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Prosecution, defense offer opposite views of Alabama speaker

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:33

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers offered jurors opposing views of Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard as he went on trial on felony ethics charges. Prosecutors told jurors in opening statements Tuesday that Hubbard made some $2.3 million illegally off his elected office and past chairmanship of the Alabama GOP. But the defense […]

Pakistan army tells US it is concerned over drone strike

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:26

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military says the country’s army chief met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad’s serious concerns over the drone strike that killed the former Taliban leader. Wednesday’s military statement says army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif denounced “such acts of sovereignty violations” as “detrimental to relations and counter-productive for the ongoing […]

Obama uses light moment with rapper to espouse free speech

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:25

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama’s parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves. He may have been referring to rap but the subtle message was aimed at his hosts who have been criticized for muzzling dissent. During his three-day visit, Obama had spoken out strongly for human rights […]

Philippine Congress starts counting presidential, VP votes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:16

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress has reopened to do an official count of the votes cast May 9 for the presidential and vice presidential elections. The mayor of southern Davao city, Rodrigo Duterte, overwhelmingly won the presidential race based on an unofficial tally. The counting starting Wednesday in the House of Representatives is […]

Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:12

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada. Casino magnate Steve Wynn can, though not everyone shares the vision of the man who […]

Mount Vernon exhibit looks at Washington as slaveholder

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:07

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is turning a museum space previously dedicated to the Founding Father’s furniture and fineries into an exhibit that takes a hard look at Washington’s life as a slave owner. The $750,000 Lives Bound Together exhibition will open in October and explore the lives of hundreds […]

Baltimore police leader acknowledges flaws exposed by trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:48

BALTIMORE (AP) — The trial of an officer cleared in the arrest of a young black man who died from injuries suffered in police custody has exposed deep systemic problems within the Baltimore Police Department: Officers are inadequately trained and routinely ignore rules and regulations designed to keep people safe. The police commissioner acknowledged the […]

Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:44

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say the Philippines’ population growth has slowed amid an increased use of contraceptives in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The Commission on Population said Wednesday the 2015 census results show the population grew 1.72 percent last year, down from the 1.9 percent rate during the previous census in 2010. The […]

TSA chief headed back to Capitol Hill to talk airport lines

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger is also likely to be pressed by members […]

Suspect in Charleston church shooting faces highest penalty

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings. The decision means that both state and federal prosecutors are […]

House GOP faces first vote on Puerto Rico bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday. The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the U.S. territory’s $70 billion debt has support from House Republican and Democratic […]

Phoenix-area police seek suspect after 2 hit by gunfire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:38

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say they’re searching for at least one suspect after a motorist in the Phoenix area was hit by gunfire, another was wounded in a carjacking, and a patrol cruiser was struck by a bullet. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Det. Doug Matteson says the violence erupted late Tuesday night on and around Highway […]

Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers could be in serious danger if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan. The warning from Army Gen. John Nicholson comes with the future of […]

Postgame notes: Leonys Martin wins it for the Mariners on a two-run walk-off homer, roster move expected

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:07

Postgame notes, quotes and boxscore from the Mariners' come-from-behind walkoff 6-5 win over the A's.

Evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp continues for 2nd day

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:05

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have begun for a second day moving people out of the sprawling Idomeni refugee camp on the country’s northern border with Macedonia. Some of those staying in Idomeni had already boarded two buses waiting to take them to other, organized camps by the time police arrived at about 8:30 […]

Asian stock markets rally on US recovery hopes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:03

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rallied Wednesday as solid U.S. housing sales data and overnight gains on Wall Street raised expectations for a strong recovery in the world’s largest economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.6 percent to 16,757.35 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 2.5 percent to 20,314.52. South […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:02

“How old is this kid? Still wearing diapers.” — Donald Trump to a demonstrator as a protest outside his rally in New Mexico turned violent. ___ “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.” — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch after the Justice Department said it intended to seek the […]

Officials: At least 2 hurt, homes damaged in Kansas storms

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:47

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Homes were damaged and at least two people were critically injured in Kansas amid severe storms that swept across the Plains, authorities said. A statement early Wednesday from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office said the storms in western and south-central parts of the state downed trees and power lines and […]

Australian who raped German backpacker jailed for 9 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:45

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A man who kidnapped, drugged and raped a German backpacker has been sentenced to nine years in jail for an attack that has drawn comparisons to the grisly Australian horror film “Wolf Creek.” Peter van de Wetering was sentenced in Queensland state’s Brisbane District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to […]

Watchdogs say Texas dodged ‘train wreck’ on education board

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:19

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas takes up always-contentions revisions of science and social studies coursework in 2017, a former schoolteacher who believes dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark and Democrats killed John F. Kennedy won’t have a vote. Mary Lou Bruner lost her Republican primary runoff for a seat on the powerful Texas State Board […]