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5 charged in alleged scheme to steal drug secrets

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:31

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five people have been accused in federal court of taking part in an alleged scheme to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline and sell them to competitors in China. Charges in the indictment include conspiracy to steal trade secrets and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said many products […]

Nielsen’s top programs for Jan. 11-17

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:07

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Playoff: Green Bay at Arizona, NBC, 33.73 million. 2. “NFL Playoff Post-Game,” (Pittsburgh at Denver), CBS, 31.17 million. 3. College Football Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson, ESPN, 25.67 million. Most Read StoriesAfter groom gets cold feet, bride gives […]

In Tech: Minecraft for schools, Amazon Dash, data encryption

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:03

Microsoft is buying the educational version of Minecraft and has plans to create a bigger and better version of the popular world-building video game that’s designed for classrooms. The Redmond, Washington, software company will partner with TeacherGaming LLC, creator of MinecraftEdu, to transform that game into “Minecraft: Education Edition.” Financial terms were not disclosed. Microsoft […]

Joe McDermott running for Jim McDermott’s 7th District seat

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:02

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott says he’ll seek the 7th District seat of retiring 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott.

Football dominates the TV ratings, helping Sean Penn

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:59

NEW YORK (AP) — Football dominated the past week in the television ratings — and Sean Penn was among the beneficiaries. The Nielsen company said Sunday’s edition of CBS’ “60 Minutes” was seen by 20.6 million viewers, its largest audience since a postelection interview with President-elect Barack Obama in 2008. The show opened with a […]

2nd defendant, US citizen, pleads guilty in UN bribery case

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:55

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen has become the second person to plead guilty in New York City in connection with a bribery scandal at the United Nations. Sheri Yan entered the plea in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. A Chinese businesswoman pleaded guilty in the case a week ago. The case resulted in […]

Snohomish County closes on first buyout of land in Oso slide

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:54

The Snohomish County Council has agreed to buy 100 remaining parcels of land where the deadly 2014 slide struck.

Miller and Harris back for this AFC title game vs. Brady

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:51

DENVER (AP) — Backslaps for the backups. That’s all pass-rusher Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. could provide the last time the New England Patriots played the Denver Broncos for the AFC championship. The backbone of Denver’s dominant defense is ready for the rematch Sunday. “I was happy for my teammates then, I’m happy […]

Baby fur seal found in bushes at California business park

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:50

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — An emaciated baby northern fur seal is recovering after it was found in some bushes at a San Francisco Bay Area business park. Hayward police said on their Facebook page that the dehydrated and malnourished seal was found after someone called about the pup around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the […]

Carol Rava named CEO of Technology Alliance

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:48

She succeeds longtime leader Susannah Malarkey, who announced last summer that she planned to step down at the end of the year.

Palin’s re-emergence underscores GOP split

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:48

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 […]

Connecticut man accused of killing parents pleads not guilty

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:45

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man accused of killing his parents after they threatened to cut him out of their will has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The Connecticut Post ( ) reports Kyle Navin entered the pleas Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. A judge continued the case to Feb. 24. Authorities say […]

Path to reform for Oscars starts with studios, academy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:32

NEW YORK (AP) — Change at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where membership is for life, does not come easily. As Spike Lee said on Tuesday, its 6,000-plus membership can’t be changed “hocus pocus, presto chango” overnight. Efforts have been made. Since becoming the academy’s first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs has […]

Official wishes air monitoring were better after gas leak

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:32

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County public health official says he wishes air pollution monitoring had been more comprehensive soon after a massive natural gas leak was reported in October. Angelo Bellomo, the county’s environmental health director, said Wednesday that better testing was delayed in part because officials believed Southern California Gas Co. […]

John Legend, Colombian star Juanes perform outside jail

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:30

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — Colombian musician Juanes and singer John Legend met immigrants at a detention center in Arizona before performing a show for a small crowd on a street outside the facility. The Grammy winners each played two songs separately and one duet as the crowd of about 100 people sang along. Their appearance […]

IBM, Beazer and Murphy Oil fall as market plunges

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:28

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE Murphy Oil Corp., down 51 cents to $15.87 The oil and gas company fell as the price of crude continues to tumble. Most Read StoriesAfter groom gets cold feet, bride gives […]

Immigration tops politically charged caseload for high court

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s decision to add immigration to its already robust list of politically charged cases means a raft of rulings in the late spring or early summer that could inject the court into the presidential campaign. Cases involving abortion, affirmative action, labor unions and the Obama health care law have already […]

Price-hiking pharma exec Martin Shkreli gets House subpoena

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to compel former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for price-gouging, to appear at a congressional hearing next Tuesday. An aide to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform confirmed the news Wednesday. The committee is investigating several companies for exorbitant drug price increases. Shkreli […]

Cheap oil, good for consumers, is slamming stocks. Why?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:16

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is drowning in oil. Stocks are having their worst start to a year in history in part because of a rapid plunge in the price of oil. The price of crude is down 28 percent this year already, which in turn has dragged down energy company shares in the […]

Patriots RB Jackson chasing unlikely Super Bowl appearance

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 05:15

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Steven Jackson wasn’t waiting by the phone late last month when the Patriots called looking for a running back to plug the holes of their battered backfield. He didn’t even hear it ring as he sat in a meeting with some of his St. Louis business partners, going over some legal […]