FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 02:09:33 -0800US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack (AP) — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.By HOPE YENwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDisaster planning and responseHurricane Sandy 2012Emergency managementAccidents and disastersEventsTerrorismWar and unrestNatural disastersStormsWeatherMilitary and defense, 19 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTFarmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks (AP) — Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals.iBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeProtests and demonstrationsAgriculture and the environmentEconomyPolitical and civil unrestEnvironmentEnvironment and nature, 19 Dec 2014 08:36:23 GMTIndonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said.iGeneral newsScienceVolcanoesNatural disastersAccidents and disastersEnvironment and natureIndonesiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 09:52:28 GMTJags' Marks caps 21-13 win over Titans with sack, Fla. (AP) — Sen'Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground.By MARK LONGsSportsProfessional footballFootballJacksonvilleFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:54:57 GMTEPA expected to treat coal waste like garbage (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsWaste managementEnvironmentEnvironment and nature, 19 Dec 2014 08:08:10 GMTSri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate says the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.iGeneral newsWar crimesPolitical corruptionInternational lawGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPolitical issuesNational electionsElectionsInternational relationsSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 08:55:32 GMTIn Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.By RYAN LUCASiGeneral newsPolitical refugeesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBeirutSyriaLebanonMiddle East, 19 Dec 2014 06:43:06 GMTUS agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.By STEVE KARNOWSKIaGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyBusinessAgricultureIndustriesEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:41:55 GMTSpanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ (AP) — Spanish police have cordoned off streets around the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party and are searching for possible explosives after a man rammed his car into the building.By CIARAN GILESiGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolitical partiesLaw and orderCrimePolitical organizationsGovernment and politicsMadridSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 09:15:08 GMTPoll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.By JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTAhtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyHiring and recruitmentPublic opinionDrone aircraftWildlifePersonnelSocial affairsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:36:39 GMTChina's wealth finds home in Washington state, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.By MANUEL VALDESaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleHome buyingEconomyResidential real estateProfessional servicesIndustriesChinaWashingtonBeijingSeattleUnited StatesMedinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaNew York, 19 Dec 2014 07:18:18 GMTUS tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:23:37 GMT2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the third of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.By The Associated PressaGeneral news2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiNatural disastersEventsAccidents and disastersThailandSouth AsiaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 07:19:43 GMTGerman consumer confidence on the rise (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomic outlookEconomyLeading economic indicatorsGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 08:53:42 GMTLA Kings erase 3-goal deficit, move past Blues 6-4 ANGELES (AP) — Shortly after the Los Angeles Kings gave up their eighth consecutive goal to St. Louis over the last two games, the defending Stanley Cup champions finally gathered themselves and answered back.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockey, 19 Dec 2014 07:19:30 GMTHow the AP-GfK Poll was conducted Associated Press-GfK poll on drones was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.By The Associated PresshtBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyDrone aircraft, 19 Dec 2014 08:17:23 GMTIt's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFTwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsGovernment pensions and social securityNazismWar crimesLegislationGovernment business and financeLegislatureWar and unrestUnited StatesBerlinNorth AmericaGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 08:21:12 GMTMarathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.By TRACEE M. HERBAUGHaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsLifestyleTelevision programsFashionEntertainmentBeauty and fashionWeddingsBoston Marathon bombingBombingsOccasionsEventsBostonAshevilleMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:24 GMTAsia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.By YOUKYUNG LEEiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsCorporate stockCorporate newsStock marketsSouth KoreaNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 08:30:20 GMTFederal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state's death penalty.aGeneral newsDeath penalty controversyCorrectional systemsNational courtsSocial issuesSocial affairsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:37:32 GMTFor US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?By MATTHEW LEEwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsInternational relationsDiplomacyEmbassiesGovernment appointments and nominationsHuman rights and civil libertiesTravel laws and regulationsLegislationLegislatureExecutive branchSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment regulationsTravel safetyTravelLifestyleHavanaCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:30:59 GMTVictory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case (AP) — A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.iGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsLaw and orderChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 09:41:24 GMTEPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnergy and the environmentWaste managementLegislatureAir qualityLegislationUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWater environmentEco-friendly practices, 19 Dec 2014 08:39:38 GMTStephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrityTV newsNewspapersNews mediaMediaTelevision, 19 Dec 2014 07:32:25 GMTHearing set for restrictive NYC jail dorm YORK (AP) — Inmate advocates and others plan to voice their opposition to a proposed 250-bed restrictive housing unit on Rikers Island for violent inmates.By JAKE PEARSONaGeneral newsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:26:07 GMTPakistan to appeal bail for Mumbai attacker (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks.iGeneral newsLegal proceedings2008 Mumbai attacksLaw and orderViolent crimeCrimeEventsTerrorismWar and unrestMilitant groupsPakistanMumbaiSouth AsiaAsiaIndia, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:03 GMTWill artists skip studio support after Sony scandal? ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.By SANDY COHENaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaFreedom of the pressOnline mediaMediaNews mediaHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaHollywoodCaliforniaEast AsiaAsiaLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:31:53 GMTHack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and ERIC TUCKERhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingInternational relationsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyTechnology issuesForeign policyGovernment policyNorth KoreaUnited StatesPyongyangDistrict of ColumbiaMiddle EastEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:33:32 GMTPakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsMilitant groups2008 Mumbai attacksWar and unrestTerrorismCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanMumbaiSouth AsiaAsiaIndia, 19 Dec 2014 07:36:42 GMTColorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge (AP) — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.By SADIE GURMAN and GRANT SCHULTEaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsDrug-related crimeRecreational drug laws and regulationsLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderGovernment regulationsColoradoUnited StatesDenverNebraskaLincolnNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:14:24 GMT8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 08:41:55 GMTMichael Phelps' DUI trial set Friday in Baltimore (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsSportsMen's sportsCelebritySwimmingCrimeReckless endangermentEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAquaticsMen's aquaticsBaltimoreMarylandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:05:54 GMTBest of the season's 39 bowl games College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.By JOHN MARSHALLsSportsCollege footballSugar Bowl GameOrange Bowl GameCollege sportsCorporate sponsorshipHeisman TrophyFootballEventsCorporate newsBusinessBowl Championship SeriesOregonFloridaCaliforniaTexasOhioBirminghamNew OrleansAlabamaMcKinneyLouisianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:51:45 GMTAustralian Open goes back to The Australian course (AP) — American Jordan Spieth will have an opportunity to defend his Australian Open title next year on the same course he won the tournament on three weeks ago.sSportsMen's sportsMen's golfGolfAustraliaSydneyOceania, 19 Dec 2014 06:38:52 GMTPenn State, BYU to meet for title CITY (AP) — It would be difficult to find two schools with more differing pedigrees heading into a championship match than Penn State and Brigham Young.By CLIFF BRUNTsSportsWomen's sportsVolleyball gamesCollege sportsTexasOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 06:17:14 GMT39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why:By RALPH D. RUSSOsSportsCollege footballCollege sportsSchool athleticsFootballFBS College Football PlayoffEducationSocial affairsEventsFloridaArizonaAlabamaCaliforniaMichiganKentuckyArkansasHoustonWisconsinMobileLouisianaMinnesotaIllinoisMemphisNew OrleansNorth CarolinaWashingtonOklahomaOregonUtahBahamasGeorgiaSouth CarolinaCincinnatiBowling GreenMarylandUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexasTennesseeIowaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanOhio, 19 Dec 2014 06:51:57 GMTWarriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half.By ANTONIO GONZALEZsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsAthlete healthOklahoma CityOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:30:21 GMTGift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke.By RON HARRIShtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnology, 19 Dec 2014 09:06:15 GMTSnyder learning that there's never enough time (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the season from varied perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. In this installment, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder provides an inside look.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsCoachingMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:40:31 GMTWoman arrested in crash that killed 3 from crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating what led up to a motorist driving through a red light and into nearly a dozen people as they left a church Christmas event in Southern California — leaving three women dead and several other people injured, including children.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeReckless endangermentLaw and orderAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportation, 19 Dec 2014 08:38:41 GMTYour Top Plays for Today Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports GuideBy The Associated PresssSportsSports transactions2018 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerSports businessEventsMen's sportsSoccerInternational soccer, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:20 GMTHK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.By CHRISTY CHOIiBusinessGeneral newsConspiracyCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHong KongChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 09:30:22 GMTA look at NFL's most underappreciated, overblown Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday's game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should go to head coach Jason Garrett's assistants.By HOWARD FENDRICHsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional footballFootballDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:24 GMTWeird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.By RACHEL D'OROaGeneral newsWinter weatherWeatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:02:05 GMTEssebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsParliamentary electionsRebellions and uprisingsNational electionsElectionsReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesWar and unrestTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaAfrica, 19 Dec 2014 08:11:53 GMTSheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsImmigration policyHispanicsRace and ethnicityArrestsImmigrationLegal proceedingsCrimeHuman rights and civil libertiesState legislatureSmugglingGovernment policyGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsLaw and orderLegislatureState governmentsArizonaUnited StatesPhoenixNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 08:21:54 GMTEx-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death (AP) — A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported.iGeneral newsMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelBeijingChinaGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 07:05:43 GMTNYC event marks winter solstice with music parades YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles.By DEEPTI HAJELAaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentParadesRecreation and leisureLifestyleQueensNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:23:35 GMTFilipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial.By OLIVER TEVESiGeneral newsViolent crimeDiplomacyLegal proceedingsCrimeInternational relationsGovernment and politicsLaw and orderPhilippinesManilaUnited StatesSoutheast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 07:22:15 GMTParity abounds among women's hoops elite, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsWomen's sportsBasketballWomen's basketballCollege basketballCollege sportsSocial diversitySocial issuesSocial affairsSouth CarolinaConnecticutWacoAsheboroTexasTennesseeUnited StatesNorth AmericaNorth Carolina, 19 Dec 2014 07:54:59 GMT