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Judge weighing child labor case tied to polygamous group

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 06:07

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge will decide whether nearly 200 children from a polygamous group were volunteering or forced to work long hours picking pecans during a 2012 harvest on a southern Utah ranch. Prosecutors say Paragon Contractors had deep connections to the Warren Jeffs-led polygamous group and was under pressure to […]

Ferguson, feds reaches tentative police reform deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 06:05

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a tentative agreement with Ferguson on systemic changes following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, city officials announced Wednesday. The recommended overhaul follows seven months of negotiations and likely averts a civil rights lawsuit that federal officials have the option to bring […]

Dozens of dangerous Texas plants operate near public centers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:45

DALLAS (AP) — Federal regulators say dozens of Texas plants similar to a fertilizer facility that exploded in 2013 in the town of West, killing 15 people, are still operating near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods. The Chemical Safety Board says in a report released this week that there are 80 plants in Texas that […]

Coal executive demands tax break for industry in free-fall

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:44

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free-fall. Raising his voice frequently during a 38-minute speech, Robert Murray blasted politicians for “platitudes and lip service” as the coal […]

Death toll in blast that rocked New Jersey home rises to 4

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:40

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — The death toll in an explosion that rocked a northern New Jersey home in November has risen to four. NJ.com (bit.ly/1lTswCd) reports that 11-year-old Tyquan Henderson died Tuesday, three weeks after the death of his 36-year-old sister, Tavasha Henderson. Both siblings were hurt in the Nov. 11 blast at a multifamily […]

Resurgent Crosby has Penguins back in postseason mix

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:40

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A resurgent Sidney Crosby has helped put the Pittsburgh Penguins’ rough start firmly behind them. Crosby has 14 points in 11 games this month for Pittsburgh, which moved into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. Crosby collected his […]

Wife of pastor who was imprisoned in Iran seeks separation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:38

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The wife of an American pastor who was imprisoned for nearly four years in Iran filed court documents to legally separate from him the same day he returned home to Idaho. Saeed Abedini was one of four Americans released in Iran under a negotiated prisoner exchange on Jan. 16. The U.S. […]

Facebook posts strong 4Q as company closes gap with Google

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:30

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is growing rapidly as it enters adolescence, putting it in a position to challenge Google as the Internet’s most powerful company. Facebook’s fourth-quarter report released Wednesday provides the latest gauge of the social-networking company’s impressive strides. The results marked the first time that Facebook’s quarterly revenue has surpassed $5 billion. […]

Missouri Sen. McCaskill serves on jury, rules for plaintiff

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:24

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has done something that her congressional colleagues in Washington have found elusive — reaching a consensus, even if it was during her first-ever stint on a jury. The Democrat and 11 other jurors sided Wednesday with a 51-year-old St. Louis County man, Leotis Tate, in his lawsuit […]

Watch the trailer: New film from Bob Nelson, Oscar-nominated for ‘Nebraska’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:23

Bob Nelson — a Northwest native, Whidbey Island resident, “Almost Live!” veteran and 2014 Oscar nominee for the screenplay “Nebraska” — has a new film completed, and it’s another father-son tale. “The Confirmation,” which Nelson both wrote and directed, stars Clive Owen as a small-town dad trying to reconnect with his young son; also in […]

4 bodies found at scene of house explosion in Kentucky

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:23

COLUMBIA, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say four bodies have been found at the scene of a house explosion and fire in southern Kentucky. Trooper William Gregory said Wednesday that two people were found inside the home and two outside. After the explosion on Tuesday, officials had said one person was confirmed dead and […]

Sen. Manchin joins growing opposition to FDA nominee

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — Add West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to the growing list of lawmakers vowing to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration. In a statement Wednesday, Manchin cited Dr. Robert Califf’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry and argued that it would make it difficult for him to deal […]

Lorenzo Romar says benefits of UW’s defense outweighs flaws

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:43

Huskies' switching defense creates havoc and unfavorable mismatches, but Romar says: 'We’ll take the tradeoff. Hopefully it gets teams out of running their offense.'

Getting in golf shape

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:41

The First Tee of Greater Seattle introduces youth to the values inherent to golf.

Seattle Art Museum art rewind: Tumbling Tauruses, a scary mouse and a screaming kid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:41

Sketched in 2007 Did you hear? The “tumbling Ford Tauruses,” an striking installation that has graced the entrance hall at the Seattle Art Museum since 2007, is coming down. This recent story by Seattle Times reporter Brendan Kiley brought back memories of sketching the artwork back then, just weeks before the opening of the Museum’s […]

FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:41

NEW YORK (AP) — The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. That could help companies like Roku and Apple, which make streaming-TV devices, deliver a cable feed, too. It could also help lower people’s cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission […]

Baltimore officers shoot driver who backed SUV into cruiser

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:40

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say two officers shot a man who backed his SUV into their unmarked car, injuring one of the officers. Department spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference Wednesday that the officers saw a suspicious SUV with three men inside. Smith says the officers, who were not in uniform but […]

Broncos learned their lessons from Super Bowl letdowns

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:38

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Before his whirlybird spin in the air forever etched him in NFL lore, two-time Super Bowl champion John Elway called his mother on the team flight from Pittsburgh after winning the AFC championship on Jan. 11, 1998. “I said, ‘Mom, guess what? We get to go back to the Super Bowl!” […]

Overlake Medical Center launches $242M expansion

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:37

Bellevue’s Overlake Medical Center is kicking off a $242 million expansion, starting with a $20 million cancer center.

Wife of Illinois officer who staged suicide indicted

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:35

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the wife of a northern Illinois police officer who authorities say killed himself after embezzling from a youth program. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says a grand jury on Wednesday indicted 51-year-old Melodie Gliniewicz on felony counts of money laundering and disbursing charitable funds without […]