Seattle Times Headlines

Icelandic politician says he’s the country’s new PM

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 01:14

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s fisheries minister says the president has approved a proposal that makes him Iceland’s new prime minister. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson emerged from the presidential residence on Thursday to tell reporters the news — a development that comes several days after his predecessor resigned after being linked to an offshore account. Johannsson […]

Mormon missionary injured in Brussels bombing leave hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:49

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon missionary wounded in the Brussels airport attack has left the hospital and returned to his southern Utah home. University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Wilets said Thursday that 20-year-old Joseph “Dres” Empey was released this week. He suffered second-degree burns and other injuries March 22. He was one […]

Imprisoned peanut exec won’t have to pay salmonella victims

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:49

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former peanut company executive serving a 28-year prison sentence won’t have to pay money to victims of a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to his Georgia plant. A federal judge decided Wednesday to spare former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and three co-defendants from paying restitution to corporate customers […]

Military takes cues from colleges for sex assault prevention

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:44

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the U.S. Air Force prepared to roll out a new sexual assault prevention strategy, it sent a delegation to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school that introduced the same program several years earlier. The visit last month — including conversations with students, athletic coaches and others — was the […]

Swedes invite world to call ‘random’ citizens on new hotline

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:44

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ever felt like calling up a complete stranger in Sweden? Now is your chance. The Swedish Tourism Association has set up a hotline that lets callers worldwide “get connected to a random Swede.” On its website, the nonprofit group says the idea is “to spark people’s curiosity about Sweden — our culture, […]

Former Auschwitz guard dies days before opening of trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:43

BERLIN (AP) — A 93-year-old German who worked as a guard at the Auschwitz death camp has died days before his trial was due to open. Ernst T., whose full name wasn’t given in keeping with German privacy rules, allegedly played a part in the deportation of prisoners from Nazi transit camps in Berlin, Drancy […]

Authorities say officers shot probationer during arrest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:41

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — State investigators are looking into a shooting of a man on probation by two Georgia probation officers. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday 23-year-old Jeffery Roy Moffatt was listed in serious condition at a hospital. The GBI says two officers from the Department of Community Supervision went to a home […]

Prosecutor objects to prep school grad’s new trial request

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:40

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A prosecutor has objected to a request for a new trial from a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman, saying he’s already appealing his case. Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie was convicted in August of misdemeanor sex assault charges and a felony charge of using a computer […]

Best bets for a weekend of dining in Vancouver, B.C.

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:39

So many restaurants, so little time. Seattle Times food writer Bethany Jean Clement asks, ‘What’s a visitor to do?’

Body of slain woman buried in Bolivian prison cell

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:36

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Officials say an inmate apparently killed his ex-wife and buried her beneath his cell in Bolivia’s largest prison — with nobody taking notice for nearly a year. Chief prosecutor Gomer Padilla tells The Associated Press that the body was found after a fellow inmate confessed to helping bury Kenia Hidalgo […]

Alabama man charged with attempted murder in police shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:33

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of shooting an undercover officer in Alabama has apologized and says he was high on crystal meth at the time. Multiple news media outlets report 32-year-old Ryan Burkhardt apologized to the officer and his family Wednesday while police pushed him in a wheelchair on his way to the […]

4 hospitalized from carbon monoxide at Oregon candy factory

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:33

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A carbon monoxide leak at an Oregon candy factory has sent four people to the hospital and sickened four others. The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1S4Zbns ) that 11 workers were inside Pete’s Gourmet Confections on Wednesday when the leak happened. Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fish says the cause of the […]

NOAA: Hurricane Hunter planes to stay in Florida

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:29

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it plans to find a home for its famed Hurricane Hunter aircraft that is within 50 miles of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. NOAA made the announcement Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1YflzbZ) reports it’s the first concrete indication by NOAA that the […]

Aramark to keep headquarters in Philadelphia, home since ’61

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:29

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Food services giant Aramark says it has decided to keep its global headquarters in Philadelphia. Chief executive Eric Foss said Thursday that after an extensive review, the company concluded that Philadelphia remains “the ideal choice for us.” The city has been the company’s home since 1961. Aramark had been considering a move […]

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.59 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week to their lowest level since February 2015, luring prospective purchasers during the spring home-buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.59 percent from 3.71 percent last week. The benchmark rate was far below the […]

Palmer helps start the Masters without hitting a shot

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:19

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The most meaningful start to this Masters was a ceremonial tee shot that wasn’t even hit. Arnold Palmer was on the tee Thursday morning. That was enough. Palmer, the four-time Masters champion known in the golfing world simply as “The King,” rode a cart out to the first tee at Augusta […]

US stocks skid in early trading, oil prices slip

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:16

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sinking broadly Thursday morning. Banks and mining and metals companies are taking some of the biggest losses. Oil prices are inching lower after a 5 percent jump a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,615 as of 10:04 […]

Mets set to raise NL flag before home opener Friday vs Phils

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:16

NEW YORK (AP) — The last recollection the New York Mets have from Citi Field is losing the World Series after squandering a late lead in Game 5. Time to make some new memories. Eager to celebrate a scintillating 2015 season with their rejuvenated fans, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and the rest of the Mets […]

Reports: Neo-Nazi murder suspects worked for govt informant

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:14

BERLIN (AP) — Members of a neo-Nazi group suspected of carrying out a seven-year murder spree worked for an informant of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency while they were on the run from police, according to German media reports Thursday. The reports raise new questions about what German authorities knew of the whereabouts of the self-styled […]

2 Western State escapees may have gotten on buses

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:11

Two men who escaped Western State Hospital might have taken Pierce County buses, police say. The men are considered a potential threat to the public.