Seattle Times Headlines

Ex-drug buster, Chinese suspect, nabbed in Manila drug raid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:37

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese national have been arrested in a drug bust in the Philippine capital that yielded $6.7 million worth of high-grade crystal methamphetamine. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police officials said they confiscated 64 kilograms (141 pounds) of crystal meth during a raid Thursday […]

Thai authorities arrest 4 students opposed to military rule

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:26

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand have arrested members of a student group opposed to military rule, including one snatched off the street and bundled into a vehicle that took him away. Four members of the New Democracy Movement were taken to military court on Thursday to be charged with violating an order banning groups […]

Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current version of the SAT college entrance exam has its final run this weekend, when hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. A new revamped version debuts in March. Sixteen-year-old Alex Cohen, a junior at the Miami Country […]

Ugandan rebel appearing before judges at pretrial hearing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:24

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in fugitive warlord Joseph Kony’s brutal Ugandan rebel militia is facing a crucial hearing at the International Criminal Court to assess whether evidence against him is strong enough to merit making him stand trial. Prosecutors allege that Dominic Ongwen is a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, […]

US to announce plan for new visa rules for some Europeans

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will announce as early as Thursday its plan to introduce new visa requirements for European travelers who are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, or who have visited any of these countries in the last five years. U.S. officials and congressional aides involved in discussions say the […]

Palin’s re-emergence underscores GOP split

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If the Republican Party is on the verge of an implosion, Sarah Palin may have been the one who lit the fuse. Palin’s complicated relationship with GOP leaders over the past eight years is a microcosm of the party’s broader struggles with its most restive members. What started with an […]

Russian ruble continues falling, hits new record low

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:19

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble has hit another historic low against the dollar as oil prices continue to slide due to a surplus of crude oil on world markets. The ruble traded at 84.8 to the dollar in Moscow after trading the market opened Thursday, trumping yesterday’s record-breaking low of 80.1 to the dollar. […]

Victoria Azarenka introduces “dabbing” Down Under

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

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is introducing tennis fans Down Under to “the dab.” The what? “The dab. D-a-b,” Azarenka said, and then spelled, when asked about the distinctive victory salute she has displayed after winning her first two matches at the Australian Open. It entails leaning into a bended elbow, as if sneezing, […]

Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:15

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of it as Medicare on […]

AP FACT CHECK: Ted Cruz misstates science of climate change

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:11

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Answering a question this week about climate change during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Ted Cruz was worlds apart from the scientific consensus that sees a world that is warming because of human activity. Some of the GOP presidential candidate’s claims and how they compare with the facts: CRUZ: […]

Rights group condemns attack on Afghan TV employees

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:19

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An international rights group has condemned a Taliban attack on a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company, saying the suicide bombing that killed seven was an attack on freedom of speech. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Thursday the bombing that targeted Tolo TV employees was an “atrocity […]

UW’s Lorenzo Romar after 95-83 win over Colorado

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:04

Huskies had their 22-point lead in the second half cut to seven in the final minutes, but hang on to improve to 13-5 and remain on top of the Pac-12 at 5-1.

UCLA uses 2nd-half runto subdue Oregon State

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:03

Isaac Hamilton scored 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting as UCLA beat Oregon State 82-73 on Wednesday night.

Indonesia starts construction of high-speed rail line

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:57

WALINI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia broke ground on a high-speed rail line between the capital Jakarta and Bandung, officially marking the start of the three-year construction project. The 142.3 kilometer (88.4 mile) railway worth $5.5 billion is being constructed by PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China, a joint venture between an Indonesian consortium of and China Railway […]

UW’s Andrew Andrews and Marquese Chriss on 95-83 win over Colorado

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:56

Andrews finished with 33 points and Chriss as Huskies held off the Buffaloes at the end.

Pakistan holds day of mourning after university attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:55

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is observing a day of mourning after a deadly attack by Islamic militants who stormed a northwestern university the day before, gunning down students and teachers and spreading terror before the four gunmen were slain by the military. The death toll from the assault at Bacha Khan university in the […]

Appeals court to hear ‘Sister Wives’ polygamy case

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:54

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a family made famous by the TV show “Sister Wives” are set to ask a federal appeals court on Thursday to uphold a ruling that decriminalized polygamy in Utah. The case is scheduled to come before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver after the Utah Attorney […]

Young Washington Huskies not only fun, but also quickly improving

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:53

In handing Colorado a 95-83 loss and regaining sole possession of first place in the Pac-12, Washington continues to making progress on the court.

Ex-Oklahoma officer to be sentenced for rape, sex crimes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:36

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City police officer is set to find out whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his beat. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, will be sentenced Thursday. He faces up to 263 years in prison after last month’s convictions […]

Governor’s emails show debate over blame for Flint water

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:34

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A day after doctors reported high levels of lead in Flint children, Gov. Rick Snyder’s top aide told him the “real responsibility” for the city’s water issues rested with local government officials, emails show. Then-chief of staff Dennis Muchmore later told the governor that residents were “caught in a swirl of […]