FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 14:45:03 -0800Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:14:34 GMTTheater shooter's parents plead for his life (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.By SADIE GURMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderColoradoDenverAuroraUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:26:17 GMTUS OKs sale of 175 tanks to Iraq; deal worth $2.4B (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the sale of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq in a deal worth an estimated $2.4 billion.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 21:17:38 GMTMan without use of arms facing gun charge released, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition but faces a gun possession charge has been released from a New Jersey jail without having to pay bail.aGeneral newsOdditiesTrentonNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:23:31 GMTStaples: Customer data exposed in security breach, Ore. (AP) — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLhtBusinessComputer and data securityComputing and information technologyTechnologyFinancial servicesIndustriesConsumer products and services, 19 Dec 2014 22:13:17 GMTKim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea.By DERRIK J. LANGhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate newsGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyleNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:17 GMTIraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsEvacuationsMilitant groupsMountainsWar and unrestEnvironment and natureSyriaIraqMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 21:31:25 GMTObama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU (AP) — President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.By JIM KUHNHENNwBusinessGovernment and politicsCrimeaUnited StatesEuropeRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:33:20 GMTGreat Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesNational courtsWater environmentWildlifeAnimal welfareMammalsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmental concernsSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesTraverse CityMichiganNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:46:43 GMTFigures on government spending and debt (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.fGovernment and politicsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyGovernment finance, 19 Dec 2014 21:24:57 GMTPaul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy (AP) — Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLESfBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternational relationsDiplomacyHuman rights and civil libertiesLegislatureForeign policyPolitical partiesEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsCubaUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:53:04 GMTObama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation renewing dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and individuals.By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsLegislationGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsLegislature, 19 Dec 2014 22:30:25 GMTMan on death row gets new sentence, may go free, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderElkoNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:22:02 GMTMan pleads guilty in airplane groping case LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.BY LINDSAY WHITEHURSTaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeArrestsLaw and orderSalt Lake CityUtahCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:48:41 GMT9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward shows, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:33 GMTMore than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon.By SUE MANNINGeArts and entertainmentLifestyleTelevision programsPetsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 21:38:15 GMTA look at large coal ash spills in the US Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsEnergy and the environmentAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsIndustrial products and servicesLake MichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:34:25 GMTU. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism', Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday, saying the magazine unfairly tarnished the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurt innocent people and set back sex assault prevention efforts.By ALAN SUDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeSex in societyNews mediaJournalismCrimeViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsEducation issuesEducationMediaCharlottesvilleVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:47:16 GMTReport: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator.By DAVID DISHNEAUaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsScientific publishingMicrobiologyLegislatureLaw and orderCrimeScienceBiologyGovernment and politics, 19 Dec 2014 21:18:12 GMTBrazil to study legalization of medical marijuana DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will soon look into the possibility of legalizing the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures.By RENATA BRITOiGeneral newsMedical marijuanaMedical researchHealth issuesHealthMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 21:26:14 GMTUS says traffic deaths fell about 3 pct in 2013 (AP) — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped just over 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics.aBusinessGeneral newsTransportation safetyTransportation, 19 Dec 2014 21:21:16 GMTProtection sought for scenic California region (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.By KEVIN FREKINGtTravelLifestyleNational parksEnvironmental laws and regulationsMountainsEnvironmental conservation and preservationAnimalsNatural resource managementGovernment and politicsLegislatureLegislationEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelEnvironmentGovernment regulationsCaliforniaUnited StatesNapaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:11:34 GMTObama signs massive defense spending bill (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.wGovernment and politicsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 22:18:33 GMTSony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack ANGELES (AP) — A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.htArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentComputer and data securityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsCorporate newsBusinessComputing and information technologyTechnology, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:56 GMTGuest lineups for the Sunday news shows (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:eArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 19 Dec 2014 22:38:03 GMTChevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm, Calif. (AP) — Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community.aBusinessGeneral newsScienceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:16:04 GMTGroup backs plan to turn Astrodome into large park (AP) — An idea to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and green space area holds great promise, a nonprofit research group focused on land use said Friday.By JUAN A. LOZANOtTravelLifestyleNational parksEnvironment and natureOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelProfessional footballFootballSportsTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:05:15 GMTSales for holiday shopping season comes down to the wire YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press shows that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOaBusinessGeneral newsHolidaysShoppingHoliday shoppingGift shoppingOccasionsLifestylePersonal spendingPersonal financeConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 21:25:18 GMT1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo CITY, Nev. (AP) — An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site.By KEN RITTERhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftInaugurationsGovernment and politicsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationMilitary and defenseNevadaLas VegasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:27:22 GMTUS says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013 (AP) — Driving is getting safer.By TOM KRISHERaBusinessGeneral newsTransportationTrafficLegislatureGovernment and politicsTransportation safetyProducts and servicesCorporate news, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:05 GMTJail boss: Restrictive NYC unit will stop violence YORK (AP) — Correction officials on Friday encouraged the city's jail watchdog board to approve a proposed rule change to allow for the creation of a 250-bed restrictive housing unit at Rikers Island for the 2.2 percent of inmates they say are responsible for the vast majority of violence.By JAKE PEARSONaBusinessGeneral newsViolenceCorrectional systemsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:20:18 GMTSony defends shelving 'Interview' after Obama criticism YORK (AP) — Amid mounting pressure and criticism from President Barack Obama, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has defended the company's shelving of "The Interview."htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentPerforming artsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 21:21:45 GMTMan pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon (AP) — A man charged with having the gun prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer has pleaded guilty to gun possession and drug charges.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeBombingsLaw and orderBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:42:29 GMTLots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words.By CALVIN WOODWARDwGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:35:50 GMT2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former teammate, Floyd Landis.sSportsLegal proceedingsMen's cyclingCyclingLaw and orderGeneral newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMen's sportsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:28:50 GMTFranciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks.iGeneral newsFinancial crisisReligionEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsSocial affairsItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 22:29:00 GMTHow the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.The Associated PressfBusinessFinancial marketsStock markets, 19 Dec 2014 22:03:51 GMTNLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.By TOM RAUMwBusinessGovernment and politicsLabor issuesWorkplace discriminationFranchisingHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsContracts and ordersCorporate newsPersonnelSmall businessCareers, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:00 GMT1 thing even Rahm can't fix: Da Bears (AP) — Rahm Emanuel traded Washington politics for the City of Big Shoulders because here, at least, he figured he could actually fix things.By JIM LITKEaGeneral newsSportsMunicipal governmentsNFL DraftProfessional footballFootballLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:16:10 GMTNorth Korea denies connection with Sony hacking NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is denying any connection with the hacking of Sony over a new film that it says has defamed the country's image.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsNorth KoreaPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:14 GMT5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack ANGELES (AP) — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:By TAMI ABDOLLAHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyTechnology issues, 19 Dec 2014 21:56:26 GMTSony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:17:43 GMTPadres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres acquired Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton on Friday in a trade that sent four prospects to the Braves.By PAUL NEWBERRYsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballSports businessAthlete healthBaseballMen's sportsGeorgiaAtlantaSan DiegoUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 19 Dec 2014 22:29:44 GMTPacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.aBusinessGeneral newsScienceSmall businessCorporate legal affairsBirdsAnimalsEaglesLegal proceedingsEnergy and the environmentWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesCorporate newsNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnvironmental concernsCrimeLaw and orderWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 22:04:48 GMTAustralian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeArrestsLaw and orderAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 22:11:07 GMTIndia's Shiv Kapur leads Dubai Open, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India's Shiv Kapur holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 first hole and finished with a 6-under 66 on Friday for a share of Dubai Open lead.sSportsMen's golfGolfMen's sportsDubaiThailandUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:01 GMTSuspected Honduran drug kingpins extradited to US, Va. (AP) — Two Honduran brothers suspected of running one of the world's largest drug-trafficking rings have been extradited to the U.S. and charged in federal court.aGeneral newsDrug-related crimeExtraditionCrimeSmugglingOrganized crimeLaw and orderVirginiaUnited StatesHondurasNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 22:12:56 GMTCelebrities react to latest Sony hack developments reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 19 Dec 2014 21:17:39 GMTSony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice." ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice."htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 22:00:31 GMTKey Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.By JILL LAWLESSiArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentPolitical scandalsObituariesPolitical issuesUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 22:12:34 GMT