Seattle Times Headlines

Serbia’s PM Vucic likely to solidify power in snap vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:17

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s powerful prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, is hoping to strengthen his already firm hold on power after Sunday’s snap general election. Vucic has called the vote two years early, saying he wanted a clear, new mandate to steer Serbia further toward European Union membership. Critics say Vucic wants to consolidate power […]

Asian stocks rise, buoyed by US stocks’ gains and weaker yen

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:15

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stocks rallied Thursday, lifted by a rise in U.S. stocks following an uptick in oil prices. A weakening of the Japanese yen pushed Tokyo’s benchmark higher. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 2.7 percent to 17,361.99, as exporters’ shares gained, since a weaker yen usually tends to boost their […]

LEADING OFF: Price faces the Rays, Kershaw and Arrieta throw

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:14

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ OLD FRIEND Red Sox LHP David Price (2-0, 4.50) is set to face Tampa Bay, the team he entered the majors with in 2008. It’ll be his fourth career start against the Rays. He’s 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in his previous three. Most […]

Hockey sticks no longer one size fits all

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:14

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hockey sticks used to come one size fits all. If players wanted a better fit, it required lots of do it yourself, cutting, sanding, heating and bending the stick into a shape and size that fit them. That changed with the introduction of one-piece composite sticks. Now players get their sticks […]

Oprah rejoices as Harriet Tubman selected to be on $20 bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:38

NEW YORK (AP) — “I love it,” Oprah Winfrey shouted, pumping her fist in the air. There was no mistaking her feelings about Harriet Tubman being selected as the next face of the $20 dollar bill. “That was my first choice. My second choice was Sojourner Truth,” Winfrey told The Associated Wednesday on the red […]

Forum to focus on cybersecurity needs in US and Canada

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:38

BOSTON (AP) — Cybersecurity experts are planning to hold a forum on ways the United States and Canada can toughen their online defenses. The discussion will focus on the growing number of lone wolf and foreign government-sponsored cyber-attacks that harm national security and commerce in both countries. Thursday’s event is sponsored by The New England-Canada […]

Volkswagen reaches judge’s deadline for diesel car fix

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:38

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge’s deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he wanted to know the timing of the fix and any planned […]

Wednesday’s prep results

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:35

Caroline Bowman did it all for the Spartans on Wednesday as she struck out nine while only allowing a single hit in five innings. At the plate, she had a home run and a pair of RBI.

Officer’s fatal shooting of teen to go to grand jury

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:31

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Travis County prosecutors say they plan to present evidence in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked 17-year-old by an Austin police officer to a grand jury for possible criminal charges. District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said Wednesday that evidence in the death of David Joseph will be presented the week of […]

University of Wisconsin police search for man with knife

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students were warned to avoid part of the campus in Madison after reports that a man with a knife grabbed two women, who were able to flee unharmed. Campus police public information officer Marc Lovicott says police received two separate reports Wednesday of women on campus being grabbed […]

BY THE NUMBERS: The toll from Japan’s twin earthquakes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:20

TOKYO (AP) — The first of two back-to-back earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu one week ago Thursday night. Here is a look, by the numbers, at the quakes and their aftermath. ___ 48: Confirmed deaths from the earthquakes. ___ Most Read StoriesBrothers charged in Arlington slayings exchanged cars, got cash in Arizona, […]

Beijing auto show showcases China’s SUV love affair

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:11

BEIJING (AP) — China’s love affair with SUVs is helping to cushion the blow of an unexpectedly painful slump in the rest of its crowded auto market. Sales of SUVs, seen as the safest option on China’s rough, chaotic roads, soared 52 percent last year. That helped the overall market grow 7.3 percent — a […]

Great American Eclipse draws tourists to path of totality

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:07

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Where’s the best place to watch next year’s eclipse? If you’re thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company. Hotel rooms across the Cowboy State are going, going, gone, well over a year before the arrival of the first total solar eclipse to be seen from the […]

Police: Miami officer shoots man who kidnapped woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:54

MIAMI (AP) — Miami police say an officer fatally shot a shotgun-wielding man who had kidnapped a woman and forced her into the trunk of a vehicle. Det. Jennifer Capote of the Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement that officers were dispatched Wednesday evening to a report of a woman who had been kidnapped […]

Virtually no gov’t rebuilding 1 year after Nepal quake

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:29

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The violence of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake left countless towns and villages across central Nepal in a shambles. Almost one year later, a shambles they remain. The country has made almost no progress in rebuilding hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and government buildings, as well as some 600 historical structures, including […]

Paris climate deal on track for early start

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. U.N. officials say the signing ceremony Friday will set a record for […]

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:20

HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba’s most renowned advocates of economic reform has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing information with Americans without authorization, among other alleged violations. The dismissal of Omar Everleny Perez adds to a chillier mood that has settled over much of Cuba as the country’s leaders […]

The Paris climate deal at a glance

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:19

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. Here are some of the key elements of the Paris deal, which is the first agreement requiring all countries to join […]

Ecuador hikes taxes to pay for post-quake reconstruction

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:17

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa said Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades caused billions of dollars of damage and he is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction. The damage from 7.8-magnitude quake adds to already heavy economic hardships being felt in this OPEC nation triggered […]

3 killed, dozens hurt in blast at Mexico petrochemical plant

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:16

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast, causing evacuations in the area as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud into the air. Officials said three workers died and more than 100 people were injured. The state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said 136 workers had been hurt and […]