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Iranian president: free speech can’t include insulting faith

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:48

ROME (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says freedom of expression doesn’t extend to insulting other people’s faith. Rouhani told reporters Wednesday that he and Pope Francis discussed the issue during their audience at the Vatican on Tuesday. Francis was once asked about the extremist attacks on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. He suggested […]

RBS sets aside $2.8 billion for misconduct and legal action

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:37

LONDON (AP) — The Royal Bank of Scotland says it is putting aside some 2 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) as the taxpayer-owned institution continues to tally the costs of misconduct and legal claims. In an unscheduled trading update Wednesday, the bank also said it would inject 4.2 billion pounds into its pension funds because of […]

Fighting in Iowa, Hillary Clinton fears repeat of 2008 loss

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:35

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — When Bernie Sanders rolled into Decorah, nearly 2,300 people were waiting for him. Chants of “Feel the Bern” filled the spirited hall from a crowd roughly equivalent to a quarter of the town’s population. “If we have the kind of turnout that I hope we can,” Sanders told the rally, […]

Federal price-fixing probe rattles heir-tracing industry

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — An industry that seeks out heirs to the newly deceased is under scrutiny from the Justice Department, which is looking into whether price-fixing and other anti-competitive practices have ripped off unsuspecting relatives. Two industry executives and a California company have reached plea deals with federal prosecutors in Chicago in the past month […]

Prayers, blood drive for officer wounded in New Orleans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:16

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friends and family of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant were praying for him as well-wishers rushed to give blood to help in his recovery. Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit at a New Orleans hospital after losing a lot of […]

House Dems, who delivered for Obama, now diminished minority

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats clawed their way into power and delivered a burst of historic legislation for President Barack Obama after he took office seven years ago. Now, in his final year, Obama is leaving them greatly diminished and confronting questions about whether their next generation of leaders can lead them back into the […]

Syrian opposition sets new conditions on Geneva peace talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:09

BEIRUT (AP) — One of the major opposition groups in the Syrian war says it will only attend the imminent Geneva peace talks if the sieges in the country are lifted and other conditions are met. In a statement released at the end of day-long meetings in Saudi Arabia late Tuesday, the Higher Negotiating Committee […]

German consumer confidence stable despite risks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:08

BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows German consumer confidence remains stable despite concerns about the massive influx of migrants and recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The GfK research group said Wednesday its forward-looking consumer climate index for February was unchanged at 9.4 points. The group says consumers’ willingness to buy and economic expectations […]

Obama to honor 4 who protected Jews during Holocaust

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring four people, including Americans from Indiana and Tennessee, for risking their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust. The United Nations has designated Wednesday as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945. Six million Jews were […]

GOP lawmakers seek to end purchase of Russian rocket engines

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — American tax dollars should not subsidize the purchase of Russian rocket engines because the sales help enrich the friends of President Vladimir Putin, say two senior Republican lawmakers who aim to reverse the current practice. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are introducing legislation Wednesday to repeal […]

Arrests in Oregon standoff – things to know

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:55

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI has arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than three weeks. Here is a rundown of how the arrests and their aftermath: WHAT HAPPENED? Militant leader Ammon Bundy and his followers were reportedly heading to a community meeting […]

US, China spar over North Korea, South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:36

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China sparred Wednesday on how to deal with North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test and ease rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. After meeting for more than four hours in Beijing in what they both termed “constructive” and “candid” discussions, U.S. Secretary of State […]

Malaysian anti-graft agency to appeal move to clear PM Najib

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:30

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency says it will appeal against the attorney general’s decision to clear Prime Minister Najib Razak of criminal charges over a $681 million financial scandal. The agency’s move disrupts Najib’s call to put to rest the scandal that has been the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership. […]

Analysis: There or not, Donald Trump drives the GOP debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:14

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Once again, Donald Trump steals the show. The billionaire Republican’s decision to tangle with Fox News and skip the final presidential debate before Iowa’s kickoff caucuses all but ensures that he — and he alone — will dominate the conversation in the closing moments of campaigning in 2016’s leadoff state. It’s […]

Fed faces a messier economic picture 6 weeks after rate hike

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, Federal Reserve policymakers now face a more perilous global picture that could alter their plans for further raising rates this year. Since the Fed increased rates Dec. 16 from record lows, stock markets have plunged, oil prices have […]

Tips for filling out FAFSA

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:00

Both new and returning college students should complete a FAFSA to qualify for federal, state and school-based financial aid. Even if you think your family’s income disqualifies you from monetary help, it is still a good idea to submit the application.

Danish hospital says case of Zika virus discovered

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:50

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish hospital officials say that a Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America. In a statement Tuesday, the Aarhus University Hospital said the patient ran a fever, had a headache and muscle aches and was discovered as having the virus on Tuesday. There hospital […]

At least 6 confirmed dead in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:49

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A church deacon says a landslide of mining waste has killed at least six people in northern Myanmar, the sixth deadly accident in the jade mining region since a November disaster killed more than 100 people. Baptist deacon Dut La, who is organizing funerals for the victims, said Wednesday that six […]

Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Vietnam Communist Party chief for second term, cementing hold on power

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:46

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Vietnam Communist Party chief for second term, cementing hold on power.

UN launches appeal for $393M humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:37

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations has launched an appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to reach millions of vulnerable people this year. The U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, and the country’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, launched the appeal on Wednesday in a live national television broadcast. The 2016 […]