FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Dec 2014 20:22:01 -0800California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersFiresCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:55:01 GMTLowry scores 20 to lead Raptors past Nets 105-89 (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors used a big fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 Wednesday night.By IAN HARRISONsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballTorontoOntarioCanadaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:52:20 GMTCastro survived odd, often inept, US schemes (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 03:49:10 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 to 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 servicesIndustriesEast AsiaRussiaAustraliaUnited StatesAsiaEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:34:41 GMTAP source: US probe links NKorea 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 BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 18 Dec 2014 04:14:03 GMTHow Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview' YORK (AP) — A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingGovernment and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesTechnology issuesIndustrial products and servicesNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 03:41:00 GMTObama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.By JOSH LEDERMANwGovernment and politics, 18 Dec 2014 02:35:03 GMTPalestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.By CARA ANNA and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiGeneral newsDiplomacyMilitary occupationsInternational relationsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemEuropeGaza StripMiddle EastFranceUnited StatesWestern EuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:02:31 GMTWilliams leads No. 13 Duke past Oklahoma 92-72, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to help No. 13 Duke beat Oklahoma 92-72 on Wednesday night.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsOklahomaDurhamUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 18 Dec 2014 01:55:10 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 02:36:03 GMTStars and others react to 'Interview' cancellation ANGELES (AP) — Stars, politicians and pundits are weighing in on Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision Wednesday to cancel the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy at the center of the North Korean cyberattack that has seen thousands of Sony's private documents and other proprietary materials released online:By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaNorth KoreaHollywoodEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:04:42 GMTParsons scores 32, Mavs beat Pistons 117-106 HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points and Monta Ellis added 25 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 117-106 Wednesday night.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballDetroitDallasMichiganUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 18 Dec 2014 03:04:08 GMTFilm students to play role in Academy Awards show ANGELES (AP) — As many as six aspiring filmmakers will appear in next year's Academy Awards ceremony, and Channing Tatum will help them get there.eArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsAward showsEvents, 18 Dec 2014 01:06:37 GMTChattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn't concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win.By STEVE MEGARGEEsSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsChattanoogaTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:11:10 GMTMack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.sSportsMen's basketballMen's sportsBasketballProfessional basketballClevelandTexasHoustonOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:41:30 GMTNightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator VEGAS (AP) — A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons.By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:30 GMTVideo of Albuquerque police shooting released, N.M. (AP) — Police have released video showing what happened when an Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot a man during a burglary investigation.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimeAlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:28:41 GMTTestimony: No warrant for FBI ruse in Vegas case VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge Wednesday that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. attorney but not a judge before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsIllegal gamblingCrimeSports bettingNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessSports businessSportsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLas VegasUnited StatesNevadaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 04:06:22 GMTOttawa's Anderson makes 34 saves, blanks Devils, N.J. (AP) — Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and Kyle Turris scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Wednesday night.By MIKE FARRELLsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sports, 18 Dec 2014 02:51:04 GMTWisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coach, Wis. (AP) — Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.By GENARO C. ARMASsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballWisconsinMadisonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:57 GMTKurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsAutomobile racingNASCARLaw and orderCrime, 18 Dec 2014 01:05:20 GMTEffort to draft Warren into '16 race lands in Iowa MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton.By CATHERINE LUCEYpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsIowaDes MoinesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:33:29 GMTAvon Products settles bribery charges for $135M YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.By LARRY NEUMEISTERaBusinessGeneral newsBribery, graft and conflicts of interestGovernment and politicsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaManhattanUnited StatesNew York CityGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNew YorkNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:25:42 GMTSony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsNational securityMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesNorth KoreaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:07 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.iGeneral newsCrimeCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:19:45 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the hack, "The Interview."By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityGovernment information leaksMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited StatesNorth KoreaNew YorkEast AsiaHollywoodCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsiaLos Angeles, 18 Dec 2014 04:01:39 GMT10 Things to Know for Thursday daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsMexicoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 03:52:53 GMTNo. 1 South Carolina rolls over Hampton, 69-49, Va. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell saw Hampton's defense closing in on No. 1 South Carolina's low post players, so she waited.By HANK KURZ Jr.sSportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:03:38 GMTTrack coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension (AP) — Over an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsDopingTrack and fieldMen's track and fieldWomen's track and fieldCoachingMen's sportsLegal proceedingsSummer Olympic gamesWomen's sportsLaw and orderGeneral newsOlympic gamesEventsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:11:05 GMTMan gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey.By LISA RATHKEaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderSt. JohnsburyVermontUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:33:23 GMTFears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the attack, "The Interview."By BERNARD CONDON AND ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 01:37:10 GMTEriksson's OT goal gives Bruins 3-2 win vs. Wild PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Loui Eriksson's goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six.By DAVE CAMPBELLsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockey, 18 Dec 2014 04:08:04 GMTAmerican Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds YORK (AP) — A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack.aBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePetsDogsDog showsWestminster Kennel Club Dog ShowMammalsAnimalsSportsEvents, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:24 GMTEnemkpali leads No. 3 Texas to win over McNeese (AP) — Nneka Enemkpali had 18 points and 14 rebounds as third-ranked Texas beat McNeese State 76-59 Wednesday night.sSportsWomen's sportsWomen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:33:34 GMTUS, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational relationsChristianityDiplomacyLegislatureTravel laws and regulationsReligionSocial affairsGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesHavanaCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:31:42 GMTCentral Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAtmospheric scienceEarth scienceScienceTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:55:36 GMTMassachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service.aBusinessGeneral newsViolent crimeKidnappingCrimeMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:47:06 GMTNevada regulator testifies in Vegas gambling ruse VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge that investigators spent hours briefing a federal prosecutor before employing a ruse to gain entry to high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and break up what prosecutors say was an illegal Internet sports gambling operation.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsIllegal gamblingArrestsNational courtsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessCrimeLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:46:25 GMTUS-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.By PAUL WISEMANhtBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyPolitical defectionsBaseballDiplomacyTechnologySports transactionsSports businessSportsEnergy industryIndustriesProfessional baseballMen's sportsAgricultureForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesMiddle EastCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:28:16 GMTLiverpool advances in League Cup; Brooks scores in Germany will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling scored twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and Tottenham advanced with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.By The Associated PresssSportsMen's sportsMen's soccerProfessional soccerSoccerGermanyFrankfurtWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 01:42:54 GMTJazz add to Heat woes, top Miami 105-87 (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Enes Kanter added 18 and the Utah Jazz overcame 42 points from Dwyane Wade to beat the Miami Heat 105-87 on Wednesday night.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiUtahFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:14:07 GMT$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsCrimeSeniorsLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:53:45 GMTRondo carries Celtics past Magic, 109-92 (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.By KEN POWTAKsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 03:05:53 GMTTucson police to stop some immigration checks, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police said Wednesday they will no longer fully enforce the state's landmark immigration law that requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws.By ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsImmigration policyCrimeImmigrationLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseTucsonArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:28:32 GMTFor MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out YORK (AP) — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.By RONALD BLUMaGeneral newsSportsAthlete compensationSports transactionsBaseballProfessional baseballInternational relationsPolitical defectionsSports businessMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:39:54 GMT14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesCorporate newsLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:50:08 GMTStolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices (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 entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:16:12 GMTThomas, Dragic lead Suns over Hornets, 111-106, N.C. (AP) — Reserve Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 20 and the Phoenix Suns snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-106 victory over the struggling Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.By STEVE REEDsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:41:22 GMTAPNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.By MICHAEL TARMaGeneral newsSportsAthlete healthAthlete injuriesCollege sportsHead injuriesNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderInjuriesHealthNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 01:54:42 GMTRussell's 21 lifts No. 12 Ohio State past A&T, 97-55, Ohio (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading No. 12 Ohio State to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.By RUSTY MILLERsSportsCollege sportsMen's basketballCollege basketballProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsBasketballOhioColumbusNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 02:07:09 GMT