FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 19 Dec 2014 13:04:35 -0800Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.By MICHAEL LIEDTKEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsSmall businessSportsTechnologyTelevision programsEntertainmentCorporate sponsorshipCollege footballCollege sportsSports marketingSports mediaFootballCorporate newsSports businessAgricultureIndustriesSan FranciscoSan DiegoCaliforniaSt. PetersburgUnited StatesNorth AmericaFlorida, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:24 GMTArctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, Alaska (AP) — A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska's Arctic.By DAN JOLINGaBusinessGeneral newsCorporate crimeCrimeCorporate newsArcticAnchorageUnited StatesAlaskaNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:43:20 GMTCops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsCrimeViolent crimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:20:43 GMTAP PHOTOS: In North Korea, the Kims are adored say that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:44:20 GMTObama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress.wBusinessGovernment and politicsInternational tradeEconomyEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 19:32:33 GMT2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.By ANTHONY McCARTNEYhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsTechnology issuesCorporate newsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesLaw and orderViolenceSocial issuesSocial affairsViolent crimeCrimeNorth KoreaUnited StatesAuroraCaliforniaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaColorado, 19 Dec 2014 20:59:05 GMTPakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.By REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsTerrorismWar casualtiesDeath penalty controversyMunicipal governmentsHuman rights and civil libertiesGovernment and politicsCrimeCriminal punishmentLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsSocial issuesSocial affairsLocal governmentsMilitary and defensePakistanIndiaAfghanistanIslamabadPeshawarSouth AsiaAsiaCentral Asia, 19 Dec 2014 20:01:48 GMTFlu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.By MIKE STOBBEaHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditions, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:50 GMTDriver charged after car crashes into crowd, Calif. (AP) — A woman was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly driving into a crowd outside a California church, killing four people including a 6-year-old boy.aGeneral newsCrimeReckless endangermentViolent crimeAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:07 GMTPaul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, declaring that he rejects an isolationist approach to foreign policy.By KEN THOMASpGovernment and politicsUnited States Presidential ElectionEventsInternational relations2016 United States Presidential ElectionDiplomacyForeign policyPolitical partiesNational electionsElectionsEconomic policyEconomyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradePolitical organizationsCubaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:12 GMTProsecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied LOUIS (AP) — Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.By JIM SALTERaGeneral newsCriminal investigationsPolice shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderEventsFergusonMissouriSt. LouisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:01 GMTA look at large coal ash spills in the US Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsEnergy and the environmentAccidents and disastersUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryWater environmentEnvironmentEnvironment and natureEnvironmental concernsIndustrial products and servicesLake MichiganUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:18 GMTSugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.By TAMMY WEBBERaGeneral newsGays and lesbiansLegal proceedingsAccidents and disastersLaw and orderAccidentsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentMarriageFamily issuesSocial affairsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:14:19 GMTMan on death row gets new sentence, may go free, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.aGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderElkoNevadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:06:54 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He declared the United States would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesTechnology issuesHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth KoreaMiddle EastNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:44:33 GMTSkier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said.aGeneral newsSkiingWinter weatherNatural disastersAccidents and disastersSportsWeatherAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:39:22 GMTCourt finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.By MICHAEL GRACZYKaGeneral newsViolent crimeLegal proceedingsCrimeLaw and orderTexasHoustonUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:08 GMT2 killed, 3 hurt in Oklahoma oil rig explosion, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically.aGeneral newsExplosionsFiresAccidents and disastersAccidentsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessOklahomaOklahoma CityUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:55 GMTObama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers (AP) — President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.wGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessIndustrial products and servicesCanadaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:54:43 GMTPutin: Russia military modernization to go ahead (AP) — Boasting about the Russian military's capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to continue an ambitious weapons modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViGeneral newsWar and unrestFinancial crisisEconomyBusinessFinancial marketsGovernment and politicsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineArcticEastern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:24 GMTBrazil to study legalization of medical marijuana DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government says it will study the possibility of legalizing the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures.iGeneral newsMedical marijuanaMedical researchHealth issuesHealthMedicationDiagnosis and treatmentHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsBrazilRio de JaneiroSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 19 Dec 2014 19:37:29 GMTBrowns' Thomas accused of environmental violations, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.By TODD RICHMONDaGeneral newsSportsProfessional footballFootballWisconsinMadisonRichmondClevelandUnited StatesNorth AmericaKentuckyOhio, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:19 GMTUS says traffic deaths fell about 3 pct in 2013 (AP) — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped just over 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics.aBusinessGeneral newsTransportation safetyTransportation, 19 Dec 2014 19:42:32 GMTFormer boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75 (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.sSportsBoxingMen's boxingObituariesMen's sportsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:29:46 GMTObama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba (AP) — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsLegislaturePublic opinionEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessSocial affairsLegislationIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment regulationsUnited StatesCubaCanadaDistrict of ColumbiaNorth KoreaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:26 GMTOhio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.By MARK GILLISPIEaGeneral newsLegal proceedingsChristianityReligionArrestsCrimeLaw and orderViolent crimeSocial affairsOhioClevelandUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:10:00 GMTChurchill selects new Kentucky Derby announcer, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs has a new track announcer who will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby.aGeneral newsSportsKentucky DerbyHorse racingEventsThoroughbred racingKentuckyNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:32:13 GMTJerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.By MARK SCOLFOROaGeneral newsSportsLegal proceedingsGovernment pensions and social securityCollege sportsCoachingCoach retirementSchool athleticsCollege footballCrimeCrimes against childrenFootballLaw and orderGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsEducationSocial affairsViolent crime, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMTGerman Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve (AP) — A German labor union says striking workers at four distribution centers in Germany will remain off the job until Christmas Eve.iGeneral newsStrikesWages and salariesLabor issuesSocial issuesSocial affairsPersonnelBusinessGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 19 Dec 2014 20:22:39 GMTLawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation, Ind. (AP) — Lawyers for people hurt in Indiana stage collapse reach settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersIndianaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:09:08 GMTFBI blames North Korea for Sony hack (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingIntelligence agenciesLaw enforcement agenciesTechnology issuesUnited StatesNorth KoreaPyongyangMiddle EastNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:07 GMTObama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the "devil is in the details."wBusinessGovernment and politicsPolitical partiesGovernment financeGovernment business and financeNational governmentsPolitical organizations, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:28 GMTBush officials gave CIA wide latitude (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.By KEN DILANIANwGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:37 GMTHackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."By JAKE COYLEhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentGovernment and politicsEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:08 GMTObama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America' (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.By JULIE PACEwGovernment and politicsLegislatureUnited StatesMiddle EastNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:37 GMTT-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.By MARCY GORDONwBusinessGeneral newsPersonal spendingGovernment regulationsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderPersonal financeGovernment and politicsTelecommunicationsIndustriesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:21:47 GMTObama pledges proportional response to Sony hack (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's punishing hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment at a place, time and manner "that we choose."wGovernment and politicsUnited StatesNorth KoreaNorth AmericaEast AsiaAsia, 19 Dec 2014 19:22:32 GMTNY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.By JOHN KEKISaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeNew YorkAlbanyUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMT1 thing even Rahm can't fix: Da Bears (AP) — Rahm Emanuel traded Washington politics for the City of Big Shoulders because here, at least, he figured he could actually fix things.By JIM LITKEaGeneral newsSportsMunicipal governmentsNFL DraftProfessional footballFootballLocal governmentsGovernment and politicsEventsChicagoIllinoisUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:53 GMTAP sources: Pads to obtain Middlebrooks from BoSox DIEGO (AP) — The Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday.By BERNIE WILSONsSportsSports transactionsProfessional baseballSports businessBaseballMen's sportsSan DiegoNew York CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew York, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:38 GMTCraig Ferguson's last 'good night' as 'Late Late Show' host YORK (AP) — Was it Bob Newhart horsing around all those years on "The Late Late Show"?By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrity, 19 Dec 2014 19:51:43 GMTPacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.aBusinessGeneral newsCorporate legal affairsLegal proceedingsEaglesEnergy industryIndustriesUtilitiesCorporate newsWildlifeEnvironmentEnvironment and natureNatural resource managementEnvironmental conservation and preservationLaw and orderBirdsAnimalsWyomingUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:53:41 GMT2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week YORK (AP) — Two star-driven Broadway plays this week got early Christmas presents when they announced they'd recouped their respective investments.By MARK KENNEDYeArts and entertainmentPerforming artsEntertainment, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:19 GMTNY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.By JENNIFER PELTZaGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderCorrectional systemsHuman welfareSocial issuesSocial affairsMusicEntertainmentArts and entertainmentNew YorkUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:36 GMTCelebrities react to latest Sony hack developments reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":By The Associated PressaBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentSocial mediaCelebrityGovernment and politicsOnline mediaMedia, 19 Dec 2014 20:50:23 GMTFDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment, D.C. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.By The Associated PressfBusinessDiagnosis and treatmentMedicationDiseases and conditionsLiver diseaseHealthInfectious diseasesProducts and servicesCorporate newsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:35:09 GMTEPA sets first national standard for coal waste (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.BY DINA CAPPIELLOwBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnvironmental laws and regulationsEnergy and the environmentProduction facilitiesAir qualityEnvironmental activismEnvironmentEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeCorporate newsEnvironmental concernsNorth CarolinaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:09 GMTOil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market YORK (AP) — Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too.By STEVE ROTHWELLfBusinessGovernment financeGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesDebt and bond marketsFinancial marketsUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:57 GMTWeird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.By RACHEL D'OROaBusinessGeneral newsScienceSmall businessWeather forecastsWeatherWinter weatherOutdoor recreationRecreation and leisureLifestyleAlaskaAnchorageUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 19:23:39 GMTAP NewsAlert, Calif. (AP) — Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter, drug intoxication in California pedestrian tragedy.aGeneral newsViolent crimeCrimeTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:35 GMT