Seattle Times Headlines

Timberlake, Kendrick preview ‘Trolls’ with a Lauper tune

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:47

CANNES, France (AP) — “Anna and Garfunkel” is how Justin Timberlake introduced himself and Anna Kendrick for an acoustic performance of Cindi Lauper’s “True Colors” at the Cannes Film Festival. The pair was in Cannes on Wednesday to promote the DreamWorks Animation release “Trolls,” for which they voice the main characters. Timberlake is also executive […]

Father: Missing teen fisherman’s phone can’t be fixed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:46

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The father of a missing teen fisherman says Apple could not retrieve any text messages or other data from his son’s recovered cellphone. Blu Stephanos issued a statement Wednesday saying the iPhone owned by his son Austin was damaged beyond repair after being at sea since last July. Austin and his […]

Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore company

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson said she had an offshore company for privacy reasons only. The company, Falling Leaves Ltd., was named in the so-called Panama Papers, a series of leaked documents that revealed how some politicians and celebrities hide money. More files were made available this week […]

Alabama inmate asks appeals court to halt execution

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for an Alabama inmate are asking an appellate court to halt his upcoming execution. Attorneys for Vernon Madison filed the stay request Wednesday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers said the 65-year-old inmate’s mental decline from strokes and dementia has left him without a rational understanding of […]

Ex-CBC radio hosts apologizes; sex assault charge dropped

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

TORONTO (AP) — A criminal charge against a former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host was dropped Wednesday after he reached an agreement with prosecutors that included an apology for thrusting his hip into a former colleague’s backside. Jian Ghomeshi, the former host of “Q,” a popular radio show on culture heard in Canada and many […]

$3M of opium seized from Minnesota women at Chicago airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

CHICAGO (AP) — Customs officials seized nearly 70 pounds of opium from three Minnesota women arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on a flight from Southeast Asia. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the three women arrived at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday on a flight from Laos, via Japan. Officers found 470 packets of […]

AP Explains: Bias complaints on Facebook’s ‘trending’ tool

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:36

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s behind the accusations that Facebook is manipulating its “trending topics” feature to promote or suppress certain political perspectives? According to the technology blog Gizmodo , which is owned by Gawker Media, a former Facebook contractor with self-described conservative leanings said Facebook downplayed news that conservatives are interested in and artificially […]

Small plane hits deer, flips while trying to land at airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:35

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has struck a deer and flipped over while trying to land at a New Hampshire airport. WMUR-TV reports ( ) that two people were aboard the plane and were able to get out safely Wednesday morning. The main runway at Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport was closed while […]

Seen as global first, Swiss town to accept bitcoin payments

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:31

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss town that is billing itself as a hub for the digital currency industry will accept bitcoin for some payments starting this summer, in what proponents call a worldwide first by a government body and a sign that “crypto finance” is growing in legitimacy. The town council in northern Zug last […]

Panama files show Russian crackdown on offshoring is failing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:27

MOSCOW (AP) — The thousands of Russian names on a list of offshore companies suggests President Vladimir Putin’s effort to crack down on such entities is ineffective, experts say, and highlights how keeping wealth abroad remains one of the few ways to keep it safe from corrupt local officials. A database published by investigative journalists […]

Man who won $1M lottery for 2nd time: ‘This is impossible’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:44

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — A man who won $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time remembers thinking: “This is impossible.” Lottery officials revealed Bruce Magistro (MAJ’-ih-stroh) on Wednesday as the two-time winner. The Lindenhurst resident says when he realized he’d won again, “even I couldn’t believe it.” The 48-year-old carpenter […]

French teen suicide on Periscope leads to inquiry

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:43

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have opened an investigation after a teenage woman allegedly live-streamed video of her suicide on the popular app Periscope. The local prosecutor said Wednesday the young woman threw herself under a commuter train in the suburban Egly station, south of Paris. The woman, whose name was not released, allegedly sent […]

AP PHOTOS: Weird and wonderful moments at Eurovision

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:42

LONDON (AP) — Outlandish costumes, bizarre lyrics, political controversy and the occasional decent song can mean only one thing: the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has begun. Tuesday’s first semifinal showcased many of the elements that make the annual competition a must-see in Europe’s television calendar. Organizers say around 180 million people all the way from […]

Iran appoints new head for state broadcasting

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:37

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting the country’s top leader has appointed a new head for the state broadcasting company. The Wednesday report says Mohammad Sarfaraz has been replaced after less than two years on the job by Abdolali Ali Asgari. The change comes at the order of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali […]

2016 Nissan Maxima presents new-found length, power, luxury

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:37

Nissan’s most expensive car, the Maxima, is re-engineered and restyled for 2016 for a more luxurious and sporty experience and, thanks to a more powerful V-6, delivers 300 horsepower for the first time. The midsize Maxima is a bit longer and lower-riding for 2016 and has a more roomy front seat, including 45 inches of […]

Garth Brooks to perform in NYC for first time in 19 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:36

NEW YORK (AP) — Garth Brooks is set to perform in New York City for the first time in 19 years when he takes the stage at Yankee Stadium this summer. The country star announced Wednesday that he will play at the venue in the Bronx on July 9. His last performance in NYC was […]

Man charged in 3 killings set for quick court appearance

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:31

WINONA, Miss. (AP) — An ex-convict accused of killing the mother and grandmother of his 12-year-old son as well as another man is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Odell Hallmon has been jailed without bond since his arrest on charges of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the […]

Seattle startup brings on-demand services to focus groups

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:27

Seattle startup created a video-conferencing system for businesses to talk to potential customers.

Witness: Los Angeles arson suspect mad about police killings

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:22

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A witness has testified that the man charged with sparking an inferno that destroyed an unfinished Los Angeles apartment building bragged about the blaze at a party and was angry about high-profile police killings of African-Americans. The Los Angeles Times reports ( ) that the testimony came Tuesday during a preliminary […]

Senate blocks measure to forbid buys of Iran ‘heavy water’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday blocked a Republican effort aimed at undercutting last year’s landmark international nuclear deal with Iran. The Senate fell three votes short of the 60-vote threshold — 57-42 — to move ahead on the amendment sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Cotton’s proposed provision would have […]