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Merck beats 1Q profit forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:04

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. (MRK) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.13 billion. The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of 40 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 89 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed […]

Coast Guard investigates boat shooting report off Key West

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:00

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report that someone on a fishing boat fired multiple shots in the direction of a 20-foot pleasure boat while its passengers were diving southwest of Key West. Coast Guard officials said in a news release that the report was received Wednesday morning from […]

Philadelphia cop injured in ambush awarded ‘Man of the Year’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:38

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer wounded during an ambush while he was sitting in his patrol car in January has received a “Man of the Year” award in New York City. WCAU-TV reports ( ) Officer Jesse Hartnett was honored for his heroic actions Wednesday night during the yearly National Police Defense Foundation […]

Uncertainty over vote on EU membership weighs on UK economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:36

LONDON (AP) — A key indicator shows that the U.K. economy slowed in April and is close to stagnating amid fears of the looming referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index for the services sector — a gauge of business activity — dropped more than expected to […]

Lawyer: Canadian to leave Nepal after work visa revoked

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:33

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A lawyer says a Canadian man will leave Nepal on Thursday after a court failed to hear his appeal for the revocation of his work visa over critical social media posts. Dipendra Jha said the Supreme Court did not have time to hear the appeal Thursday and their turn would likely […]

Sri Lanka suspends 2 lawmakers over fistfight in parliament

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:26

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament has suspended two lawmakers for one week for getting into a fistfight that left several lawmakers injured earlier this week. Parliament passed a motion Thursday to impose a one-week suspension on ruling coalition lawmaker Palitha Thewarapperuma and opposition lawmaker Prasanna Ranaweera. Tuesday’s altercation inside Parliament arose after […]

Kenya: Woman found alive after 6 days in collapsed building

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:21

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says a woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers are working to free her. Pius Masai, the head of the National Disaster Management Unit, said Thursday rescuers are creating room to release the woman who is speaking to medics waiting to […]

Former Lakers coach Byron Scott ‘shocked’ over firing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:18

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week. Scott tells ESPN he was “surprised” and “shocked” by the move even though he led the Lakers to the two worst seasons in their history, […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:10

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP WAGING SCORCHED EARTH CAMPAIGN Two months after the liberation of Ramadi, the AP learns that the city remains too devastated and full of explosive booby traps for former residents to return. 2. NORTH KOREA’S […]

Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:56

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass. But […]

Police: Escaped inmate spotted at New Jersey CVS

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:38

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say security footage has captured images of an inmate walking into a pharmacy a day after vanishing from a state prison. In a Facebook post, the Barnegat Police Department identifies the man in the images taken Wednesday morning as 38-year-old Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the […]

Iraq’s PM replaces military commander over Green Zone breach

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:27

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi replaced the commander of a military division tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone Thursday after hundreds of angry anti-government protesters broke into the parliament building last week. On Saturday hundreds of protesters, mainly followers of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, knocked down concrete blast […]

Michigan House votes to pay Detroit school debt without Dems

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:15

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After 15 hours of mostly private meetings, the Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for the ailing Detroit Public Schools. House lawmakers started session Wednesday and emerged early Thursday morning to approve a plan that’s aimed at easing teachers’ fears they won’t be paid. The money would help the […]

Beijing tightens hospital oversight following man’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:38

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government health care regulator has ordered hospitals not to outsource medical services or promote false advertising amid a public outcry over the death of a young man who received ineffective cancer treatments. The order issued Thursday by the National Health and Family Planning Commission followed heavy publicity of the man’s death […]

UK votes in local elections expected to deal blow to Labour

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:36

LONDON (AP) — Britons are voting in local and regional elections expected to deal a blow to Britain’s main opposition Labour Party. Voters are electing legislatures Thursday in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as choosing many English local authorities — including a new London mayor to replace Boris Johnson. The mayoral race pits […]

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines agree to boost sea security

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:28

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines agreed Thursday to run coordinated patrols to boost maritime security following the kidnappings at sea of Indonesians by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. Foreign ministers and military chiefs of the three countries held talks in Indonesia’s ancient royal capital city of Yogyakarta, hashing out the details of joint […]

Boeing Co. drone unit to open office at Mississippi State

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:19

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A unit of Chicago-based Boeing Co. is opening an office in Starkville to work with Mississippi State University’s unmanned aircraft center. Insitu made the announcement Wednesday at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in New Orleans. The company plans to hire 25 people, working on engineering, software development and […]

‘Romeo and Juliet’ takes on local twist in Gaza performance

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:59

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist. Instead of the forbidden love story of Renaissance-era European aristocracy, the star-crossed young couple in Gaza’s version of the play is divided by politics stemming from the deep internal Palestinian split […]

Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help. The decision, following a year of debate, is likely to face some criticism, particularly from […]

House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules […]