FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by FindLaw.com.Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:21:24 -0800Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootingshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6970fd301a9340eab93387c8cecca159OLATHE, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/6970fd301a9340eab93387c8cecca159Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:30 GMTWhite House: 'Sophisticated actor' hacked Sonyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e751469b59a2414692b2fff6d439a2deWASHINGTON (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 AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e751469b59a2414692b2fff6d439a2deThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:19:43 GMTAer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parenthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/80caafbefa5c41ca9f00757360f3134cDUBLIN (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 EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/80caafbefa5c41ca9f00757360f3134cThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:30 GMTAnalysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/707c1c00be1f4e06a06c047e96a0b774ISLAMABAD (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/707c1c00be1f4e06a06c047e96a0b774Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:57 GMTConstantly changing online prices stump shoppershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66acf4ed4710430ea68f5a01d6146cbfNEW 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 servicesIndustrieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66acf4ed4710430ea68f5a01d6146cbfThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:19:51 GMTSuspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeriahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/892daef74b4d4319a4de2ed38acd429dMAIDUGURI, 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 AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/892daef74b4d4319a4de2ed38acd429dThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:36:43 GMTKey elements of US policy shift toward Cubahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aec9081cfabf465db3b514acf2116e67WASHINGTON (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/aec9081cfabf465db3b514acf2116e67Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:14:31 GMTMerck buys Swiss biotech with promising cancer drughttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2a88668478d4ffd9a0fc580ec80cfcaKENILWORTH, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c2a88668478d4ffd9a0fc580ec80cfcaThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:16:16 GMTByron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchorhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66a8cb4285424e20bb07c55509f58169NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline."eArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentTV newsNews mediaMediaTelevisionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/66a8cb4285424e20bb07c55509f58169Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:18:13 GMTHose failure blamed for gas that sickened soldiershttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5229e8cd1dee4713bde444a107a12973FAIRBANKS, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5229e8cd1dee4713bde444a107a12973Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:11:48 GMTUS stocks move higher, building on Fed gainshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d09c9b61df7d48559b36222352ac5f76NEW 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 indicatorsEconomyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d09c9b61df7d48559b36222352ac5f76Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:57:05 GMTVeteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retirehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ff58db37a3bd427cbfc6f786b0266488LOS 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/ff58db37a3bd427cbfc6f786b0266488Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:41 GMTBernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEOhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9cfc7d3bf8cb4c95ac16b99421e6840cLONDON (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 EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9cfc7d3bf8cb4c95ac16b99421e6840cThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:47:08 GMTUS delays release of study on 1953 Iran couphttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a04cc019218642ecbe1cd9118bad1023WASHINGTON (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a04cc019218642ecbe1cd9118bad1023Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:15 GMTMother pleads after boy, 2, kills sister with gunhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/735c6b049cd24fe79a7d4a5f3976ee08PHILADELPHIA (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/735c6b049cd24fe79a7d4a5f3976ee08Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:17:15 GMTPaul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a48d6bde6814798afa9571437f38542WASHINGTON (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/1a48d6bde6814798afa9571437f38542Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:51:46 GMTReferendum sought in Italy about use of the eurohttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f64d126965b94ddaa2c29d7e4bae8969ROME (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 Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f64d126965b94ddaa2c29d7e4bae8969Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:58 GMTAmazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/36a5fff597e541c6bbca63d1d1bd87ecPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amazon.com 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 newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/36a5fff597e541c6bbca63d1d1bd87ecThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:12:34 GMTTexas theater schedules showing of "Team America"http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e97d87cd20794f82bce2fab226a7193fRICHARDSON, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e97d87cd20794f82bce2fab226a7193fThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:42:30 GMTPanthers' Newton works with first team at practicehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9652e2e771f8457ab309c4f2282a5921CHARLOTTE, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9652e2e771f8457ab309c4f2282a5921Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:44:41 GMTEU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growthhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d91ddefc0b22455a8fd148518d191c47BRUSSELS (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 Europehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d91ddefc0b22455a8fd148518d191c47Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:21:21 GMTUN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syriahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c471a04cd6644d319631d6bf7efded20UNITED 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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c471a04cd6644d319631d6bf7efded20Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:16:03 GMTCorrection: Exchange Student Shot storyhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/544767648ba34229a7bc377ff14366b0MISSOULA, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/544767648ba34229a7bc377ff14366b0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:25:51 GMT2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflighthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26f5908ca71543e39e02d0f8228d7264CAPE 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 EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/26f5908ca71543e39e02d0f8228d7264Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:38 GMTKenya legislators exchange blows over new security lawhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3ce5ac1629154a7ead03b3cd0c683e30NAIROBI, 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 AfricaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/3ce5ac1629154a7ead03b3cd0c683e30Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:40:45 GMTTeen charged with robbing 99-year-old womanhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5fd833c43c754ac38129585729853069WINDSOR, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/5fd833c43c754ac38129585729853069Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:35:16 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinethttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eba19466d92f4a4a8c664f5f55755130SANAA, 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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/eba19466d92f4a4a8c664f5f55755130Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:04:12 GMTJeb Bush to step down from Barclayshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c9389cb5f84d461b8654bdb034d6628eWASHINGTON (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 electionsElectionshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c9389cb5f84d461b8654bdb034d6628eThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:54:17 GMTFACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukrainehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d541103b06144e2ab93be405592d98f4MOSCOW (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 EuropeEuropehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d541103b06144e2ab93be405592d98f4Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:37:20 GMT10 Things to See: A week of top AP photoshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/76eaeeb1cf5d4273b0f011ae0f34e595Here'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 newshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/76eaeeb1cf5d4273b0f011ae0f34e595Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:06 GMTUniversity of Iowa defends suing worker's transferhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a32e836bc44744c3a31d7ff50b95e774IOWA 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/a32e836bc44744c3a31d7ff50b95e774Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:36:32 GMTSheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID thefthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1d99384053249a9bda94b8ab9387023PHOENIX (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1d99384053249a9bda94b8ab9387023Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:14:01 GMTFeds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cashhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82694963d58646dc922e103733c34bf5PITTSBURGH (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/82694963d58646dc922e103733c34bf5Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:03:35 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignationhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e3635c9b658440b1830b33913ddbe91cMARRAKECH, 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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e3635c9b658440b1830b33913ddbe91cThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:23:24 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjarhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7dc4f11acfa4ca0a385f11d9b8a515cBAGHDAD (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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/f7dc4f11acfa4ca0a385f11d9b8a515cThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:04:32 GMTWoman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowdhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4a51c5b2e07b4115badc2889841f03d0REDONDO 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/4a51c5b2e07b4115badc2889841f03d0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:48 GMT2 defendants in meningitis outbreak base seek bailhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2fd2b7643c664677a846484e64bded64BOSTON (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 orderhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2fd2b7643c664677a846484e64bded64Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:34:38 GMTMusical of 'School of Rock' heading to Broadwayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35520f7746ab49c0a36cfdcb17f687deNEW 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 affairshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/35520f7746ab49c0a36cfdcb17f687deThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:11:50 GMTAbu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suitehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55098507361e4db0aba08dfc310634cfABU 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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/55098507361e4db0aba08dfc310634cfThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:09:10 GMTReview: 'The Interview' deserves to be seenhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9db4791050db4030b50f469c89d3aa8aThat 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 AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/9db4791050db4030b50f469c89d3aa8aThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:39:02 GMTApple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in Southhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b97474b63dfd4bab8fdebada1685f8aeBIRMINGHAM, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/b97474b63dfd4bab8fdebada1685f8aeThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:57 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higherhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/deb70db6c80d499984b51c9405934ad0NEW 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/deb70db6c80d499984b51c9405934ad0Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:25:58 GMTEbola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplieshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/316142c336b44fcc83eecd1e86cdd136FREETOWN, 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 LeoneGuineaAfricahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/316142c336b44fcc83eecd1e86cdd136Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:01:43 GMTReformers target traffic courts after Fergusonhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1b5827b6bf440c483e75b6e6dbe64d2ST. 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d1b5827b6bf440c483e75b6e6dbe64d2Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:40 GMTTsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delayhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d701834f05e6472cbabd5d4cfacd48f7BOSTON (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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d701834f05e6472cbabd5d4cfacd48f7Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:17:22 GMTVa. lawmaker who spends nights in jail resignshttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75086f13f0f549339e5001316fa433a9RICHMOND, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/75086f13f0f549339e5001316fa433a9Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:28:55 GMTPiper Perabo is a world traveler thanks to 'Covert Affairs'http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2801d6cd66314fec9c358cab076f8937NEW 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/2801d6cd66314fec9c358cab076f8937Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:10 GMTExperts clash over competency in Slender Man casehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fb55a07db0ae4dfd9d06f91745d45ec8WAUKESHA, 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 Americahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/fb55a07db0ae4dfd9d06f91745d45ec8Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:06 GMTUN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zonehttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d0b5330e2c741839f3de2a42e6cd766UNITED 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 Easthttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/7d0b5330e2c741839f3de2a42e6cd766Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:29 GMTParliament OKs German soldiers for Afghan missionhttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c077a61be28b47f885dbd2ad2c5ea741BERLIN (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 AsiaAsiahttp://news.findlaw.com/apnews/c077a61be28b47f885dbd2ad2c5ea741Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:51:38 GMT