treehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa701a8985884335a2992fee3a335094WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.aGeneral newsTreesHolidaysOccasionsLifestylePlantsWausauWisconsinUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aa701a8985884335a2992fee3a335094Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:50:49 GMTAzerbaijan's station raided by policehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1e331b0ed5a43ab9a34e8775e2a7172BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down.iGeneral newsAzerbaijanBakuEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c1e331b0ed5a43ab9a34e8775e2a7172Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:12:21 GMTSony says online PlayStation disruptedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9e3a5e9406a405a96e2623dd10d01cdTOKYO (AP) — Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.iBusinessGeneral newsGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleJapanEast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b9e3a5e9406a405a96e2623dd10d01cdFri, 26 Dec 2014 05:31:39 GMTOn Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combathttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e22ced19e2124b2684ae89f2f43d00a0KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMilitary facilitiesMilitary and defenseHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleUnited StatesAfghanistanHawaiiHonoluluIraqNorth AmericaCentral AsiaAsiaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e22ced19e2124b2684ae89f2f43d00a0Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:47:42 GMTShares mostly higher in quiet holiday tradinghttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/998d3a1d79994bfeb1d25d87222c9b11TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for the Christmas holiday. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.By ELAINE KURTENBACHiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsJapanShanghaiEast AsiaUnited StatesAsiaChinaGreater ChinaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/998d3a1d79994bfeb1d25d87222c9b11Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:25:34 GMTNo. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady groundhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fa5440248dfc4d1dbbe226c981943e0dMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers have received a crash course in just how much of a business college sports can be.By GENARO C. ARMASsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fa5440248dfc4d1dbbe226c981943e0dFri, 26 Dec 2014 02:43:35 GMTA Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been releasedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c21c21ead372411aaf2f0b4ba2ff1576ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.iGeneral newsArrestsJuvenile crimeLaw and orderCrimeTurkeyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c21c21ead372411aaf2f0b4ba2ff1576Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:33:25 GMT