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Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:15

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister is appealing to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and help better fight the Islamic State group, as both grapple with ways to thwart the extremist group that he insists is losing ground. Haider al-Abadi spoke to The Associated Press after participating in a World […]

Quoi? France wants keyboard adapted to proper grammar

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:44

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying the current options make it “nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France.” The French Culture Ministry noted that there are no standardized keys […]

Billy Joel pledges $1M to save LI high school for the arts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:25

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing. A spokeswoman for the singer says he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years. School officials have said […]

Kerry says governmental corruption fuels extremism

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:09

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took aim Friday at government corruption, saying it fuels crime, violent extremism and disillusionment with society that contributes to the global refugee crisis. He also said the Obama administration will seek a major boost in funding for refugee support this year and press for at […]

UEFA members gather to hear FIFA candidate Infantino

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:07

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino will share his manifesto with UEFA member federations on Friday. UEFA summoned the leaders of its 54 national bodies to discuss the five-candidate FIFA election to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26. Officials arriving at Geneva airport said UEFA sent no agenda for the meeting at its […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:07

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BLIZZARD COULD RANK NEAR TOP 10 TO HIT EASTERN U.S. Snowfall estimates are more than 2 feet for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and 8 inches to a foot in New York. 2. UNIVERSITY […]

Afghan Taliban to attend crisis group’s conference in Doha

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:49

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban say they will attend a conference organized by an international crisis group on resolving the war in Afghanistan The Taliban said Friday that representatives of their “political office” will attend the conference in Qatar’s capital, Doha, organized by the Pugwash Council, a Nobel peace prize-winning group focused on […]

Police: Woman seeking arrest to escape cold smashes window

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:41

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a woman who threw a piece of concrete through a window at the General Assembly Building was apparently trying to get arrested so she could escape the cold. Local news outlets report Capitol Police say the unidentified woman smashed the window Thursday night during a legislative committee […]

UN envoy: N. Korea leader responsible for rights abuses

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:37

TOKYO (AP) — Harsh human rights conditions in North Korea country have barely changed and its leader Kim Jong Un should be held criminally responsible, the top U.N. envoy on North Korea said Friday. Marzuki Darusman said in Tokyo that his repeated requests to visit North Korea during six years as special rapporteur have never […]

Portugal’s new govt says goodbye to post-bailout austerity

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:28

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s new Socialist government is promising to lower the country’s budget deficit this year, while also scrapping unpopular austerity measures. A draft 2016 state budget presented to Parliament on Friday puts the deficit target at 2.6 percent, down from an expected 3 percent last year. But the minority government, supported by […]

SAT tests canceled in China, Macau over cheating concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:13

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The firm that oversees registrations for the SAT has canceled college entrance exams on Saturday in China and Macau, because some students may have already seen copies of the tests. The College Board, the New York-based testing firm, revealed the cancellations on Thursday. Stacy Caldwell, the firm’s vice president for college readiness […]

Mumbai travelers log on as Google starts train station WiFi

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:00

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Google Inc. has begun offering free WiFi to Mumbai train passengers in hopes of boosting its role in the Indian market. Giggling groups of students, bored commuters and snack-shop vendors were all logging on Friday at Mumbai Central Train Station, the first of 400 stations the company plans to eventually reach […]

Trove of Marine Corps films from 1930s-1970s to be preserved

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:52

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Never-before-seen films of Marines ramming artillery shells into large guns on the beaches of Iwo Jima in 1945 and standing amid sandbags during the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam are part of a vast collection of silent, color footage being repaired, preserved and eventually placed online for all to […]

California eyes 1-drug executions amid debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:47

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians face a watershed year as they prepare to decide whether to resume executions that stopped a decade ago or end them entirely. While advocates jockey to put both choices before voters this fall, officials overseeing the 746 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest death row are pushing ahead with plans […]

EU experts meet top Thai official to discuss fishing fix

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:47

BANGKOK (AP) — European Union inspectors met Friday with Thailand’s government to discuss what the Southeast Asian nation has done to overhaul its fishing industry and avoid an EU ban on imports of Thai seafood. The EU last April issued a “yellow card” warning to Thailand after finding its fishing industry flouted the EU’s rules […]

Israel forces evict Jewish settlers from West Bank buildings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:38

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Friday evicted dozens of Jewish settlers, a day after the settlers moved into two buildings in the heart of the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron near an important shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the troops removed 80 people who had […]

Looming blizzard could rank near top 10 to hit Eastern US

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — The blizzard menacing the Eastern United States could rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could continue for 24 hours or more in the area, said meteorologist Paul Kocin with the service’s Weather […]

Q&A: Obama admin announces new rules for visa-free travel

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is tightening travel restrictions on Europeans and others who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years. At the same time, officials say the new rules might not apply to travelers in certain occupations whose travels were for business. Questions and answers about the visa-free […]

Draghi: ECB has ‘plenty of instruments’ to boost inflation

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:22

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the eurozone’s monetary authority has “plenty of instruments” available to boost inflation that’s too low. He added that the bank’s governing council has “the determination and the willingness and the capacity… to act and deploy these instruments.” Draghi made the comments Friday during a […]

Sharapova wins her 600th match and asks am ‘I getting old?’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:21

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova reached a career milestone on Friday, which came as a nice surprise after a tough match. “Oh, wow. I’ve won 600 matches?” Sharapova said, when an on-court interviewer congratulated her for the achievement earned by winning her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open.The No. 5-seeded player then thought […]