FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 21:14:46 -0800Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceSmall businessTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 04:10:59 GMTMan charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.tTravelLifestyleLegal proceedingsAir travelCrimeIndictmentsLaw and orderGeneral newsHoustonQatarPersian GulfTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMTButler, Mirotic lead Bulls over Grizzlies 103-97, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Nikola Mirotic added a season-best 27, and the Chicago Bulls snapped Memphis' six-game winning streak with a 103-97 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.By CLAY BAILEYsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMemphisIllinoisTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 04:04:28 GMTNo. 2 UConn women beat No. 25 DePaul 98-64, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and No. 2 UConn returned from a 13-day break to rout No. 25 DePaul 98-64 on Friday night.By PAT EATON-ROBBsSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsBridgeportConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:49:14 GMTNo. 9 Baylor women beat No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 PARK, Fla. (AP) — Nina Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Niya Johnson hit the go-ahead basket with a minute left in No. 9 Baylor's 74-72 victory over No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 on Friday night in the Florida Sunshine Classic.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sports, 20 Dec 2014 02:23:04 GMTHuman rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.By PETER ORSI and PAUL HAVENiGeneral newsHuman rights and civil libertiesInternational relationsGays and lesbiansGovernment and politicsGovernment policyPolitical activismSocial issuesSocial affairsPolitical issuesCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 05:03:59 GMTAP Sportlight — The Chicago Bears win the NFL championship with a 37-9 rout of the New York Giants.By The Associated PresssNFL PlayoffsWomen's sportsWomen's boxingCollege footballCollege basketballRecord setting eventsMen's sportsBasketballCollege sportsWomen's basketballMen's basketballProfessional soccerBoxingSportsEventsProfessional basketballFootballProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyProfessional footballGeneral newsSoccerNew YorkHawaiiArizonaLos AngelesIllinoisIndianaSan DiegoBuffaloClevelandDallasPhiladelphiaHoustonColoradoCincinnatiTexasWisconsinDenverWashingtonKansasSeattleNew York CitySt. LouisKansas CityGreen BayPittsburghTorontoAtlantaAustraliaFloridaConnecticutMontrealUnited StatesNorth AmericaCaliforniaOhioPennsylvaniaMissouriOntarioCanadaGeorgiaOceaniaQuebec, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:30 GMTChina leader cautions against external forces (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces after prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaMacauBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 04:48:08 GMTPadres obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox DIEGO (AP) — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night.By BERNIE WILSONsSportsSports transactionsSports businessProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan DiegoNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 20 Dec 2014 04:12:35 GMTJudge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.By TIM TALLEYaGeneral newsNational courtsDeath penalty controversyCriminal punishmentLaw and orderLegal proceedingsNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciarySocial issuesSocial affairsCorrectional systemsOklahomaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:31:26 GMTHarrison, No. 20 St John's rally past Saint Mary's YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and No. 20 St. John's overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to rally past Saint Mary's 53-47 on Friday night.By DENIS GORMANsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sports, 20 Dec 2014 02:44:28 GMTKinkaid wins first, Devils snap slide with 3-2, N.J. (AP) — Keith Kinkaid finally got to enjoy a shootout, and the New Jersey Devils celebrated something even better — a much-needed win.By TOM CANAVANsSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 04:01:07 GMTJohnson leads No. 9 Baylor to win over Syracuse PARK, Fla. (AP) — Niya Johnson made the go-ahead basket with a minute left as No. 9 Baylor defeated No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 Friday night, giving coach Kim Mulkey the win in her 500th game.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sports, 20 Dec 2014 02:18:19 GMTThings to know about Friday's baseball news, Calif. (AP) — There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:sSportsAthlete compensationSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballSports businessAthlete healthMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessLos AngelesCaliforniaSan FranciscoNew York CityTampaKansas CityUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew YorkFloridaMissouri, 20 Dec 2014 02:51:26 GMTWalden helps Eastern Kentucky routs No. 18 Miami GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corey Walden scored 18 points to help Eastern Kentucky rout No. 18 Miami 72-44 on Friday night.By SANTOS PEREZsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsMiamiFloridaKentuckyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:09:49 GMT9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.By LINDSEY BAHReArts and entertainmentMoviesEntertainmentAcademy AwardsCelebrityEventsAward shows, 20 Dec 2014 01:49:19 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingMovie rentalIntelligence agenciesMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesTechnology issuesMedia distributionMediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth KoreaJapanEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 04:57:36 GMTAPNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.By RONALD BLUMfBusinessSportsAthlete compensationBaseballProfessional baseballSports businessSports transactionsMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesNew York CityNew YorkLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 20 Dec 2014 02:27:57 GMTIslanders edge Red Wings 2-1 (AP) — Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, and the New York Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Friday night.By NOAH TRISTERsSportsAthlete injuriesAthlete healthProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsDetroitNew YorkMichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:15:54 GMTToday in History is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.By The Associated PressaViolent crimeCrimeGeneral newsUnited StatesGeorgiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:27 GMTNew video shows Rice and fiancee in aftermath of punch CITY, N.J. (AP) — A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.Associated PressaGeneral newsSportsCrimeProfessional footballFootballNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:03:33 GMTRondo wants another title run in move to Dallas (AP) — Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics.By SCHUYLER DIXONsSportsSports transactionsMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballTexasDallasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:09:29 GMTAP sources: Peavy, Giants agree to 2-year deal FRANCISCO (AP) — When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsSports transactionsBaseballProfessional baseballSports businessMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:43:21 GMTFavors, Hayward lead Jazz over Magic 101-94, Fla. (AP) — Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 20 points to lead Utah to a 101-94 victory over Orlando on Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballOrlandoMiamiUtahFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:02:14 GMTHoffman scores 2, Senators beat Ducks 6-2, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored two goals and Erik Karlsson had two assists Friday night as the Ottawa Senators beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2.sSportsMen's sportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyOntarioOttawaCanadaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:43:29 GMTHutchinson makes 30 saves, Jets beat Bruins, Manitoba (AP) — Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets' 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsWinnipegManitobaCanadaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 04:28:50 GMTRaptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.sSportsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballAthlete healthDetroitTorontoAuburnNew York CityMichiganUnited StatesNorth AmericaOntarioCanadaNew York, 20 Dec 2014 04:26:24 GMTIron Mountain reaches $44.5M settlement with US, Calif. (AP) — Information storage and management company Iron Mountain agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle allegations that the company overcharged federal agencies for record storage services, authorities announced Friday.aBusinessGeneral newsMountainsGovernment and politicsContracts and ordersCorporate newsGovernment business and financeEnvironment and natureProducts and servicesSacramentoUnited StatesCaliforniaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:49:11 GMTSome gray wolves to be returned to endangered list CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.By JOHN FLESHERaGeneral newsAnimalsWolvesNational courtsWildlifeWater environmentEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementAnimal welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMammalsEnvironmental conservation and preservationNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEnvironmental laws and regulationsGovernment regulationsUnited StatesMinnesotaTraverse CityWisconsinMichiganNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:57:42 GMTFDA OKs Cubist antibiotic for serious infections, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine to fight complex infections in the abdomen and urinary tract, the fourth antibiotic the agency has approved since May.BY LINDA A. JOHNSONaBusinessGeneral newsHealthMedicationInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsDiagnosis and treatmentHealth care industryIndustriesDiseases and conditionsNew JerseyUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:40:44 GMTJailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.By MATTHEW BROWNaBusinessGeneral newsNational courtsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryMontanaBillingsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:23 GMTAshanti 'shocked' by prospect of stalker retrial YORK (AP) — Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial.By JENNIFER PELTZaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMusicEntertainmentLegal proceedingsCelebrityLaw and order, 20 Dec 2014 02:03:06 GMTLillard scores 43 as Blazers beat Spurs in 3 OT ANTONIO (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime by rallying for a 129-119 victory Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballSan AntonioTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 04:44:36 GMTNo. 13 Duke women crush Mass-Lowell 95-48, N.C. (AP) — Sierra Calhoun scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 13 Duke coasted to a 95-48 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsLowellNorth CarolinaDurhamMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:45:16 GMTBenn leads Stars to 2-1 win over Flames, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars edged Calgary 2-1 on Friday night, the Flames' seventh straight loss.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsAlbertaCalgaryCanadaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 05:08:34 GMTRockets acquire Timberwolves swingman Brewer (AP) — The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter on Friday, obtaining veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade that also included the Philadelphia 76ers.By JON KRAWCZYNSKIsSportsSports transactionsAthlete injuriesMen's sportsMen's basketballSports businessAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMinnesotaHoustonUnited StatesNorth AmericaTexas, 20 Dec 2014 03:06:21 GMTNew York mayor caught between protests, police YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.By JONATHAN LEMIREaGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPoliceMunicipal governmentsCrimePolitical and civil unrestLaw enforcement agenciesGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsNew YorkNew York CityUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:13:23 GMTWalker, Jefferson lead Hornets past 76ers 109-91 (AP) — Kemba Walker scored a season-high 30 points, Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 109-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.By DAVE ZEITLINsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballPhiladelphiaNorth CarolinaPennsylvaniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:04:57 GMTFront-runners for assistant coach awards Arians, Pete Carroll, Jason Garrett, familiar names likely to get support for the AP's Coach of the Year honor.By BARRY WILNERsSportsCoachingAthlete injuriesProfessional footballFootballAthlete healthJournalismNews mediaMediaAustinDetroitDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth AmericaMichigan, 20 Dec 2014 05:02:16 GMTWizards rally down stretch, top Heat 105-103 (AP) — John Wall scored 20 points and added 10 assists, Nene scored 20 off the bench and the Washington Wizards rallied to beat the Miami Heat 105-103 on Friday night.By TIM REYNOLDSsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballMiamiFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:22:25 GMTGray leads No. 6 North Carolina to 65-36 victory BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Allisha Gray scored 17 points and No. 6 North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Carolinas Challenge on Friday night.By PETE IACOBELLIsSportsCollege basketballWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsWomen's sportsMaineMyrtle BeachNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 02:14:15 GMTSony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.htBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 01:46:04 GMTActor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview YORK (AP) — Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCriminal investigationsCrimeCelebrityLaw and orderGeneral newsNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:46:08 GMTCeltics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves (AP) — Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.By HOWARD ULMANsSportsSports transactionsMen's basketballSports businessProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsBostonMinnesotaMassachusettsUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:19:30 GMTUN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.By EDITH M. LEDERERiGeneral newsCoastlines and beachesEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsEnvironmentAccidentsAccidents and disastersGovernment and politicsIsraelLebanonMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 02:40:38 GMTAP sources: Peavy agrees on deal with Giants FRANCISCO (AP) — When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.By JANIE McCAULEYsSportsProfessional baseballBaseballMen's sportsSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:20 GMTPrepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.By MARY CLARE JALONICKwHealthGovernment and politicsDisease outbreaksGeneral newsPublic healthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsPregnancy and childbirthSexual and reproductive healthWomen's healthMinnesotaMissouriUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:31 GMTJames, Miller lead Cavaliers over Nets 95-91 (AP) — LeBron James scored 22 points and Mike Miller, making his first start of the season, added 21 on seven 3-pointers, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballClevelandOhioUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:28:08 GMTAP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.By JOHN HEILPRINhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsGenevaSwitzerlandWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 04:12:27 GMTAP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba'S NOTE — When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.By Stanley Meisler and Ben F. MeyeraGeneral newsInternational relationsDiplomacyEmbassiesCabinet appointments and nominationsGovernment and politicsLegislatureCabinetsGovernment appointments and nominationsCubaHavanaRussiaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEastern EuropeEuropeNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 03:08:38 GMT