Seattle Times Headlines

DC subway officials to address safety lapses on Capitol Hill

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to ask questions about the safety of the Washington area’s subway system after an unprecedented daylong shutdown. The Metro system’s general manager and other officials will answer questions from two House oversight subcommittees at a hearing Wednesday afternoon. In prepared testimony, Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld says he’s found […]

3 charged in shooting outside police station set for court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:47

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A man charged with murder in a shooting outside a Maryland police station that led to an officer’s death is scheduled to appear in court along with his two brothers, who allegedly filmed the incident and are also charged. Michael Ford, Malik Ford and Elijah Ford are scheduled for a […]

Bundy brothers, 3 others due in Nevada in standoff case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:37

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys say two sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men are due to be transferred in custody from Oregon to Nevada to face charges stemming from an armed confrontation with government agents two years ago. Defense lawyers in Oregon lost a bid Tuesday for the 9th U.S. Circuit […]

Couple: Police search still humiliating more than a year on

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:27

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Silent tears stream down Lakeya Hicks’ face as she recalls Oct. 2, 2014, a day that should have been a happy memory as she and her husband drove the car they had recently and proudly purchased. Instead, her recollection is filled with brutality and embarrassment. It was that day that she […]

Uber starts motorbike taxi service in Indonesian capital

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:17

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Ride-hailing app Uber on Wednesday launched a motorbike taxi service in the Indonesian capital where Southeast Asian rivals Go-Jek and Grab are already battling for dominance. Jakarta is one of the world’s most congested cities and motorbike taxis ordered from a smartphone app have exploded in popularity in the past 18 […]

South Carolina senators to hold hearing on transgender bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:15

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina bill limiting transgender people’s bathroom choices is up for discussion Wednesday, a week after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and state business leaders called the proposal unnecessary. People are expected to pack a Senate hearing on the bill, though the subcommittee is unlikely to take any vote. Its chairman, […]

US troops, Philippine police in bar brawl face sanctions

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:15

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. and Philippine authorities say American troops involved in a bar brawl with Filipino policemen face possible disciplinary sanctions in an incident earlier this month the local military says has no bearing on ongoing large-scale combat exercises by the treaty allies. Philippine military spokesman Capt. Celeste Frank Sayson said Wednesday that […]

Prosecutors: 3 questioned, freed in Paris attacks probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:14

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors say three people detained in the investigation into the attacks that killed 130 victims in Paris in November have been freed after extensive interrogation. None of the three was charged, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday in a statement. The three were taken into custody during a police search […]

Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville’s Music Row has heard only the sound of silence. New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn the ire […]

Eurozone industrial output dips after strong start to year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:02

BRUSSELS (AP) — Official figures show that industrial output across the 19-country eurozone fell by a monthly 0.8 percent in February but the sector remains on course to boost quarterly growth across the region. The decline reported by Eurostat was in line with expectations and was largely due to a sharp decline in production of […]

APNewsBreak: Cruise lines say city misused passenger fees

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:37

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A life-sized whale statue has landed Juneau in hot water as a cruise ship association alleges it’s a symbol of the Alaska city’s misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors. The Cruise Lines International Association and its Alaska affiliate filed a lawsuit against the city and borough of Juneau on […]

APNewsBreak: Navy flyer describes spotting island castaways

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:37

HONOLULU (AP) — It took several approaches and a smoke marker to convince three Pacific island castaways that a U.S. Navy crew had spotted their “help” sign three days after going missing at sea, a Navy officer in charge of the rescue said. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Harkins told the Associated Press in a telephone […]

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:32

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. It was Mabus’ third visit to a major Marine […]

NAACP wants more training for agency involved in shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:25

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An NAACP leader in the South Carolina county where a white police officer was sentenced to probation in the killing of a black motorist said officers need more training in how to deal with minorities. The civil rights organization is watching police departments in North Augusta, where Justin Craven shot the […]

Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:08

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Saying he received lots of “feedback and suggestions and opinions” about a law he signed that limits LGBT protections, North Carolina’s governor has ordered anti-discrimination rules be expanded for state employees. Gov. Pat McCrory also wants lawmakers to soon restore the ability of all workers to sue over employment bias in […]

Rescuers dug through 4 feet of snow to reach stranded skiers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:03

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Helicopters charged with rescuing two skiers trapped on an Alaska glacier for days waited out whiteout conditions, described by one pilot as trying to fly inside a pingpong ball. The winds and blowing snow subsided enough Tuesday — the fourth day of the rescue mission — when an Alaska Air National […]

Man detained at Schiphol airport remains in detention

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:00

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in Amsterdam are holding a man whose arrest at Schiphol Airport sparked a major security scare. Military police spokesman Alfred Ellwanger said Wednesday the investigation “is trying to find out exactly what was going on” before the man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested Tuesday night just […]

House GOP tries to find consensus on help for Puerto Rico

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have struggled to please Puerto Rico’s government, creditors and their own caucus members as they try to figure out a way to help the island out of $70 billion in debt. Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, the GOP chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is gingerly trying to bring all […]

Paul Ryan is not running for president — or passing a budget

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president. Back on Capitol Hill, he’s about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans. Under the government’s arcane […]

They love NY: Sanders, Trump and Clinton’s New York ties

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:29

NEW YORK (AP) — Three presidential candidates call themselves New Yorkers. Bernie Sanders is from Brooklyn, Donald Trump is from Queens, and Hillary Clinton owns a home in Westchester and represented New York in the U.S. Senate. Despite these bonafides, the three contenders have been falling all over themselves to prove how much they love […]