Seattle Times Headlines

Tiffany’s holiday sales fall, weak conditions remain

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:38

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany reported a worldwide decline in jewelry sales during the holiday period as consumer spending remained tepid in an uncertain global economy. The company reported a 9 percent drop in global same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year. Every region experienced a decline, except for Japan. “We […]

Amnesty says photographer, driver die in Burkina Faso attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:32

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Amnesty International says a French-Moroccan photographer who was wounded in the attack by extremists on a hotel in Burkina Faso has died of a heart attack. The human rights group says Leila Alaoui was being treated in a hospital after being shot twice, and suffered a heart attack while awaiting […]

AP Interview: Davos chief says Europe, oil among worries

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:27

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — As leaders from the world of politics and business arrive Tuesday in droves for the start of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the event’s founder is in somber mood. Klaus Schwab, the 77-year-old chief of the world’s most recognized annual economic meeting, said he’s worried […]

Chinese president arrives in Saudi Arabia on Mideast tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:12

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit as part of a Mideast tour that will include stops in Egypt and Iran. The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted the Chinese delegation upon their arrival Tuesday. Xi will […]

Bank of America 4Q profit rises 10 percent, beats forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:12

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America says fourth quarter profits rose nearly 10 percent from a year earlier, helped by lower expenses and continued improvement in its consumer banking division. The consumer banking giant said Tuesday it had a profit after payment of dividends to preferred shareholders of $3.01 billion in the three month […]

Japan FM says Russia key to resolving Syria, N. Korea issues

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:01

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s foreign minister has pledged to continue talks with Russia even though the two countries still lack a World War II peace treaty, saying Moscow is key to resolving international threats from Syria and North Korea. Fumio Kishida also announced Tuesday $350 million in new aid to help stabilize Syria and Iraq […]

Police say Alabama officer shoots, kill armed man

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:59

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Alabama are investigating a shooting in which a police officer fatally shot a man. Rainbow City Police Capt. Chase Jenkins tells local news outlets that police responding to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex Sunday morning found a man armed with a handgun. Jenkins says the […]

2 Orlando officers shoot man during incident at condo

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:50

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two police officers shot at a man who refused orders to drop his gun at an Orlando condominium complex. Orlando Police Chief John Mina says the shooting happened Monday night during a suspicious incident call at Courtney Landing condos. During a news conference, Mina said it was unclear how many times […]

SKorea toughens aviation law in wake of nut rage incident

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:47

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea toughened its aviation security law in the aftermath of the notorious nut rage incident involving a top airline executive. The transport ministry said the revised law went into effect Tuesday, more than a year after a Korean Airlines vice president’s tantrum over macadamia nuts delayed a flight. The […]

Military: Palestinian who killed Israeli woman detained

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

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday it captured the Palestinian suspected of killing an Israeli mother of six in a West Bank settlement as the prime minister visited the woman’s family and vowed a tough response. Security forces detained the Palestinian in a nearby village after two days of extensive searches. He is […]

UnitedHealth 4Q profit drops, still tops Street 4Q forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:25

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group closed 2015 with a 19 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit, but the nation’s largest health insurer still topped Wall Street’s expectations thanks in part to growth outside of its insurance business. The company reported Tuesday that it earned $1.22 billion in the final three months of the year, down […]

Bette Midler to return to Broadway in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:20

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a match made in musical theater heaven — Bette Midler will star in a Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Movie and theatrical producer Scott Rudin said Tuesday that the Divine Miss M will take on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the classic musical due to […]

Idris Elba: Lack of diversity is not just a US problem

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:17

LONDON (AP) — A lack of diversity in films and television is not just an American problem, according to actor Idris Elba. Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is facing boycott calls and promising change after nominating an all-white roster of performers for the Oscars for the second year running. Elba, the London-born […]

UK consumer price inflation inches

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

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s consumer price inflation rate rose to 0.2 percent in the year ending in December, up from 0.1 percent in the year ending in November. The Office of National Statistics put the increase to a rise in air fares over the Christmas holidays. That was offset partially by downward pressure from the […]

China’s slowdown challenges government, companies

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:56

BEIJING (AP) — China’s slowdown is ratcheting up financial stress on companies while the country’s leaders scramble to avoid a spike in job losses. Full-year 2015 growth of 6.9 percent was the lowest in 25 years, posing different challenges for investors, companies and the Chinese government. ___ GOVERNMENT Chinese leaders want to replace a worn-out […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:40

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHINA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH WANES TO 25-YEAR LOW IN 2015 The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015, the government says, down from 7.3 percent in the previous year. 2. WHY U.S. CONGRESSMEN ARE IN GERMANY Most […]

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:24

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. The report documented a wide range of human rights abuses, including the IS […]

Iran’s top leader expresses ‘pessimism’ after nuclear deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:24

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader on Tuesday called for vigilance in insuring that world powers meet their commitments under a newly implemented nuclear deal while expressing “pessimism” about U.S. intentions, state media reported. In his first public remarks since international sanctions were lifted following a U.N. report that Iran had fully complied in […]

Still no luck in hunt for 12 Marines after Hawaii crashes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:20

HONOLULU (AP) — Teams searching the waters off Hawaii where two Marine helicopters crashed have had no luck so far in their hunt for 12 missing crew members. Three of the four life rafts aboard the helicopters have been recovered and efforts were being made to retrieve the fourth. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara […]

Sting, Peter Gabriel announce ‘Rock, Paper Scissors’ tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:16

LONDON (AP) — Sting and Peter Gabriel are joining forces, bands and songs for a joint headline tour across North America and Canada. The artists will perform each other’s songs for a tour that they hope will have a playful vibe. They joke that they’ll be making all decisions by playing the game “Rock, Paper, […]