FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:49 -0800Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down early Saturday.By WAYNE PARRYaBusinessGeneral newsLabor negotiationsPersonnelConsumer products and servicesIndustriesAtlantic CityNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:02 GMTQuestions and answers about traveling to Cuba YORK (AP) — Don't rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet.By SCOTT MAYEROWITZtTravelLifestyleAccommodationsFinancial servicesIndustriesBusinessConsumer products and servicesCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:27:16 GMTTop Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.By LOLITA C. BALDORwGovernment and politicsTroop deploymentsWar and unrestGeneral newsUnited StatesIraqNorth AmericaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 20:42:45 GMTCanada woman stops for ducks; sentenced in 2 deaths (AP) — A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in prison and a 10-year driving ban.iGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCanadaMontrealNorth AmericaQuebec, 18 Dec 2014 20:17:22 GMTMiyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason.By DERRIK J. LANGeArts and entertainmentCelebrityMoviesMusicEntertainmentGamesRecreation and leisureLifestyle, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:23 GMTGrain higher, livestock higher (AP) — Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.fFinancial marketsCommodity marketsBusinessChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:30:33 GMTIce buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.By JOCELYN NOVECKhtArts and entertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityCulturesMusicConsumer electronicsOnline mediaMediaEntertainmentFashion designSocial affairsMobile phonesTechnologyItalyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 20:28:20 GMTOklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system says he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, despite the lack of an execution method.By SEAN MURPHYaGeneral newsCorrectional systemsLaw and orderCriminal punishmentLegal proceedingsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:30 GMTBondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."By COREY WILLIAMSaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderDetroitMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:49:06 GMTPope Benedict helped free American from Cuba CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityCrimeInternational relationsReligionSocial affairsVatican CityCubaUnited StatesWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:35:54 GMT2 defendants in meningitis outbreak case seek bail (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.By PHILIP MARCELOaBusinessGeneral newsLegal proceedingsDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsDiseases and conditionsLaw and orderPublic healthHealthCorporate newsNeurological disordersInfectious diseases, 18 Dec 2014 20:02:46 GMTPutin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsPrisoner exchangeReserve assetsPublic opinionGovernment and politicsBearsAnimalsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesWar and unrestSocial affairsMammalsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 20:46:46 GMTBroken treetop hanging on wire gets holiday decor ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an upside-down Christmas tree.aGeneral newsOdditiesHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleHome decorHome and gardenWashingtonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:23:55 GMTTimeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release.By The Associated PresshtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingSeptember 11 attacksGovernment information leaksData privacyIntelligence agenciesGovernment and politicsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesEventsPolitical issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsTerrorist attacksTerrorismWar and unrestNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:23:01 GMTPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands the Palestinians seek for their state.By KARIN LAUBiGeneral newsDiplomacyTerritorial disputesInternational relationsGovernment and politicsWar and unrestPalestinian territoriesWest BankIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle EastUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:13 GMTSuspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAULiGeneral newsHostage situationsWar and unrestKidnappingTerrorismLocal governmentsCrimeGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 20:21:05 GMTJudge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based.By BRADY McCOMBSaBusinessGeneral newsChristianityJudicial appointments and nominationsLegal proceedingsReligionSocial affairsJudiciaryGovernment and politicsGovernment appointments and nominationsLaw and orderMarriageFamily issuesUtahUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:05:42 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 19:44:40 GMTJudge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderWisconsinMilwaukeeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:57 GMTPresident signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFTwGovernment and politicsGovernment pensions and social securityNazismLegislationWar crimesGovernment business and financeBusinessLegislatureWar and unrestGeneral newsUnited StatesBerlinNorth AmericaGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:17 GMTObama waives sanctions authority despite new law (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.wBusinessGovernment and politicsLegislationLegislatureMoscowCrimeaUnited StatesRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:16:42 GMTContractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLERwGovernment and politicsCrimeGeneral newsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:36:50 GMTQ&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.By DAN ELLIOTThtGeneral newsScienceTechnologyWeather forecastsWeatherStormsTornadoesDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:17:52 GMTNASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.By MARCIA DUNNaScienceIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:09 GMT2nd security clearance investigation contractor hacked (AP) — Federal officials say the private files of 48,439 workers may have been compromised by a computer breach at government contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. The hacking incident is the second this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of federal workers for the government.By STEPHEN BRAUNhtGovernment and politicsHackingTechnology issuesTechnology, 18 Dec 2014 19:51:04 GMTWoman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company.aGeneral newsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsBostonMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:29:47 GMTReport: Secret Service needs outsider as leader (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.By ALICIA A. CALDWELLwGovernment and politicsLaw enforcement agencies, 18 Dec 2014 20:53:03 GMTDrug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.By CURT ANDERSONaGeneral newsSportsDrug-related crimeCriminal investigationsDopingCelebrityLegal proceedingsSports governanceCrimeCorruption in sportsEntertainmentArts and entertainmentLaw and orderProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsMiamiUnited StatesFloridaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:45:58 GMT'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentHackingTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:18 GMTIraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.By DALTON BENNETTiGeneral newsMountainsEnvironment and natureGovernment and politicsIraqMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:53 GMTJudge rules second of 2 Wisconsin girls competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing, Wis. (AP) — Judge rules second of two Wisconsin girls competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderWisconsinUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:49 GMTUS announces protections for transgender workers (AP) — The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder.wGovernment and politicsWorkplace discriminationGender issuesPersonnelBusinessLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:47 GMTDigital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack? (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.By ERIC TUCKER and TAMI ABDOLLAHhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCriminal investigationsIntelligence agenciesGovernment and politicsNational securityTechnology issuesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLaw and orderCrimeMilitary and defenseNorth KoreaUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:00:21 GMTThousands respond to black rhino import request WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill.By EMILY SCHMALLaGeneral newsAnimalsRhinocerosOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleMammalsTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:26:36 GMTPolice: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house, Calif. (AP) — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeCaliforniaSan FranciscoUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:08 GMTRivera: Newton 'probably' will start vs. Browns, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week.By STEVE REEDsSportsProfessional footballFootballNewtonCharlotteNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:26 GMTPope Benedict got ball rolling with Cuba on Gross CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.By NICOLE WINFIELDiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsChristianityReligionSocial affairsInternational relationsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanHavanaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:41:11 GMTCorrection: Meningitis Outbreak story (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney.aBusinessGeneral newsHealthRacketeeringDisease outbreaksCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsCrimeDiseases and conditionsPublic healthNeurological disordersInfectious diseasesCorporate newsLaw and orderBostonUnited StatesMassachusettsNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:46:50 GMTCalifornia power regulator to address allegations FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address allegations of backroom dealings with the state's largest utility on Thursday when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission.aBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:43:10 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 20:47:42 GMTTrauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victim can thrive, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.By HOLLY RAMERaGeneral newsMissing personsViolent crimeKidnappingCrimeSex in societySocial issuesSocial affairsNew HampshireUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:53:11 GMTMore charges in death of man hit, carried on car, Ore. (AP) — A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.aGeneral newsHit-and-runViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderEugeneOregonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:46 GMTUS stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks as 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 marketsFinancial marketsLeading economic indicatorsEconomyCommodity marketsEnergy industryIndustriesUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:15:57 GMTIRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year.BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwBusinessGovernment and politicsPersonal taxesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPersonal financeUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:39:01 GMTRabbi Harold Schulweis dies in Los Angeles at 89 ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.aGeneral newsObituariesLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:34:25 GMTBroadway's 'Cabaret' to go on US tour in 2016 YORK (AP) — The Kit Kat Klub is hitting the road.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentPerforming arts, 18 Dec 2014 20:01:06 GMTCorrection: Cuba-Travel story YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000.aBusinessGeneral newsTravelLifestyleInternational agreementsLeisure travelInternational relationsGovernment and politicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesIndustrial products and servicesAccommodationsCubaMiamiHavanaUnited StatesNew YorkTampaLatin America and CaribbeanCaribbeanFloridaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:28 GMTGrave of Confederate soldier dug up in Georgia, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say the grave of a Confederate soldier has been dug up and investigators are working to determine whether anything has been stolen.aGeneral newsGeorgiaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:08 GMTLatin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.By HANNAH DREIER and FABIOLA SANCHEZiGeneral newsInternational relationsGovernment and politicsVenezuelaCubaUnited StatesLatin America and CaribbeanSouth AmericaCaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:44 GMTObama calls in to Massachusetts governor's show (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind.By BOB SALSBERGaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsState governmentsMassachusettsBostonUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 19:56:17 GMT