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Ted Cruz defended Texas ban on the sale of sex toys in state

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:14

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defending a Texas state law banning the sale of sex toys, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued in a 2007 court brief that individuals have no legal right to use them, even in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Prior to becoming a U.S. senator, Cruz was for more than five […]

US rules for Norwegian Air in dispute over US-Europe flights

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:08

DALLAS (AP) — Norwegian Air Shuttle is celebrating a victory in its bid to expand flying between the United States and Europe. The U.S. Department of Transportation gave preliminary approval Friday for service to the U.S. by Norwegian’s Ireland-based subsidiary. The Transportation Department says it will take public comments before issuing a final order that […]

Kneeling Hitler sculpture could fetch over $10M at auction

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:05

NEW YORK (AP) — A controversial sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by the edgy Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is among the highlights of a special sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. When viewed from the rear, “Him” appears as a child-like figure in a gray suit kneeling in prayer. But as viewers come […]

Bellevue home in Dargey investor scandal fetches $2.4M

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:05

The home that real estate developer Lobsang Dargey allegedly bought with money diverted from his Chinese investors is being sold for $2.41 million

Lawmakers want UC campus president to quit over PR spending

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:54

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers want the head of the University of California, Davis to quit over the school’s public relations spending after students were pepper-sprayed. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1Sf602H ) reported Friday that at least seven state lawmakers are calling for the resignation of school Chancellor Linda Katehi. The demands follow reports […]

Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder to be released

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:27

A 76-year-old man from Washington state who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois schoolgirl in 1957 will be released from prison, a judge ordered Friday.

Afghan official: More than 50 Taliban fighters killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:24

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that more than 50 Taliban militants were killed after the Taliban launched a major offensive in the northern province of Kunduz. Abdul Wasay Basil, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Friday that more than 60 Taliban fighters were wounded, and that clashes were still ongoing. Col. Ghulam […]

AP Poll: Dude, that’s rude: More say GOP is discourteous

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ask Americans about bad manners in the 2016 presidential campaign and the conversation shifts immediately to Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner who has branded his critics, “little,” ”lyin,” ”low-energy” and worse. “I don’t recall anyone stirring up as much of a fuss as Mr. Trump,” says Sidney Waldman, 81, a retired book […]

Photos of the Day: April 15, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:10

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

AMC chief says no texting in movie theaters after backlash

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:10

LAS VEGAS (AP) — CEO Adam Aron says he’s not going to allow texting in AMC movie theaters. Aron issued a statement Friday in response to a loud public backlash over his comments about testing the idea of having a few text-friendly screens. Aron on Wednesday told industry trade publication Variety that the company was […]

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:09

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA will begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18, becoming the first major North American sport to put partners’ logos on players’ uniforms. The three-year trial was approved Friday by NBA owners and will take effect when the league’s contract with Nike begins. The patches will appear on the front left […]

Judge won’t reduce $500K bond for 2 Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing friend for Slender Man

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:06

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Judge won’t reduce $500K bond for 2 Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing friend for Slender Man.

Illinois judge orders release of man who prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in 1957 murder

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:59

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois judge orders release of man who prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in 1957 murder.

Report: More infections from dirty scopes than estimated

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 300 patients have been sickened by life-threatening infections linked to contaminated medical scopes — more than previously estimated by federal regulators, according to new figures released Friday. Between 2010 and 2015 more than 41 hospitals worldwide, most in the U.S., reported bacterial infections linked to the scopes, likely affecting 300 […]

Protesters disrupt, escorted from UNC board meeting

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:56

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s public university board is dealing with a new round of demonstrations against their new president and a new state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors adjourned briefly Friday as police cleared the room of nearly […]

Bundy brothers, others due in Nevada court in standoff case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:23

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men are due for arraignment Friday before a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas on charges in an armed confrontation with government agents two years ago. Jail records and attorneys involved in the case say that Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy […]

Illinois sheriff on video releases: Public has right to know

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:17

CHICAGO (AP) — The sheriff who oversees one of the nation’s most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. The videos show violent encounters between jailers and inmates. In one, three officers drag an inmate with blood spattered on […]

LeBron locked in playoff-mode as Cavaliers aim for NBA title

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:10

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has been in the shadows, somewhat overlooked. For months, the Cavaliers’ megastar has been slightly under the radar, if that’s even possible for one of the world’s most recognizable athletes. While Stephen Curry rained 3-pointers as the new face of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors hunted history and Kobe […]

Judge seals most files in court case over CIA sex case leaks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered the most sensational court records to remain sealed in the now-abandoned lawsuit over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus. The files include transcripts of sworn interviews with senior Obama administration officials about the sex scandal and its fallout. […]

3 Canadian families sue US sperm bank over sperm donor

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:56

TORONTO (AP) — Three Ontario families have launched lawsuits against a U.S.-based sperm bank and its Canadian distributor, alleging they were misled about their sperm donor’s medical and social history, which included a criminal record and significant mental illness. The families, who all used the same donor, have brought three separate suits against Georgia-based Xytex […]