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Students may have to re-test after hundreds of SATs get lost

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 23:03
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Parents say hundreds of SAT tests taken by Virginia students at a high school were lost in the mail, leaving students in a bind. WJLA-TV (http://bit.ly/1J7X1fM) reports tests are missing for 300 students who took the SAT on May 2 at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. A Loudoun County schools […]

N.Y. village cites resident for having beehives without a permit

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 23:02
MONTEBELLO, N.Y.  — A New York man is battling his village after he was issued citations for having beehives on his property. Zev Oster says he keeps two beehives on his Rockland County property in Montebello to pollinate 50 blueberry bushes. The 39-year-old man says he was ticketed for having the bees without a permit. […]

Barry Manilow works magic in Seattle concert

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 23:00
The pop master delighted glow-stick-waving “Fanilows” at KeyArena Wednesday with hit after hit from his extensive songbook.

Police: Man dies at hospital after shot by police stun gun

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:41
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, say a man shocked by an officer’s stun gun has died at a hospital. Police said officers were summoned Wednesday afternoon to a report of man behaving strangely at the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. They say the man turned combative when paramedics […]

Familiar faces among top 49 in National Spelling Bee semis

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:41
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The semifinals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee are underway, with 49 of the nation’s top young spellers competing for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes. The semifinalists include three who made the finals last year. Three siblings of past champions also made it. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar of […]

English resort sees crime fall after mankini clampdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:40
LONDON (AP) — It was one small ban for mankinis, one giant step for an English seaside resort town. Officials in Newquay say crime has fallen since they cracked down on stag parties with revelers wearing the revealing one-piece garments. The town in southwest England is a haven for surfers and also attracts large numbers […]

Percy’s & Co.: A taste of South, Ballard style

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:30
The Ballard bar features tasty food and an ambitious cocktail program.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.87 pct.

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level so far this year as new data showed strength in the housing market. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.87 percent from 3.84 percent a week earlier. The rate on […]

Spring chinook fishing reopens Thursday above Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River mainstem

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:08
State Fish and Wildlife has determined that enough spring chinook remains available to catch to reopen fishing on the Columbia River mainstem above Bonneville Dam. Fishing will reopen Thursday, May 28 through Monday, June 15 from the Tower Island power lines (approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon […]

US stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:07
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were modestly lower in morning trading Thursday, following a steep sell-off in the Chinese stock market and the approaching deadline for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,096 as of 10:55 a.m. Eastern. The […]

Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.4 percent to 112.4 last month. It’s the fourth […]

5 favorite hikes around Mount St. Helens

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:01
Author Craig Romano picks the best from his new Mountaineers Books guide.

Astoria uses beach balls to keep sea lions off docks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:57
he Port of Astoria is trying a more playful approach to keep sea lions off its docks: beach balls.

Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:30
The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska.

Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:16
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer holding rifles over an unidentified black man lying on a floor and wearing deer antlers. The photograph, which is believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003, recently […]

Education documentary ‘Paper Tigers’ brings James Redford to SIFF

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:15
Unorthodox teaching strategies at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla are documented by filmmaker James Redford in his movie “Paper Tigers,” which screens at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 28 and 30, 2015.

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:14
PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return. Only two of the approximately […]

Latest on flooding: Flooding shuts part of Arkansas highway

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:12
9:05 a.m. (CDT) Arkansas transportation officials have indefinitely closed a section of highway near its border with Texas due to flooding along the Red River. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department shut down the section of State Highway 41 early Thursday. Officials say it will remain closed until the water recedes and engineers can […]

Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:12
HOUSTON (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered, many cities remain in danger, and officials have warned about the possibility of more flooding from rain-swollen rivers as the week goes on. In suburban Houston, the rains have pushed the San Jacinto River above flood stage, and its waters were […]

Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:12
The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers. The deaths are renewing calls for cities to identify potentially dangerous drain openings and […]