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Average US rate on 30-year mortgages eases to 3.85 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased slightly this week, continuing at low levels that could entice potential homebuyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.85 percent from 3.86 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages ticked down to 3.07 […]

Pioneer Square Labs aims to turn ideas into businesses

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:30

The venture startup’s mission is to match venture ideas with people who are good at running businesses. It has been able to attract a hefty list of investors to back the effort.

A sluggish start for US stocks following a rough quarter

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:19

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks headed lower Thursday, a day after the market wrapped up its worst quarter in four years. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped fell 17 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,903 as of 12:05 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 183 points, or 1.1 […]

Town that Volkswagen built from scratch girds for trouble

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:15

WOLFSBURG, Germany — Wolfsburg is the town that Volkswagen built — literally put on the map in 1938 by the Nazis in pursuit of their dream of a “People’s Car.” The town rode the company’s postwar boom to financial wealth and today the two are inseparable. There’s a top league soccer club that wears the […]

Photos of the Day: Oct. 1, 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:11

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Foundation, universities announce $100M for brain research

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00

WASHINGTON — The Kavli Foundation and three universities are committing $100 million for neuroscience research and plan to launch three institutes to bring together researchers from different disciplines to investigate the workings of the brain. The California-based foundation announced Thursday that it’s partnering with Johns Hopkins University, Rockefeller University and University of California, San Francisco, […]

As oil wealth dwindles, Saudi Arabia faces change

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:45

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — At a gas station in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city of Jiddah, drivers are fueling up their cars at just 45 cents a gallon — four times less than the price of water. To make that possible, the kingdom spends up to $10.7 billion per year on gasoline subsidies. It […]

Hidden GPS devices to track suspects raise legal concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:30

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask holding up one gas station or convenience store after another. That was until the gunman made off with a stack […]

Seattle Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:26

Rookie receiver Tyler Lockett has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Month, the league announced Thursday morning. Lockett returned a punt for a touchdown against St. Louis and a kickoff for a touchdown against the Bears, allowing the Seahawks to rank third in the NFL in both kickoff returns (34.3) and punt […]

Winning $310.5M Powerball ticket sold in Michigan

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:15

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (AP) — Someone got more than a tank of gas when they played the Powerball lottery game at a gas station in southwestern Michigan. The Three Rivers West Shell station in Three Rivers sold the only winning ticket in the $310.5 million drawing Wednesday night. “It’s crazy that it would be here […]

78 pianists in renowned Chopin competition in Poland

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:15

WARSAW, Poland — Seventy-eight young pianists from 20 nations are taking part in the career-paving 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, its director said on the opening day Thursday. Artur Szklener, head of the organizing National Frederic Chopin Institute, said that among the competition’s aims is to promote talents but also to establish […]

United’s new CEO acknowledges airline’s failures

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:04

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after United Airlines and Continental merged, the company’s new CEO declared in a public letter that the combined company has failed to live up to the expectations of both fliers and United’s employees. Just three weeks into the job, CEO Oscar Munoz acknowledged in full-page newspaper ads that “the […]

Oklahoma gets wrong execution drug, delays lethal injection

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:02

For the second time in as many weeks, an Oklahoma inmate received a last-minute stay of execution — this time a 37-day delay from Gov. Mary Fallin after prison officials said one of the three drugs they had received to carry out the lethal injection was the wrong one.

Uber Eats joins crowded food-delivery field in Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:00

Uber Eats will launch in Seattle next week, touting meals to your curb in 10 minutes or less.

Newtown families’ suit against gun maker sent to state court

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:57

HARTFORD, Conn. — A lawsuit filed against gun maker Remington by families of some Newtown school massacre victims has been sent back to Connecticut state court, where legal experts say it has a better chance of succeeding. U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny returned the case to state court Wednesday. The families of nine children and […]

Administration backs high court review of contraception case

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:56

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is acknowledging that the Supreme Court should step into the latest battle over the president’s health law. At issue are claims from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that object to rules allowing them to opt out of covering contraceptives for women who are part of their health plans. The Justice […]

Suspect in some Phoenix freeway shootings heads to court

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:55

PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused in some of the freeway shootings that put Phoenix drivers on edge for weeks will be in court Thursday to face charges that could lead to 100 years in prison if he’s convicted, prosecutors say. Each of the four shootings that Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, is charged with […]

Clinton seeking to organize Latino voters ahead of primaries

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:45

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is planning a major push to organize Latino voters ahead of the Nevada caucuses and early primary contests in Texas, Florida and Colorado, all with an eye toward connecting with Hispanics in the 2016 election. The Democratic presidential candidate will be in South Florida on Friday and […]

Sanders pulls in nearly as much cash this quarter as Clinton

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is offering Hillary Rodham Clinton an unexpected challenge in the race for primary campaign money this quarter as he collected nearly as much money from small donations as the Democratic front-runner has from big-dollar donors. The Vermont senator’s campaign says he has raised about $26 million for his presidential campaign […]

Anti-India anger in Nepal as essential supplies dry up

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:25

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal feels like it is being choked. It’s running out of gasoline. Medical supplies are becoming scarce. All because of an unofficial economic blockade imposed by neighboring India from where Nepal gets almost all its essential supplies. Many Nepalese believe that India has been retaliating against their government since Sept. 20, […]