FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 09:22:39 -0800McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow YORK (AP) — Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away.By HILLEL ITALIEeArts and entertainmentMusicEntertainmentCelebrityPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriEventsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:42:04 GMTWarehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire, Guinea (AP) — A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola.By BOUBACAR DIALLOiGeneral newsHealthFiresInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentWest AfricaGuineaConakryAfricaSierra LeoneLiberia, 18 Dec 2014 16:23:00 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.iBusinessGeneral newsDublinIrelandWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:14 GMTDeaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world YORK (AP) — For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentComedy performanceCelebrityEntertainmentBars and clubsRecreation and leisureLifestyleHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil liberties, 18 Dec 2014 16:48:16 GMTNY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentDrug-related crimeArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsSmugglingCelebrityLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityBrooklynNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:47:00 GMT5 free things in Vancouver, from parks to Gastown (AP) — Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. The city offers diverse ethnic neighborhoods, old and new, and lots of options for shopping and dining. But many of the west coast Canadian port city's most beautiful attractions are free. Public art dots the urban landscape and there are miles of beaches and forested walks readily accessible by transit bus or train.By JEREMY HAINSWORTHtTravelLifestyleVisual artsPublic artAstronomyArts and entertainmentScienceProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sportsLeisure travelVancouverVancouverBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth AmericaWashingtonUnited States, 18 Dec 2014 16:33:13 GMTSuspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April.By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsHostage situationsKidnappingWar and unrestCrimeGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:08 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 16:29:20 GMTMerck buys Swiss biotech with promising cancer drug, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck says it's bought a Swiss biotech company developing cancer drugs as part of its strategy to be a top player in cancer, one of the hottest pharmaceutical research areas.By The Associated PressfBusinessCancerMedicationDiseases and conditionsHealthDiagnosis and treatmentNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:16:16 GMTByron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchor YORK (AP) — ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline."eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevision, 18 Dec 2014 17:18:13 GMTPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution 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 16:59:56 GMTUS stocks move higher, building on Fed gains YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is moving sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates.aBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 18 Dec 2014 16:57:05 GMTVeteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retire ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous.By JOHN ROGERSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsNewspapersJournalismCrimeLaw and orderCelebrityEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNews mediaMediaLos AngelesUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:41 GMTSelf-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.By LISA BAUMANNaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMontanaMissoulaGermanyWestern EuropeEuropeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:10 GMTBernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone has been re-appointed to the Formula One board and will continue to serve as chief executive.sSportsAutomobile racingBribery, graft and conflicts of interestFormula OneCrimeGeneral newsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 16:33:11 GMTUS delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup (AP) — The State Department is delaying release of a history study because publication could interfere with ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations.By BRADLEY KLAPPERwGovernment and politicsForeign policyCoups d'etatNational governmentsGovernment policyInternational relationsWar and unrestGeneral newsIranUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:15 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 16:49:52 GMTPaul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea' (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked."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 16:51:46 GMTND officials eager to expand trade with Cuba, N.D. (AP) — The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say.By BLAKE NICHOLSONaBusinessGeneral newsInternational tradeEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyCubaUnited StatesNorth DakotaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:02 GMTAmazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan (AP) — Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan.htBusinessTechnologySeattleWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:58:33 GMTMontenegro expected to extradite 3 men to US, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro has started extradition procedures for three men who have been charged by a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists.iGeneral newsExtraditionCrimeLaw and orderMontenegroUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:20:02 GMTUN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.iGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsSyriaIranMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 17:10:19 GMT2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight say their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceSpace explorationFloridaRussiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 16:09:32 GMTKenya legislators exchange blows over new security law, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.By TOM ODULAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsLegislationTerrorismLegislatureCrimeNon-governmental organizationsSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 17:04:18 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinet, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 17:04:12 GMT10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.By The Associated PressaGeneral news, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:06 GMTDenmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online.iGeneral newsCrimeDenmarkCopenhagenSyriaWestern EuropeEuropeMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 16:31:31 GMTNYC Transit: We help those with limited English YORK (AP) — New York City's transit agency says it's addressing the issues cited in a lawsuit filed on behalf of disabled plaintiffs with limited English skills.aGeneral newsMass transit systemsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTransportationHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:06:25 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally 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 17:13:23 GMTDrug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsDopingLegal proceedingsSports governanceCrimeCorruption in sportsLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:48:05 GMTWoman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowd BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people and injuring several others including five children, police said.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:48 GMTNewseum to display items from Ferguson protests (AP) — The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of the Washington museum's exhibit on civil rights.wGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriHuman rights and civil libertiesProtests and demonstrationsEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical and civil unrestMuseumsRecreation and leisureLifestyleLeisure travelTravelFergusonMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:32 GMTMore US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsMilitary leadershipMilitary and defenseUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 16:49:44 GMTAverage US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.wBusinessGeneral newsDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesPersonal loansPersonal financeReal estateUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:24 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityInternational relationsDiplomacyReligionSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:53 GMT99-year-old woman robbed while delivering cookies, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a 99-year-old woman was robbed of her purse while delivering cookies to a local community center.aGeneral newsTheftCrimeConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:09:40 GMTAbu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, has showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."iBusinessGeneral newsAbu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 17:17:54 GMTApple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South, Ala. (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 1,000 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.By JAY REEVESaBusinessGeneral newsGays and lesbiansHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:46 GMTUN General Assembly OKs digital privacy resolution NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution demanding better digital privacy protections for people around the world, another response to Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. government spying.htGeneral newsDigital cinema technologyEntertainment and media technologyTechnology, 18 Dec 2014 16:13:48 GMTManufacturing growth slows in Philadelphia region (AP) — Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest level in 21 years in November.By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERwBusinessGeneral newsProduction facilitiesCorporate newsPhiladelphiaUnited StatesPennsylvaniaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:11:53 GMTMore charges in death of man hit, carried on car, Ore. (AP) — A driver accused of hitting a pedestrian in Springfield, Oregon, carrying him on top of her car for 11 blocks and then leaving him in the street is facing an additional charge of manslaughter.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeEugeneOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:40 GMTPiper Perabo is a world traveler thanks to 'Covert Affairs' YORK (AP) — On TV's "Covert Affairs," Piper Perabo plays a field agent with the CIA. And in real life, she's traveling around the globe with the show, thanks to location shoots.By ALICIA RANCILIOeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:10 GMTGermany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey (AP) — German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence.iGeneral newsArrestsEspionageLaw and orderCrimeTurkeyGermanyMiddle EastWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 17:04:46 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 his lawyer said the defense will ask to delay his upcoming trial.By DENISE LAVOIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsBoston Marathon bombingCrimeLaw enforcement agenciesBombingsLaw and orderViolent crimeEventsGovernment and politicsBostonMassachusettsWalthamUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:17:22 GMTEbola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY and BOUBACAR DIALLOiGeneral newsHealthMedicationFiresInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersDiagnosis and treatmentWest AfricaSierra LeoneGuineaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 17:01:43 GMTCraig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show' YORK (AP) — It's not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrity, 18 Dec 2014 16:40:29 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday, led by gains in technology stocks after Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks fell back as oil gave resumed its slide.By STEVE ROTHWELLhtBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsTechnologyStock marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:25:39 GMT5 free things in Vancouver, from parks to a clock (AP) — Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. The city offers diverse ethnic neighborhoods, old and new, and lots of options for shopping and dining. But many of the west coast Canadian port city's most beautiful attractions are free. Public art dots the urban landscape and there are miles of beaches and forested walks readily accessible by transit bus or train.By JEREMY HAINSWORTHtTravelLifestyleVisual artsPublic artAstronomyArts and entertainmentScienceProfessional hockeyHockeySportsMen's hockeyMen's sportsLeisure travelVancouverVancouverBritish ColumbiaCanadaNorth AmericaWashingtonUnited States, 18 Dec 2014 16:23:38 GMTExperts clash over competency in Slender Man case, Wis. (AP) — Experts have made contrasting arguments for whether one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man is competent to stand trial.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:06 GMTUN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zone NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsWar and unrestGovernment and politicsSyriaIsraelMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:29 GMT