Seattle Times Headlines

Weekend blizzard ranks 4th worst among Northeast snowstorms

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:21

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Last weekend’s crippling blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which ranks storms according to inches of snowfall, geographic […]

The Latest: Biden calls GOP candidates “gift” for Democrats

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:00

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on developments from the 2016 Republican race for president, less than a week out from the Iowa caucuses (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Vice President Joe Biden says Democrats may have “been given a gift from the Lord” in the form of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Biden […]

Navy commander to plead guilty in massive bribery case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:56

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy commander accused of accepting prostitution services, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian contractor in exchange for diverting ships to ports where the businessman’s company could submit fake tariffs and other fees has decided to plead guilty. Lawyer Mark Adams says his client, Michael Misiewicz, will enter the […]

Man guilty in shooting at spring break house party

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:54

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An Alabama man has been convicted of numerous counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting and wounding of seven people at a Florida house party during spring break last year. The Panama City News Herald (bit.ly/1QHnky5) reports that jurors deliberated for less than an hour Thursday before […]

4 soldiers killed in Mali’s north in explosion, attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:50

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Three Malian soldiers died after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and another soldier was killed in an attack in Mali’s north on Thursday, officials said. Three other soldiers were wounded after the army vehicle hit the explosive device about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Gao on the road […]

White House: Obama doesn’t want to serve on Supreme Court

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t expect Barack Obama to wind up on the Supreme Court — he doesn’t want the job. The White House says Obama’s post-presidency plans don’t include becoming a Supreme Court justice. When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked in Iowa if she’d nominate Obama if she were elected president, she responded […]

Casino mogul hires new Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:48

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new publisher recruited and hired by the family of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who secretly bought the newspaper last fall in a sale that has been heavily scrutinized over transparency concerns. The owners said Thursday in a statement that Craig A. Moon has been […]

3 stolen vintage banjos worth more than $16,000 recovered

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:48

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina music shop has recovered three vintage banjos valued at more than $16,000 that turned up at an auction house the day they were stolen. Ed Lowe of Lowe Vintage Instruments says the banjos were stolen Wednesday while his son helped another customer at their Burlington store. Lowe believes […]

Carrie Underwood to honor military families during tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:42

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood is working with Carnival Cruise Lines and Operation Homefront to honor military families throughout her upcoming “Storyteller” tour. Underwood will meet with selected military families in 10 cities, and she’ll perform a free concert for hundreds of military families onboard the Carnival Vista in New York on […]

Walgreens tells Theranos to stop using lab under scrutiny

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:36

The nation’s largest drugstore chain is telling blood-testing startup Theranos to stop sending samples from its customers to a testing facility that drew regulatory scrutiny over possible patient risks. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Thursday that it told Theranos to either send tests to a certified lab in the Phoenix area that Theranos runs or […]

Democratic legislators cry foul over McCleary funding plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:33

State Democratic lawmakers complained as their GOP colleagues passed an amended K-12 funding plan out of a Senate committee.

Seattle mayor says The Jungle should be shut down

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:00

”It should be closed down,” said Mayor Ed Murray about the homeless encampment in a meeting with The Seattle Times Editorial Board.

Missouri dismisses QB Maty Mauk after series of missteps

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:59

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the football program Thursday after a series of missteps that included three suspensions over the past four months. New coach Barry Odom said he met with Mauk in December and gave him a fresh start. But Missouri suspended Mauk again this week after a brief […]

Women, youngsters dominate in rock field at Grammy Awards

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:56

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, men — and legacy acts — have dominated in the rock category at the Grammy Awards, leaving little room for female stars who rock as loud and hard as the guys and young bands hoping to breakthrough on the music scene. But at this year’s Grammys, there is a […]

Whatcom County boy on bike killed after being struck by car

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:55

A 14-year-old Sumas boy was killed when his bicycle was hit by a car, police said.

Hart, Del Toro, Goldberg among Oscar presenters

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:54

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards has unveiled a distinctly diverse slate of presenters and performers for the Feb. 28 Oscars including Kevin Hart, Benicio Del Toro and Whoopi Goldberg. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced the names of 11 people taking part in the show. The makeup of […]

Bertha can’t dig until state gets more facts about sinkhole

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:42

State officials say they want more information about why a sinkhole formed on the Highway 99 tunnel project before allowing Bertha to resume digging.

Stimulus skeptic downplays China, oil risks for eurozone

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:42

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A top European monetary official is downplaying the risks for the 19-country euro currency union from an economic slowdown in China and from low oil prices. The remarks Thursday from Jens Weidmann come as the European Central Bank prepares to weigh expanding its stimulus measures at its next meeting March 10. […]

Spate of random slashings across New York City sows fear

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang was carrying groceries down a Brooklyn street when he felt like he got hit in the back of the head. He suddenly couldn’t walk straight. “I kept veering into a wall, then a parked car. And that’s when I realized I was bleeding,” Hwang, the […]

Ai Weiwei says deep anger made him pull works from Denmark

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:35

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he decided to withdraw his works from two Danish museums out of deep anger at a new law allowing Denmark to seize valuables from migrants. Weiwei says he wanted to give a “clear statement” on what he considered an absurd law. He spoke Thursday […]