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The Latest: Alaska earthquake caused only minor road damage

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:20

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest following the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit southcentral Alaska early Sunday (all times local): 11 a.m. It appears public infrastructure damage from Sunday’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake in southcentral Alaska was limited to a small stretch of road on the Kenai (KEY’-nigh) Peninsula. State Department of Roads spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says a […]

Sanders hands Iowa crowd the mic in a push to get personal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:07

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got personal with supporters in Iowa Monday in the final days before the state’s lead-off caucuses. Speaking to about 200 people in Iowa Falls, the Vermont senator shortened his prepared remarks and turned the floor over to the audience, asking them to discuss life on […]

Denver man completes Grand Canyon river trip in record time

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:07

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, paddling his kayak down the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes. Tom Martin, secretary of the Grand Canyon Historical Society, says Ben Orkin reached the end of his 277-mile journey Sunday. Orkin beat a record set […]

Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, Courtney Vandersloot named finalists for U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball team

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:06

Seattle Storm stars Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd, and the Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot, a former Gonzaga Bulldog, have been named finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball team, USA Basketball announced Monday morning.

Survey: Minorities make up 14 percent of state lawmakers

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 14 percent of state legislators are minorities, according to a report released on Monday. The New American Leaders Project surveyed state lawmakers in 2015 and found that black politicians held around 9 percent of the seats, Latino and Latina politicians held about 4 percent of the seats and Asian American politicians […]

UW women’s basketball team enters AP Top 25 for first time since 2003

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:05

The Huskies enter the rankings at No. 25, and their first test as a ranked team is at No. 16 Stanford on Friday.

2 Sundance films explore a journalist’s on-air suicide

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:00

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — When two movies are released at about the same time on the same subject, the topic is often something silly and big and spectacle-filled, like “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” or “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” But this year at the Sundance Film Festival, audiences found themselves with an […]

Teen suspended for helping friend won’t return to school

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:00

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The mother of a Texas teenager who was suspended from school for helping a friend who was having an asthma attack says her son won’t return to the school. Mandy Cortes said Monday that she will home-school her 15-year-old rather than have him return to Gateway Middle School in Killeen. Anthony […]

New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:15

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data. According to the report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated number of victimized children in the 2014 fiscal year was 702,208 — up […]

The Latest: 2 of 3 escaped inmates believed still in region

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:14

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the escape of three prisoners from a county jail in Southern California (all times local): 10:50 a.m. California law enforcement authorities believe at least two of the three men who staged an elaborate escape from an Orange County jail on Friday are still in the region. County […]

Iowa, Texas A&M at rare rankings

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:11

Iowa is at its highest ranking in 29 years while Texas A&M is at its highest ranking ever. The Hawkeyes, who have beaten five ranked teams this season, are third, their highest ranking since January 1987. That month the Hawkeyes spent their only week ever as a No. 1 team and three weeks at No. […]

Jan. 25 TV Picks: ‘Lucifer’ series premiere on Fox

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:08

Also airing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016: “The Bachelor” on ABC and “War & Peace” on History, Lifetime and A&E.

Helping drivers was family tradition for man slain in storm

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:08

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — The sister of a man killed trying to help a driver stuck in the snow says her brother went out each winter storm to help people who got stuck. Jessica Heavner is the sister of Jefferson Heavner, who was shot to death Friday in western North Carolina. Authorities say he was […]

Oklahoma stays No. 1 in AP poll, North Carolina right behind

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:02

Oklahoma, despite losing to Iowa State last week, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Unlike last week, when the Sooners were a unanimous No. 1, North Carolina is a close second. Oklahoma (16-2) received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, seven more than the Tar Heels […]

Despite tumble in RPI rankings, bracketologist still bullish on UW men’s NCAA tournament chances

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:00

Freshman guard Dejounte Murray and incoming freshman Markelle Fultz considered lottery picks in 2017 NBA drafts, according to

California man rescued after trying save dog from hole

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:00

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews have rescued a Northern California man who got trapped in a 12-foot shaft while trying to save his dog. Geyserville Fire Chief Marshall Turbeville tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the man had climbed down a ladder to grab his dog after finding it whimpering at the bottom of the […]

Pacific trade deal gets a deep look

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:47

An important new study finds that the overall benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership outweigh the negatives. A careful reading shows some important cautions.

Tribe asks feds to stop armed group’s free travel at refuge

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:47

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds. The small group took over buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge more than three […]

Ski report: Brief break Monday, then soggy weather forecast with no change in sight until weekend

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:18

Skiers and snowboarders heading to the hillsides will see a mixed bag of weather throughout the week, which could be dominated by mushy snow and puddle-laden trails. A brief upper ridge has positioned itself over the state Monday providing sunbreaks and a rise in the freezing level – 1,000 to as high as 8,000 feet. […]

Catchings, Bird, Taurasi headline finalists for US team

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:18

Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are in line to try for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. The trio headlined the 25 finalists for the U.S. women’s basketball Olympic team that were announced Monday. They have helped the Americans win gold at the past three Olympics and hope to be on the team […]