FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 17 Dec 2014 11:56:36 -0800Dead in clash among Mexico vigilantes rises to 11 CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.iGeneral newsMexicoNorth AmericaCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:40 GMTUS travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism YORK (AP) — Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZaBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleLeisure travelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesCubaHavanaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:32:28 GMTReaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations (AP) — Reaction to the release of American Alan Gross who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, and the future of US-Cuba diplomatic relations:wGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureInternational relationsLegislationCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:45:14 GMTStudy: Removing clot helps limit stroke disability the first time in several decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up severely disabled.By MARILYNN MARCHIONEaHealthStrokeMedicationDiseases and conditionsDiagnosis and treatment, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:18 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to determining when to hike interest rates (AP) — Fed promises 'patient' approach to determining when to hike interest rates.wBusinessGeneral newsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policy, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:06 GMTExperts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthDisease outbreaksPreventive carePublic healthInfectious diseasesEpidemicsEye healthImmunizationsDiseases and conditionsAccidents and disastersGeneral newsAfricaUnited StatesWest AfricaSierra LeoneMiddle EastNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:44:18 GMT49ers' McDonald investigated for sexual assault FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.By PAUL ELIASsSportsCriminal investigationsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderGeneral newsProfessional footballFootballSan FranciscoSan JoseCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:47:57 GMT4 indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case, W.Va. (AP) — Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban on drinking water for days for 300,000 West Virginia residents.By JOHN RABYaGeneral newsIndictmentsCorporate legal affairsCorporate crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderCorporate newsBusinessMaterials industryIndustriesAccidentsAccidents and disastersWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsGovernment and politicsFraud and false statementsUnited StatesWest VirginiaCharlestonNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:49 GMTMarijuana research projects getting state funding (AP) — Colorado is awarding more than $8 million for medical marijuana research.By KRISTEN WYATTaBusinessGeneral newsHealthScienceSmall businessMedical marijuanaMedical researchHealth issuesMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsScientific prizes and competitionsRecreational drug laws and regulationsPost-traumatic stress disorderPersonal spendingGovernment regulationsVeteransGovernment and politicsMental healthPersonal financeCancerDiseases and conditionsNeurological disordersMilitary affairsMilitary and defenseColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:19 GMTRepublican wins Arizona House seat after recount (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month, after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to a Republican challenger.By BOB CHRISTIEpGovernment and politicsHouse electionsElectionsUnited States General ElectionState legislatureGeneral electionsEventsLegislatureState governmentsArizonaPhoenixTucsonUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:59 GMTDish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes YORK (AP) — Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix.htBusinessArts and entertainmentTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentOnline mediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsMedia, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:09 GMTAmerican Alan Gross says knowing he wasn't forgotten 'crucial to my survival' in Cuba (AP) — American Alan Gross says knowing he wasn't forgotten 'crucial to my survival' in Cuba.wGovernment and politicsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 19:05:31 GMTNew York will move to prohibit fracking, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.By MARY ESCHaBusinessGeneral newsEnvironmentEnvironmental impact assessmentsEnvironmental conservation and preservationEnergy and the environmentEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironment and natureNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:51 GMTUN chief welcomes promise of renewed US-Cuba ties NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the promise of full diplomatic relations between the United Nations and Cuba, saying the U.N. General Assembly has long pressed for this.iGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:06 GMTReligion news in brief marks start of Hanukkah at national menorahBy The Associated PressaGeneral newsChristianityAtheismReligionLegal proceedingsJudaismSocial affairsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleLaw and orderItalyVatican CityUnited StatesArkansasWestern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:48 GMTObama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEEwBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesTravel laws and regulationsDiplomacyPolitical issuesForeign policyLegislatureEconomySocial issuesSocial affairsGovernment regulationsGovernment policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:52 GMTStocks jump after Fed promises 'patient' approach YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserved said the U.S. economy was improving and that it would be "patient" in determining when to raise rates. Energy stocks jumped after the price of oil recovered some of its recent losses.By STEVE ROTHWELLaBusinessGeneral newsPricesEconomyCurrency marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsStock marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyEnergy industryIndustriesCommodity marketsRussiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:32:28 GMTIsraeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust.By ARON HELLERiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIsraelEuropeJerusalemWest BankMiddle EastPalestinian territories, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:27 GMTCanada hosted secret meetings between Cuba and US (AP) — Canada hosted about seven meetings between the U.S. and Cuba that helped lead to President Barack Obama's announcement that the two countries will establish full diplomatic relations.By ROB GILLIESiGeneral newsCanadaCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:37 GMTScientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.aGeneral newsSciencePrison breaksCrimeCorrectional systemsLaw and orderSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayNetherlandsUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 17 Dec 2014 19:20:24 GMTNo. 25 DePaul rolls by Loyola-Chicago 109-84 (AP) — Jessica January scored 25 points and Megan Rogowski added 21 to help No. 25 DePaul beat Loyola-Chicago 109-84 on Wednesday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:42 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to rate hikes (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows because of a strengthening U.S. economy and job market. But it is promising to be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.By The Associated PresswBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesLabor economyLeading economic indicators, 17 Dec 2014 19:14:40 GMTDoctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsNational courtsCriminal punishmentLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:53:10 GMTJudge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.By JEFFREY COLLINSaGeneral newsRace and ethnicityAfrican-AmericansLegal proceedingsCrimeSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeHuman rights and civil libertiesLaw and orderColumbiaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:25:42 GMTFed promises 'patient' approach to a rate increase (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.By MARTIN CRUTSINGERwBusinessGeneral newsEconomyFinancial crisisEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial marketsLabor economyLeading economic indicatorsFinancial servicesIndustries, 17 Dec 2014 19:46:13 GMTA look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.iGeneral newsCrimeCubaHavanaUnited StatesFloridaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:46 GMTReleased from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free (AP) — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free.By JESSICA GRESKOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:10 GMTIsrael suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and JOHN HEILPRINiGeneral newsMilitary occupationsDiplomacyInternational relationsTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsTerrorismWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesIsraelEuropeJerusalemMiddle EastGaza StripGenevaFranceUnited StatesSwitzerlandWestern EuropeNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:47:57 GMTTop news of 2014 left public grasping for answers feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.By ADAM GELLERaGeneral newsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriAccidents and disastersMilitant groupsWar and unrestTerritorial disputesGovernment and politicsCrimeEventsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsHealthLibyaUnited StatesUkraineMiddle EastRussiaFergusonNorth AfricaAfricaNorth AmericaEastern EuropeEuropeMissouri, 17 Dec 2014 19:23:03 GMTImmigrants get closer to having driver's licenses in Arizona (AP) — An order by the U.S. Supreme Court has moved thousands of young immigrants a step closer to obtaining driver's licenses in Arizona.By JACQUES BILLEAUDaGeneral newsImmigrationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderSocial issuesSocial affairsArizonaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:04:53 GMTGuatemala arrests US fugitive in illegal adoptions CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested an American accused of human trafficking and participating in illegal adoptions.iGeneral newsFugitivesArrestsSmugglingCrimeLaw and orderGuatemalaGuatemala CityCentral AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:07 GMTReport: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.By SETH BORENSTEINwGeneral newsScienceOceansEnvironment and natureArctic, 17 Dec 2014 19:44:44 GMTDow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach.aBusinessGeneral news, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:27 GMTKey dates in US relations with Cuba events in U.S.-Cuba relations:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsInternational relationsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:03:22 GMTDow surges as much as 300 points after Fed promises 'patient' approach in raising rates YORK (AP) — Dow surges as much as 300 points after Fed promises 'patient' approach in raising rates.aBusinessGeneral news, 17 Dec 2014 19:10:02 GMTNew York woman sues police for not arresting son, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman says in a lawsuit that her 29-year-old son died in a drunken driving crash because police decided not to arrest him on driving-while-intoxicated charges earlier that night.aGeneral newsAccidentsArrestsAccidents and disastersTransportationReckless endangermentCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:45:22 GMTDemocrat Lauren McFerran sworn in as new labor board member (AP) — Democrat Lauren McFerran is the newest member of the five-member National Labor Relations Board.By TOM RAUMwBusinessGovernment and politicsLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairs, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:48 GMTNYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.By BERNARD CONDONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsPersonal financeTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEventsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleProducts and servicesCorporate newsGovernment and politicsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNew YorkNorth KoreaNew York CityLos AngelesCaliforniaEast AsiaUnited StatesNorth AmericaAsia, 17 Dec 2014 19:48:12 GMT1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansDivorce and separationsMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesFloridaFort LauderdaleUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:13:02 GMTComparing US Fed's views on timing of rate rise comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting October 28-29:By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesLabor economyLeading economic indicators, 17 Dec 2014 19:40:29 GMTProtections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsScienceSmall businessAnimalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationState governmentsWildlifeBirdsEnvironmental concernsGovernment financeGovernment business and financeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnergy industryIndustriesEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesMontanaBillingsNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:39 GMTAP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.By ERICA WERNERwGovernment and politicsLegislatureEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaCubaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 17 Dec 2014 19:10:56 GMT14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak (AP) — In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.By DENISE LAVOIEaBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringFraud and false statementsDisease outbreaksLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesLaw and orderUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:12:27 GMTKurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave, Del. (AP) — Kurt Busch testified Wednesday that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her.By RANDALL CHASEaGeneral newsSportsCelebrityCriminal investigationsAutomobile racingNASCAREntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderCrimeDoverDelawareUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:35:27 GMTEx-coal CEO seeks W.Va. mine blast trial delay, W.Va. (AP) — The former head of a coal company that ran the West Virginia mine where 29 men were killed in a 2010 explosion told a judge Wednesday that he wants his federal criminal case moved and his trial delayed for a year.By JONATHAN MATTISEaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsCorporate legal affairsCriminal investigationsExplosionsCrimeAccidents and disastersLaw and orderCorporate newsEnergy industryIndustriesMaterials industryAccidentsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsBeckleyWest VirginiaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:30 GMTQuotes from Pakistani families over school attack, Pakistan (AP) — Reaction to the killings of 148 people — almost all of them students — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:By The Associated PressiGeneral newsTerrorismWar and unrestGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarAfghanistanSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 17 Dec 2014 19:14:53 GMTText of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations (AP) — Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:wGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsHuman rights and civil libertiesPrisoner exchangeCold WarLegislatureTerrorismSocial issuesSocial affairsWar and unrestGeneral newsEventsCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:48 GMTCuban exile community divided over Obama changes (AP) — Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations.By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZaGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeGovernment and politicsWar and unrestCubaMiamiUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 19:47:04 GMTEx-Marines: Man who killed 6 argued with ex-wife (AP) — Former Marines who served with a Pennsylvania man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives before committing suicide said he fought constantly with his wife during the time they knew him.By MARYCLAIRE DALE and GEOFF MULVIHILLaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimePennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUnited StatesNorth America, 17 Dec 2014 18:35:09 GMTText of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesday (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:wBusinessGeneral newsLabor economyEconomic outlookEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPricesFinancial servicesIndustries, 17 Dec 2014 19:20:06 GMT