Seattle Times Headlines

Firefighters from US, South Africa to arrive in Alberta

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:30

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Officials say about 1,000 additional fire crews from across Canada, the United States and South Africa will be joining the fight this week against a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray. Alberta wildlife official Chad Morrison said Tuesday the blaze continues to move northeast away from communities and oil sands facilities in […]

UCLA agrees to 15-year deal with Under Armour

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:30

NEW YORK (AP) — UCLA and Under Armour have agreed to a long-term athletic shoe and apparel deal that a person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press will pay the school $280 million over 15 years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms of the contract were not […]

Kurdish rebel attack kills 5 soldiers in eastern Turkey

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:11

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish minister says Kurdish rebels have detonated a bomb in eastern Turkey, killing at least five soldiers inside a military vehicle. Government minister Ismet Yilmaz said the soldiers were killed Tuesday in the attack in Van province, which borders Iran. Yilmaz, the former defense minister, was speaking to reporters before […]

Healey, other AGs ask Congress to fund gun violence research

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:10

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging Congress to fund research into gun violence. Healey sent a letter to Congress Tuesday seeking direct funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the “causes and prevention of gun-related injuries and death.” Healey says attorneys general need “evidence-based strategies to combat […]

Judge: Law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a law trimming early voting in swing-state Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. The state’s Democratic Party was among the plaintiffs who sued Ohio’s elections chief over a series of Republican-backed voting changes. Such policies included the elimination of a week of early voting […]

Engineering and physics professors weigh in on Brady appeal

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:01

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two dozen engineering and physics professors weighed in Tuesday with a federal appeals court being asked to review New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for “Deflategate.” Papers filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said these experts believe the 2nd Circuit’s ruling upholding the suspension lacks […]

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans visit Avengers fan with cancer

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:50

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Avengers have teamed up to help lift the spirits of a teenage fan with cancer. Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. joined Captain America Chris Evans to visit 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox at his former suburban San Diego high school Monday. The trip was documented on Instagram by Gwyneth Paltrow, who […]

Insect poop threatens to damage marble at India’s Taj Mahal

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:46

Swarms of insects breeding in a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are threatening the intricate marble inlay work at the 17th century monument to love.

A rising housing market lifts builders, home goods retailers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:42

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report from the U.S. that showed Americans are snapping up homes at a pace not seen since the housing bust-fueled recession pushed the trading of shares of all companies affiliated with the sector into overdrive Tuesday. The Commerce Department reported that new home sales jumped 16.6 percent last month […]

Detroit man cleared of attempted murder in shooting of judge

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:40

DETROIT (AP) — A man accused of shooting a federal judge outside a Detroit house has been acquitted of attempted murder. Judge Terrence Berg was shot in the leg in March 2015 while retrieving his trash can and refusing to allow thieves into his home. He offered many details at trial but couldn’t identify Kevin […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new honor is as sweet at dessert

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda has already this year won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. What more could he get? The answer came Tuesday when the composer and writer of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” got a portrait […]

4 Massachusetts men heading to prison in blowtorch attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:39

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Four Massachusetts men are heading to prison after pleading guilty to using a blowtorch during an attack on a man trying to collect $300 he was owed. The Enterprise ( ) reports that the defendants pleaded guilty Monday to charges including aggravated assault and were each sentenced to four years in […]

Police assess possible threat to jet at Los Angeles airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:07

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SWAT officers and a police dog are investigating a possible threat aboard a jetliner that landed at Los Angeles International Airport after a trip from Houston. Airport police Officer Rob Pedregon says the Transportation Security Administration received a phone call Tuesday about a possible threat to Compass Air Flight 5931. The […]

Texas elementary school tosses name of Robert E. Lee

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:04

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin elementary school will be renamed for an acclaimed Depression-era photographer after the school board decided it should no longer carry the name of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The school board for the Austin Independent School District voted 8-1 on Monday to change the name to Russell Lee Elementary. […]

Monsanto rejects $62 billion bid from Bayer to create global seed giant

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:01

NEW YORK (AP) — Monsanto rejects $62 billion bid from Bayer to create global seed giant.

Sweet spot: Indy 500 champions say milk race’s top tradition

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:01

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. remembers every moment from his Indy 500 victory as if they were snapshots in time. His aborted pass of Marco Andretti with just over a lap to go. His successful pass just yards from the finish line. His team pushing his Penske Racing car to victory lane in the […]

Clark County man accused of killing girlfriend’s 3-year-old

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 00:55

A Clark County man is being held on investigation of first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy in Battle Ground.

A temp-workers canary in the coal mine?

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 00:54

Temp workers are being shed for the first time in five years. Is this an early sign of wider trouble or a cycle in the new normal of the economy?

Canada’s Snowbirds fly over Washington

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 00:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — A formation of foreign military jets streaked over the nation’s capital on Tuesday, making passes along the National Mall in the name of friendship. The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds aerobatics team flew low and fast over Washington at midday. The nine Canadair CT-114 Tutor jets made passes in close formation, trailing white […]

Broken pipeline spills thousands of gallons in California

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 00:47

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — Hazardous-materials crews were sopping up as much as 21,000 gallons of oil Tuesday that spilled from a broken underground pipeline in rural Northern California, but none of it flowed into waterways, officials said. Shell Pipeline Co. said a response team was clearing contaminated soil and helping local and state officials monitor […]