Seattle Times Headlines

Emails about Flint water show state officials discounted concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:28

The emails show that from the moment Flint decided to draw its water from a new source, the Flint River, officials were discounting concerns about its quality and celebrating a change meant to save the cash-starved city millions of dollars.

Pinkett Smith says Oscars backlash not really about Oscars

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith says the backlash to the all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards “isn’t really about the Oscars.” Pinkett Smith on Monday said she wouldn’t attend or watch the Feb. 28 ceremony. A video she posted helped prompt calls for a boycott of the awards show. In another video […]

transgender-nohearing

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

A rule approved by the state Human Rights Commission guarantees access to restrooms, locker rooms and other such facilities according to a person’s gender identity. The bill in Olympia seeks to undo some of that access.

Council votes to endorse transit on Cross Kirkland Corridor

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:10

The Kirkland City Council voted to endorse transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, over the objections of many residents who held “Recall The Council” signs.

Fernando Rodney signs with Padres

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:59

Free-agent Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the San Diego Padres, who will give the veteran reliever the opportunity to close. The deal is pending a physical.

Many economists befuddled by markets’ deep dive

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:56

Analysis: Even the experts are puzzled by market plunges, world economy.

LA Rams say they’ve collected over 45,000 ticket deposits

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:53

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rams say they have collected over 45,000 season ticket deposits in just two days for their upcoming return season in Los Angeles. The Rams announced the results of their initial season ticket push Wednesday night. The refundable deposits entitle fans to a spot in a virtual waiting line to purchase […]

Transit agency to install real cameras on commuter trains

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:45

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit say they will replace all fake security cameras with working ones, following the shooting death of a passenger. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1PiSlcy ) that BART officials made the announcement Wednesday. Their decision comes less than a week after the newspaper revealed the […]

Twisp wildfire survivor says he’s improving day by day

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:33

Daniel Lyon Jr., 25, the firefighter badly burned in last summer’s Twisp River blaze, returned to Seattle this week and shared his progress.

FDA delays decision on adding folic acid to corn masa

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:26

The Food and Drug Administration has put off until April a decision on whether to allow folic acid to be added to corn masa, a move some experts say could help prevent devastating birth defects.

Receiver wants to sell Dargey’s Potala Tower, other projects

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:22

The court-appointed receiver now running Path America, which bankrolled real estate projects through Chinese immigrant investors, says three of its four developments should be put up for sale as soon as possible, including the 40-story Potala Tower in downtown Seattle.

Women struggling to reconcile Hillary Clinton’s role in husband’s sex scandals

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:15

Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has found itself trying to shore up support among women as discussions about past scandals regarding Bill Clinton have moved from conservative critics to broader public consciousness.

No Bertha required for Great Northern Tunnel replica

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:10

Artist and recent Guggenheim recipient Rick Araluce’s “The Great Northern,” a one-half scale installation based on the tunnel running under Seattle built in 1904, will be on exhibit at South Lake Union’s MadArt gallery from Jan. 24 to Feb. 27.

US to announce plan for new visa rules for some Europeans

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will announce as early as Thursday its plan to introduce new visa requirements for European travelers who are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, or who have visited any of these countries in the last five years. U.S. officials and congressional aides involved in discussions say the […]

William B. Cate, 91, former leader of Church Council of Greater Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:43

A Jan. 31 memorial is set for Dr. William B. “Bill” Cate, longtime leader of the Church Council of Greater Seattle who died Jan. 13 at 91.

Prehistoric massacre hints at war among hunter-gatherers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:37

Violence has always been part of human behavior, but the origins of war are hotly debated.

Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:35

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills promoted Kathryn Smith to be their special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff. The team announced the move in a release Wednesday night. Smith was an administrative assistant this season for Bills assistant coaches under Rex Ryan, with […]

Pakistan university attack revives specter of Taliban

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:31

After a year in which the Pakistani Taliban had seemed to have been pushed to the margin, the new school assault has renewed worries that the insurgency has survived.

Attack on Denver’s fire chief appears random, unprovoked

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:11

DENVER (AP) — Investigators say the attack on Denver’s fire chief near the department’s headquarters appears to have been random and unprovoked. Chief Eric Tade was in an unmarked SUV on Tuesday afternoon when a woman jumped into the vehicle and stabbed him in the hand and leg. Tade was hospitalized with minor injuries and […]

Oil slide to test strength of banks’ restored muscle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:00

Banks of all sizes are marking down the value of loans and setting aside reserves to absorb additional losses as oil producers struggle to pay their debts.