Seattle Times Headlines

Prosecutors: 3 questioned, freed in Paris attacks probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:14

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors say three people detained in the investigation into the attacks that killed 130 victims in Paris in November have been freed after extensive interrogation. None of the three was charged, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday in a statement. The three were taken into custody during a police search […]

Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville’s Music Row has heard only the sound of silence. New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn the ire […]

Eurozone industrial output dips after strong start to year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:02

BRUSSELS (AP) — Official figures show that industrial output across the 19-country eurozone fell by a monthly 0.8 percent in February but the sector remains on course to boost quarterly growth across the region. The decline reported by Eurostat was in line with expectations and was largely due to a sharp decline in production of […]

APNewsBreak: Cruise lines say city misused passenger fees

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:37

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A life-sized whale statue has landed Juneau in hot water as a cruise ship association alleges it’s a symbol of the Alaska city’s misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors. The Cruise Lines International Association and its Alaska affiliate filed a lawsuit against the city and borough of Juneau on […]

APNewsBreak: Navy flyer describes spotting island castaways

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:37

HONOLULU (AP) — It took several approaches and a smoke marker to convince three Pacific island castaways that a U.S. Navy crew had spotted their “help” sign three days after going missing at sea, a Navy officer in charge of the rescue said. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Harkins told the Associated Press in a telephone […]

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:32

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. It was Mabus’ third visit to a major Marine […]

NAACP wants more training for agency involved in shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:25

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An NAACP leader in the South Carolina county where a white police officer was sentenced to probation in the killing of a black motorist said officers need more training in how to deal with minorities. The civil rights organization is watching police departments in North Augusta, where Justin Craven shot the […]

Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:08

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Saying he received lots of “feedback and suggestions and opinions” about a law he signed that limits LGBT protections, North Carolina’s governor has ordered anti-discrimination rules be expanded for state employees. Gov. Pat McCrory also wants lawmakers to soon restore the ability of all workers to sue over employment bias in […]

Rescuers dug through 4 feet of snow to reach stranded skiers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:03

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Helicopters charged with rescuing two skiers trapped on an Alaska glacier for days waited out whiteout conditions, described by one pilot as trying to fly inside a pingpong ball. The winds and blowing snow subsided enough Tuesday — the fourth day of the rescue mission — when an Alaska Air National […]

Man detained at Schiphol airport remains in detention

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:00

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in Amsterdam are holding a man whose arrest at Schiphol Airport sparked a major security scare. Military police spokesman Alfred Ellwanger said Wednesday the investigation “is trying to find out exactly what was going on” before the man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested Tuesday night just […]

House GOP tries to find consensus on help for Puerto Rico

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have struggled to please Puerto Rico’s government, creditors and their own caucus members as they try to figure out a way to help the island out of $70 billion in debt. Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, the GOP chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is gingerly trying to bring all […]

Paul Ryan is not running for president — or passing a budget

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president. Back on Capitol Hill, he’s about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans. Under the government’s arcane […]

They love NY: Sanders, Trump and Clinton’s New York ties

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:29

NEW YORK (AP) — Three presidential candidates call themselves New Yorkers. Bernie Sanders is from Brooklyn, Donald Trump is from Queens, and Hillary Clinton owns a home in Westchester and represented New York in the U.S. Senate. Despite these bonafides, the three contenders have been falling all over themselves to prove how much they love […]

Obama plans to attend his final White House Science Fair

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of America’s brightest children will visit the White House as President Barack Obama holds his final science fair to highlight work that excelled in a broad range of competitions. Obama began the science fair in 2010, saying the students who produce the best experiments and products ought to be recognized like […]

GOP befriends airline passengers — up to a point

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are lauding an aviation policy bill before the Senate as the most passenger friendly in years, but there are limits to friendship. In an election year that has thus far been defined populist rage, Republicans are walking a fine line as they seek to respond to passengers angered at their […]

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans not itching for a convention fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republican voters think the candidate with the most delegates heading into the party’s convention in July should ultimately emerge as the GOP’s presidential nominee, regardless of whether he holds the majority of all delegates needed to secure the nomination, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey finds Republicans are […]

FACT CHECK: Clinton’s latest gun-law broadside on Sanders

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — With New York’s crucial presidential nominating contest looming, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is framing gun laws in Bernie Sanders’ home state of Vermont as a primary culprit of violent crime in the Empire State. Her latest offensive, however, depends on a narrow and arguably irrelevant use of federal gun data. Speaking on […]

Public wants Senate action on court, but interest is modest

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:15

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2 in 3 Americans back Democrats’ demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court. But an Associated Press-GfK poll also suggests that GOP defiance against considering the nominee may not hurt the party much because, to many people, the election-year […]

Asian stocks lifted by optimism on oil prices, Wall Street

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:03

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks logged solid gains Wednesday, cheered by a rally on Wall Street, although oil prices erased some of the recent big gains that had relieved global investors. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 2.8 percent to finish at 16,381.22. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 2.4 percent to 21,000.61, while the […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:01

“Even if he jumped into high gear, he can’t do it. That’s where he’s been shut out of the game.” — Shak Hill, a Ted Cruz campaign leader in Virginia, on how Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states to lock up delegates who would stay loyal beyond the first ballot […]