Seattle Times Headlines

Syrian agency says at least 14 killed in attack in Homs city

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:16

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s official news agency says at least 14 people have died in multiple bomb blasts that targeted a government-run security checkpoint in the central city of Homs. Homs Governor Talal Barazi told the agency that the attack took place on Tuesday morning and that the checkpoint was hit “first by a car […]

Alaska quake renews focus on state’s emergency readiness

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:12

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster. And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also wildfires, floods, landslides and even volcanos. Robert Forgit, Alaska area manager for the Federal […]

Cornyn a ‘peacemaker’ as GOP rift on criminal justice widens

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation’s criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama’s tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator. One of the top advocates in Congress, John Cornyn of Texas, faces reluctance from […]

Analysis: GOP needs budget cuts to fulfill political promise

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to Congress’ recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to bring the government’s deteriorating balance sheet back into the black. And if the GOP should win the White House, those promises are likely to come back and haunt […]

Immigration is high-priority issue for New Hampshire voters

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:07

BROOKLINE, N.H. (AP) — People in New Hampshire live nearly 2,400 miles from El Paso, Texas, one of the busiest crossings on America’s Southern border. And it’s only home to about 10,000 people living illegally in the U.S. — a far cry from states like California, Texas or Florida. Yet, illegal immigration is a paramount […]

Obama has plan to expand access to retirement accounts

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget next month. Many Americans are not well prepared for retirement, with nearly one in three yet to retire having any savings or pension available for their later years, […]

Who’s Obama for? Clinton has reason to smile

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed a Democratic successor, but he’s now revealed some personal pros and cons in the fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton has reason to smile. In an interview published Monday, Obama casts his former secretary of state as a “wicked smart,” progressive pragmatist and Sanders as […]

Tight Democrat race highlights differing views of gov’t role

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:59

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For months, the tumultuous Republican presidential primary has masked a brewing debate among Democrats about their own party’s future. Now, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders chipping away at Hillary Clinton’s grip on the Democratic nomination, the differences are spilling out into the open as the candidates campaign across snow-covered Iowa. […]

13 rescued from sinking boat off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coast

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:27

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard officials in South Florida say 13 people have been rescued from a sinking yacht off the coast of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Multiple news outlets report the people were rescued Monday evening after their 106-foot yacht began sinking. Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says the Coast Guard responded after getting a call that […]

Electronics giant Philips falls to 4th quarter loss

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:24

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch electronics giant Philips says it fell to a fourth-quarter net loss of 39 million euros ($42 million) as it paid off pension risks and had higher tax and other expenses, down from a net profit of 134 million euros ($146 million) in the same period a year ago. Earnings before exceptional […]

Missouri suspends QB Maty Mauk indefinitely

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:04

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely. Athletic director Mack Rhodes and coach Barry Odom announced the punishment on Monday night after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the accompanying tweet mentions Mauk by name, but there […]

3 charged after lioness prowled Dubai neighborhood

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:03

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Three people have been charged with public endangerment over an incident that saw a lioness escape from a home in a Dubai neighborhood and prowl the streets for several hours. Abu Dhabi’s state-run The National newspaper reported Tuesday that police say the owner of the lioness, the buyer and […]

Boat capsizes off Malaysia, 13 Indonesian migrants drowned

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:39

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions. District police chief Rahmat Othman said the bodies of four men and nine women were discovered on a beach in southern Johor state by members of the […]

Malaysian police say 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:33

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions .

Pakistan closes schools in province amid Taliban threats

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:29

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have closed all the schools in the country’s largest province, Punjab, following an alert over possible militant attacks. A government memo obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press says there is intelligence that 13 Taliban fighters from neighboring Afghanistan were planning suicide attacks on schools in Pakistan. The province’s education minister, […]

LG Electronics posts 4Q loss as mobile business struggles

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:24

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics reported an unexpected loss in the final quarter of 2015 as its smartphone business struggled. South Korea’s second-largest consumer electronics company said Tuesday it had a net loss of 140.4 billion won ($116.4 million) for the October-December period, compared with a net loss of 205.7 billion won a […]

Broncos heap praise on Panthers leading up to Super Bowl 50

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

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nothing but compliments for Cam Newton after completely bashing Tom Brady. And no, this nasty Denver Broncos defense hasn’t suddenly turned soft. They’re simply playing nice with the Super Bowl still two weeks away. The pleasantries seem tame after all the trash talking Denver did before the New England game. The […]

Michigan AG appointed prosecutor to lead Flint water probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:12

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican attorney general named a former prosecutor to spearhead an investigation into the process that left Flint’s drinking water tainted with lead, though Democrats questioned whether the special counsel would be impartial. Attorney General Bill Schuette said Monday that Todd Flood, a former assistant prosecutor for Wayne County, which includes […]

Key years in “Doomsday Clock” time

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:06

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The “Doomsday Clock” by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm by reflecting how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies. Midnight represents the apocalypse. Here are some key dates in the clock’s nearly 70-year history: 1953 […]

APNewsBreak: Survey: Religious objections law cost millions

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state’s religious objections law. A document prepared by the tourism group Visit […]