FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:22:52 -0800European court rules obesity can be a disabilityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/78e0b0386222401ab0a6c7a2a5e393b8LONDON (AP) — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.By VITNIJA SALDAVAiBusinessGeneral newsHealthObesityDiseases and conditionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderUnited KingdomEuropeWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/78e0b0386222401ab0a6c7a2a5e393b8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:15:06 GMTMcCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrowhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7a33514eb4446919e4082c84a6768d8NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away.By HILLEL ITALIEeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d7a33514eb4446919e4082c84a6768d8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:06:19 GMTExiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/12ea1d9f10df4b7c92b5286ea4ae81cbMIAMI (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 uprisingsDiplomacyPolitical and civil unrestWar and unrestInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesMiamiFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/12ea1d9f10df4b7c92b5286ea4ae81cbThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:45:16 GMTSuspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeriahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6cda58db8cd04d71bb9817f86a8506feMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year.iGeneral newsKidnappingWar and unrestCrimeNigeriaWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6cda58db8cd04d71bb9817f86a8506feThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:12:56 GMTGrain higher and livestock higherhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9291b01ca9f64b0db3d2a59f45c9d82fCHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9291b01ca9f64b0db3d2a59f45c9d82fThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:02:33 GMT3 wounded as UN vehicle hits roadside bomb in northern Malihttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f52297f9b60a469f9c1fa3024999e8b9BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The U.N. force in Mali says three peacekeepers were wounded when a vehicle carrying Chadian troops hit a roadside bomb in the country's north.iGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsMaliWest AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f52297f9b60a469f9c1fa3024999e8b9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:37:43 GMTVeteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retirehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55235f0b443b417da2ea764a038f409fLOS ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsNewspapersJournalismCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNews mediaMediaLos AngelesUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55235f0b443b417da2ea764a038f409fThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:12:56 GMTRights group decries judges' sacking in Maldiveshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fdb78082730741848fc08dd88426e9acCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.iGeneral newsSeparation of powersGovernment and politicsLegislaturePolitical issuesNational courtsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryMaldivesSouth AsiaSri LankaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fdb78082730741848fc08dd88426e9acThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:21:43 GMTCharlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas treehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/30f85001044f4c2f9356fdddc29c27d7READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.By MICHAEL RUBINKAMtTravelLifestyleHolidaysTreesLeisure travelOccasionsPlantsReadingPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/30f85001044f4c2f9356fdddc29c27d7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:53:27 GMTSelf-defense fails in Montana man's murder trialhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a4b6b580545a4325bb5a12fe7587adbeMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMontanaMissoulaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a4b6b580545a4325bb5a12fe7587adbeThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:10 GMTUS jobless aid applications decline to 289,000http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e0d73bbce4742ed8e97d9ed3b04a9ccWASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomyLeading economic indicatorsUnemployment insuranceGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7e0d73bbce4742ed8e97d9ed3b04a9ccThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:14:40 GMTVideo says Tunisia assassinations by Islamic Statehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c611b2a18b104a7b96909161f53694d6TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsPolitical assassinationsTerrorismAssassinationsWar and unrestTunisiaIraqNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c611b2a18b104a7b96909161f53694d6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:54:54 GMTPutin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bearhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/43b3d41e22544059812acbfa33210602MOSCOW (AP) — Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyAnimalsBearsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsMammalsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEuropeBlack SeaEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/43b3d41e22544059812acbfa33210602Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:10:58 GMTA tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and arthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/20807b0014ec48f39bb072f6b385fed4DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city's bills, and bumped fists with the sculpture of boxer Joe Louis' powerful arm.By BETH J. HARPAZtTravelLifestyleVisual artsMuseumsLeisure travelArts and entertainmentRecreation and leisureDetroitUnited StatesMichiganNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/20807b0014ec48f39bb072f6b385fed4Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:09 GMTSony cyberattack may be costliest everhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9c2b36dd888e4a4e93453733204ce115NEW 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 and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9c2b36dd888e4a4e93453733204ce115Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:58:58 GMTKenya legislators exchange blows over new security lawshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/afdaa35b08fc4d5aa655cc42d08e7087NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsLegislatureSocial issuesSocial affairsLegislationKenyaEast AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/afdaa35b08fc4d5aa655cc42d08e7087Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:31:28 GMTND officials eager to expand trade with Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/32d318ef8bd24f73b0c349ced7576f1eBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say.By BLAKE NICHOLSONaBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesNorth DakotaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/32d318ef8bd24f73b0c349ced7576f1eThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:02 GMTReformers target traffic courts in Fergusonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/94632e6e12a6436997c2fcea2da2ec46ST. 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, MissouriMunicipal governmentsGovernment programsLegal proceedingsArrestsTrafficCrimeLocal governmentsEventsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/94632e6e12a6436997c2fcea2da2ec46Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:22:28 GMTEU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growthhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26bb9a16a91946fda36037d3296a8b97BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges —how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSummitsEconomyInternational relationsRussiaEuropeUkraineEastern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26bb9a16a91946fda36037d3296a8b97Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:35:29 GMT2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflighthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cd78d97f9ce44b8ea73419124df9a0a7CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight say their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceSpace explorationFloridaRussiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cd78d97f9ce44b8ea73419124df9a0a7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:09:32 GMTCambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreakhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a78a3061794473da7d7b74f81328e1fPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.iGeneral newsHealthDisease outbreaksPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsCambodiaPhnom PenhSoutheast AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/8a78a3061794473da7d7b74f81328e1fThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:46:58 GMTFreud's goal: Keep Chicago's Lyric Opera relevanthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d3559d6b91334cb4878fe12db6cb2242CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, "dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own some day."By MIKE SILVERMANeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentPerforming artsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d3559d6b91334cb4878fe12db6cb2242Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:36:44 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinethttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/00333f06cb7b41bb94e0fdb9c1ac9780SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/00333f06cb7b41bb94e0fdb9c1ac9780Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:54 GMTFeds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violencehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7358db0d05048bba6fd795bcb4b054dNEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates.By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsLaw and orderCorrectional systemsViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a7358db0d05048bba6fd795bcb4b054dThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:05 GMTNYC Transit: We help those with limited Englishhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/39765b3b143149dda1c7c14ba240b626NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's transit agency says it's addressing the issues cited in a lawsuit filed on behalf of disabled plaintiffs with limited English skills.aGeneral newsMass transit systemsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTransportationHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/39765b3b143149dda1c7c14ba240b626Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:06:25 GMT2 more Irishmen charged in IRA home bugged by MI5http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/84b051071524450dae527633ac1d29dfBELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Two more Irishmen have been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5.iGeneral newsNorthern IrelandUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropeIrelandhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/84b051071524450dae527633ac1d29dfThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:54:23 GMTHow the AP-NORC Center Russia poll was conductedhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/807a3dd618fd4f3e86e4bdfc423be4beThe Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll of Russia was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with fieldwork by GfK Russia from Nov. 22-Dec. 7. It is based on a nationally representative random sample of 2,008 Russians age 18 and older.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentRussiaEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/807a3dd618fd4f3e86e4bdfc423be4beThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:49:24 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID thefthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bae2802b6fed47efbdf8908ca0c53e98PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsIdentity theftImmigrationPoliceCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bae2802b6fed47efbdf8908ca0c53e98Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:06:35 GMTIrish face new abortion row over brain-dead womanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/562b9b4b55474f76887f69933cf5a4c3DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiGeneral newsHealthAbortionHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsWomen's healthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsDublinIrelandWestern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/562b9b4b55474f76887f69933cf5a4c3Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:57:03 GMTTsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a3f3edf5ede64a078d68903809684f52BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesBombingsViolent crimeLaw and orderEventsGovernment and politicsBostonMassachusettsWalthamUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a3f3edf5ede64a078d68903809684f52Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:27 GMTFeds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6683e35748c04f5da24426ba1c6a69f1PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States.By JOE MANDAKaGeneral newsCounterfeiting and forgeryCrimeUgandaPittsburghUnited StatesEast AfricaAfricaPennsylvaniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6683e35748c04f5da24426ba1c6a69f1Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:29 GMTDrug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cea1ee8c3085485a9627fcdf9cdb9c0cMIAMI (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsDopingLegal proceedingsSports governanceCrimeCorruption in sportsLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiUnited StatesFloridaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/cea1ee8c3085485a9627fcdf9cdb9c0cThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:06:36 GMTPoll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble fallshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eefef9482503405fb1e78db56a87f380MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.By LAURA MILLS and LYNN BERRYiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPublic opinionEconomyFinancial crisisNational governmentsSocial affairsFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyInternational relationsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEastern EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eefef9482503405fb1e78db56a87f380Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:13:44 GMTTreasury sanctions mother-in-law of Mexican drug lordhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be58394dd18048a6835ba712715f7794WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing sanctions on the mother-in-law of a Mexican drug lord because she allegedly concealed assets from a drug cartel's operations around the world.By DEB RIECHMANNwGovernment and politicsDrug-related crimeCrimeGeneral newsOrganized crimeSmugglingUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/be58394dd18048a6835ba712715f7794Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:36 GMTNewseum to display items from Ferguson protestshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7476cfff9b664fdb8168f4fb6ef74503WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of the Washington museum's exhibit on civil rights.wGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelFergusonMissouriUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7476cfff9b664fdb8168f4fb6ef74503Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:32 GMTOhio high court upholds traffic camera enforcementhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c4ed406cffe4113bee89e5f3366a603CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use.By DAN SEWELLaGeneral newsTrafficLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCourtsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsState governmentsTransportationOhioCincinnatiToledoAkronUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4c4ed406cffe4113bee89e5f3366a603Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:28:08 GMTAverage US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8b5e49fe7f84ace83a0a5d46f95c3eaWASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.wBusinessGeneral newsPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estatehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a8b5e49fe7f84ace83a0a5d46f95c3eaThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:26:45 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accordhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14cef5afd1bb4d6595427f0efc8b30bdVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityInternational relationsDiplomacyReligionSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbeanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/14cef5afd1bb4d6595427f0efc8b30bdThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:53 GMT99-year-old woman robbed while delivering cookieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b72c1c94486449df8b97971459a22b6dWINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a 99-year-old woman was robbed of her purse while delivering cookies to a local community center.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeConnecticutUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b72c1c94486449df8b97971459a22b6dThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:09:40 GMTUN General Assembly OKs digital privacy resolutionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a28bedba80ee4a94b655d6424fd027f6UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution demanding better digital privacy protections for people around the world, another response to Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. government spying.htGeneral newsDigital cinema technologyEntertainment and media technologyTechnologyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a28bedba80ee4a94b655d6424fd027f6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:13:48 GMTManufacturing growth slows in Philadelphia regionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a1b8c447884e41ce829749e5e858a306WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest level in 21 years in November.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesCorporate newsPhiladelphiaUnited StatesPennsylvaniaNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a1b8c447884e41ce829749e5e858a306Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:11:53 GMTMore charges in death of man hit, carried on carhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dfcaffed2f864e80a137edd31cf9a7d3EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A driver accused of hitting a pedestrian in Springfield, Oregon, carrying him on top of her car for 11 blocks and then leaving him in the street is facing an additional charge of manslaughter.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeEugeneOregonUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/dfcaffed2f864e80a137edd31cf9a7d3Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:40 GMTGauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in Novemberhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/16748c85e8394b28a43cf5ed1194c3b8WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/16748c85e8394b28a43cf5ed1194c3b8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:54:27 GMTRussian sailors leaving France without warshiphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60c39c79901d40f58668cfbace3da6a5PARIS (AP) — Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on.By SYLVIE CORBETiBusinessGeneral newsCrimeaRussiaFranceUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeWestern Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/60c39c79901d40f58668cfbace3da6a5Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:26:46 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higherhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/79d45b5ba2404b429abeec23a98b4b3bNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday morning, led by gains in technology stocks after Oracle surged following a strong earnings report.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsTechnologyStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/79d45b5ba2404b429abeec23a98b4b3bThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:38:31 GMTCraig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bdb13b274b23456a90e0160fde6775e6NEW YORK (AP) — It's not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/bdb13b274b23456a90e0160fde6775e6Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:54 GMTUN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zonehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ccdd3d0e7b7848458b790ee0ed7236faUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is urging Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area.iGeneral newsWar and unrestSyriaIsraelMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ccdd3d0e7b7848458b790ee0ed7236faThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:13 GMT2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinnerhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d762aa8e0663480aa54be22d95621227Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table.By J.M. HIRSCHaBusinessFood and drinkGeneral newsLifestyleChild nutritionChild and teen healthConsumer products and servicesIndustriesNutritionHealthIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d762aa8e0663480aa54be22d95621227Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:38:59 GMTAP NewsAlerthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8150324af5e4ce199075f065028540bBOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013.aGeneral newsBoston Marathon bombingEventsBombingsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d8150324af5e4ce199075f065028540bThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:04:22 GMTSaudi says oil decisions not linked to politicshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/21b01818c2c14308981352190146f559RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.iBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesSaudi ArabiaIranMiddle Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/21b01818c2c14308981352190146f559Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:40:35 GMT