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AP EXPLAINS: Islamic extremists step up attacks in Africa

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:14

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The number of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists is mounting across Africa, raising questions about the resurgence of armed groups once seen to be in decline. Here is a brief description of the attacks and an explanation of who was behind them and what is driving the surge. RECENT ATTACKS — […]

Chemical spill prompts evacuation at UW chemistry building

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:12

The fourth floor of the chemistry building at the University of Washington has been evacuated while the Seattle Fire Department investigates a small chemical spill.

Spacey: Frank Underwood would appreciate US campaign

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:07

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Frank Underwood would find the U.S. electoral campaign “amusing,” says Kevin Spacey, who plays the ruthless politician in the TV show “House of Cards.” Bringing his star power to the CEO-packed World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Spacey told participants on Friday: “I think in the first place that Donald Trump…. […]

Charges dropped against 6 Ferguson protesters

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:06

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against six activists who were arrested during a protest in Ferguson, just as their trial was about to begin. The case was expected to include allegations of police brutality, claims of missing evidence and discussions about the shortcomings of body cameras. The charges had included property damage, […]

Starbucks’ partner regains control of joint venture in Spain

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:51

Grupo Vips, which has partnered with Starbucks since 2001, has regained total control of the companies’ joint venture in Spain after buying out the Seattle company’s 49 percent stake.

Kansas lawmaker imposes dress code on female witnesses

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:47

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee chairman has imposed a dress code that prohibits women testifying on an elections or ethics bill from wearing certain clothing while establishing no wardrobe restrictions exclusively for men. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1TbpCGt ) that a rule of state Sen. Mitch Holmes’ 11-point code of conduct says […]

Charlotte Rampling: Oscars diversity debate racist to whites

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:45

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are “racist to white people.” All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling told France’s Europe 1 radio Friday that “maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to be in […]

The Latest: Kansas ban on abortion method remains on hold

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:42

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The latest on the Kansas Court of Appeals decision on whether to allow the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The Kansas Court of Appeals has refused to allow the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method to take effect. The […]

Appeals court won’t allow Kansas’ 1st-in-nation ban on common 2nd-trimester abortion method

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:41

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Appeals court won’t allow Kansas’ 1st-in-nation ban on common 2nd-trimester abortion method.

GOP lawmakers want exemptions for gay marriage opponents

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:39

ATLANTA (AP) — Months after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union opposes such bills and says variations have been proposed in 22 […]

Ambulance driver and dozens killed in Yemen airstrikes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:35

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The medical charity MSF says that an ambulance for an MSF-supported hospital was hit in an airstrike in Yemen as rebels and security forces say dozens have been killed in one of the most intense 24 hours of airstrikes since the Saudi-led coalition began its military campaign. MSF says that the […]

Police officer indicted in shooting of naked, unarmed black man

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:32

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A white Atlanta-area police officer who shot a naked, mentally ill black veteran who was unarmed has been indicted on felony murder and other charges. The decision came Thursday after DeKalb County prosecutors presented their case against Officer Robert Olsen, who fatally shot Anthony Hill on March 9 while responding to […]

US stocks join global rally as energy prices jump again

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:32

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are jumping Friday morning as a rally that started in Asia reaches America and energy prices continue to climb from their recent lows, lifting oil and gas stocks. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 233 points, or 1.5 percent, to 16,115 as of 10:20 a.m. Eastern time. […]

‘Outsiders’ sparks war between 2 vastly different societies

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:28

NEW YORK (AP) — “Outsiders,” the bare-knuckles new drama from WGN America, pits a tribe of off-the-grid hill people against “civilized” folk at the foot of the mountain who want to oust them to unearth a rich vein of coal just waiting to be mined once these long-entrenched squatters are evicted. But it’s not going […]

Passes open; rain in lowlands to taper off during the day

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:49

The Puget Sound region will see a reprieve from its recent soaking as rainfall slows Friday.

Sheriff’s deputy shoots himself in leg at juvenile center

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:46

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot himself while holstering his gun at a central New York juvenile center. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center in the town of Onondaga early Thursday afternoon. No weapons are permitted in the facility beyond certain points, […]

4-year-old Oregon girl dies on family vacation to Mexico

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:41

An Oregon girl says a 4-year-old girl has died after being swept up by a wave while on a family vacation in Mexico

Labor judge: Wal-Mart strikes protected under law

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:39

NEW YORK (AP) — A National Labor Relations Board judge says Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unlawfully disciplined workers who staged protests in May and June of 2013 and ordered the retailer to reinstate 16 former employees, as well as give them back pay. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled that the employee actions were protected under the National […]

Oklahoma ex-congressman named CEO of Feed the Children

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:28

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma-based charity Feed the Children. Watts, who in the 1990s became the first black Republican congressman from the South since Reconstruction, now runs a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. He says he’ll remain chairman of […]

Small plane lands safely in backyard after engine ices up

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:23

MACEDON, N.Y. (AP) — The pilot of a single-engine plane safely landed in a field behind a western New York home after the engine iced-up. Jeremiah Coholan and his passenger, Richard Medeiros, took off from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Thursday. They were approaching the Rochester area around 1:45 p.m. when the engine of their Cessna […]