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Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:01
A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start.

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:01
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:01
The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:46
A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:46
A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:31
Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:41
The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start.

Eagles find their offensive groove in exhibition win over Steelers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46
Nick Foles threw one touchdown pass and led Philadelphia’s starting offense to three first-half scores in a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

Bergdahl swap illegal, top congressional lawyer says

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46
Susan Poling’s opinion, which does not carry the force of law, revealed for the first time the price tag of the operation in which U.S. special-forces commandos whisked Sgt. Bergdahl away in a Blackhawk helicopter after he was freed in Afghanistan: $988,400.

Western Washington, Seattle Pacific are 1-2 in GNAC women’s soccer poll

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46
Western Washington was projected to repeat as Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season champions in women’s soccer, receiving six first-place votes and 62 points in the coaches preseason poll.

Pot businesses pay July taxes, one brings box of cash

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46
For marijuana businesses, Wednesday was the first deadline to pay their tax obligations to the Liquor Control Board. Pot businesses owed the state about $750,000 for July excise taxes, according to Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith. Over the past several days, many have

Angels’ Richards out for season with knee injury

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46
Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

Mural mystery cracked; Skagit family plans to keep, share it

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:31
The mystery of the Bill Cumming mural that turned up in a Skagit County barn appears to have been solved. The family that owns the work, valued at a quarter-million dollars, plans to keep it and hopes it can be displayed for others to enjoy.

Local NAACP rallies in solidarity with Ferguson over Michael Brown’s shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:23
About 100 people attended the NAACP Seattle King County’s gathering Thursday in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:16
To most civilians, an 18-year-old unarmed man may not appear to pose a deadly threat. But a police officer’s perspective is different. And that is how an officer should be judged, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote in the 1989 use-of-force Supreme Court opinion.

Pot buses draw ire from state transportation commission

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:16
After a wave of media attention, the state transportation commission shot down the burgeoning pot-bus industry in a notice Thursday.