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Senate bill aims to make school lunches tastier

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schools would have more flexibility to serve refined grains and salty foods to the nation’s school children under legislation a Senate panel is considering. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the bipartisan bill, which is designed to help schools that have complained that the Obama administration’s healthier school […]

Emergency planners work on playbooks for the deadly Big One

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:13

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As military helicopters ferry search and rescue teams over the Pacific Northwest, below them are scenes of devastation from a giant earthquake that could strike the region at any time. Tsunami waters surge through coastal communities. Buildings, bridges and roads lie in ruins. Fires burn out of control. Survivors are stranded […]

Zeroing in on New Hampshire, Kasich campaigns with optimism

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:10

HILLSBORO, N.H. (AP) — With three weeks until the primary in New Hampshire, where John Kasich’s White House hopes probably will live or die, he’s approaching his campaign with a sense of calm. Touring the state Tuesday on his campaign bus, the Ohio governor seemed fortified by a serene outlook at odds with the stakes […]

Afghan official: More troops needed against Taliban in south

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:08

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security official says troops fighting the Taliban across most of southern Helmand province desperately need reinforcements. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, said on Wednesday that government forces are also facing serious challenges in Helmand’s capital, Lashkar Gah. He says the Afghan “forces are exhausted” and need reinforcements. […]

High court could give Obama his final chance on immigration

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years, 2 million-plus deportations, two executive actions and 720,000 “Dreamers,” the bottom line on President Barack Obama’s immigration record still remains an open question for many immigrants and their advocates. In the end, the Supreme Court may fill in the blank. By agreeing to hear a challenge to Obama’s immigration […]

Navy launches carrier group powered partly by biofuels

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:06

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military’s reliance on foreign oil. The maritime branch is touting the warships as the centerpiece of its “Great Green Fleet.” Most of the group’s ships will be run for now […]

Company hosts 1st public forum on decade-old Gulf oil leak

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:03

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For the first time in 11 years since oil started seeping at the site of a platform toppled during a hurricane, the company that owned the platform is publicly discussing its efforts to end the leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Wednesday’s forum is a requirement of a court settlement […]

Obama to take in Detroit auto show as industry flourishes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will take a victory lap Wednesday in Detroit with a tour of the North American International Auto Show. The tour gives Obama the chance to highlight the industry’s remarkable turnaround over the past seven years, and to remind the public that his administration came to the industry’s rescue at […]

Trial begins against polygamous towns in discrimination case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:00

PHOENIX (AP) — Opening arguments are scheduled Wednesday at a trial over allegations that two isolated towns on the Arizona-Utah line serve as the enforcement arm of a polygamous religious sect and discriminate against nonbelievers. The trial is expected to reveal the inner workings of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, and examine allegations that […]

Clashes erupt in Kashmir after Indian troops kill 1 rebel

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:21

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Violent clashes between police and protesters have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a suspected rebel in a gunbattle with government forces. Police officer Nitish Kumar says the local militant was killed Wednesday after army and police laid a siege around Naina village overnight on a tip that militants […]

US piles pressure on China to help with N. Korea sanctions

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:11

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat stepped up pressure on China on Wednesday to cooperate on new, tough sanctions meant to make North Korea suffer for a recent nuclear test that raised worries about advancements in its bomb program. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in South Korea on a […]

The Latest: 19 killed in university attack in Pakistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:07

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — The latest developments in an ongoing gunbattle after gunmen stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan. All times local. 1 p.m. Pakistani officials say the death toll from a brazen attack on a university in the country’s northwest has risen to 19, with several people wounded. Deputy Commissioner Tahir Zafar says the […]

Tennis stars, past and present, want names of match-fixers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:00

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Around the world, players, commentators and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a “major wake-up call for the world of tennis.” Many called for clarity, saying the public and players have […]

Israel: Suspected Palestinian gunman lightly wounds soldier

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:59

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a suspected Palestinian gunman has shot and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank. The military says the gunman opened fire at forces during a “routine activity” by the troops near the West Bank city of Tulkarem early on Wednesday. The army says troops fired back […]

Austria wants to reduce migrant flow to 30,000-40,000 a year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:57

VIENNA (AP) — The latest news on the influx of asylum-seekers and other migrants in Europe. All times local: 8:50 a.m. Ahead of a refugee summit of national and regional government leaders, a senior minister says Austria wants to reduce the number of migrants entering the country to no more than 40,000 a year. Deputy […]

Greenpeace: Air in China 10 percent less polluted last year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:57

BEIJING (AP) — Greenpeace East Asia says average concentrations of air particulates in 189 Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, a sign of decreasing pollution overall even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads. Overall pollution levels in Beijing were down for the second […]

Israeli police arrest Jewish suspect in church vandalism

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:55

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli police say they have arrested a Jewish youth suspected of scrawling anti-Christian graffiti this week at a famous Jerusalem church. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday the 16-year-old was arrested just two days after the vandalism was discovered on Sunday at the Dormition Abbey, where Christian tradition says the […]

Pakistani official says the death toll in attack on a northwestern university has risen to 19

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:49

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani official says the death toll in attack on a northwestern university has risen to 19.

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:36

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State’s relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical. St. Elijah’s Monastery stood as […]

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq is razed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:24

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State’s relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, […]