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Arizona lawmaker drops ban on journalists who refuse checks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:41

PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives allowed journalists who refused to submit to extensive background checks back on to the floor of the chamber Tuesday amid pressure from lawmakers and the public over the sudden shift in decades-old policy. The announcement came five days after Republican House Speaker David Gowan […]

CP-NS merger: the runaway train we dodged

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:39

A tie-up between two giant railroads would have set off a ripple of more deals, more jobs cut, worse service.

NYC mayor, Hillary Clinton taking heat over comedy skit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was racially insensitive. Clinton, just days before the crucial New York primary, was a surprise guest during the mayor’s performance at the annual Inner Circle show […]

Flint’s latest conundrum? People aren’t using enough water

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:43

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A water expert who helped expose the lead problem in Flint says residents aren’t using enough water — and that’s slowing efforts to rid the system of the toxic contamination. The conundrum is that people have grown accustomed to using bottled water, are showering less and are leery of drinking even […]

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, receivers, others working out in Southern California

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:42

Some of the Seahawks, including quarterback Russell Wilson and receivers, are working out in Los Angeles this week in preparation of the beginning of the team's official off-season program on Monday.

Surgery begins to separate infant conjoined twins in Texas

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:40

The 10-month-old sisters are conjoined below the waist and share a colon and bladders. Doctors are optimistic about the operation, which could last 12 to 18 hours.

Report: US didn’t find trouble at Corinthian Colleges before it failed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by the Center for American Progress says federal education officials failed to detect trouble at one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges in the years before it collapsed. The report, titled “Looking in All the Wrong Places,” is based on 6,000 pages of audits provided by colleges and reviews done […]

Daniel Radcliffe to star onstage in ‘Privacy’ in New York

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:34

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe will return to a New York stage in James Graham’s play “Privacy,” inspired by the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The Public Theater said Tuesday the former “Harry Potter” star will appear in the 2014 play that “explores how governments and corporations collect and use […]

Police probe shooting involving officers on freeway ramp

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:28

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a traffic stop involving police that ended in gunshots on an interstate ramp outside Atlanta. Conyers police tell WAGA-TV that the shooting happened on Interstate 20 in the Lithonia area, just east of Atlanta. They say an officer and a deputy involved were not seriously injured in the […]

Hawking, Zuckerberg join $100M bid to search for life with tiny spacecraft

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:26

NEW YORK (AP) — An Internet investor has enlisted famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him with a futuristic plan for seeking life in outer space. Yuri Milner announced the $100 million project Tuesday. It’s aimed at establishing the feasibility of sending a swarm of tiny spacecraft, each weighing far […]

U of Illinois settles with female athletes, ex-coach Beckman

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

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has announced a pair of settlements involving former female basketball players who sued the school and its former football coach, Tim Beckman. Campus officials said Tuesday that the seven former players will receive a one-time payment of $375,000 to split among them. The University of Illinois Board […]

Aide: Ryan to make statement ruling out president bid

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to definitively rule out a bid for president this year, amid persistent speculation that he could emerge as the GOP nominee from a contested Republican convention. The Wisconsin Republican scheduled a mid-afternoon statement Tuesday at the Republican National Committee to disavow any interest in the presidency this […]

Air traffic controllers’ strike paralyzes Brussels airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:57

BRUSSELS (AP) — A wildcat strike of air traffic controllers has paralyzed Brussels airport after their guild rejected a compromise aimed at solving a conflict over a pension reform. The airport announced during evening rush hour Tuesday that “there are no inbound or outbound flights.” The strike action comes at a time when traffic was […]

Man turns himself in on charge of stealing TV in 1989

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:56

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Police say a man charged with stealing a television in Connecticut 27 years ago flew from his Florida home and voluntarily turned himself in last weekend after recently learning there was a warrant out for this arrest. Police in Norwalk, Connecticut, tell The Hour newspaper ( ) that 60-year-old Randy Iannacone, […]

Southern plans vigil for 2 students killed in shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:56

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southern University in Louisiana is planning a candlelight vigil for two 19-year-old students who were shot and killed at a party outside an off-campus apartment complex. Tuesday’s vigil is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in a courtyard on the school’s Baton Rouge campus. Police said Lashuntae Benton, of Lake […]

Wild arrest: Viper, cobras, gator seized from suburban home

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:53

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife authorities say they’ve arrested a man accused of keeping exotic snakes, an alligator and other critters inside a zoo-like home in suburban Atlanta. An arrest warrant lists a Gaboon viper, two cobras, an alligator, a squirrel and a raccoon among animals seized from the Gwinnett County home of Jesus […]

Jerry Lewis wants to live to be older than George Burns

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:53

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Lewis, 90 years and nearly one month old, is wearing a dark jacket, yellow shirt and a big red tie. He is seated in a director’s chair in the middle of the first floor bar of the Friars Club. The room is packed and noisy with camera equipment and assistants […]

Kasich criticizes campaigns that demean, weaken America

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:51

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — John Kasich is criticizing his opponents’ visions for America in a lengthy speech in New York where he is campaigning a week before the state’s crucial primary. Kasich said Tuesday that the path he offers is different to that which “demeans” America’s history and “cheapens each of us.” Without mentioning Trump […]

German train dispatcher used cellphone before fatal crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:48

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a rail dispatcher in southern Germany was using his cellphone to play games shortly before two trains he was in charge of collided head on in February, killing 11 people. Prosecutors in Traunstein, east of Munich, say the unnamed dispatcher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of negligent homicide. In a […]

Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:48

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general’s opinion before going forward. Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, told the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee that he wanted another day to consider an opinion that State Attorney General […]