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Imperium Renewables biodiesel plant sold to Iowa company

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:10
The move marks the end of a long struggle for Seattle-based Imperium, which was founded in 2004 amid a rapid run-up in fossil fuel prices and mounting concerns about global warming.

Feds monitoring orca with fishing lure hanging from mouth

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:07
Federal officials are monitoring a killer whale near the San Juan Islands that appears to have a salmon lure hanging from its mouth.

U.S. supports tribe in lawsuit to stop taxes on reservation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:01
The U.S. Justice Department has asked to join the Tulalip Indian Tribes in a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the state and Snohomish County from collecting millions of dollars in taxes from non-Indian businesses and people on tribal land so that the tribe can collect that money instead.

Michigan township draws more people to meeting with hot dogs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:57
VICTORY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Here’s a way to boost interest in local government: potato salad. A township board in northern Michigan held a lakeside picnic Monday before its regular meeting. After an hour of hot dogs and side dishes, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Victory Township board meeting was officially in […]

Sheriff: 2 men fire at soldiers in Mississippi; none hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:57
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility in Mississippi, although no one was reported wounded, a sheriff said Tuesday. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith told WDAM-TV ( that the soldiers were training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center […]

Landmark New York hotel can’t get bike-sharing rack removed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:57
NEW YORK (AP) — A landmark New York City hotel’s bid to get rid of a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from its entrance has been rejected. The state Supreme Court appellate division’s First Department said Tuesday the city properly reviewed the location outside The Plaza hotel in Manhattan near Central Park. Judges upheld […]

Bush earned over $9 million from business, speaking gigs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million over the last 17 months from speaking fees and an assortment of business interests, including a health services firm in Puerto Rico and an online lending operation, according to newly released financial records. The former Florida governor listed assets worth between $13 […]

Time to visit Japan? Weak currency makes it much cheaper

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:50
Japan’s yen is about 30 percent weaker against the dollar since the end of 2012, making hotels and goods less expensive for visitors.

Man linked to French Connection ring fighting new drug case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:20
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who federal authorities say was a player in The French Connection heroin ring that spawned an Oscar-winning film of the same name is fighting to have a new drug case against him dismissed, even though he’s pleaded guilty. Alfred Catino, 74, of Danbury, who has a lengthy and colorful […]

‘Up’ house could move by barge to Orcas Island

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:35
An affordable-housing nonprofit has stepped forward to take over the home that’s widely celebrated for its statement against development.

Milwaukee archdiocese settles abuse cases for $21 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:17
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday that it will pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding. The proposed deal, which will be part of a reorganization plan submitted to a bankruptcy court later this month, […]

Large explosion rocks southeast Missouri aluminum plant

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:16
MARSTON, Mo. (AP) — A massive explosion rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant Tuesday, injuring some workers and creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The explosion and fire occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the Noranda Aluminum plant near the town of Marston in New Madrid County, about 170 miles south […]

Bismarck bishop tells parishes to break ties with Boy Scouts

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:15
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck has ordered parishes in western North Dakota to sever sponsorship ties with the Boy Scouts of America following the group’s decision to lift its ban on gay adult leaders. “I cannot permit our Catholic institutions to accept and participate directly or indirectly […]

Netflix to make Asian debut with Sept. 2 launch in Japan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix will expand into Japan next month to give the Internet video service its first presence in Asia. Japanese subscribers will be able to start watching Netflix on Internet-connected devices beginning Sept. 2. Netflix already sells its services in dozens of other countries outside the U.S. as part of its ambition […]

FDA urges additional steps to prevent ‘superbugs’ on scopes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:11
Food and Drug Administration officials on Tuesday issued additional guidelines aimed at preventing infections like those tied to tainted medical scopes at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center.

EPA: Withhold permit for oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:10
Two federal agencies have expressed concerns about a proposed oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River, but the companies behind the plan say they believe they can address them.

Police investigate report of shooting near National Mall

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a gun has been recovered following a report of a shooting inside a car on the National Mall. U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lelani Woods says the gun was found on Rock Creek Parkway near the Kennedy Center following Tuesday afternoon’s shooting. The vehicle was last seen heading north on […]

Debate illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaign

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Iowa and New Hampshire are still on the horizon — but first there’s the Fox primary, and the buildup to this week’s first Republican presidential debate shows that the influence of Fox News Channel on the GOP selection process is stronger than ever. The musical chairs-like rules for participation in Thursday’s […]

Apple slump deepens on iPhone, China concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is slumping as the usually high-flying tech stock struggles with the burden of raised expectations. The world’s most valuable public company saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday, falling as much as $5.19 or 4.4 percent, to $113.25 as investors fretted over China’s economy and […]

Family ‘glamping’ by Yellowstone park

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:16
Wooed by down-covered beds, a family is converted to luxury camping.