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Fed survey finds US economy expanding at modest pace

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy was expanding at a modest to moderate rate in late February and March. This growth occurred despite weakness in the energy sector, as well as a slowdown in exports of some manufactured goods and farm products because of global weakness and the strong dollar. The Fed’s […]

US cites global governance crisis for declining human rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says human rights protections around the world declined last year — the result of crackdowns by oppressive governments and abuses by violent extremists. That’s the conclusion of the State Department’s latest annual report on human rights. The report says countries pushed back with “increasing vigor and viciousness” in 2015 […]

Seattle-area unemployment edges down; state’s rate unchanged

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:01

The Seattle region’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in March to 4.9 percent as new jobs are snapped by a growing workforce.

Chicago police task force recommends wide range of reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:01

CHICAGO (AP) — A task force that reviewed Chicago police practices in the wake of several police shootings of young black men has issued recommendations for sweeping changes, including hiring an inspector general and overhauling union contracts. The panel, established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the department must acknowledge decades of entrenched racism within its […]

Arrest made in killing of Rutgers student in New Jersey

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:59

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a Rutgers University student in New Jersey last weekend. The Essex County prosecutor’s office says 25-year-old Marcus Feliz has been charged with murder and other offenses related to the Newark shooting. He’s being held on $750,000 bail. Twenty-one-year-old Toms River resident […]

An Iraqi tank, dubbed ‘The Beast,’ is on a battlefield tear

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Beast” is running wild on the streets in Iraq. That is the nickname given an American-made, Iraqi-operated tank taking on Islamic State fighters in the western city of Hit. A U.S. military spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Wednesday the U.S.-trained tank crew has been “tearing it up” in the city for […]

Reports: Details on sex encounters at prep school differ

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:56

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Police reports say a student who had a sexual relationship in the 1970s with a teacher at an elite New Hampshire prep school described it as consensual, while another student said she was sexually abused by the teacher in the 1980s. Documents by the Exeter Police Department were released Tuesday to […]

Intelligence agencies consider striking ‘confidential’ label

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence agencies are considering eliminating the government’s lowest category of classified information — a step a top official has said could simplify the system used to guard intelligence and could prevent unnecessary secrecy. In a memo circulated to intelligence agencies in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper proposed abolishing the “confidential” […]

Judge won’t block passport marker law involving sex crimes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge won’t immediately block a law that requires authorities to place a marker in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton said Wednesday that federal authorities have yet to begin marking passports, so it would be premature to decide whether […]

Rescued calf is now companion for blind cow who lost pig pal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:46

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A calf that spent several days on the loose in Massachusetts is now a companion for a blind cow that recently lost a pig playmate. The cow, Baby, lives at the Don’t Forget Us Pet Us animal sanctuary in Dartmouth. The unnamed calf had escaped from Robinson’s Livestock and was returned […]

Outside groups deal themselves in for GOP delegate game

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — After burning through millions of dollars in a mostly failed attempt to sway Republican primary voters, big-money outside groups opposing Donald Trump have turned to a far smaller target audience: the delegates who will actually choose the presidential nominee. Our Principles, which is devoted to keeping Trump from winning, and super PACs […]

World Bank pledges $2.5 billion for teenage girls’ education

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank has pledged $2.5 billion to educate and empower adolescent girls in low-income countries. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that “Unleashing the full economic potentials of half the population can drive the growth and prosperity of nations.” Kim spoke Wednesday at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank […]

Judge ends CeeLo Green’s supervised probation in drug case

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has removed CeeLo Green from supervised probation in a felony drug case that involved him giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner. Superior Court Judge David Herriford ended the singer’s supervised probation on Wednesday during a brief hearing in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer pleaded no contest in […]

Police: Braves OF Olivera arrested, accused of assault

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:55

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police have arrested Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera after a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington. Arlington Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said police were called just before 7 a.m. Wednesday to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City. Savage says a woman with visible bruises reported that Olivera […]

New UN proposal aims at extremists use of chemical weapons

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:55

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China have introduced a draft U.N. resolution aimed at preventing “terrorists” from preparing or using chemical weapons in Syria. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters Wednesday that there have recently been numerous reports “of terrorist groups in Syria and neighboring Iraq using chemical weapons.” He said the proposed […]

Chicago police: Teen shot and killed by officer pointed gun

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:48

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say an officer shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a chase after the teen turned and pointed a gun. First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says Pierre Loury was a gang member and that police had prior contact with him. Loury’s mother, Tambrasha Hudson, denied her son had a gun […]

Alexander Calder sculptures going up for sale at Christie’s

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:47

NEW YORK (AP) — Christie’s will offer nine Alexander Calder sculptures that were inspired by his visit to India in 1955. The works will be part of a spring auction of 20th-century art on May 10. Their total presale estimate is around $26 million to $38 million. Calder created the delicate sculptures after getting an […]

New Saudi guidelines curtail powers of religious police

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:46

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued new guidelines to define and curtail powers of the country’s religious police, instructing its members to be “gentle and humane” in dealing with the public. The force, which is tasked with ensuring people observe the kingdom’s ultraconservative Islamic codes, has been criticized at times for […]

Detroit Zoo shows off new $30 million home for penguins

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:42

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A new penguin habitat that the Detroit Zoo calls the world’s largest such facility offers its 80-plus residents new rocks for climbing, waves, snow and better ice conditions, while allowing visitors to come nose-to-beak with the stately birds. A preview Wednesday showed off the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, […]

Brewer’s attempt to ease beer laws has opponents foaming

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:41

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Proclamation Ale Co., a small Rhode Island brewery that’s pushing to change the state’s beer laws, recently received an angry letter about its efforts. In response, the brewer set the letter on fire and posted to Facebook a photo of him holding the flaming document while flanked by brewery employees, with […]