FindLaw AP News Feedhttp://news.findlaw.comAssociated Press breaking news from around the world, brought to you by, 20 Dec 2014 04:57:12 -0800Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host YORK (AP) — Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show.By FRAZIER MOOREeArts and entertainmentTelevision programsEntertainmentCelebrity, 20 Dec 2014 07:35:31 GMTLawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."By ROBERT JABLONaGeneral newsAccidentsLegal proceedingsCrimeReckless endangermentAccidents and disastersTransportationLaw and orderTorranceCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:04:28 GMT2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.By JOSEF FEDERMANiGeneral newsGovernment and politicsTerritorial disputesPolitical partiesWar and unrestPolitical organizationsIsraelPalestinian territoriesWest BankJerusalemMiddle EastGaza StripUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 10:37:23 GMTLiberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears, Liberia (AP) — Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEHiGeneral newsHealthLegislatureGovernment and politicsInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsLiberiaMonroviaWest AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 11:23:41 GMTInterim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls, Neb. (AP) — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach.By ERIC OLSONsSportsCoachingCollege footballCollege sportsFootballNebraskaFloridaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:32:17 GMTProtesters 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 for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.By PAUL ELIASaArts and entertainmentGeneral newsScienceTelevision programsEntertainmentProtests and demonstrationsNational courtsEnvironmental activismPolitical and civil unrestLegal proceedingsLaw and orderAgricultureIndustriesBusinessNational governmentsGovernment and politicsCourtsJudiciaryEnvironmentEnvironment and natureUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 09:49:15 GMTN. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.htBusinessGeneral newsHackingGovernment and politicsTechnology issuesTechnologyNorth KoreaSouth KoreaPyongyangUnited StatesEast AsiaAsiaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 12:23:38 GMTObama touches down in Hawaii for annual vacation HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama is kicking off his annual winter vacation in his birthplace of Hawaii.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 08:43:47 GMTAP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.By BEN WALKERsSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sports, 20 Dec 2014 05:28:27 GMTTour agents: North Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.By ERIC TALMADGEiGeneral newsHealthTravel agentsCrimeInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTravel safetyTravelLifestyleNorth KoreaJapanChinaPyongyangEast AsiaBeijingAsiaGreater China, 20 Dec 2014 06:14:23 GMTChina's leader cautions against external forces (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.iGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsPolitical and civil unrestLegislationLegislatureGovernment and politicsHong KongChinaMacauBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 12:04:13 GMTBahrain 'terror blast' wounds 3 police, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama.iGeneral newsBahrainManamaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 10:48:26 GMTLA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsBaseballProfessional baseballMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessSports businessLos AngelesCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 11:36:41 GMTFalling oil prices worry Algeria, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.By KARIM KEBIR and PAUL SCHEMMiGeneral newsPricesGovernment payEconomyGovernment and politicsEnergy industryIndustriesBusinessEconomic policyGovernment business and financeGovernment policyAlgeriaNorth AfricaAlgiersRussiaAfricaEastern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 10:30:06 GMTThings to know about Friday's baseball news 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:By The Associated PresssSportsAthlete compensationSports transactionsAthlete injuriesProfessional baseballBaseballSports businessAthlete healthMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessLos AngelesSan FranciscoNew York CityTampaKansas CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaNew YorkFloridaMissouri, 20 Dec 2014 08:30:29 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, 20 Dec 2014 08:16:34 GMTObama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response (AP) — President Barack Obama declared 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 BRIDIShtArts and entertainmentGeneral newsMoviesEntertainmentHackingMovie rentalGovernment and politicsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessTechnology issuesTechnologyMedia distributionMediaProducts and servicesCorporate newsHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsUnited StatesNorth KoreaJapanEast AsiaNorth AmericaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 11:21:13 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 BLUMaGeneral newsAthlete compensationBaseballProfessional baseballSportsSports businessSports transactionsMen's sportsMedia and entertainment industryIndustriesBusinessNew York CityNew YorkLos AngelesUnited StatesNorth AmericaCalifornia, 20 Dec 2014 07:12:07 GMTBombings kill 10 in Iraq (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad.By SAMEER N. YACOUBiGeneral newsWar and unrestBombingsIraqBaghdadMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 09:56:08 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 05:37:03 GMTEgypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.By MAGGIE MICHAELiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansArrestsCrimePolitical ethicsIslamismSpasGovernment and politicsPolitical activismReligious issuesReligionSocial affairsSocial issuesLaw and orderHuman rights and civil libertiesPolitical issuesSex in societyRecreation and leisureLifestyleEgyptCairoIraqMiddle EastNorth AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 05:26:42 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 FranciscoMiamiCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaFlorida, 20 Dec 2014 05:33:26 GMTVonn wins women's World Cup downhill in France D'ISERE, France (AP) — American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race Saturday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year ago, clinching a 61st career victory to continue her strong comeback following two operations.By JEROME PUGMIREsSportsAlpine skiingWomen's skiingSkiingWomen's sportsFranceWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 11:41:00 GMTAfter turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.By JOSH LEDERMANaGeneral newsGovernment and politicsHawaiiDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesHonoluluNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 10:54:20 GMTPakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.By MUNIR AHMEDiGeneral newsWar and unrestMilitant groupsDrone surveillance and warfareDrone aircraftMilitary and defenseGovernment and politicsPakistanPeshawarSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 08:23:11 GMTTour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.By ERIC TALMADGEiGeneral newsHealthTravel agentsCrimeInfectious diseasesDiseases and conditionsConsumer products and servicesIndustriesBusinessTravel safetyTravelLifestyleNorth KoreaJapanChinaPyongyangEast AsiaBeijingAsiaGreater China, 20 Dec 2014 10:36:44 GMTExtremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.By HARUNA UMARiGeneral newsMilitant groupsWar and unrestMunicipal governmentsSeniorsGovernment and politicsLocal governmentsViolent crimeCrimeNigeriaWest AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 12:06:33 GMTHutchinson makes 30 saves, Jets beat Bruins, Manitoba (AP) — Boston draft pick Michael Hutchinson had some fun at the Bruins' expense.sSportsProfessional hockeyHockeyMen's hockeyMen's sportsWinnipegManitobaCanadaNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 05:47:51 GMT5 things to know about year-end tax breaks (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season.By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsPersonal taxesLegislatureGovernment financeGovernment business and financeBusinessNational governmentsPersonal financeProducts and servicesCorporate news, 20 Dec 2014 08:05:25 GMTNo. 16 Oregon State women rally in 71-55 win over S Illinois ORLEANS (AP) — Ruth Hamblin scored 16 points to lead No. 16 Oregon State to a 71-55 comeback win over Southern Illinois in the opening round of the New Orleans Shootout on Friday night.sSportsCollege basketballWomen's sportsWomen's basketballBasketballCollege sportsOregonIllinoisNew OrleansUnited StatesNorth AmericaLouisiana, 20 Dec 2014 05:50:39 GMTChristmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").By RAF CASERTiGeneral newsWorld War IWar and unrestObituariesEventsGovernment and politicsUnited KingdomBelgiumGermanyLondonFranceWestern EuropeEuropeEngland, 20 Dec 2014 11:59:09 GMTSexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China (AP) — A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.By DIDI TANGiGeneral newsGays and lesbiansGender issuesRelationshipsSocial issuesSocial affairsLifestyleChinaBeijingGreater ChinaEast AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 11:01:33 GMTCuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear (AP) — Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami.aGeneral newsProtests and demonstrationsDiplomacyInternational relationsPolitical and civil unrestGovernment and politicsMiamiCubaUnited StatesFloridaNorth AmericaCaribbeanLatin America and Caribbean, 20 Dec 2014 09:00:56 GMTLillard scores 43 as Blazers beat Spurs in 3 OT ANTONIO (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble.sSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballSan AntonioDallasTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 06:17:47 GMT2004 tsunami: A crying boy with a piece of bread 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the fourth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.By The Associated PressaGeneral newsNatural disasters2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiAccidents and disastersEventsSri LankaSouth AsiaAsia, 20 Dec 2014 06:08:32 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 05:16:00 GMTKidnapped Mozambican businessman released, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities in Mozambique say a wealthy businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released.iGeneral newsKidnappingCrimeMozambiqueMaputoEast AfricaAfrica, 20 Dec 2014 12:47:38 GMTTick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.By SARAH SKIDMORE SELLaBusinessGeneral newsLifestylePersonal financeHoliday shoppingHolidaysOccasionsShoppingFashionBeauty and fashionConsumer products and servicesIndustries, 20 Dec 2014 12:36:44 GMTSan Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him, authorities said.aGeneral newsArrestsCrimeViolent crimeLaw and orderSan FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 06:29:52 GMTJohnson helps No. 3 Arizona get past UTEP, 60-55 PASO, Texas (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored 15 points to help No. 3 Arizona survived a scare in its first true road game of the season, pulling away late for a 60-55 victory against UTEP on Friday night.By JOHN ERFORTsSportsMen's basketballCollege basketballBasketballCollege sportsMen's sportsArizonaTexasUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 07:29:49 GMTBush officials did little oversight of CIA program (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 DILANIANwGeneral newsGovernment and politicsIntelligence agenciesTerrorismLegislatureNational securityHuman rights and civil libertiesSocial issuesSocial affairsHuman welfareWar and unrestMilitary and defenseDistrict of ColumbiaUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 08:19:58 GMTEPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.By DYLAN LOVAN, TRAVIS LOLLER and DINA CAPPIELLOaBusinessGeneral newsGovernment and politicsEnvironmental laws and regulationsEnergy and the environmentEnvironmentProduction facilitiesWaste managementEnvironmental activismAir qualityEnvironment and natureGovernment regulationsUtilitiesIndustriesEnergy industryCorporate newsEnvironmental concernsAccidentsAccidents and disastersTennesseeUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:53 GMTIraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages (AP) — Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.By SAMEER N. YACOUB and SINAN SALAHEDDINiGeneral newsGovernment payIslamReligionSocial affairsGovernment business and financeBusinessGovernment and politicsBaghdadIraqMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 06:17:38 GMTAustralian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.By KRISTEN GELINEAUiGeneral newsArrestsViolent crimeCrimeLaw and orderAustraliaSydneyOceania, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:12 GMTRobbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store (AP) — Police say robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.iGeneral newsTheftCrimeBerlinGermanyWestern EuropeEurope, 20 Dec 2014 11:35:14 GMTThunder hold off Kobe's Lakers 104-103 without KD ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and hit a key jumper with 38 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of NBA MVP Kevin Durant for a 104-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.By GREG BEACHAMsSportsMen's sportsMen's basketballProfessional basketballBasketballLos AngelesOklahoma CityCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth AmericaOklahoma, 20 Dec 2014 06:13:54 GMTNuggets hang on to beat Clippers 109-106 (AP) — Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari hit successive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets regrouped after blowing a 16-point halftime lead to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-106 on Friday night.By DENNIS GEORGATOSsSportsAthlete injuriesMen's basketballAthlete healthProfessional basketballBasketballMen's sportsDenverColoradoUnited StatesNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 05:19:22 GMTKurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani (AP) — A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group.iGeneral newsSyriaMiddle East, 20 Dec 2014 12:31:46 GMTRussia dismisses new US sanctions as useless (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula.By NATALIYA VASILYEVAiGeneral newsInternational relationsProducts and servicesCorporate newsBusinessProfessional servicesIndustriesGovernment and politicsCrimeaMoscowRussiaUnited StatesEuropeUkraineEastern EuropeNorth America, 20 Dec 2014 11:13:46 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 05:35:15 GMT