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Low rates, troubled loans send bank profits lower

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:12

PHOENIX (AP) — 2016 is getting off to a lousy start for major U.S. banks. Energy loans are turning bad, low interest rates are making it hard to make profitable loans, and markets have been volatile. On the bright side, first-quarter results from banks, which started coming out this week, haven’t been quite as bad […]

APNewsBreak: USDA to buy wild blueberries amid price drop

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:06

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to 30 million pounds of wild blueberries to help stabilize prices and supply in one of Maine’s signatures industries. The members of Maine’s congressional delegation told The Associated Press on Thursday that the agency will pay up to $13 million for the wild […]

Ex-student says buried coffee can of porn implicates teacher

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:06

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers descended on a Connecticut boarding school with shovels last fall, and may do it again when the ground thaws this spring, in a search for what a former student says is proof against a child-molesting teacher: a buried coffee can containing pornographic photos from more than 30 years ago. The […]

Quest Diagnostics launches test for picking hepatitis C drug

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:05

Top testing company Quest Diagnostics has begun offering new hepatitis C tests that can help doctors determine which of the expensive new drugs for the liver-destroying virus will work best for each patient. The tests could bring patients faster cures and save money by predicting which medicines will fight the patient’s hepatitis C type — […]

James Levine to retire aS Met music director after 40 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:03

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera says conductor James Levine will retire at the end of the season after 40 years as music director. Levine, who turns 73 in June, has been increasingly affected by Parkinson’s disease this season. Met general manager Peter Gelb said Thursday that Levine will become music director emeritus and […]

2 Ohio teens in custody after car chase, shooting in Alabama

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:02

FAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in west Alabama say two Ohio teenagers are in custody after a car chase that ended with police shooting and injuring one of the teens. Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood told WBRC-TV that authorities responding to a 911 call Wednesday night pursued a vehicle into two nearby counties. Underwood says […]

Deep in the virtual world: A newbie’s first brush with VR

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:02

NEW YORK (AP) — My descent from the boat, gliding through schools of fish and clouds of phosphorescent jellyfish, seemed to be going pretty smoothly. At least until the shark emerged from the deeper gloom and tried to tear its way into my protective cage. Of course, it wasn’t really a shark. And I wasn’t […]

Kentucky jury awards $5.3M for alleged discrimination at UPS

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Eight black men have won a $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit over claims that they endured a hostile work environment at UPS in Lexington, Kentucky, and that an effigy of a black UPS driver was hung from a ceiling. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1ScQ156 ) reports a Fayette County Circuit […]

Rams’ trade proves anew value of Russell Wilson to Seahawks, and a few other thoughts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:16

The Rams' big move to trade up to get a quarterback only further proves the value of the position, and the advantage that teams that have a QB --- like Seattle with Russell Wilson --- have over the rest.

El Nino weakens, here comes La Nina, meteorologists say

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center reports that El Nino is weakening but likely to stick around a couple more months. At the same time, NOAA issued a formal […]

Ski report: Some resorts still open for spring-break getaways as a great season comes to an end

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:12

Spring-like conditions will dominate the hillsides in the coming days as the ski season winds down, but some areas plan to stay until for at least a couple more weeks if not longer. Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie will be open this Saturday and Sunday, and April 23-24. Mount Baker is open Friday to […]

Baby, no: Cavs playoffs could bump Bieber show in Cleveland

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:12

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavs may have a conflict with the Biebs. If Cleveland’s opening-round NBA playoff series against Detroit goes to five games, the April 26 game would bump a show planned by pop singer Justin Bieber at Quicken Loans Arena. A sweep by the top-seeded Cavaliers over the eighth-seeded Pistons […]

The clothes make the museum in doc ‘The First Monday in May’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:06

“The First Monday in May”: A documentary about one day when fashion, art and cultural politics came together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — with a heavy dose of celebrities. 3 stars out of 4.

Tatiana Maslany likes playing multiple characters

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Think you’re busy? Tatiana Maslany can relate. She’s played 11 characters to date on her BBC America series, “Orphan Black.” The crazy part? She can recall an earlier time when she was juggling just as much. “There was a time in Toronto like 10 years ago where I did three jobs […]

April 14 TV Picks: ‘Orphan Black’ season premiere on BBC America

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:57

Also airing Thursday, April 14, 2016: “Mom” on CBS and “Vikings” on History.

Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:49

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing […]

‘?Til Death Do Us Part’: mystery and romance in Victorian London

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:42

In “?’Til Death Do Us Part,” Seattle’s Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick, delivers a suspenseful tale of a young Victorian woman who receives three sinister tokens of mourning. Krentz appears Friday, April 22, at King County Public Library System’s Bellevue branch.

Family reaches $4.75M settlement in death of football player

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:28

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The family of a University of California, Berkeley, football player who died after a team drill in 2014 has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the school system for $4.75 million, officials said Thursday. The parents of 21-year-old Ted Agu sued, saying their son shouldn’t have been in the strenuous workout […]

No sex assault charges for ex-Indiana University official

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:14

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say the former student ethics director at Indiana University won’t face charges in Texas for an alleged sexual assault that prompted him to resign in February. The Fort Worth Police Department had investigated a woman’s allegations that Jason Casares (cuh-SAR’-ess) sexually assaulted her at a December education conference. Fort Worth police […]

Man wounded in deadly shootout released from hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 01:14

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 24-year-old man who was wounded in a shootout that killed two 19-year-old Southern University students has been released from a Baton Rouge hospital. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said he was notified Thursday that the man had been released from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Police said […]