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Departing Europe, Obama seeks to reassure Saudis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 21:46
President Barack Obama is leaving the European continent and shifting his attention from an Eastern European power play to the complicated religious and tribal politics of the Middle East.

Anxious about the SAT? More colleges say 'don't worry about it' | Education Lab

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 21:38
Almost anyone who has applied to college can trot out a horror story about the much-dreaded Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT. The four-hour, fill-in-the-bubble test of math and reading skills has spawned innumerable opinion pieces, diatribes and nightmares.

The 'theoretical' and 'practical' of a Seattle $15 minimum wage law on tipping

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 21:37
Washington is one of just seven states that does not allow a lower wage for tipped workers; if you give a tip, it's on top of a wage that is at least $9.32 an hour. It's a settled issue. The federal minimum tip wage is an appalling $2.13 an hour, meaning that waitress in Idaho who calls yo

Australia says planes checking new search area

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:52
The search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner moved 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast on Friday, as Australian officials said a new analysis of radar data suggests the plane had flown faster and therefore ran out of fuel more quickly than previously estimated.

Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation's busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations.

UN General Assembly votes 'yes' on Ukraine unity

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
In a surprisingly strong rebuke of Moscow, the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday affirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity and deemed the referendum that led to Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula illegal.

FBI sting shows San Francisco Chinatown underworld

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.

At core of nuke cheating ring: 4 'librarians'

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests.

Judge cites lack of remorse, gives bride 30 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
The defendant's tears notwithstanding, a federal judge cited a lack of remorse as he sentenced a Montana woman to more than three decades in prison for pushing her newlywed husband to his death in Glacier National Park.

Feds, others still probing NJ traffic-jam plot

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:31
Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into a traffic-blocking operation near a major bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie's own probe has concluded that he was not involved in the plot.

Tech companies, Citigroup tug US stocks lower

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:46
It was a bad day to be an investor in Citigroup or tech stocks.

Soldiers, police patrol streets in western Myanmar

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:46
Soldiers and police patrolled streets in western Myanmar on Friday after Buddhist mobs attacked offices and residences of international aid workers this week, prompting the evacuation of almost all non-essential staff, residents and an official said. The mob action resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl who was killed when police fired into the air to disperse the crowds.

Spotters fight fatigue in hunt for jet lost at sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:31
They stare out at a punishingly unbroken expanse of gray water that seems, at times, to blend into the clouds. Occasionally, they press their foreheads against the plane's windows so hard they leave grease marks, their eyes darting up and down, left and right, looking for something -- anything -- that could explain the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Morning links: Pac-12 sours in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:16
With Arizona trailing for most of its matchup against San Diego State and Stanford and UCLA losing in the NCAA tournament South regional semifinals, it looked as if the Pac-12 would go 0-3 in the Sweet Sixteen.

IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18 billion bailout

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:01
The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.

Pakistani Christian gets death in blasphemy case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:31
A court convicted a Pakistani Christian man and sentenced him to death Thursday in a blasphemy case that sparked a riot last year in the eastern city of Lahore, according to his lawyer.

Obama seeks quick end to NSA phone records program

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:16
President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday to end quickly the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, which could be a big ask for lawmakers who don't often move quickly without a looming deadline.

Congress backs bill to help cash-strapped Ukraine

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:16
Congress is close to sending President Barack Obama a bill to give $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-strapped Ukraine and provide the administration broad authority to levy more sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.