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China accuses US of ‘militarizing’ South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs. Spokesman Yang Yujun’s remarks were prompted by comments last week from the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, […]

UVa grads sue Rolling Stone over retracted campus rape story

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross […]

Afghan Taliban: ‘family’ of Mullah Omar confirm his death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday, didn’t say when he died. It followed an announcement from the Kabul government the day before. Senior Taliban figures have […]

Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence that her husband is truly gone. Not believing could allow her to keep alive the hopes of many relatives that […]

Ex-‘Top Gear’ trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
LONDON (AP) — The former hosts of the BBC’s popular “Top Gear” program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime. Amazon said Thursday that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have committed to three series of the show, with the […]

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices. Shell expects to eliminate 6,500 staff and contractor positions this year as it seeks to reduce operating costs by 10 percent, the Netherlands-based company said Thursday. […]

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate’s life, even if the prisoner refuses. […]

Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:36
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were […]

1 dead, 2 injured in Federal Way shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:32
One man is dead and two others wounded after a shooting in Federal Way early Thursday morning.

Rant & Rave: Wait your turn at baggage claim

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:00
Readers thankful for bike repair, scold about baggage-claim crowding.

US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. It also ended up squeezing out some growth in the first quarter, reversing an earlier […]

T-Mobile beats Street 2Q forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:46
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $361 million. On a per-share basis, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had profit of 42 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents […]

US cuts estimates for economic growth over past 3 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments. The Commerce Department says the economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from […]

If teachers were athletes, and more of the week’s education news and views

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:01
The McCleary case is seven years old, and counting. Bad economic times yield better teachers. Learning a second language builds brainpower. And a $1,000 college scholarship for women 40 and over.

Agapanthus is a blast of spectacular midsummer color

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:00
Agapanthus blossoms beautifully in the middle of summer, in more shapes, sizes and colors than ever, but it’s a flower that needs full sun and well-drained soil to do well.

Amy Helm’s debut feels like home | New recordings

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:00
Amy Helm, ‘Didn’t It Rain’ (Entertainment One) Amy Helm’s debut solo album, “Didn’t It Rain,” feels like a certain kind of home — familiar and happy. Its inviting nature derives largely from Helm’s clear, elastic voice that immediately grabs your attention on the funky title track. If she had decided to make an album full […]

IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:34
TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp. to share […]

Entrepreneur’s second photo editing company raises $41M

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:30
Seattle photo-editing company PicMonkey has received a $41 million boost from private equity firm Spectrum Equity.

‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ brings the summer action

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:05
A review of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” starring Tom Cruise as the irrepressible superspy Ethan Hunt. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.

Rainiers knock off El Paso, 5-1

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:01
The Tacoma Rainiers fought off rain and multiple El Paso scoring threats to beat the Chihuahuas, 5-1, and extend their winning streak to a season-high five games on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.