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Teen Oklahoma family slaying suspect seeks juvenile status

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:25

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings is challenging the constitutionality of a state law that says he must be charged as an adult. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will hear oral arguments on Thursday in the case of 17-year-old Michael […]

Burundi’s economy on the brink as violent unrest persists

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:25

ABUGARAMA, Burundi (AP) — At an intersection in this small farmers’ town nestled in the misty mountains surrounding the Burundi capital, traders jostle to sell vegetables to passing motorists. Bujumbura is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) away and yet so far, deemed unsafe to travel to by many here because of the frequent sounds of […]

Will Smith joins wife in not attending the Academy Awards

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Smith said Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he and Pinkett Smith have discussed it and feel “we’re uncomfortable to […]

Democratic Senate group backs Ross in North Carolina primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:12

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross has received the backing of the Washington-based group led by Democratic senators who want her to replace Republican incumbent Richard Burr of North Carolina next year. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Thursday it was endorsing Ross. She and three other Democrats are in the March […]

Detroit schools in session after teacher sick-out shutdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:07

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit public school district says all schools are in session a day after a massive sick-out by teachers closed most schools. School district spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski sent an update about Thursday’s classes in an email to The Associated Press. The Detroit Public Schools district filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to […]

A bone to pick with Chop Shop’s ‘Big Bones’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:00

The new restaurant from Volunteer Park Cafe’s Erica Burke anchors the ambitious Chophouse Row complex.

Mom gets 25 years in prison for Florida baby’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:36

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman whose 8-week-old infant was found buried near their home has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Herald-Tribune of Sarasota ( ) reports 32-year-old Kristen Bury pleaded no contest Wednesday to aggravated manslaughter in the Sept. 16 death of Chance Walsh. As part of a plea deal […]

United chooses Boeing 737s in $3 Billion snub of Bombardier

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:33

United Continental Holdings said it would buy 40 of Boeing’s smallest jetliner, snubbing Bombardier’s C Series in favor of a model that already accounts for the bulk of the airline’s fleet.

Fashion designers, NFL team up on 50 footballs for charity

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:33

NEW YORK (AP) — Are you ready for some (bespoke) football? With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, the NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up to deck out a half-century’s worth of pigskins to raise money for the league’s charitable foundation. Rebecca Minkoff went with all-around spikes for her ball […]

11-year-old boy killed by falling hay bale in Pennsylvania

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:29

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was killed after being crushed by a hay bale in Pennsylvania, a day after an 8-year-old in the area was seriously hurt in a farm equipment accident. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni tell Lancaster Online ( the child was in a barn loosening hay to […]

US urges Afghanistan-Pakistan on Afghan peace process

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:23

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States on Thursday urged the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan to support a credible peace process with the Afghan Taliban. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines […]

Swedish prosecutors say no deal yet on Assange interrogation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:13

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have cast doubt on Ecuador’s assertion that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be questioned imminently at its embassy in London. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Wednesday that questions submitted by Swedish prosecutors will be asked of Assange by Ecuadorean officials “in the coming days.” The questions relate to accusations of […]

Snoqualmie Pass closed due to avalanche danger

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:03

Avalanche danger has closed Snoqualmie Pass, and WSDOT does not have an estimate of when it will reopen.

Al-Jazeera correspondent missing in Yemen

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:03

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network says it has lost contact with one of its chief correspondents who they suspect has been kidnapped in the war-torn city of Taiz, central Yemen. The news network said on Thursday that Hamdi al-Bukari, who had been covering the intense Taiz fighting that started in April, went […]

Former US Marine released from Iran returning to Michigan

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:03

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine recently released from an Iranian prison in a prisoner-swap deal is returning to Michigan. The office of Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee says Amir Hekmati is scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at Flint’s Bishop International Airport. The 32-year-old Hekmati has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany […]

Washington’s community college transfer students do well in four-year colleges

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 22:02

Few of Washington's community college students transfer to a four-year college, but when they do, they graduate at rates much higher than the national average.

Flight attendant accused in North Dakota, Virginia threats

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 21:40

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A flight attendant from Arizona accused of fabricating a bomb threat story that prompted an emergency landing in North Dakota is now accused in a similar incident in Virginia. Justin Cox-Sever, of Tempe, Arizona, is facing federal charges in a bogus bomb threat on a SkyWest Airlines flight on the East […]

Man accused of raping shoplifters inside Dollar General

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 21:36

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An assistant manager is accused of raping two women after he caught them shoplifting at a Dollar General store in Tennessee. The Clarksville Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that 38-year-old Robert Lindlau caught two women shoplifting in March and had each of them perform sexual favors on him […]

Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 6-month high

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 21:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since July, though applications remained at historically low levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to 285,000, the highest since […]

Applications for US jobless aid hit 6-month high last week, though still at low level overall

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 21:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US jobless aid hit 6-month high last week, though still at low level overall.