FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 13:40:27 -0800Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement.By NICHOLAS RICCARDIaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesLaw and orderGovernment regulationsUnited StatesColoradoNebraskaOklahomaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:14:07 GMTSponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessSportsTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentCorporate sponsorshipCollege footballCollege sportsSports marketingSports mediaFootballCorporate newsSports businessAgricultureIndustriesSan FranciscoSan DiegoCaliforniaSt. PetersburgUnited StatesNorth AmericaFlorida, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:24 GMTCops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:20:43 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 GMTPakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsTerrorismWar casualtiesDeath penalty controversyMunicipal governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsCrimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsMilitary and defensePakistanIndiaAfghanistanIslamabadPeshawarSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 19 Dec 2014 20:01:48 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 GMTGreat Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsLakesWolvesNational courtsWater environmentEnvironment and natureMammalsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironmental concernsWildlifeTraverse CityUnited StatesMichiganNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:19:57 GMTDriver charged after car crashes into crowd, Calif. (AP) — A woman was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly driving into a crowd outside a California church, killing four people including a 6-year-old boy.aGeneral newsCrimeReckless endangermentViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:07 GMTFlu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:50 GMTPaul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, declaring that he rejects an isolationist approach to foreign policy.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternational relations2016 United States Presidential ElectionDiplomacyForeign policyPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradePolitical organizationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:12 GMTSugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.By TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersLaw and orderMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentAccidentsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:11:36 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 20:46:18 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 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesUnited StatesNorth KoreaMiddle EastNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 21:14:14 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 20:06:54 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 mediaJournalismViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsEducation issuesEducationCrimeMedia, 19 Dec 2014 21:27:00 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 GMTLA airport OKs $4B link from terminals to trains ANGELES (AP) — Leaders at the Los Angeles International Airport have formally given the go-ahead to a $4 billion plan to build an "automated people mover" that would connect terminals to the region's rail system.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate stockCorporate newsCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:15:42 GMTCourt finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.By MICHAEL GRACZYKaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:08 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 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 21:38:21 GMTBrowns' Thomas accused of environmental violations, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballWisconsinMadisonRichmondClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaKentuckyOhio, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:19 GMTObama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba (AP) — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsLegislaturePublic opinionEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessSocial affairsLegislationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesCubaCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth KoreaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:26 GMTOhio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.By MARK GILLISPIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsChristianityReligionArrestsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial affairsOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:10:00 GMTChurchill selects new Kentucky Derby announcer, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs has a new track announcer who will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby.aGeneral newsSportsKentucky DerbyHorse racingEventsThoroughbred racingKentuckyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:32:13 GMTJerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsGovernment pensions and social securityCoachingCollege sportsCoach retirementSchool athleticsCollege footballCrimeCrimes against childrenFootballLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsEducationSocial affairsViolent crime, 19 Dec 2014 21:04:25 GMTGerman Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve (AP) — A German labor union says striking workers at four distribution centers in Germany will remain off the job until Christmas Eve.iGeneral newsStrikesWages and salariesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPersonnelBusinessGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 20:22:39 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 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 GMTLawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation, Ind. (AP) — Lawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:09:08 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 GMTSheriff: Beheading photo sent to New York lawmaker CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York sheriff said Friday he has contacted federal authorities to investigate a threatening photo of a beheading sent to an Orthodox Jewish lawmaker.By JIM FITZGERALDaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderCrimeJudaismReligionSocial affairsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:16:17 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 GMTBush officials gave CIA wide latitude (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:16:50 GMTHackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:08 GMTBergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipArmed forcesMilitary facilitiesMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseAfghanistanUnited StatesCentral AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:17 GMTT-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.By MARCY GORDONwBusinessGeneral newsPersonal spendingGovernment regulationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPersonal financeGovernment and politicsTelecommunicationsIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:21:47 GMTNY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 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 20:26:53 GMTVolcker critical of delays in namesake rule (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsGovernment financeFinancial servicesIndustries, 19 Dec 2014 21:05:29 GMTAustralian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children (AP) — An woman has been arrested for murder in the killings of 8 children in an Australian home.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsArrestsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderAustraliaOceaniaSydney, 19 Dec 2014 21:29:04 GMTPacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsEaglesEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesCorporate newsWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderBirdsAnimalsWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:53:41 GMTNY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:36 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 GMTFDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment, D.C. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.By The Associated PressfBusinessDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationDiseases and conditionsLiver diseaseHealthInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:35:09 GMTEPA sets first national standard for coal waste (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnvironmental laws and regulationsEnergy and the environmentProduction facilitiesAir qualityEnvironmental activismEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeCorporate newsEnvironmental concernsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:09 GMT2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week YORK (AP) — Two star-driven Broadway plays this week got early Christmas presents when they announced they'd recouped their respective investments.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:19 GMTOil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market YORK (AP) — Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too.By STEVE ROTHWELLfBusinessGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:57 GMTAP NewsAlert, Calif. (AP) — Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter, drug intoxication in California pedestrian tragedy.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:35 GMT