FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:17 -0800Putin: Russian economy will recover (AP) — The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesGovernment and politicsRussiaMoscowEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:41:05 GMTIraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.By SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsGovernment and politicsJournalistsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsNews mediaMediaIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:41 GMTPutin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.iBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:18:53 GMTUK air service to compensate airlines for glitch (AP) — Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.iBusinessGeneral newsAir travel disruptionsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesTransportationUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:39 GMTS. Korean group cancels plans for border tree, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.By TONG-HYUNG KIMiGeneral newsHolidaysOccasionsLifestyleSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangNorth KoreaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:55:25 GMTQatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSportsFIFA World Cup2022 FIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World CupProfessional soccerEventsSoccerMen's soccerMen's sportsInternational soccerSaudi ArabiaMiddle EastQatarDohaEast AsiaChinaBrazilAsiaGreater ChinaSouth AmericaLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 08:41:11 GMTPutin: Ukraine must remain 1 entity (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsDiplomacyInternational relationsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscow, 18 Dec 2014 10:04:58 GMTSony emails show a studio ripe for hacking (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.By TED BRIDIShtBusinessArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentHackingCorporate managementSoftwareTechnology issuesInternet technologyComputing and information technologyCommunication technologyCorporate newsPersonnelUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:17 GMTCrisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNational governmentsHealth care policyHealth care reformGovernment policyPolitical issuesNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:31 GMTPutin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.By LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOViBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesFinancial marketsRussiaCrimeaMoscowUkraineEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 11:55:47 GMTA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.By YOUKYUNG LEEhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyHackingFinancial servicesPolitical defectionsGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industrySoftwareComputing and information technologyNorth KoreaSouth KoreaSeoulPyongyangEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:12 GMTDjokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.sSportsTennisMen's tennisWomen's tennisMen's sportsWomen's sportsUnited KingdomWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:02 GMTAP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGovernment and politicsMoviesEntertainmentCriminal investigationsLaw and orderGeneral newsCrimeSoftwareComputing and information technologyTechnologyNorth KoreaUnited StatesChinaEast AsiaAsiaNorth AmericaGreater China, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:04 GMTIndia's space program notches 2 more successes DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.htGeneral newsSpace launchesAerospace technologyIndustrial technologyTechnologyIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:40:27 GMTHow revived ties with Cuba came to be (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing.By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEEwGovernment and politicsInternational incidentsInternational relationsDiplomacyGeneral newsChristianityReligionSocial affairsCubaUnited StatesCanadaVatican CityIranMiddle EastMuscatOmanCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth AmericaWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 08:12:44 GMTIran to hold military drill near strategic passage, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIranStrait of HormuzMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 10:14:55 GMTSubway co-founder will allow kids to use his field, Conn. (AP) — A co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain says kids in Danbury, Connecticut, can continue to play soccer on a field he owns until a new athletic field is ready to open.aBusinessGeneral newsYouth soccerSoccerSportsYouth sportsDanburyConnecticutUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:12 GMT10 Things to Know for Today daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:By The Associated PressaGeneral newsCubaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 10:58:26 GMTQ&A: Drones might help show how tornados form (AP) — Researchers say they've 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 tornados form.By DAN ELLIOTTaGeneral newsScienceStormsTornadoesWeatherDrone aircraftNatural disastersAccidents and disastersIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessColoradoNebraskaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:12 GMTNigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria.iGeneral newsWar and unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderMilitary legal affairsMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 11:41:04 GMTTop Catholic cleric in Holy Land condemns violence (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land has condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas message.iGeneral newsReligious strifeTerritorial disputesChristianityWar and unrestReligionSocial affairsPalestinian territoriesIsraelJerusalemGaza StripMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 12:01:10 GMTIndia launches rocket, tests unmanned crew pod DELHI (AP) — India has announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.iGeneral newsSpace launchesIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessIndiaSouth AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:24 GMTUN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.iGeneral news, 18 Dec 2014 10:47:12 GMTSwiss central bank imposes negative interest rates, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.By JOHN HEILPRINiBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomic policyEconomyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyFinancial marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesBernSwitzerlandRussiaWestern EuropeEuropeEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 11:49:17 GMTPutin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.iGeneral newsUkraineRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:58:18 GMTYemen's parliament approves new Cabinet, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.By AHMED AL-HAJiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsLegislatureYemenSanaaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:27:30 GMTN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.By BERNARD CONDON, ERIC TUCKER and MAE ANDERSONhtBusinessArts and entertainmentGeneral newsTechnologyMoviesEntertainmentComputer and data securityMaterials industryMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesComputing and information technologyInternet technologyCommunication technologyUnited StatesNorth KoreaEast AsiaCaliforniaNorth AmericaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:52:37 GMTChine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction (AP) — A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.iGeneral newsArrestsCrimeLegal proceedingsLaw and orderViolent crimeChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:05 GMTDutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"iGeneral newsGovernment and politicsNetherlandsWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:57:25 GMTGreek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.iBusinessGeneral newsGreeceWestern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 11:18:28 GMTFIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation, Morocco (AP) — The FIFA executive committee is meeting Thursday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation.By JOHN LEICESTERiGeneral newsSports2014 FIFA World CupFIFA World CupMen's soccerProfessional soccerInternational soccerSports governanceSoccerEventsMen's sportsMoroccoNorth AfricaAfrica, 18 Dec 2014 11:22:06 GMTEuropean court rules obesity can be disability (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.iBusinessGeneral newsHealthObesityDiseases and conditionsLegal proceedingsLaw and orderEuropeUnited KingdomWestern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 11:43:18 GMTCubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIAiGeneral newsInternational relationsEconomyGovernment and politicsEconomic policyBusinessGovernment business and financeGovernment policyInternational tradeForeign policyCubaHavanaUnited StatesCaribbeanLatin America and CaribbeanNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 09:15:34 GMTImage of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas mood this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine capital, Manila. The orangutan is one of the main attractions in Manny Tangco's private animal collection in Manila's suburb of Malabon, which also includes the native Philippine Brown Deer, in the background. Tangco's message this holiday season is awareness about feelings of animals, especially when revelers explode firecrackers for the raucous New Year celebrations. Some cities in the Philippines have banned firecrackers due to high number of injuries.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsZoological parksPrimatesRecreation and leisureLifestyleMammalsAnimalsPhilippinesManilaSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:18 GMTJailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsArrestsLaw and orderCrimeGovernment and politicsMoscowRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 GMTShareholders back DP World's London delisting, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion.iGeneral newsCorporate stockCorporate newsBusinessIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesInternational tradeEconomyDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:31 GMTPutin says won't force exporters to sell currency (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEconomyEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyInternational relationsRussiaEastern EuropeEuropeMoscowUkraine, 18 Dec 2014 10:16:44 GMTPope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.iGeneral newsDiplomacyReligionInternational relationsGovernment and politicsSocial affairsVatican CityCubaWestern EuropeEuropeCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:26 GMTPutin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings (AP) — Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.iBusinessGeneral newsRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMTCalifornia power regulator to address allegations FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.aBusinessGeneral newsUtilitiesIndustry regulationGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment regulationsIndustriesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 11:08:11 GMTFed rate wording boosts world stock markets stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.By The Associated PressaBusinessGeneral newsCurrency marketsEconomyCommodity marketsFinancial marketsEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment and politicsGovernment policyStock marketsFinancial servicesIndustriesRussiaAustraliaEast AsiaUnited StatesEastern EuropeEuropeOceaniaAsiaNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:13 GMTGift Guide: Home products come with connectivity YORK (AP) — Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?By ANICK JESDANUNhtBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeTechnologyHousehold technologyConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 18 Dec 2014 08:27:27 GMT'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.By ELAINE KURTENBACHhtBusinessGeneral newsTechnologyConsumer electronicsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesMedia and entertainment industryTelecommunicationsJapanTokyoEast AsiaHollywoodAsiaLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:09 GMT11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola, 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-MACAULAYiGeneral newsHealthInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsWest AfricaSierra LeoneAfricaGuineaLiberia, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:20 GMTPutin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one.By LAURA MILLSiBusinessGeneral newsFinancial crisisEconomyFinancial marketsForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEnergy industryIndustriesDiplomacyCrimeaRussiaUkraineEastern EuropeEuropeMoscow, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:44 GMTPolice: 1 dead, several hurt in California crash BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said.aGeneral newsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTransportationCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:11 GMTPutin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover (AP) — Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.iBusinessGeneral newsReserve assetsEconomyRussiaEastern EuropeEurope, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:57 GMTAP NewsAlert (AP) — European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.iBusinessGeneral newsEconomyForeign policyGovernment policyGovernment and politicsInternational relationsEuropeCrimeaUkraineEastern Europe, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:06 GMTTwo-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.By JOHN LEICESTER and ROB HARRISiGeneral newsSports2022 FIFA World CupHuman rights and civil libertiesFIFA World CupMen's soccerSoccerEventsSocial issuesSocial affairsIndustrial products and servicesIndustriesBusinessMen's sportsInternational soccerQatarDohaMiddle East, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:39 GMTMyanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.iGeneral newsBuddhismArrestsReligionSocial affairsLaw and orderCrimeMyanmarYangonSoutheast AsiaAsia, 18 Dec 2014 12:12:12 GMT