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Mercury is slowly shrinking, scientists say

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Though it’s already the tiniest planet in the solar system, scientists say Mercury is still shrinking — and signs of that contraction can be clearly seen in distortions of the planet’s searing surface.

Saudi activist trudges lonely path for Sunni-Shiite equality

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
In a Middle East torn by deepening sectarian hatred, Mikhlif al-Shammari, of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim majority, supports equality between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It’s an unusual conviction that has carried an enormous personal cost.

The untold story of female mariachis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Female mariachis, long overlooked by scholars and the public, are getting some respect in an exhibit this month that covers more than a century of history surrounding women in this male-dominated musical genre.

Smoking stays stubbornly high for U.S. working class, poor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
As evidence of smoking’s deadly consequences has accumulated, the broad patterns of use by class have shifted from the well-to-do: Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the country, is now increasingly a habit of the poor and the working class.

Marijuana pill may help MS patients, doctors report

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
There is strong evidence that medical marijuana pills may reduce symptoms of spasticity and pain reported by multiple sclerosis patients, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology.

Mammoth tusk, shopping and jazz | Community Corner

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Community events for the weekend of March 29-30, 2014, include the recently unearthed fossil of a mammoth tusk in South Lake Union at the Burke Museum, the Lakeside School Rummage Sale and a musical benefit for historic Washington Hall.

Hoarder to return art that Nazis looted to owners, heirs

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian hoarder of art plundered by the Nazis, will return paintings in the trove his family kept secret for decades to their original Jewish owners or those owners’ descendants, starting with a well-known Matisse.

‘D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944’: a riveting, inventive retelling

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
The use of up-to-the-minute techniques to retell the often-told story of one of the most decisive battles of World War II makes “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” opening Saturday, March 29, at IMAX: Pacific Science Center, a riveting and informative film experience.

The week’s passages

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 29.

NASA research could lead to predicting sinkholes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Two NASA researchers examined radar images and discovered that the ground near a huge sinkhole had begun shifting at least a month earlier. The findings raise the possibility that engineers eventually could develop a way to predict the location of sinkholes.

2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.

Ford CEO's pay up 11 pct to $23.2 million in 2013

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.

US consumer confidence slips in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
U.S. consumer sentiment slipped in March from the previous month, as Americans said they were less likely to buy cars and homes because of slightly higher interest rates.

US consumer spending up modest 0.3 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

Stocks edge higher on consumer spending data

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
A positive report on U.S. consumer spending helped push stocks mostly higher Friday for the first time in three days.

Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near Los Angeles caused no major damage but jittered nerves throughout the region as dozens of aftershocks struck into the night.

Militants attack Afghan election office in Kabul

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission's headquarters Saturday in Kabul, opening fire on the compound with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns from a house outside its perimeter wall, according to police.

Putin, Obama discuss solution to Ukraine crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine's fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow's purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.

UN chief: Putin promised no new moves in Ukraine

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:31
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin assured him he had no intention of making another military move into Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.