Seattle Times Headlines

Economists see more growth for US economy, housing in ’16

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:15

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A robust U.S. economy and job market, plus low mortgage rates, should help keep the recovery in the new-home market going at a modest pace this year, but a return to pre-housing boom sales and construction levels appears to be at least a couple of years away. That’s the forecast that […]

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:04

U.S. stocks struggled through a turbulent day Tuesday and eked out small gains, led by utility and consumer stocks. The price of crude oil continued to fall, and energy and mining stocks tumbled. On Tuesday: The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 27.94 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,016.02. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index […]

Judge rules against Justice Dept. in Fast and Furious fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected the Justice Department’s claim of executive privilege used to withhold certain documents tied to the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” scandal from release to a congressional committee. House Republicans sued in federal court in 2012 to obtain thousands of emails related to the botch effort by the […]

Sponsor of anti-gay marriage bill is undaunted by $8.5B cost

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee lawmaker whose bill would bar the state from following the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling says he’s undeterred by a projected loss of $8.5 billion in federal funds if the Legislature enacts the measure. State Rep. Mark Pody said at a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday […]

ACT introduces ‘core company’ of resident actors

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:56

ACT Theatre is partially reviving the older tradition of actor ensembles by announcing a new core troupe of 7 Seattle actors, each of whom will be perform in at least three ACT mainstage productions this year.

Sarah Palin endorses Trump

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:50

The endorsement provides Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas on tap for Jazz Fest

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:49

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam and Neil Young are among those returning to entertain fans at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, while Nick Jonas, Maxwell, Beck, Snoop Dogg and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are making their festival debut. Festival organizer Quint Davis says those artists are just the […]

Morgan Stanley and UnitedHealth rise and Tiffany slides

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:44

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE Bank of America Corp., down 22 cents to $14.24 The bank reported its fourth-quarter results and said it is struggling to increase its revenue. Most Read StoriesAfter groom gets cold feet, […]

Vann’s former CFO denies federal conspiracy charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:42

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of Vann’s Inc. has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy in a federal case that alleges he helped former CEO George Leslie Manlove defraud the electronics and appliance chain, causing it to file for bankruptcy. Paul Lyn Nisbet pleaded not guilty on Jan. 12 to a single […]

Rudy Giuliani joining law firm Greenberg Traurig

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:12

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining international law firm Greenberg Traurig as chair of its cybersecurity and crisis-management practice. Giuliani is leaving Houston law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, which will rename itself Bracewell. In 2005, Giuliani helped open a New York office for the firm. Greenberg Traurig said Tuesday […]

APNewsbreak: Livestrong CEO resigns after less than 1 year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:11

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chief executive and president of the Livestrong cancer foundation, which has struggled with sharp declines in donations and revenue since founder Lance Armstrong’s performance-enhancing drug use scandal, resigned Tuesday after less than one year on the job to focus on her family. Chandini Portteus was brought in to help rebuild […]

NY man indicted on weapons, ammo charges in traffic stop

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:10

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man accused of posing as a federal air marshal after being pulled over with an assault weapon, ammunition and body armor in his car has been charged with weapons possession and other crimes. Investigators say Mark Vicars produced a fake shield and credential when he was stopped on […]

Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt rose in November

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities increased in November to the highest point since June, led by a gain from China. The Treasury Department says total holdings of U.S. government bonds by foreigners rose 1.3 percent to $6.13 trillion after having fallen 1 percent in October. It was the highest level since […]

Christie’s veto leaves New Jersey’s smoking age at 19

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie decided not to act Tuesday on a bill that would have boosted New Jersey’s smoking age to 21, keeping the age to buy tobacco products at 19. The bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature amid a surge in lobbying from the tobacco industry, would have fined retailers up […]

Calls for boycott over diversity throw Oscars into turmoil

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees are forcing stars to choose sides and threatening to throw the movie industry’s biggest night of the year into turmoil. The backlash over the second straight year of all-white acting nominees is […]

Deal to keep Central Park’s horses would banish pedicabs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s pedicab drivers are upset over a proposal to ban the bike taxis from much of Central Park. Angry pedicab drivers rallied at City Hall on Tuesday to protest a plan announced over the weekend by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The proposal is part of a broader deal to […]

In besieged Syrian city, hungry residents sell gold for food

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:07

BEIRUT (AP) — In Syria’s eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants. The extremists have blockaded government-held areas of the […]

Attacks on oil installations is costing Nigeria $2.4M a day

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:05

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Cabinet minister says multiple attacks on strategic oil and gas installations is costing Nigeria $2.4 million a day and the military warns it will hold community leaders responsible for the “economic sabotage.” Power Minister Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday specified the cost of the attacks, which began Friday in the southern […]

Microsoft plans to donate $1B in cloud services to nonprofits

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00

The aim is to make many of Microsoft’s next-generation Web tools available to nonprofits. The effort also will extend existing donations to academic projects and Internet connectivity initiatives.

Details about 12 Marines missing in Hawaii helicopter crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:17

HONOLULU (AP) — A dozen Marines are missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii last week. Here are their stories: ___ SGT. WILLIAM TURNER, 25, FLORALA, ALABAMA Friends and acquaintances say Turner grew up in the country along the Alabama-Florida line. Most Read StoriesSeahawks next season: same goal, and maybe a different look?After groom gets […]