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The Latest: Angelique Kerber waits for Steffi Graf’s advice

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:37

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Angelique Kerber knows she faces a daunting task trying to beat 21-time major champion Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam final on Saturday. So she’s reaching out to someone who might be able to help — Steffi […]

UN to decide if Zika virus is a global health emergency

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:33

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is convening an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. At a special meeting Thursday in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological […]

Alibaba 3Q net income jumps on strong holiday season

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:28

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Holding Ltd.’s third quarter net income jumped ahead of analyst expectations as mobile shopping continued to grow and Chinese customers snapped up items during the holidays. The results were a reassuring sign as worries about a slowdown in the Chinese economy continue. Shares jumped 4 percent in […]

IOC’s Bach: Refugees will be honored at Rio Olympics

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:23

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says the torch relay for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will include a stop at a refugee camp in Athens. Bach has also promised to build sporting facilities on the island of Lesbos that has been hard hit by the migrant crisis. Bach visited a […]

IS group claims responsibility for ambush on Egypt army

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:07

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the roadside bombing of an army convoy in the turbulent northern part of the Sinai Peninsula a day earlier that killed at least four. In a statement distributed by IS sympathizers on social media Thursday, the group said that it had killed and wounded […]

Hoverboards banned on NYC transit system

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:47

NEW YORK (AP) — The MTA has banned hoverboards from the New York City transit system for safety reasons. Transit officials announced Wednesday that riders will not be allowed to bring the two-wheeled motorized devices on buses, subway platforms and trains, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway. Officials say […]

Japan unveils stealth plane, may combine with next-gen jet

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:36

TOYOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan has unveiled its first homemade stealth plane as it tries to catch up on the technology and enhance its reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities as China expands its own military presence in the region. The experimental X-2 unveiled Thursday is expected to make its maiden test flight in February. Defense officials […]

Woman who sued Casey Anthony accused of credit card theft

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:33

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida woman who sued Casey Anthony for defamation has been accused of stealing a cancer patient’s credit card and using it to spend $850 at stores around Kissimmee and Orlando. Osceola County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain tells news outlets that 45-year-old Zenaida Gonzalez and 26-year-old Jonattan E. Acevedo were […]

Oil producer Azerbaijan in talks for international aid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:30

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Representatives of organizations including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are in Azerbaijan to discuss financial support for the oil producing country’s ailing economy. The ex-Soviet nation in the Caucasus has been hit hard by the sharp drop in prices of its oil and gas exports over the last year. […]

Indian cities to tackle woes from sewage to traffic snarls

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:30

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has taken its first multibillion-dollar step toward rebuilding its metro areas as so-called smart cities by awarding 20 with funds to solve problems from shoddy sewage treatment to constant power outages and snarled traffic. The government plans to spend $15 billion on the program in 100 cities over the next […]

Hamas says 7 of its militants killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:00

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas says seven of its members died when a tunnel into Israel collapsed as they were working on it. Hamas said Thursday that 11 militants were repairing the tunnel to fix damage sustained from heavy rainfall. The tunnel collapsed killing seven, while the rest were […]

South African athletes rescue men at sea, then finish race

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:55

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A referee and two athletes participating in a South African triathlon dived into the ocean to rescue two stricken men who were being swept out to sea. After pushing the men to shore, the athletes finished the grueling race a little later than they had planned. Athletes Martin Potgieter and Dylan Hartwig […]

Opposition says Syrian peace talks unlikely to begin Friday

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:53

GENEVA (AP) — A Syrian opposition figure says indirect peace talks between the government and opposition are unlikely to begin on Friday for “technical reasons.” Haitham Manna, co-president of the Arab and Kurdish group known as the Syrian Democratic Council, tells The Associated Press Thursday that U.N. Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is […]

Despite mild weather, H&M sales rise globally

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:51

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says fourth quarter sales grew by 14 percent as the company expanded with new shops in India, South Africa, Peru and Taiwan. CEO Karl-Johan Persson says the sales, which rose to 48.7 billion kronor ($5.7 billion) from 42.6 billion kronor a year earlier, could have […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:43

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 3 MORE ARRESTED AS BUNDY URGES REFUGE OCCUPIERS TO LEAVE It is unclear whether the last few armed ranchers still holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns were ready to heed his advice. […]

Russia: No firm plans to coordinate oil output with OPEC

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:41

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says there are no concrete plans to cut oil output in coordination with major producers Saudi Arabia and OPEC. Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that Russia is “actively discussing the instability of oil markets,” with Saudi Arabia and OPEC, but, as of yet, there are no conclusions […]

Indonesian telecom provider blocks access to Netflix

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:34

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunications company said it has blocked the Internet video service Netflix in a possible setback to the U.S. company’s expansion in Asia. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia said in a statement it blocked Netflix beginning Wednesday because it lacks a permit to operate in Indonesia. The service was still available Thursday […]

British economy ends year at steady rate amid global woes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:33

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s economy ended 2015 at a steady pace amid global economic uncertainty, with quarterly growth picking up slightly to 0.5 percent in the last three months of the year compared with 0.4 percent in the previous three months. The Office of National Statistics said Thursday that preliminary estimates showed full-year growth slowed […]

16 dead, many critically wounded in Chibok, Nigeria

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:22

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Community and medical leaders say multiple suicide bombings have killed 15 civilians and one soldier and the toll is expected to rise among those critically wounded in Chibok, the town where a group of schoolgirls were kidnapped from almost two years ago. Dr. Idrissa Danladi says many of the wounded suffered […]

Strong Swiss franc dents earnings at drug maker Roche

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:21

GENEVA (AP) — Pharmaceuticals company Roche says a strong Swiss franc weighed on its earnings last year and contributed to a 5 percent drop in net income, which fell short of analysts’ estimates. The Basel-based maker of Avastin and other cancer treatments reported Thursday that net income declined to 9.06 billion Swiss francs ($8.92 billion), […]