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US increases security, though no threats cited

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 17 min ago
The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.

APNewsBreak: Care questioned in 15 NY jail deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 17 min ago
These are the deaths in New York City's Rikers Island jail that don't make headlines -- prisoners with diseases, disorders and addictions who succumb to heart attacks, infections and other causes officially filed away as "medical."

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 17 min ago
Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 17 min ago
Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 32 min ago
The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun

Seattle Times Headlines - 6 hours 47 min ago
Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

White House says immigration plans not final yet

Seattle Times Headlines - 6 hours 47 min ago
The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years.

‘John Wick’: Lone avenger unleashes a killer growl

Seattle Times Headlines - 7 hours 17 min ago
A movie review of “John Wick,” in which Keanu Reeves plays a man on a mission: Exterminate the evildoers who killed his cute little puppy. Corpses stack up like cordwood.

‘Birdman’ soars to lofty heights

Seattle Times Headlines - 7 hours 17 min ago
A review of “Birdman,” a wholly original movie by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, starring Michael Keaton as a former movie star trying to reboot his career on Broadway. Rating: Four stars out of four.

Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

Seattle Times Headlines - 7 hours 17 min ago
President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus.

Complaints mounted against sheriff’s civilian watchdog

Seattle Times Headlines - 9 hours 44 min ago
When Charles Gaither, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer turned police reformer, quit his job as King County’s first law-enforcement oversight director last month, his anger was evident. He alleges harassment; public records indicate others blame him for causing strife.

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

Seattle Times Headlines - 9 hours 47 min ago
One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Princess in cockfighting case gets probation

Seattle Times Headlines - 9 hours 47 min ago
A Romanian princess was sentenced Wednesday to probation after apologizing for her role in an Oregon cockfighting enterprise that she said brought shame to her and her family.

Dallas hospital under scrutiny over Ebola crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 2 min ago
With the hospital’s two Ebola-infected nurses sent elsewhere, the 24/7 tension of caring for them abated, but scrutiny remains intense over how the hospital treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died there, and whether mistakes potentially exposed dozens more to the disease.

Senator blasts CIA for censoring 'torture' report

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 2 min ago
Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.

Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 4 min ago
People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains—not phones

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 47 min ago
AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.

Georgia seeks reinstatement for Todd Gurley

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 47 min ago
Mark Richt said he was optimistic Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley’s eligibility to be reinstated.

Judge sets March 16 for trial for mentally ill in jails case

Seattle Times Headlines - 10 hours 47 min ago
A March trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill inmates who say they are waiting months for competency evaluations and treatment.