FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 10:21:27 -0800Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.By BILL DRAPERaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeReligious strifeCrimeLaw and orderKansasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:30 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 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 GMTAnalysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy (AP) — Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy.By REBECCA SANTANAiGeneral newsMilitant groupsTerrorismReligious educationWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsEducationArmed forcesMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanAfghanistanIslamabadUnited StatesSouth AsiaAsiaCentral AsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:57 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 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 17:36:43 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 18:14:31 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 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 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 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 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 18:17:15 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 GMTReferendum sought in Italy about use of the euro (AP) — An opposition party in Italy is conducting a petition drive for a referendum that would ask citizens if they want to keep the euro as the country's currency.iBusinessGeneral newsReferendumsElectionsGovernment and politicsItalyEuropeWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:58 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 GMTTexas theater schedules showing of "Team America", Texas (AP) — If it's a comedy featuring a North Korean leader that moviegoers want, that's what they'll get.aArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:42:30 GMTPanthers' Newton works with first team at practice, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took all of the first-team reps during the 20-minute portion of practice Thursday that was open to the media.By STEVE REEDsSportsProfessional footballFootballNewtonCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:44:41 GMTEU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth (AP) — European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges — how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURGiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsSummitsEconomic growthEconomyInternational relationsEuropeRussiaUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 17:21:21 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 East, 18 Dec 2014 18:16:03 GMTCorrection: Exchange Student Shot story, Mont. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a Montana man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard.aGeneral newsLegal proceedingsViolent crimeCrimeInternational studentsLaw and orderTheftEducationSocial affairsHamburgMissoulaGermanyMontanaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:25:51 GMT2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceSpace explorationIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFloridaRussiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:38 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 politicsTerrorismLegislationLegislatureCrimeNon-governmental organizationsSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestKenyaEast AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 17:40:45 GMTTeen charged with robbing 99-year-old woman, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have arrested 17-year-old who they say robbed a 99-year-old woman of her purse while she was delivering cookies to a local community center.aGeneral newsJuvenile crimeCrimeTheftConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:35:16 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 GMTJeb Bush to step down from Barclays (AP) — Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.By STEVE PEOPLESfBusinessGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsPolitical partiesPolitical organizationsPresidential electionsNational electionsElections, 18 Dec 2014 17:54:17 GMTFACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine (AP) — A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsInternational incidentsHuman rights and civil libertiesWar and unrestGovernment and politicsSocial issuesSocial affairsCrimeaRussiaMoscowUkraineKievEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 17:37:20 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 GMTUniversity of Iowa defends suing worker's transfer CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa officials are defending their decision to reassign an employee who is suing over claims that she suffered employment discrimination because of her conservative views.By RYAN J. FOLEYaGeneral newsHigher educationWorkplace discriminationLegal proceedingsEducationSocial affairsPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderIowa CityIowaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:36:32 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 18:14:01 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 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerInternational soccerProfessional soccerSports governanceCorruption in sportsSoccerEventsMen's sportsRussiaMoroccoQatarEastern EuropeEuropeNorth AfricaAfricaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 17:23:24 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar (AP) — A senior Kurdish official in Iraq says the peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands from the Yazidi minority trapped there can flee.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:04:32 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 GMT2 defendants in meningitis outbreak base seek bail (AP) — Two Massachusetts men charged with second-degree murder under federal racketeering law for their roles in a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak are seeking to be released on bail.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsDiseases and conditionsPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and order, 18 Dec 2014 17:34:38 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 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 ABUELGASIMiBusinessGeneral newsAbu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 18:09:10 GMTReview: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.By JAKE COYLEaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 17:39:02 GMTApple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South, Ala. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states.By JAY REEVESaBusinessGeneral newsGays and lesbiansHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsAlabamaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:57 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks after 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 marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyFinancial marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:25:58 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 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 proceedingsArrestsTrafficCrimeLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsCourtsJudiciaryLaw and orderTransportationMissouriFergusonSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:40 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 GMTVa. lawmaker who spends nights in jail resigns, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state lawmaker who is working as a legislator and lawyer by day and returning to a jail cell at night said Thursday he is resigning but plans to run in a special election for his seat.By ALAN SUDERMANaGeneral newsState legislaturePolitical resignationsGovernment and politicsCrimeSpecial electionsLegislatureState governmentsElectionsVirginiaRichmondUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 17:28:55 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 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 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 GMT