FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:48 -0800Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty against a white supremacist from Missouri who was ruled competent Thursday to face trial on charges of killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.By BILL DRAPERaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeReligious strifeCrimeLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsKansasUnited StatesKansas CityKansas CityNorth AmericaMissouri, 18 Dec 2014 19:16:28 GMTWhite House: 'Sophisticated actor' hacked Sony (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent."wGovernment and politicsDistrict of ColumbiaNorth KoreaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 18:19:43 GMTNew ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsImmigration policyInternational relationsImmigrationGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsMilitary and defenseCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:10:16 GMTTwo more former Sony workers sue over data breach ANGELES (AP) — Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityLegal proceedingsLaw and orderComputing and information technology, 18 Dec 2014 19:08:35 GMTCanada woman stops for ducks; sentenced in 2 deaths (AP) — A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCanadaMontrealNorth AmericaQuebec, 18 Dec 2014 19:27:52 GMTOil-price drop rattles smaller operators in Kansas, Kan. (AP) — When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore.By ROXANA HEGEMANfBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:34:48 GMTConstantly changing online prices stump shoppers YORK (AP) — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOhtBusinessGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyPricesOnline shoppingHolidaysHoliday shoppingGift shoppingEconomyInternet technologyComputing and information technologyShoppingLifestyleOccasionsConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 18:19:51 GMTDeaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world YORK (AP) — For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014.By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsComedy performanceCelebrityEntertainmentBars and clubsRecreation and leisureLifestyleHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:27 GMTAer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent (AP) — Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia.By SHAWN POGATCHNIKiBusinessGeneral newsDublinIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:30 GMTIce buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.By JOCELYN NOVECKhtArts and entertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityCulturesMusicConsumer electronicsOnline mediaMediaEntertainmentFashion designSocial affairsMobile phonesTechnologyItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 19:27:16 GMT'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.aGeneral newsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:24:17 GMTVideo claims responsibility for Tunisia killings, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsPolitical assassinationsAssassinationsTunisiaIraqNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:26:41 GMT'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.By BRENDAN FARRINGTONaGeneral newsTheftCrimeDocumentariesPrison breaksEntertainmentArts and entertainmentCorrectional systemsLaw and orderFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:39:23 GMTGirl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:35:37 GMTKey elements of US policy shift toward Cuba (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:By DARLENE SUPERVILLEwGovernment and politicsInternational relationsTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment regulationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:15:55 GMTJudge: Slender Man stabbing defendant competent, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:44 GMTObama to waive sanctions authority in Hill bill (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to immediately impose new economic penalties on Russia.wBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislationLegislatureRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:13 GMTCuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business for a state ban on deep hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.aBusinessGeneral newsState governmentsGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:35 GMTPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyMilitary occupationsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:32:54 GMTHose failure blamed for gas that sickened soldiers, Alaska (AP) — Army investigators in Alaska have concluded that a corroded vent hose on a field stove led to a buildup of carbon monoxide that sickened 23 soldiers during a September exercise.aGeneral newsFairbanksAlaskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:11:48 GMTTrauma expert: Kidnapping victim can thrive, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents, a trauma expert says there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped, imprisoned and sexually assaulted for nine months will recover and thrive.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsMissing personsKidnappingCrimeViolent crimeIndictmentsLegal proceedingsSex in societyCrimes against childrenLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Conway, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:31 GMTBernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series.sSportsAutomobile racingFormula OneBribery, graft and conflicts of interestCrimeGeneral newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 17:47:08 GMTStudy: large carnivores gaining ground in Europe (AP) — Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe.iGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesBearsMountainsScienceMammalsOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleEnvironment and natureEuropeSwedenWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:08 GMTObama calls into Massachusetts governor's show (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded hundreds of calls during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this one was different.aGeneral newsGovernment and politicsRadio programsState governmentsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:51 GMTPaul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea' (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternational trade2016 United States Presidential ElectionEconomyPolitical partiesBusinessEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyNational electionsElectionsForeign policyInternational relationsPolitical organizationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:08:16 GMTMother pleads after boy, 2, kills sister with gun (AP) — A Philadelphia woman has pleaded guilty after her 2-year-old son picked up a loaded .357 revolver and fatally shot his 11-year-old sister.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:17:15 GMTAmazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan, Ore. (AP) — launched a service Thursday that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLhtBusinessTechnologyHiring and recruitmentPersonnelIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesProducts and servicesCorporate news, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:34 GMTUN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsSyriaIranMiddle EastNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:58 GMTMexican legislator rescued from kidnappers CITY (AP) — Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.By ALBERTO ARCEiGeneral newsKidnappingState legislatureGovernment and politicsCrimeLegislatureState governmentsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 18:28:06 GMTGovernment sues to recover costs of sunken vessel, Alaska (AP) — The federal government is suing the owner of a 117-foot boat that sank in a commercial fishing port in Alaska and was cleaned up at public expense.aBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTelevision programsEntertainmentGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:46 GMTFeds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence 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" toward young inmates.By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYSaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCriminal investigationsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:06:29 GMTJeb Bush to step down from Barclays (AP) — Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.By STEVE PEOPLESfBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElections, 18 Dec 2014 18:58:18 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIdentity theftImmigration policyArrestsImmigrationCrimeGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderArizonaPhoenixUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:11:43 GMTFeds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash (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 America, 18 Dec 2014 18:03:35 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 19:17:12 GMTUS announces protections for transgender workers (AP) — The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals.wGovernment and politicsWorkplace discriminationGender issuesPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 18 Dec 2014 19:23:22 GMTMusical of 'School of Rock' heading to Broadway YORK (AP) — Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" may be going, but get ready for "The School of Rock."By MARK KENNEDYaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentPerforming artsSchool curriculaEducationSocial affairs, 18 Dec 2014 18:11:50 GMTHarlon Hill finalist Vander Laan leads AP Little All-America Hill Trophy finalists Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and Anthony Bilal of Lake Erie highlight The Associated Press Little All-America team, honoring the top players in Divisions II and III and NAIA.By RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsFootballColoradoPuebloMankatoUnited StatesNorth AmericaMinnesota, 18 Dec 2014 18:21:58 GMTGermany's BASF, Gazprom scrap planned asset swap (AP) — Germany's BASF SE says it has agreed with Russian gas company Gazprom to call off an asset swap that the two firms had planned for the end of this year.fBusinessEnergy industryIndustriesGermanyEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 18:23:31 GMTAlabama court: Running death case to continue, Ala. (AP) — A state appeals court refused to dismiss a capital murder charge against an Alabama woman jailed in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter, potentially setting the stage for her trial early next year.By JAY REEVESaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:03:22 GMTMore US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks (AP) — The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:51:43 GMTMaine cops: Museum receptionist foiled abduction, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man was arrested after a museum employee thwarted his attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building.aGeneral newsCrimeMaineAugustaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:31:59 GMTAbu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."By FAY ABUELGASIMtTravelLifestyleAbu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:20:04 GMTCorrection: Home Shootings-Pennsylvania story (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about a former Marine believed to have killed six people, The Associated Press misidentified the agency that deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts. It was Veterans Affairs, not the Veterans Administration.aGeneral newsVeteransMilitary affairsViolent crimeCrimeMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaVirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:57:11 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks as Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsTechnologyStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:03:24 GMTReformers target traffic courts after Ferguson LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERaGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriGovernment programsLegal proceedingsArrestsCrimeTrafficLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:18 GMTTsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay (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 newsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeNational courtsLaw enforcement agenciesBombingsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeEventsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryBostonMassachusettsWalthamUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:49 GMTColombia's government rebuffs rebel truce, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.By LIBARDO CARDONAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCease firesMilitant groupsWar and unrestDrug-related crimeCrimeDiplomacyInternational relationsColombiaCubaLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCaribbean, 18 Dec 2014 18:34:33 GMTParliament OKs German soldiers for Afghan mission (AP) — Lawmakers have given the go-ahead for Germany to contribute up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organized training and advisory mission in Afghanistan that will start work next month.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureGermanyAfghanistanWestern EuropeEuropeCentral AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 17:51:38 GMTJudge rules Wisconsin girl competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing, Wis. (AP) — Judge rules Wisconsin girl competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:51 GMT