Seattle Times Headlines

Jerry Lewis wants to live to be older than George Burns

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:53

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Lewis, 90 years and nearly one month old, is wearing a dark jacket, yellow shirt and a big red tie. He is seated in a director’s chair in the middle of the first floor bar of the Friars Club. The room is packed and noisy with camera equipment and assistants […]

Kasich criticizes campaigns that demean, weaken America

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:51

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — John Kasich is criticizing his opponents’ visions for America in a lengthy speech in New York where he is campaigning a week before the state’s crucial primary. Kasich said Tuesday that the path he offers is different to that which “demeans” America’s history and “cheapens each of us.” Without mentioning Trump […]

German train dispatcher used cellphone before fatal crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:48

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a rail dispatcher in southern Germany was using his cellphone to play games shortly before two trains he was in charge of collided head on in February, killing 11 people. Prosecutors in Traunstein, east of Munich, say the unnamed dispatcher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of negligent homicide. In a […]

Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:48

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general’s opinion before going forward. Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, told the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee that he wanted another day to consider an opinion that State Attorney General […]

Outerwall adds three members to board at urging of activist investor

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:47

Outerwall will add three members to its board, after signing an agreement with an activist investor, the Bellevue company said Tuesday. Outerwall, best known for its DVD rental Redbox machines, will add Jeffrey Brown to its board immediately. Brown, CEO of Brown Equity Partners, was chosen by Engaged Capital, an activist investor in Outerwall that […]

Defense wants delay in South Carolina church shooting trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:46

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The defense is asking for a delay in the state death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with murder in the shooting deaths last year of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Roof’s attorneys argue in court filings that substantial preparation and investigation work remains to […]

WWF to relocate over half of staff from Swiss headquarters

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:50

GENEVA (AP) — The director-general of the WWF says the conservation group is reducing its headcount at its Swiss headquarters by over half in a “substantial decentralization” aimed to better take on unprecedented environmental degradation around the world and leverage growing public concern about it. Marco Lambertini says “well more than 50 percent” of roughly […]

UW team gets $7.5 million to stop cyberattacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:36

A UW-led research team will use the federal grant to study a type of cyberattack that often has political motives.

Vandals smash pillar at veterans park in Florida

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:33

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating after a pillar was smashed by vandals at Veterans Memorial Park near Gainesville. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/1qlSqkA ) reports the damage was reported Sunday and investigators don’t believe there is security footage of that section of the park. The pillar is in a section of the […]

Syrian journalist attacked by IS in Turkey dies

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:22

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Syrian journalist who was shot in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group died from his wounds Tuesday, a close friend said. Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat died in a hospital in Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, according to his friend Barry Abdulattif, a Syrian activist. […]

US rep blasts IFC conflict of interest in Manila water plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:22

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a bustling, densely populated corner of Manila, fruit vendor Coring Gutierrez reads $35 due from her latest water bill, more than triple what her family of six paid 15 years ago. “As long as we get water,” she sighs, reflecting the relief many of the Philippine capital region’s nearly 12 […]

Biden returning to West Point, Syracuse for commencement

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will return to West Point next month to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy. The White House says Biden will speak May 21 at West Point where he also was the commencement speaker in 2012. President Barack Obama delivered the address in 2014. Biden also […]

Stocks eke out modest gains as focus turns to US earnings

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:15

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were steadily higher in early trading Tuesday, as investors worked through the first batch of earnings from the first quarter of the year. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,600 as of 10:09 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index […]

CSI for animals: Forensic vets battle pet abuse, neglect

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:15

NEW YORK (AP) — The cocker spaniel arrives to the animal hospital with a police officer, whimpering and shaking. He has a pus-filled pink socket for a left eye and is so skinny his spine and ribs show through his caramel-colored fur. Because animal abuse is suspected, this dog won’t be handled like the other […]

EU to weigh visa measures against US, Canada, Brunei

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:07

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations and lawmakers have been told to hold urgent talks on how to respond to the failure of the U.S., Canada and Brunei to extend visa rights to citizens of all 28 member states. The European Commission invited them Tuesday “to urgently launch discussions and to take a position on […]

Ukrainian who faked age, name for school denied lower bail

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:04

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl was denied lower bail during a brief hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors also dropped identity theft and conspiracy charges against Artur Samarin, leaving in place charges of unsworn falsification, […]

Terry offers to pay for Chelsea-supporting kid’s funeral

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 21:55

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea captain John Terry will pay for the funeral of an 8-year-old fan who died of leukemia last month. The former England captain and other Chelsea players met Tommi Miller at Stamford Bridge following a game last year. Terry, who is currently injured, told local media he was “devastated” to hear of […]

Rescue team gets closer to hikers stranded on Alaska glacier

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 21:52

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska Air National Guard rescuers have trudged several miles through difficult terrain and harsh weather after parachuting onto a glacier to save two skiers who have been stuck there since Friday. A helicopter dropped the rescue team about 15 miles from the stranded duo, who dug snow caves to protect […]

Senate Judiciary chair Grassley has breakfast with Garland

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 21:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has had breakfast with the man whose nomination to the Supreme Court he has promised to block. The Iowa Republican dined with federal judge Merrick Garland Tuesday in the Capitol’s Senate Dining Room. Grassley evaded reporters afterward, and his office said it would release a statement […]

Thai PM says women in skimpy dress are like unwrapped candy

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 21:31

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister has some advice for his country’s young women: Don’t dress too revealingly, or you will be shunned like a piece of toffee without its wrapper. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered the observation Tuesday to reporters as Thais prepared to kick off their traditional New Year celebration, known as Songkran. […]