Seattle Times Headlines

Airline pilot suspected of being drunk faces arraignment

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:57

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old American Airlines co-pilot grounded on suspicion of drunkenness at a Detroit-area airport heads to court next month. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tuesday that John Maguire will be arraigned and have a pre-trial hearing May 11 in in Romulus, a suburb that’s home to Detroit Metropolitan […]

Stricker to be US captain at Presidents Cup

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:56

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Steve Stricker is the next American captain for the Presidents Cup, for the 2017 matches at Liberty National. Stricker played on five Presidents Cup team and had a 14-10 record while playing on nothing but victorious teams. He will go up against Nick Price, who will be International captain for […]

Cruz accuses Trump of ‘threatening the delegates’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:56

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is blasting rival Donald Trump in a radio interview Tuesday, using some of the harshest rhetoric of the campaign to date, accusing the Republican front-runner of “threatening the delegates,” inciting violence and using dirty tricks to intimidate voters and delegates. He also said that the billionaire is […]

Brazil President lashes out at VP over impeachment bid

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:56

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called her Vice President Michel Temer the “head of the conspiracy” that seeks to remove her from office in her most direct attack on him so far. Speaking to teachers and students at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Rousseff said Temer and Lower […]

US reviewing scale of its peacekeeping mission in Sinai

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Pentagon is considering ways it could reduce the number of troops in the Sinai Peninsula and still perform its peacekeeping mission. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said Tuesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has notified officials in Israel and Egypt that the U.S. is reviewing its […]

Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers contract on view in NYC

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers that broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier is on public view in New York and soon in other places, as well. The April 11, 1947, document, together with a contract Robinson signed two years earlier with the Montreal Royals, is on display at Collectors […]

Baseball-size hail hits Dallas area; no injuries reported

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:44

WYLIE, Texas (AP) — Hail the size of baseballs has broken windows and damaged buildings and cars in the Dallas area, forcing the closure of some schools. The Collin County Sheriff’s Office had no reports of anyone hurt in Monday’s storm in Wylie, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas. Wylie spokesman Craig Kelly says hail […]

South Carolina, 6 months after floods: ‘Rough road ahead’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:43

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a flood, nature can steal everything: lives and homes, delicate Christmas ornaments, a favorite flannel shirt, a special fishing hole. The historic rains and floods that battered South Carolina in October claimed 19 lives, destroyed more than $1 billion dollars in homes and property, and left thousands struggling to recoup. […]

Governor seeks to restore right to sue over discrimination, but won’t challenge bathroom rule

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:40

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Governor seeks to restore right to sue over discrimination, but won’t challenge bathroom rule.

Correction: Canal Break-Settlement story

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:39

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 10 about a class-action settlement for flood victims in Fernley, Nevada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people awarded in the lawsuit. The total number of flood victims in the settlement is 1,200, not 200. A corrected version of the story […]

Panel considers fast-tracking Chicago mayor’s police chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:56

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago City Council panel is set to consider whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be allowed to appoint a longtime member of the police department as its next chief rather than choose from among three recommended finalists. Some aldermen are expressing concern that the move expected Tuesday by the Committee on Public […]

Syria talks to resume amid disputes, escalating violence

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:56

BEIRUT (AP) — Indirect peace talks between Syria’s warring parties are scheduled to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, the third round this year. There are two main groups at the negotiations in Switzerland, in addition to others that were invited by the United Nations as advisers. The U.N. envoy for Syria says the talks this […]

Texas ‘affluenza’ teen to have first hearing in adult court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:52

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court facing the prospect of more jail time. Ethan Couch will appear Wednesday before a Fort Worth judge who could order more jail time as part of the conditions of his adult probation. […]

New steps to help those with disabilities with student loans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities who are struggling to repay their student loans. The Education Department has streamlined the process for applying for an existing federal loan forgiveness program for people who are permanently disabled. Letters will be sent next week to about 387,000 people the […]

Businessman pleads guilty in CPS kickbacks case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:48

CHICAGO (AP) — A defendant in a Chicago Public Schools kickbacks case has changed his plea to guilty. Thomas Vranas pleaded guilty Tuesday at a hearing in federal court in Chicago to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. He faces a maximum five years in prison. He and co-defendant Solomon were accused […]

Mel Brooks records telephone endorsement in NY Senate race

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:45

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Mel Brooks is offering a ringing endorsement for his great-nephew, who’s running for a seat in New York’s state Senate. The entertainer tells voters in an automated telephone call: “Yes, it really is Mel Brooks.” The call urges voters to support Democrat Todd Kaminsky in next Tuesday’s special election for the […]

Pentagon: Dozen militants killed in US airstrikes in Somalia

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. conducted airstrikes Monday and Tuesday in Somalia that killed an estimated 12 militants affiliated with the al-Shabab Islamic extremist group. The spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the targeted militants posed an imminent threat to U.S. personnel who were assisting Somali government forces north of the […]

UW’s Talia Walton one of 12 players invited to attend Thursday’s WNBA draft

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:42

After her breakthrough in the NCAA tournament, Washington senior Talia Walton has seen her WNBA prospects rise.

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.