FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 22 Dec 2014 13:21:19 -0800Destinations for 2015: Milan, Cuba, Queens and more YORK (AP) — See Cuba before it changes. Check out the World Expo in Milan. And if you're heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center's observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to Queens and see if you can figure out why it topped Lonely Planet's must-see destinations for 2015.By BETH J. HARPAZtTravelLifestyleRestaurantsLeisure travelWorld War IIAmusement and theme parksFood and drinkEventsRecreation and leisureQueensMilanNew York CityCubaNew YorkUnited StatesJapanNew OrleansManhattanHollywoodNorth AmericaItalyWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsiaLouisianaLos AngelesCalifornia, 22 Dec 2014 21:17:11 GMTDriver charged after car lands in river, boy dies, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving a car into a northern Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.aGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeOhioSanduskyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:51:32 GMTUN Security Council discussing N. Korea's human rights NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.By CARA ANNAiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsDiplomacyGovernment and politicsCourtsInternational relationsJudiciaryNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsiaPyongyangUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:24:00 GMTAngelina Jolie's latest incarnation: filmmaker YORK (AP) — In a life that has been notable for its many metamorphoses — screen starlet, Goth vixen, United Nations ambassador, mother of six, breast cancer awareness advocate — Angelina Jolie's latest incarnation is as filmmaker.By JAKE COYLEeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentCelebrity, 22 Dec 2014 20:30:27 GMTArizona to change drugs it uses in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.By ASTRID GALVANaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsCrimeLaw and orderCriminal punishmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:55:24 GMTObama signs New York state disaster declaration (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsWeatherWinter weatherFloodsStormsAccidents and disastersNew YorkBuffaloUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:01:36 GMTCourt sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey can't conclude a mother abused and neglected her baby because the child was born exhibiting symptoms of methadone withdrawal due to the mother's use of the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled in an opinion released Monday.aGeneral newsCourtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderJudiciaryGovernment and politicsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesFamily issuesNational courtsNational governmentsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:00:19 GMTChange of leadership in Crimea means property grab, Crimea (AP) — One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe.By LAURA MILLS and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiGeneral newsMunicipal governmentsPolitical corruptionConstitutionsEmbezzlementAgricultureCrimeWar and unrestParliamentary electionsLegislatureOwnership changesCorporate newsBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsPolitical issuesIndustriesElectionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderConsumer products and servicesCrimeaRussiaMoscowUkraineSimferopolKievBlack SeaEastern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 20:18:12 GMT11 hurt after van drives into Christmas market in France (AP) — France's top security official says the driver of a van that crashed into a Christmas market in western France on Monday stabbed himself several times after the incident.iGeneral newsTerrorismViolent crimeCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationWar and unrestFranceParisBurundiWestern EuropeEuropeEast AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 21:00:10 GMTFuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.By DINA CAPPIELLOiGeneral newsInternational tradeEnergy industryEnvironmental policyEnvironmental concernsCoastlines and beachesEnvironmental conservation and preservationCabinet appointments and nominationsTreesForestsLegislatureEconomyBusinessIndustriesEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment policyGovernment and politicsAir qualityEnergy and the environmentClimateIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsEnvironmental laws and regulationsCabinetsGovernment appointments and nominationsNatural resource managementLand environmentPlantsWildlifeEconomic policyInternational agreementsInternational relationsUnited StatesPanamaPanama CanalLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaCentral America, 22 Dec 2014 20:24:31 GMTNYC theater plans live reading of 'The Interview' YORK (AP) — Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie "The Interview," but it will be in at least at one theater in New York City — onstage, that is.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNew York CityNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:41:04 GMTMedellin's Christmas lights dazzle in Colombia, Colombia - Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si!By BETH J. HARPAZaGeneral newsTravelLifestyleHolidaysLeisure travelOccasionsMedellinColombiaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 20:34:01 GMTBlagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his sibling on charges that he attempted to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.By MICHAEL TARMaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCrimeIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:42 GMTJolie on 'Unbroken,' the Coens and acting with Pitt again YORK (AP) — For more than 50 years, Hollywood has flirted with bringing Louis Zamperini's story to the big screen. In her second movie as director, Angelina Jolie has finally filmed the story of an Olympic runner who in World War II was a castaway at sea for 47 days before being found and put in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Here are excerpts from a recent interview with Jolie in which she reflected on the challenges of "Unbroken," the collaborators who helped her and the experience of working again with husband Brad Pitt for their recently shot drama "By the Sea."By JAKE COYLEeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentSharksFishAnimals, 22 Dec 2014 20:35:09 GMTArizona will change drugs used in executions, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.By ASTRID GALVANaGeneral newsDrug-related crimeCrimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:38:21 GMTNorth Korea suffers massive Internet outages; US official declines to say if it is responsible (AP) — North Korea suffers massive Internet outages; US official declines to say if it is responsible.wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsService outagesNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 22 Dec 2014 20:01:53 GMTUS stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading stock indexes edged higher in afternoon trading Monday, on course to build on gains from last week. Pharmaceutical stocks were among the big risers. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally.By ALEX VEIGAaBusinessGeneral newsHome salesFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyStock marketsHealth care industryIndustriesReal estateEnergy industryLiver diseaseDiseases and conditionsHealthInfectious diseasesUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:02 GMTW.Va eye doctor's art exhibit appeals to the touch, W.Va. (AP) — Touching the art is a no-no at most museums. At Dr. Stephanie Skolik's exhibit, it's encouraged.By JOHN RABYtTravelLifestylePaintingVisual artsCeramicsHealthArts and entertainmentHuntingtonWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:02:50 GMT88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsElectionsRebellions and uprisingsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment transitionsEconomyNational electionsWar and unrestSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsBusinessTunisiaTunisNorth AfricaMiddle EastAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 19:59:17 GMTCuba: We're open to every part of Obama's detente (AP) — Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country's head of North American affairs said Monday.By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:03:01 GMTCuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations.By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZiBusinessGeneral newsExtraditionFugitivesPolitical corruptionGovernment and politicsCrimeLaw and orderImmigrationSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaHavanaUnited StatesNew JerseyCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:01:34 GMTIt's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.By MAE ANDERSONfBusinessLifestyleHolidaysOnline shoppingHoliday shoppingOccasionsShoppingLeisure travelTravelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesGift shoppingChinaUnited StatesColoradoGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:17:24 GMTNeighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.By JULIET LINDERMANaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeMarylandNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:59 GMTDebt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea, Guinea (AP) — When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why.By MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsFunerals and memorial servicesAnimalsBatsDiseases and conditionsInfectious diseasesHealthMammalsGuineaWest AfricaAfrica, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:37 GMTImmigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsImmigration policyImmigrationNational courtsGovernment policySocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsCourtsJudiciaryUnited StatesArizonaPhoenixNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:07:45 GMT'Guardian angel,' community join to give man home, N.C. (AP) — She'd warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but "Mr. I Don't Listen" ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he'd taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer.By ALLEN G. BREEDaGeneral newsHealthLexingtonNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:06:47 GMTWife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three spies imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, as well as the fact that one of their wives is expecting a baby in two weeks.iGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:11 GMTStocks push to record highs, continuing a rally are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row.The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsFinancial marketsStock marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomy, 22 Dec 2014 21:15:07 GMTFormer headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography, Del. (AP) — Former headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography.aGeneral newsCrimes against childrenCrimeDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:37 GMTWounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela, Venezuela (AP) — Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the team he coaches and one of his sons said Monday.iGeneral newsSportsHealthMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsVenezuelaHoustonSouth AmericaLatin America and CaribbeanTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:09 GMTDo heart patients fare better when doctors away? (AP) — Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around.By LINDSEY TANNERaHealthMedical researchHeart failureHeart attackDeath ratesHealth statisticsHeart healthCardiovascular diseaseDiseases and conditionsDemographicsSocial affairs, 22 Dec 2014 21:00:00 GMTBelfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders say they are close to reaching a new agreement to sustain their Catholic-Protestant government, but face all-night talks to see whether they can seal a deal.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsNorthern IrelandBelfastUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEuropeIreland, 22 Dec 2014 20:58:18 GMTReview: Don't bet on this oddly lifeless 'Gambler' remake"If you're not a genius, don't bother," the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in "The Gambler" blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you're not gonna like this guy.By JOCELYN NOVECKeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainment, 22 Dec 2014 21:07:51 GMTGrain mixed, livestock mostly higher (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:01:54 GMTDOJ seeks benefits for families of slain officers (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is directing Justice Department to expedite death benefits to the families of two New York police officers who were fatally shot inside their patrol car, the Justice Department said Monday.wGovernment and politicsFamily financesPersonal financeBusiness, 22 Dec 2014 20:28:00 GMTLGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles YORK (AP) — For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month.By KEN SWEETaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansSeniorsCouplesWorkplace discriminationPublic opinionMarriageRelationshipsLifestyleHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsFamily issuesGenerationsDemographicsPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthHuman welfare, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:49 GMTSpain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery (AP) — Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.By ALAN CLENDENNINGiGeneral newsLotteriesSpainMadridWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:25 GMTCourt upholds ruling for California delta salmon FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species.aGeneral newsAnimalsSalmonFishNational courtsDolphinsUtilitiesIndustriesBusinessEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureWildlifeNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMammalsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:14:48 GMTOhio St. band alumni praise findings of 2nd report, Ohio (AP) — The alumni club of Ohio State University's marching band said Monday that an independent review of band culture is less inflammatory than the university's internal investigation and should be used to revisit the firing of band director Jonathan Waters.By JULIE CARR SMYTHaGeneral newsHigher educationEducationSocial affairsOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:45:05 GMTNorth Korea experiencing severe Internet outages (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.By ERIC TUCKERhtGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyService outagesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:33:41 GMTAP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves, Spain (AP) — Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves — a legacy of Spain's fascist past.By DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZAiGeneral newsSeniorsSpainWestern EuropeEurope, 22 Dec 2014 19:58:24 GMTBig changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.By BEN FOXtTravelLifestyleLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessPersonal spendingPersonal financeGovernment and politicsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:55:51 GMTCutler to start finale for Bears with Clausen out FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is returning to the Chicago Bears' lineup and will start the final game of the season after Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion.By ANDREW SELIGMANsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesSports businessAthlete healthWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureAnimal healthHealthProfessional footballFootballIllinoisChicagoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:57:26 GMTJackson Hole ski resort looks to bring in families HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — For decades, Jackson Hole's reputation for its abundance of expert terrain — and relatively little else — preceded it.By BRETT MARTELtTravelLifestyleOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLeisure travelJacksonWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:44:13 GMTLeaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week, the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and the West.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsInternational agreementsPrisoner exchangeNational governmentsCease firesGovernment and politicsInternational relationsWar and unrestDiplomacyUkraineMoscowMinskRussiaGermanyFranceEastern EuropeEuropeBelarusWestern Europe, 22 Dec 2014 20:39:05 GMTEx-headmaster guilty in child porn case, Del. (AP) — A judge has convicted a former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school on all 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsCrimeCrimes against childrenDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 21:10:39 GMTBritish singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer YORK (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.By DAVID BAUDERaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentObituariesCelebrityPhilanthropic foundationsPhilanthropySocial affairsColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:57:28 GMTCorrection: Coyotes-Kings story ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 20 about the game between the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes, Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was credited for a power play goal in the third period. The team announced an official scoring change Monday, crediting the goal to Jeff Carter and giving him two for the game.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsLos AngelesArizonaCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 19:56:44 GMTCourt heaps grief on vaccine victims, makes them wait years (AP) — A system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found.By MITCH WEISS, JUSTIN PRITCHARD and TROY THIBODEAUXwGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsImmunizationsGovernment programsLegal proceedingsLegislatureInjuriesGovernment and politicsHealth care industryIndustriesBusinessCorporate newsPublic healthHealthLaw and orderCriminal punishmentDevelopmental disordersDiseases and conditionsUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:04:37 GMTNY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a temporary halt to protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with a force preparing Christmastime burials for two of its own and decrying the demonstrations as a factor in the officers' cold-blooded executions.By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONGaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriProtests and demonstrationsViolent crimeMunicipal governmentsSocial mediaPoliceCrimePolitical activismFunerals and memorial servicesEventsPolitical and civil unrestLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMediaLaw enforcement agenciesCampaignsElectionsPolitical issuesNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 22 Dec 2014 20:27:14 GMT