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Spokesman: More than 30 dogs rescued from hoarder house fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:46

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 30 dogs were rescued from a fire at what authorities in South Florida called a hoarder house. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles told The Associated Press the fire was reported just before 10 p.m. Thursday in Dania Beach, north of Miami. Jachles says firefighters went inside […]

Spanish minister linked to offshore firms resigns.

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:44

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s acting industry minister, whose name has been linked to offshore companies, has resigned, the ruling Popular Party said Friday. Jose Manuel Soria’s resignation from Parliament and his ministerial posts came days before he was due to appear in Parliament to explain his claim that he never ran or owned a Bahamian […]

Has China’s slowdown bottomed out? Growth at 6.7 pct in 1Q

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:38

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economic growth slowed in the first quarter to 6.7 percent, largely in line with expectations, but its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. Data reported Friday showed that the annualized growth rate for the world’s second-largest economy ticked lower from the previous quarter’s 6.8 percent. But carefully targeted stimulus […]

Vatican conference reflects Sanders’ admiration for Francis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:38

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican conference drawing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders away from the campaign for New York delegates is steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice and reflects his admiration for Pope Francis. The self-described democratic socialist departed New York for Rome after Thursday night’s debate with front-running rival […]

House GOP to miss budget deadline amid divisions in caucus

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are departing Washington having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and not appearing to be trying very hard to revive it. Continuing divisions between tea party lawmakers and House GOP leaders also shelved an effort to address an economic crisis in Puerto Rico. The White House is amping […]

Global finance officials seeking ways to boost growth

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a shaky world economy and political attacks on free trade, global finance leaders meeting in Washington are searching for ways to increase cooperation to battle a variety of economic threats. The International Monetary Fund is urging countries to launch a new round of public works projects to improve roads and other […]

French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:20

PARIS (AP) — The fight between Russia’s government and magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s dismantled Yukos oil company has spread to courtrooms across Europe — and even into space. The Russian state has won three court cases recently in France that had entangled rocket builders in Yukos’ efforts to recover money it says the Kremlin unfairly appropriated. […]

New York delivers rowdy night of campaigning

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats brawled in Brooklyn while Republicans in black tie threw sharp elbows at a Manhattan gala in a rowdy New York night of politics ahead of the state’s Tuesday presidential primary. As protests raged outside a state GOP dinner, Republican front-runner Donald Trump delivered an impassioned defense of the city he […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:12

“I don’t let myself off the hook. I don’t find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself.” -Charles Manson cult follower Leslie Van Houten, who was recommended for parole from prison after serving 46 years for participating in the 1969 murder of wealthy grocer and his wife. […]

Poor policies blamed as India reels from drought, hardship

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:53

SHAHAPUR, India (AP) — Shantabai Babulkar’s day begins before dawn with a 5-kilometer (3-mile) trek across barren fields and dusty scrubland to fetch water from a distant well. She balances two metal pots of muddy water atop her head, and carries a third in the crook of her arm — the only water she and […]

Aftershocks, widespread damage after deadly Japan earthquake

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:33

MASHIKI, Japan (AP) — Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake that killed nine people and injured about 800. Rescue workers were combing through the wreckage in hard-hit areas to make sure there were no more trapped […]

As the NBA playoffs loom, here’s 10 things to watch

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:29

The NBA playoffs start this weekend, and there’s no shortage of story lines worth following. Here’s a list of 10 to get you started: ___ 1. THE WARRIORS We begin with the reigning champions, the favorites to capture back-to-back titles. Golden State set the NBA record with a 73-9 regular season, and the Warriors’ reward […]

Asian stocks slip as investors mull China growth report

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:28

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday as investors assessed a report on Chinese quarterly economic growth. Market players were also watching for cues on currencies and other policies from a meeting in Washington, D.C., of financial ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 leading industrial nations. KEEPING SCORE: The […]

After rebounding from rock bottom, Taggart and USF on rise

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:28

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — USF football seemed as if it was sliding backward in year three under coach Willie Taggart when the Bulls were soundly beaten last September at Maryland. Many of the players were still coping with the stabbing death of a former teammate less than two weeks earlier, but both Taggart and his […]

Panel recommends parole for ex-Manson follower Van Houten

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:22

CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Leslie Van Houten stood before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and […]

A glance at China’s latest economic numbers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:21

China’s economic growth slowed in the first three months of this year to its slowest pace since 2009 during the global financial crisis. The data raised hopes that the world’s second-largest economy may be stabilizing. Here are some key numbers China watchers are following: ___ GDP: Growth slowed to 6.7 percent in the first quarter […]

Judge gives tenure victory to California teacher unions

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California teacher unions have regained the advantage in their fight to keep the state’s tenure system. The victory came in the form of an appeals court decision that reversed a trial judge’s ruling that found tenure deprived some students of a good education. In the reversal Thursday, the 2nd District Court […]

AP Exclusive: Alaska Air Guard recounts skiers’ rescue

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:18

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A locator beacon carried by two skiers stranded on an Alaska ice field made their rescue far easier than it might have been, according to members of the Alaska Air National Guard The beacon with texting capabilities allowed a helicopter to fly to exact coordinates within the Harding Ice Field and […]

Afghan military says it hit IS fighters in eastern province

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:15

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan military says its air force has hit Islamic State militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing at least 40 insurgents. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri says the airstrike took place late Thursday night in Achin district and also wounded several IS fighters. District governor Gahlib Mujahid says […]

APNewsBreak: Endangered seals start journey home after rehab

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:11

ABOARD US COAST GUARD HC-130 HERCULES (AP) — A United States Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules rumbled down an airstrip on Hawaii’s Big Island Thursday carrying hundreds of pounds of rare and precious cargo: seven endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The young monk seals were found abandoned or malnourished late last year by National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]