Seattle Times Headlines

Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help. The decision, following a year of debate, is likely to face some criticism, particularly from […]

House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules […]

Bus falls into dry river bed in central India, killing 16

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:50

PATNA, India (AP) — A passenger bus fell into a dry river bed after crashing through the railing of a bridge in central India, killing 16 people, police said Thursday. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle as he tried to avoid hitting a motorbike-rider at a sharp bend on the road in Balrampur […]

Senate Dems field large roster of women in the Year of Trump

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — If 2016 has been the Year of Trump in politics, it may also end up being a new Year of the Woman, if Democrats get their way. And that won’t be a coincidence. Democrats will have female Senate candidates on the ballot in nine states in November, a near-record, and these contenders […]

Fired up by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Obama administration counting down its final year, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president’s health care law, unsure about its place among their party’s achievements. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for “Medicare for all” seems to have rekindled aspirations for bigger changes beyond “Obamacare.” That poses a challenge […]

Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:41

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82. Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died Wednesday from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke. […]

How Trump broke the rules of modern politics, and won anyway

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Polling? Who needs to do that? Fundraising? Can’t be bothered. Parse your words? Fuhgetabout it. Donald Trump took the rules of modern politics, trashed them and became the last man standing for the Republican nomination anyway. 12 ways Trump did it his way: ___ Most Read StoriesSchool board rebukes Bellevue football program; […]

Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:35

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The lives of nearly 400 death row inmates hang in the balance during oral arguments Thursday before Florida’s Supreme Court, which will ultimately decide if their sentences should be reduced to life in prison. The hearing comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that found Florida’s […]

IS continues to hit Turkish border town with rockets

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:35

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s state-run agency says a salvo of rockets has struck southern Turkey, wounding four people. The Anadolu Agency said three rockets struck the Turkish town of Kilis early Thursday. The rockets were fired from Islamic State group-controlled territory in Syria, according to the private Dogan News agency. It said one policeman was […]

Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:29

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it carried out airstrikes on four Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to mortar rounds fired at Israel. The Gaza Health Ministry said three children and a 65-year-old Palestinian suffered light-to-moderate injuries in an airstrike that hit a metal workshop in Gaza City. The military says […]

Israeli army deputy chief draws rebuke for Holocaust comment

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:28

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff has drawn a rebuke from hawkish Israeli ministers for comparing pre-Holocaust Germany to trends in Israel today. Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, speaking at a Holocaust remembrance day ceremony at a kibbutz in central Israel, said, “If there is something that frightens me in Holocaust remembrance, […]

North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:19

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina’s Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state’s new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government. Gov. Pat McCrory and top state legislators were determining what steps to take after the U.S. Justice Department […]

‘Jungle Book,’ Warner Bros. big winners at trailer awards

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:06

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — While Disney’s “The Jungle Book” dominates the box office, the team responsible for getting the word out also got their due at the Golden Trailer Awards. The film won a top four honors at the annual celebration of movie marketing, held Thursday night in Beverly Hills. Warner Bros. picked up […]

AP FACT CHECK: Bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:02

DALLAS (AP) — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia’s coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to […]

21 in region are finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:01

Entrepreneurs from 21 companies across the Northwest are finalists in Ernst & Young’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the region for 2016.

Schedule, opponent turns postseason into grinding challenge

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have settled into quite a rhythm in the postseason. Game, off day. Rinse and repeat now for three weeks and counting. That’s what happens after pushing — and winning — a first-round series in seven games. The Predators will play their 11th game in 21 days Thursday night […]

Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:24

RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation. A building that housed a pool hall and ice cream shops — reduced to rubble. A row […]

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower after uneven US data

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:22

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted lower in holiday-thinned trade Thursday after some uneven economic data sent investors into a holding pattern. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.3 percent to 20,474.28 while the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China was nearly flat at 2,992.41. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 crept up less than […]

With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:18

It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won’t go further if he doesn’t play better. The Raptors need Lowry to play the way Goran Dragic is. “I know the pressure I put on myself. I know we won’t advance if I don’t play better,” Lowry […]

Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:13

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November. Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on Wednesday means, beginning June 9, it will be a crime in California […]