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China’s anti-graft body investigates statistics bureau chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:48

BEIJING (AP) — China’s anti-graft agency announced Tuesday that the head of the country’s National Bureau of Statistics is being investigated for severe disciplinary violations, a phrase which usually refers to corruption. The announcement posted on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection came hours after Wang Baoan had briefed reporters at a […]

DuPont reports 4Q loss

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:48

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — DuPont Co. (DD) on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $253 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company said it had a loss of 29 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and to account for discontinued operations, were 27 cents […]

Talks ahead, UN humanitarians plead on behalf of Syrians

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:28

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. humanitarian leaders are pleading with the warring parties in Syria to stop bombing schools, to allow aid workers access to the sick and to overcome a “political failure” to end an intractable conflict. Leaders from several U.N. agencies including the World Health Organization and UNICEF on Tuesday described a worsening situation […]

Deputies: Woman faked cancer, got $25K in donations, trips

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:19

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman is accused of pretending to have terminal cancer and accepting thousands of dollars in donations and trips. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez tells news outlets that 29-year-old Mary Bennett of Cumming was arrested earlier this month and charged with felony first-degree forgery and misdemeanor theft. Rodriguez […]

Japan emperor visits Philippines, a former WWII

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:08

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japan’s emperor said Tuesday that his nation must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and his wife began their first visit to the Southeast Asian country. “Many Filipinos, Americans and Japanese lost their lives in the Philippines during the war,” Emperor Akihito […]

French taxis, air traffic controllers, schools on strike

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:41

PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit bonfires on a major highway Tuesday amid nationwide strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber. Prime Minister Manuel Valls agreed to an emergency meeting with taxi drivers Tuesday afternoon, in an apparent attempt to defuse tensions. […]

UNICEF seeks funds for N. Korea drought victims

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:40

TOKYO (AP) — UNICEF is seeking $18 million in relief funds for tens of thousands of children in North Korea it believes have been hit by the impact of a drought last year that heightened malnutrition and diarrhea caused by a lack of access to clean water. Severe drought conditions last year in four agricultural […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:35

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TIGHT DEMOCRAT RACE HIGHLIGHTS DIFFERING VIEWS OF GOVERNMENT ROLE Clinton and Sanders often share the same goals, but have different policy prescriptions and preferred tactics for achieving them. 2. IRAN LEADER IN ROME BOASTS NATION NOW MOST […]

Romania offers Moldova $60 million loan to spur reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:31

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian government has offered Moldova a loan of 60 million euros ($65 million) to prevent economic collapse in the impoverished ex-Soviet republic. But Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Tuesday that Moldova will have to fight corruption and make other reforms if it is to get the money. Ciolos made […]

Asians haul out sweaters to cope with sudden cold snap

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:15

BANGKOK (AP) — After sweating through unseasonably high temperatures last week, residents of Thailand’s capital are now scavenging through their closets for sweaters and scarves to keep the chill off their bones. Temperatures in Bangkok hit an unseasonably high 34.6 degrees C (93 F) this past Saturday only to plunge to a low of 16.1 […]

Iranian leader, saying nation ‘stable and safe,’ meets pope

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:05

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Iran’s president has paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican during a European visit aimed at positioning Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts, including Syria’s civil war. President Hassan Rouhani’s motorcade of limousines crossed St. Peter’s Square for the late-morning, closed-door meeting […]

Vietnam Communist Party chief easily wins seat on key panel

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 18:03

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s Communist Party chief easily won a seat on a key committee Tuesday, the first step toward retaining his position as head of the collective leadership of the country. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong secured more than 80 percent of the votes from delegates at a party congress to win election […]

Self-taught painter, sculptor Thornton Dial dies

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:59

McCALLA, Ala. (AP) — Self-taught painter and sculptor Thornton Dial has died at his home in Alabama. Maria May, of the African-American art-preservation group the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, says Dial’s family passed along the information that the artist died Monday. Born in 1928 to sharecroppers in rural Alabama, Dial had made things from found […]

Slow return to normal routines for cities hit by snowstorm

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than three days with life at a virtual standstill in the nation’s capital and elsewhere up and down the East Coast, the cities hit hard by a massive snowstorm were getting closer to their normal routines. In the Washington area, the Metro subway system was scheduled to be close to […]

Maldives’ ex-president accused of politicizing medical leave

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:26

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives’ foreign minister has accused former president of politicizing a 30-day medical release by engaging in lobbying and a media campaign abroad. Mohamed Nasheed has been undergoing medical treatment for a back ailment in United Kingdom since last week, after the government allowed him leave despite a 13-year prison […]

Sri Lankan authorities begin destroying seized ivory

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:25

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have begun destroying a shipment of African ivory seized three years ago, following a ceremony at which Buddhist monks gave the slaughtered elephants blessings for a better rebirth. The ivory was traced to northern Mozambique and Tanzania and has been valued by Sri Lankan customs at 368 […]

Syrian agency says at least 14 killed in attack in Homs city

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:16

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s official news agency says at least 14 people have died in multiple bomb blasts that targeted a government-run security checkpoint in the central city of Homs. Homs Governor Talal Barazi told the agency that the attack took place on Tuesday morning and that the checkpoint was hit “first by a car […]

Alaska quake renews focus on state’s emergency readiness

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:12

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster. And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also wildfires, floods, landslides and even volcanos. Robert Forgit, Alaska area manager for the Federal […]

Cornyn a ‘peacemaker’ as GOP rift on criminal justice widens

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation’s criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama’s tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator. One of the top advocates in Congress, John Cornyn of Texas, faces reluctance from […]

Analysis: GOP needs budget cuts to fulfill political promise

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to Congress’ recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to bring the government’s deteriorating balance sheet back into the black. And if the GOP should win the White House, those promises are likely to come back and haunt […]