Seattle Times Headlines

Attorney: Prosecutors dropping marijuana dispensary case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:09

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year effort to seize the property of a California medical marijuana dispensary billed as the nation’s largest, the dispensary’s attorney said Tuesday. Henry Wykowski, the attorney for Harborside Health Center in Oakland, said prosecutors did not explain why they were dropping their civil […]

Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer backlash is growing against Target’s stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use. Two weeks ago, the Minneapolis-based discounter issued a statement that said customers and employees can use the restroom or fitting room that “corresponds to their gender identity.” The move made Target the […]

Cal State teachers OK tentative pact with 10.5 percent hikes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing nearly 30,000 teachers in the nation’s largest public university system said Tuesday that its rank-and-file members have overwhelmingly approved a new, three-year contract that grants raises totaling 10.5 percent over the next 14 months. The deal still must be approved by the California State University Board of Trustees, […]

Corporate earnings keep falling, but there are signs of life

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:59

NEW YORK (AP) — Are we there yet? It’s another weak quarter on Wall Street, but there are some signs corporate America will come out of its recent funk. Earnings at big U.S. companies are on track to tumble 6.4 percent in the first quarter, the worst since the financial crisis. That would also be […]

Orioles place SS JJ Hardy on DL with foot fracture

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:58

BALTIMORE (AP) — Shortstop J.J. Hardy has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles because of a hairline fracture in his left foot. Hardy is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. He was in the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday on crutches and will wear a boot for two to three weeks. The […]

Swedish Cherry Hill expansion heads to City Council for vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:52

A plan to double the size of the Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill campus is headed to the City Council for a vote next week. The expansion, first proposed in 2011, has drawn sharp criticism from neighbors who object to the height and bulk of the project.

Prison guard says he fired as he was punched at biker brawl

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:38

DENVER (AP) — Newly released police reports show a Colorado corrections officer who killed a man during a shootout at a Denver motorcycle show told investigators he fired the first shot because he was being punched and cornered. A 195-page report released Tuesday says police proposed charging Derrick Duran with first-degree murder in the January […]

3 Red Cross employees abducted in eastern Congo

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:24

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been abducted in eastern Congo. The organization’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart said Tuesday on Twitter it is doing everything it can to bring its staff back safely. The Congo-based Center of Study for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and […]

Report: Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss receive invite to NBA draft combine

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:19

Former Washington Husky star freshmen Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss expected to be among 70 hopefuls participating at next week's NBA draft combine in Chicago.

Woman wounded in Wisconsin interstate shooting dies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:18

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Illinois woman has died after being shot during an apparently random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while she was traveling with her husband and children. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Tuesday saying 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski has died, two days after she was shot. […]

Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:18

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. In a statement released Tuesday, Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said he intends to create one financially secure, locally owned daily newspaper in the Tampa Bay region. […]

Filipino militants threaten 3 hostages after beheading 1

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man after they failed to get a huge ransom demand by a deadline. In a video circulated Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi […]

Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles. The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava (SAH’-vah) burned on Sunday, the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. Fire officials said Tuesday […]

Ex-49er Stubblefield denies sexually assaulting woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former San Francisco 49er defensive lineman charged with raping a “developmentally delayed” woman denied the charges Tuesday, saying the episode was a consensual encounter with a mentally competent woman who asked for money and a job afterward. Dana Stubblefield is accused of raping the woman in his home in […]

Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:15

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune.

AP NewsAlert

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — DEA: Illinois woman has died after being shot in drive-by shooting along Wisconsin interstate.

‘Blues Brothers’ cartoon show tuning up for a television gig

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:10

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Blues Brothers” could be coming to TV as a prime-time animated comedy series. Bento Box Entertainment Tuesday announced the project, co-created by executive producers Dan Aykroyd, former “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts and Judy Belushi, widow of Blues Brothers co-founder John Belushi. The series will be based on the […]

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:23

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway’s former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the U.N. environment agency and announced his choice of Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano for the U.N.’s top climate change post. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Solheim’s appointment Tuesday and Ban’s intention to appoint Espinosa as […]

Regulators increase proposed penalty against Ride the Ducks for deadly crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:21

State regulators have approved a new settlement agreement Ride the Ducks Seattle, increasing the penalty to $308,000 after saying a previous amount was inadequate.

Rio city council commission formed to probe Olympic projects

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:14

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s city council has set up a commission to investigate whether the city’s Olympic projects were tarnished by corruption. The five-member commission is expected to request contracts and other documents related to the stadiums, highways and other projects built for the Aug. 5-21 games. The councilman behind the […]