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World’s first surviving septuplets graduate high school

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 19:19

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) — The world’s first surviving septuplets have graduated from their Iowa high school. Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan McCaughey all crossed the stage Sunday as part of Carlisle High School’s class of 2016. The septuplets were born Nov. 19, 1997, ranging in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to […]

Man dies after falling from Ocean City hotel balcony

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 19:09

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after they say a Pennsylvania man died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony at an Ocean City hotel. Ocean City police say in a statement that 29-year-old Jordan M. Hess of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, died shortly after crews arrived to the scene Saturday evening at the Stowaway Grand […]

Fuel blockades lead to shortages in Paris, police action

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:52

FOS-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Behind a barricade of flaming tires, striking workers in front of the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery are standing firm, playing the accordion — and slowly draining France of its fuel. The union-led blockade, one of several set up at refineries and depots across France, is aimed at securing the withdrawal of the […]

Former Yugo’s mega film star Bata Zivojinovic dies at 82

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:46

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian state television says Velimir Bata Zivojinovic, former Yugoslavia’s best known film star who was also popular in China, has died. He was 82. State TV said Monday that Zivojinovic died late on Sunday in a Belgrade hospital. He was suffering from several chronic conditions and recently had a leg amputated. […]

UK’s David Cameron warns of recession if Britain leaves EU

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:44

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that Britain would be plunged into a “do-it-yourself” recession if it votes to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum. He said Monday that choosing to leave the 28-nation bloc would be a “self-destruct option” for Britain. The referendum is one month away […]

Official: Iran to try to ‘speed up’ held Lebanese man’s case

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:42

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry says his government “will try to speed up” a case involving a detained U.S. permanent resident accused by state-run media of being a spy. Hossein Jaberi Ansari’s comments are about Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka. Zakka disappeared in Tehran in September after attending a […]

Greece to start evacuating Idomeni migrant camp within days

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:36

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they will start a gradual evacuation of the country’s main informal camp for refugees and other migrants within the next few days. Police and government officials said Monday the estimated 8,400 people at Idomeni, on the closed northern border with Macedonia, will be sent to newly-completed, organized camps. […]

France to tighten up drug trial rules after fatal incident

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:19

PARIS (AP) — France’s health minister has presented a plan to tighten up the rules regarding human drug trials following an experimental test that killed a volunteer in January. Marisol Touraine also requested Monday that the Biotrial company which carried out the fatal trial should provide an “action plan” within a month to guarantee that […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:19

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. OBAMA LIFTS ARMS BAN IN FIRST VISIT TO VIETNAM The move aims to bolster a communist government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner, especially in the context of China’s regional aspirations. 2. BLOODSHED ACROSS THE MIDDLE […]

Missing boy’s body recovered from Maine pond

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:58

ST. ALBANS, Maine (AP) — Police say the body of a 4-year-old boy has been found in a man-made pond not far from his Maine home hours after he had been reported missing. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the boy’s body was recovered from a pond located on his uncle’s property […]

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:36

A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest key developments in the South […]

Florida police say officer shot man after car chase

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:33

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in Florida has shot a man following a car chase. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Chris Butler told local media outlets that police spotted the man driving a car Sunday night that had been used in a shooting in April. Butler says the driver refused to stop. […]

Rain delays start of play at French Open on Day 2

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:25

PARIS (AP) — Poor weather is playing havoc with the French Open schedule for the second consecutive day. Showers over Paris on Monday have forced the organizers to delay the start of play by 1½ hours after only 10 out of 32 matches were completed on Day 1. Tuesday’s forecast is grim but a break […]

GE announces deals worth over $1.4 billion with Saudi Arabia

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:47

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — General Electric Co. said Monday it made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth over $1.4 billion as part of the kingdom’s ambitious plan to wean itself off crude oil. GE said $1 billion worth of projects would be implemented with the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Co., which […]

Syria TV: More than 20 killed in explosions in coastal city

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:42

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV says more than 20 people have been killed in multiple attacks in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh, strongholds of President Bashar Assad. The TV report Monday said at least one suicide bomber on foot followed by a car bomber attacked a packed bus station in Tartus. […]

Hong Kong axes provocative skyscraper art installation

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:36

HONG KONG (AP) — Days after it was launched, organizers have canceled an art installation on Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper that carried a politically provocative message about the city’s relationship with mainland China. The organizers of a large-scale public art exhibition said in a statement Sunday that they were dropping the light show on the […]

Austria: Tight presidential election reveals a split nation

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:33

VIENNA (AP) — A Eurosceptic, anti-immigration right-winger and his left-leaning rival are neck and neck in Austria’s presidential election a day after polls closed, and officials are now counting absentee ballots to determine who will win. Direct votes Sunday gave right-winger Norbert Hofer 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent for Alexander Van der Bellen, a Greens […]

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:21

A landslide survivor carried her dog through mud in Sri Lanka, where heavy rains and flooding killed dozens of people and swamped thousands of homes in the capital. Leicester City players celebrated in Bangkok after winning the English Premier League title. The team, 5,000-1 longshots at the start of the season, is owned by Thailand-based […]

Iraqi forces battle IS militants outside Fallujah

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:16

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside of Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said. Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, Iraqi government forces launched the long-awaited military offensive late Sunday. The city, […]

Eurozone survey points to faltering economic growth in May

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:15

LONDON (AP) — Economic growth across the 19-country eurozone is showing further signs of faltering following a strong start to the year. A closely monitored survey of business activity shows that output growth in May slowed to its weakest rate since early 2015. Financial information company Markit said Monday that its flash composite purchasing managers’ […]