Seattle Times Headlines

Nearly all 400K birds at Indiana farms with bird flu killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 02:06

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials responding to a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana say crews have nearly finished killing more than 400,000 birds ordered euthanized at the 10 affected commercial poultry farms. Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer says about 13,000 turkeys remaining at two farms were expected to be […]

The Latest: Trial involving polygamous towns opens

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 02:03

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a trial marking one of the federal government’s boldest efforts to crack down on polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local) 10 a.m. The federal government has opened a trial involving two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah by portraying them as a corrupt operation still beholden […]

GOP candidate Kasich addresses NH House ahead of primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:52

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised the New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday for expanding Medicaid under the president’s health care overhaul law — a rare move for GOP presidential contender — saying that the decision saved lives. “I took $14 billion dollars over the next two years back to Ohio from Washington […]

Guidelines issued for California’s assisted suicide law

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:48

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With just months until the state’s assisted suicide law goes into effect, the California Medical Association has issued guidelines to doctors on writing prescriptions of lethal doses of medication for terminally ill patients. The Los Angeles Times reports ( the 15-page guide released Tuesday outlines the complicated legal and medical steps […]

Skier, snowboarder die in avalanches in Montana, Wyoming

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:44

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A skier and a snowboarder have died in separate avalanches in the West, bringing to seven the number of deaths from avalanches this winter in the U.S. Officials say snowboarder Jed Wesley Foster died Tuesday in an avalanche south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming. The skier died the same […]

Stocks plunge along with the price of crude oil; Dow Jones industrial average sinks 500 points

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:30

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunge along with the price of crude oil; Dow Jones industrial average sinks 500 points.

Latvia marks 25th anniversary of resistance to Soviet rule

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:16

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvians are marking the 25th anniversary of building barricades across the country to defend against Soviet attempts to quash the small Baltic nation’s quest for independence. Hundreds of people have gathered in the freezing capital, Riga, lighting torches and bonfires at Cathedral Square and outside Parliament, where in 1991 sandbags were […]

SeaWorld removing lifting floors from orca pools

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:10

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld officials say they are getting rid of lifting floors in the company’s killer whale pools that were installed after the death of trainer because they are no longer needed. SeaWorld officials said Wednesday that the floors will be removed at its parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. The […]

Hoverboard blamed for California house fire that killed dogs

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:10

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a hoverboard sparked a house fire in Santa Rosa, California, that killed two dogs. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the fire broke out Tuesday in a girl’s bedroom where the hoverboard was being charged. Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Mark Basque estimates the blaze caused […]

Cop admits asking woman to model lingerie, gets job back

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:04

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town was ordered to reinstate a police officer who was fired after asking a woman to put on lingerie for him when he responded to a fire alarm at a hotel, a judge ruled. Anthony Sarni was fired in October by Edison Township after he admitted that he […]

Smithsonian’s black history museum to get $10 million gift

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Museum of African American History and Culture is getting a $10 million gift. The Smithsonian announced Wednesday that philanthropist David Rubenstein is making the donation to the capital campaign for the museum, set to open in September. He also is loaning the museum two documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln: […]

New Mexico sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:58

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is suing Volkswagen and other German automakers over an emissions cheating scandal that involves millions of cars worldwide, the first state to do so but almost certainly not the last. Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe late Tuesday. He alleges Volkswagen, […]

Protesters break into Moldovan parliament

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:58

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Hundreds of protesters broke through police lines on Wednesday to get into Moldova’s Parliament after it approved a new government to end months of deadlock between the president and the legislature. Before the vote, protesters massed outside Parliament waving the Moldovan flag and yelling “early elections” as lawmakers met. After the […]

1 fisherman dead, 2 missing off Oregon coast near Coos Bay

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:56

The captain of a boat that capsized more than a mile off Coos Bay was able to make it to shore, while one fisherman died and two others were missing.

Russian ruble slides to record low in Moscow trading

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:54

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble slid to a record low against the dollar Wednesday under pressure from the low oil price. The ruble traded above 81.8 to the dollar in Moscow on Wednesday evening, down by around four percent. That beat the mark of 80.1 set when the currency crashed in value in December […]

Kazakhstan moves up parliamentary election to March 20

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:27

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kazakhstan has called an early election for parliament, moving up the vote to March 20 instead of waiting until next year. In setting the new date Wednesday, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it would help the Central Asian country deal with the economic pressures resulting from the low oil price and slowdowns […]

Violent crime up 18% in Vancouver, FBI reports

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:24

Vancouver, Wash., saw more reports of violent crime in the first six months of 2015 than in that period the year prior, and the growth was much faster than the U.S. rate.

With aid nixed, Atlantic City to consider bankruptcy filing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:17

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City officials are considering asking New Jersey to let the troubled gambling resort file for bankruptcy. Mayor Don Guardian and City Council President Marty Small met Wednesday with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, asking him to oppose a proposed state takeover of the city. Guardian says the council will meet next […]

Mother of murdered journalist: Hostages’ return gives hope

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:13

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The mother of slain journalist James Foley said Wednesday the family was “delighted” to see the return of four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States and is hopeful that the U.S. government will make hostages more of a priority. Foley, 40, went to Syria […]

UK asylum-seekers: Red doors ‘mark’ us as abuse targets

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:07

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government has ordered an investigation into alleged discrimination against asylum-seekers amid reports that many of the homes being provided for them have red front doors that mark them out for abuse. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says the Home Office will launch an inquiry after an investigation by the Times newspaper found […]