FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Dec 2014 13:52:13 -0800California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California early Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide but missed most vulnerable areas.By CHRISTOPHER WEBERaGeneral newsWeather forecastsWeatherStormsAccidents and disastersNatural disastersFiresCaliforniaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:44:02 GMTUN chief heading to West Africa to see response to Ebola NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he's heading to West Africa to demonstrate the U.N.'s solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak and to see for himself how the world is responding.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaGuineaAfricaSierra LeoneLiberiaMali, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:24 GMTUS travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism YORK (AP) — Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleInternational agreementsLeisure travelInternational relationsGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAccommodationsIndustrial products and servicesCubaMiamiHavanaUnited StatesTampaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:05:47 GMTWashington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.By PHUONG LEaBusinessGeneral newsScienceGovernment programsEnvironmental concernsState governmentsGovernment and politicsLegislatureAir qualityEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmental laws and regulationsClimateWashingtonSeattleUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:26 GMTStocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCorporate stockCorporate newsCommodity marketsEnergy industryIndustriesStock marketsUnited StatesRussiaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 21:29:47 GMTReaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations (AP) — Reaction to the release of American Alan Gross who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, and the future of US-Cuba diplomatic relations:wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:14:37 GMTExperts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthDisease outbreaksPreventive carePublic healthInfectious diseasesEpidemicsEye healthImmunizationsDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsAfricaUnited StatesWest AfricaSierra LeoneMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:50 GMTFed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyDebt and bond marketsGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesLeading economic indicatorsFinancial marketsLabor economyFinancial servicesIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:21:11 GMTDentist suspended; patient died after teeth pulled, Conn. (AP) — A dentist whose patient died after developing complications while getting 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed will not be allowed to work until after a comprehensive review of his practice.By DAVE COLLINSaGeneral newsHealthConnecticutHartfordUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:05:36 GMTUS stocks jump as Fed promises 'patient' approach YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing with its biggest gain in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it was in no rush to raise rates.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:11:33 GMTRepublican wins Arizona House seat after recount (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.By BOB CHRISTIEpGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsCampaignsUnited States General ElectionState legislatureGeneral electionsEventsLegislatureState governmentsViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsArizonaPhoenixTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:10:30 GMTAlaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials.By BECKY BOHRERaBusinessGeneral newsMaterials industryIndustriesAlaskaCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:43 GMTStudy: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.aGeneral newsSciencePrison breaksCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayNetherlandsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 21:08:02 GMTTrack coach Jon Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension (AP) — Track coach Jon Drummond received an eight-year doping ban after arbitrators found he possessed, trafficked, administered and assisted in the use and cover-up of banned substances.By EDDIE PELLSsSportsDopingTrack and fieldMen's track and fieldWomen's track and fieldCoachingMen's sportsWomen's sportsUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:51:53 GMTAPNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor (AP) — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.By GRAHAM DUNBARiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupSports governanceMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerCorruption in sportsPolitical ethicsLegal proceedingsSoccerEventsMen's sportsPolitical issuesGovernment and politicsLaw and orderZurichGermanyQatarSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 17 Dec 2014 20:36:01 GMTIndiana officer asked to stop selling 'divisive' shirts BEND, Ind. (AP) — Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the "I can't breathe" refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man.aGeneral newsSouth BendIndianaNew York CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:18 GMTDeath toll in clash in western Mexico rises to 11 CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.iGeneral newsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 21:18:31 GMTStocks rise; Fed promises 'patient' approach, oil steadies YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy was improving and that it would be "patient" in determining when to raise rates. Energy stocks jumped after the price of oil recovered some of its recent losses.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsRussiaCubaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:21:13 GMTCanadian chain postpones 'The Interview' showings (AP) — Canada's dominant theater chain has postponed its planning showings of the film "The Interview."By ROB GILLIESiBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentCanadaNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:02:52 GMTComputer technician on stand in gambling ruse case VEGAS (AP) — A computer technician is telling a federal judge in Las Vegas that state and federal agents asked him to cut Internet service to Caesars Palace high-roller suites so they could pose as repairmen and collect evidence in an international Internet sports gambling investigation.By KEN RITTERaGeneral newsArrestsNational courtsLaw and orderCrimeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLas VegasNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:07:31 GMTMember of German rocket team dies in Alabama, Ala. (AP) — A member of the German rocket team that helped build America's space program in north Alabama has died.aGeneral newsObituariesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessHuntsvilleAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:09:48 GMTBlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.By BARBARA ORTUTAY and ROB GILLIEShtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyMobile phonesConsumer electronicsComputer and data securityTelecommunicationsIndustriesConsumer products and servicesComputing and information technologyUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:46:14 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 bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state.By CATHERINE LUCEYpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPresidential electionsNational electionsElectionsIowaDes MoinesUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:17:10 GMTColombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire (AP) — Colombian rebels at peace talks with government representatives in Cuba have announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire as long as military units don't attack them.iGeneral newsWar and unrestCease firesDiplomacyInternational relationsGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaColombiaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:38:08 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to a rate increase (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it will be "patient" in determining when to raise them.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomyDebt and bond marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustriesFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:53:28 GMTAP NewsBreak: Lawsuit over immigrant license data ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.By AMY TAXINaGeneral newsImmigration policyImmigrationArrestsNational securityGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderCrimeLegal proceedingsMilitary and defenseUnited StatesMarylandCaliforniaNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:44 GMTPainkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed YORK (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL Wednesday, writing that the agreement between the league and the union should address the dangers involved when teams give painkillers to players.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAthlete healthMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHealthProfessional footballFootball, 17 Dec 2014 21:01:16 GMTMontana man convicted in exchange student's death, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday in a case that attracted attention as a test of "stand your ground" laws that govern the use of deadly force to defend life and property.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational studentsTheftEducationSocial affairsLaw and orderHamburgMissoulaMontanaGermanyUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:24:22 GMTMGM Resorts and FedEx are big market movers YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:fVolcanoesHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessEnvironment and nature, 17 Dec 2014 21:26:21 GMT49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been released by the San Francisco 49ers amid an investigation by San Jose police into McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.By JANIE McCAULEY and PAUL ELIASsSportsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeProfessional footballFootballCaliforniaSan FranciscoSan JoseUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:48:30 GMTObama commutes sentences for 8 drug inmates under new policy (AP) — President Barack Obama is cutting short prison time for eight drug convicts under a new policy designed to reduce harsh sentences under outdated guidelines.By NEDRA PICKLERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPardons and commutationsLaw and orderCorrectional systems, 17 Dec 2014 20:30:17 GMTOfficers cleared in killing of FSU gunman, Fla. (AP) — Grand jurors called actions of police "heroic" and cleared five officers of all wrongdoing in killing a gunman who shot at students at a Florida State University library.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeFloridaTallahasseeUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:18 GMTColombian rebels at Havana talks announce indefinite unilateral cease-fire (AP) — Colombian rebels at Havana talks announce indefinite unilateral cease-fire.iGeneral newsCease firesWar and unrestHavanaColombiaCubaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanSouth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:26:35 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 WISEMANwBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesTravel safetyTravelLifestyleCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:23:08 GMTMom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in chase, N.M. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and order, 17 Dec 2014 21:37:22 GMTUS backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeIowa CityIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:47:39 GMTMan charged with killing mom, stepfather in home HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his mother and stepfather, whose bodies were found by police inside their house after the couple was reported missing.aGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:39:11 GMTPope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsChristianityInternational relationsDiplomacyReligionSocial affairsGovernment and politicsVatican CityCubaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:47:11 GMTKey dates in US relations with Cuba events in U.S.-Cuba relations:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsInternational relationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:56:44 GMTEWU's Adams, SDSU's Zenner lead FCS All-Americans Adams only needed to play 10 games for Eastern Washington to become an All-American.By RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootball, 17 Dec 2014 20:18:15 GMTNYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.By BERNARD CONDONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsGovernment and politicsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNew YorkNorth KoreaNew York CityLos AngelesCaliforniaEast AsiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaAsia, 17 Dec 2014 21:07:40 GMTCrucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament failed to elect a new president for the financially struggling country in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections are called.iBusinessGeneral newsElectionsNational electionsGovernment and politicsLegislatureGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 20:29:41 GMTFinal goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014 each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.By BERNARD McGHEEaGeneral newsCelebrityGays and lesbiansPolitical resignationsMusicMoviesPolitical corruptionMassacresWar casualtiesVietnam WarAcademy AwardsHuman rights and civil libertiesSports mediaWorld War IIDocumentariesTelevision programsCold WarAccidentsRebellions and uprisingsMunicipal governmentsChristianityBooks and literatureComedy performancePolitical scandalsArmed forcesLegal proceedingsCrimeLegislature2003-11 Iraq WarProfessional baseballNative AmericansIntelligence agenciesProfessional footballNazismEntertainmentArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsFashion designPolitical issuesWar and unrestEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsSportsAccidents and disastersProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsLocal governmentsReligionRadio programsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessMilitary and defensePerforming artsLaw and orderIndustrial products and servicesBaseballFootballAward showsUnited KingdomUnited StatesNew YorkIllinoisIsraelCaliforniaDistrict of ColumbiaSpainPennsylvaniaHollywoodNew JerseyBostonChicagoMiddle EastAlabamaNew York CityZambiaSoutheast AsiaFargoRussiaCaribbeanWestern EuropeEuropeNorth AmericaLos AngelesMassachusettsSouthern AfricaAfricaAsiaNorth DakotaEastern EuropeLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 20:25:12 GMTTop theater chains cancel 'The Interview' showings YORK (AP) — The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the film's Dec. 25 release.By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksTechnology issuesTechnologyMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesEventsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:31:49 GMTVan Zandt fretted directing Springsteen in 'Lilyhammer' YORK (AP) — It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do.By LAURI NEFFeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityMusic, 17 Dec 2014 20:28:47 GMTMorgan to transition to new role at Krispy Kreme, N.C. (AP) — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' executive chairman is leaving his position after seven months.fBusinessCorporate managementCorporate newsPersonnelWinston-SalemNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:41:29 GMTText of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations (AP) — Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:wGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPrisoner exchangeCold WarLegislatureTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestGeneral newsEventsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 20:22:36 GMTEx-prosecutor sentenced for child porn, fleeing, Maine (AP) — Maine's former top drug prosecutor who fled the state and set off a nationwide manhunt after being convicted of child pornography charges was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 16 years in prison.By ALANNA DURKINaGeneral newsCrimeNational courtsCrimes against childrenLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMaineBangorUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:11:15 GMTStudy: Wealth gap largest on record YORK (AP) — There's even more proof that the rich are getting richer while everyone else gets poorer.fBusiness, 17 Dec 2014 21:24:58 GMTPolice: Officer kills soldier who shot girl, 12 (AP) — Phoenix police say an officer fatally wounded an 18-year-old soldier clad in fatigues who shot a young girl as he tried to get into her home.aGeneral newsPoliceLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsViolent crimeCrimePhoenixArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 21:01:15 GMT