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Marlins remain worried about Zika risk in Puerto Rico

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:55

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins player representative Tom Koehler says the team attended a seminar on the Zika virus that heightened concerns about playing two games in Puerto Rico against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30-31. A decision is expected by the end of the week regarding whether the games will be played as scheduled […]

Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:48

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent in a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort. U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal agreed […]

Cavaliers not crying foul over LeBron’s lack of free throws

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:47

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and proudly showed off a few gray hairs — silvery-speckled souvenirs of job-related stress. “I dyed mine gray,” Lue joked. “My Barack Obama look.” Well, Lue may soon be grayer than the president if King James doesn’t get to the free-throw […]

San Francisco OKs settlement after deadly 2013 airport crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:40

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco city leaders have approved a $3.45 million settlement from Asiana Airlines involving a fiery 2013 airport crash that killed three people and injured nearly 200 others. The city attorney had called the proposed settlement the final chapter in the tragedy caused when Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall on […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:22

___ Corporate earnings keep falling, but there are signs of life NEW YORK (AP) — Are we there yet? It’s another weak quarter on Wall Street, but there are some signs corporate America will come out of its recent funk. Earnings at big U.S. companies are on track to tumble 6.4 percent in the first […]

Rookie reform: Dolphins, Jags make changes to newcomer camps

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

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins won’t need helmets for rookie minicamps. No 11-on-11 drills. No 7-on-7 work. The Dolphins don’t even plan to set foot on the practice field. The Sunshine State teams could be starting an NFL trend this week by making significant changes to the way they handle […]

Internal probe ends in police shooting of man in wheelchair

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:17

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Wilmington police say they have finished an internal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair. Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that the Wilmington Police department’s Office of Professional Standards had completed an investigation to determine whether officers involved in the September shooting of Jeremy […]

AP NewsAlert

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:16

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia governor will veto bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses.

US secretary of interior touts conservation fund in Montana

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:11

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday used Montana’s scenic Hauser Lake as a backdrop while urging Congress to permanently reauthorize a key funding source for the country’s parks and recreation system. Federal officials have cobbled together a temporary funding extension until Congress can decide whether to rededicate money from oil and […]

Nielsen’s top programs for April 25-May 1

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:05

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 25-May 1. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.13 million. 2. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 11.75 million. 3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.34 million. Most Read StoriesSeattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena; Sonics fans despairFormer Skyline […]

Obama honors Connecticut woman as Teacher of the Year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring as National Teacher of the Year a Connecticut woman who has demonstrated through her own life that students can overcome obstacles. Obama says high school teacher Jahana Hayes’ enthusiasm makes her a natural talent in the classroom. The 44-year-old history teacher grew up in a Waterbury housing […]

Technical problems impair donors in GiveBIG event

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:02

Technical problems are marring Tuesday’s GiveBIG event, one of the Seattle area’s biggest annual collective-charitable giving days.

Maine’s GOP governor, veto record-holder, names new dog Veto

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:02

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine governor who holds the state record for vetoes has named his new dog Veto. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has earned renown for exercising his veto pen on bills he didn’t like. He has vetoed hundreds of bills. He adopted the Jack Russell terrier from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. […]

Mom gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:59

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii mother must spend a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska. Samantha Leialoha Watanabe declined to speak at her sentencing Tuesday. A jury convicted her of assault after last year’s trial where prosecutors alleged she cursed at her […]

Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:22

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google’s self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler engineers would work Google to install sensors and software so the vans can drive themselves. The added vehicles […]

Jimmy Carter’s cancer treatment inspires new Georgia law

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:18

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has signed a bill inspired by former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer treatment. The measure signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal prevents insurance companies from limiting coverage of drugs for stage four cancer patients. Supporters of the bill say patients sometimes cannot get certain drugs unless they first try other […]

Prince’s death: The view from front lines of drug epidemic

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:09

NEW YORK (AP) — On the front lines of America’s fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose. Those engaged in the fight say a celebrity’s death can help raise awareness of the problems yet also overshadow the […]

Attorney: Prosecutors dropping marijuana dispensary case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:09

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year effort to seize the property of a California medical marijuana dispensary billed as the nation’s largest, the dispensary’s attorney said Tuesday. Henry Wykowski, the attorney for Harborside Health Center in Oakland, said prosecutors did not explain why they were dropping their civil […]

Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer backlash is growing against Target’s stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use. Two weeks ago, the Minneapolis-based discounter issued a statement that said customers and employees can use the restroom or fitting room that “corresponds to their gender identity.” The move made Target the […]

Cal State teachers OK tentative pact with 10.5 percent hikes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing nearly 30,000 teachers in the nation’s largest public university system said Tuesday that its rank-and-file members have overwhelmingly approved a new, three-year contract that grants raises totaling 10.5 percent over the next 14 months. The deal still must be approved by the California State University Board of Trustees, […]