Seattle Times Headlines

Judge rules against couple in China’s 1st same-sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:08

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case that was seen as a landmark moment for the country’s emerging LGBT rights movement. The court in the central city of Changsha dismissed the suit brought against the local civil affairs bureau for refusing to issue […]

Verizon workers prepare to strike amid contract dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:02

NEW YORK (AP) — About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., are expected to walk off the job after working without a contract since August. The workers, members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, plan to strike Wednesday morning. They have […]

Cosby asks court to reseal testimony about affairs, drugs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:57

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Bill Cosby are urging a court to reseal the actor’s deposition testimony about extramarital affairs, Quaaludes and payments to women. Cosby doesn’t want the decade-old testimony used in the legal battles he’s fighting with women who accuse him of sexual assault or defamation. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia is […]

Mariners can’t stop slump against Texas, lose fifth consecutive game

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:55

Stymied by Texas starter Derek Holland and done in by a five-run third inning, the Mariners manage just four hits in an 8-0 loss to Texas.

Women-only car services fill a niche, but are they legal?

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:49

BOSTON (AP) — Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? In Massachusetts, Chariot for Women is promising to launch a service featuring female drivers picking up only women and children. Drivers will even have to say a “safe word” before a ride starts. Michael […]

Judge rules against couple in China’s 1st same-sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:38

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he expected […]

Official says 19 passengers killed in Pakistan bus accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:32

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck killed at least 19 passengers, including women and children, in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, a rescue official said. Several people were also injured in the accident near the city of Faisalabad in Punjab province, said the official, Mohammad Naseem. “We […]

A rescue official says at least 19 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Pakistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:26

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rescue official says at least 19 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Pakistan.

Rehab costs for ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch total about $200,000

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:19

Couch’s parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, were found to be “financially unable to pay” for the full cost of Couch’s stay, according to the documents.

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain. They say the current system inadvertently encourages the overprescribing of addictive drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin, fueling an epidemic of overdoses tied to the opioid medications. […]

China says investigating Taiwanese deported from Kenya

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:10

BEIJING (AP) — A group of Taiwanese, whose deportation from Kenya to Beijing sparked protests from Taiwan’s government, are being investigated by Chinese legal authorities for suspected wire fraud, a Chinese spokesman said Wednesday. Chinese reports say Kenyan authorities are in the process of sending 45 Taiwanese and 32 Chinese who had been detained there […]

Gangs declare war on police as El Salvador violence rages

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:03

SOYAPANGO, El Salvador (AP) — As police Inspector Alba Guevara Lopez’s officers fanned out through the narrow alleys of a gang-controlled neighborhood in this San Salvador suburb, half had their faces hidden by black ski masks. “Those who live a little closer are scared that they might be identified and later face reprisals when they’re […]

China exports up 11.5 percent in March, 1st gain in 9 months

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:01

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese exports have risen for the first time in nine months, in a sign that the outlook may be improving for the world’s No. 2 economy. Customs data posted online Wednesday show that China’s exports rose 11.5 percent in March compared with a year earlier, to $160.8 billion. Imports fell 13.8 […]

Chicago police shoot 16-year-old, prompting protests

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:59

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 100 people have gathered in Chicago for a vigil and protest after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old by a police officer. The demonstrations Tuesday came a day after coroners say Pierre L. Loury died at a hospital. Chicago Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy says the teen ran from a […]

Hundreds gather for China’s 1st same-sex marriage lawsuit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:44

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — Several hundred gay rights supporters have gathered outside a court in central China for the country’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit, a landmark moment for gay rights in China. The lawsuit being heard Wednesday by the court in the city of Changsha Wednesday was filed by the 26-year-old Sun Wenlin. He is […]

Bone fragments from WWII crash site returning from India

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:42

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tiny bone fragments carry a world of significance and perhaps closure for at least one American family who lost a loved one over the mountains of India in World War II. During a solemn ceremony Wednesday, U.S. military members paid final respects to what they believe may be the remains of […]

Que Johnson will graduate from Washington State and transfer for senior season

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:09

Johnson will be eligible to play immediately.

The lapse that led to Seattle ethics probe of Scott Kubly

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:08

The investigation into Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly is looking into whether he violated the city’s Ethics Code by not obtaining a waiver allowing him to work on matters involving his former employer, Alta Bicycle Share.

Melania Trump says husband knows the perils of Twitter

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Melania Trump controls what her 10-year-old son can do on social media — but her husband, Donald, is another matter. The wife of the Republican presidential front-runner said Tuesday he is “an adult and he knows the consequences” of his prolific and sometimes inflammatory Twitter use. She was asked by CNN’s […]

‘We Shall Overcome’ copyright is challenged

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:59

The lawsuit cites a study by a musicologist stating this version of the song is essentially the same as the one published in 1948, whose copyright — if it was ever valid — would have expired in 1976.