Seattle Times Headlines

Alaska Air again shows it knows how to survive

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 23:00

The turbulence unleashed in the wake of deregulation and lax antitrust enforcement left many regional airlines swallowed by a handful of ever-larger competitors. Alaska Air Group’s own acquisition move should help maintain its independence.

Virginia officials hope facial sculptures solve mysteries

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 22:08

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia medical examiner’s office hopes a new set of facial sculptures created by the FBI will help identify eight people found dead in Virginia between 1972 and 2014. It’s worked before. Lara Newell, an investigator at the office, says a family in 2012 was notified by a friend who recognized […]

After 8½ years, no trial yet in Times Square hotel killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 22:07

NEW YORK (AP) — At first, justice looked like it would come swiftly for Kristine Yitref. Police made an arrest just one day after her lifeless body was found by a chambermaid in a Times Square hotel. More than eight years later, though, the man accused of strangling the 33-year-old still hasn’t been brought to […]

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 22:04

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg’s long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades. Blood tests show cause for concern. One in 20 children under the age […]

Do breakups mean cutting all ties?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 22:00

Carolyn Hax advises: take a closer look when close relationships end

AP-GfK Poll: Improved economic outlook boosts Obama approval

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — As many in the United States hold their noses in the search for the next president, they’re increasingly warming to the president they already have. Buoyed by some good economic news and a surge of goodwill from his base of supporters, President Barack Obama is seeing his approval rating rise. That puts […]

Vermont to target ‘willful violations’ of GMO labeling law

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:44

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont is set to become the first state in the country on July 1 to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, the state’s attorney general says his office will enforce the law by targeting “willful violations” by manufacturers and not products that were produced before that date […]

US warns citizens of ‘credible threats’ in Turkey

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:42

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United States is warning its citizens about “credible threats” to touristic areas in Turkey, especially around public squares and docks in Istanbul and the Mediterranean city of Antalya. An emergency message posted on the U.S. Consulate Website on Saturday warns its citizens to exercise “extreme caution” in the vicinity of […]

Halting LGBT rules, N Carolina lawmakers again rebuff cities

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:39

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The decision by the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory to overturn Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBT citizens isn’t simply another skirmish in the decades-old culture war between conservatives and progressives. It’s the latest muscle-flexing by leaders in Republican-controlled states to rebuff local governments — often large cities run by […]

New protests across France over labor law reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:39

PARIS (AP) — Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country’s Socialist government. Officials hope the reforms will inject a bit more flexibility into the country’s stagnant labor market but many workers fear the changes will do little more than weaken the nation’s generous social protections. […]

Oman says US man detained in rebel-held Yemeni capital freed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. man held captive in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital has been released after Omani negotiators interceded on his behalf, authorities said, becoming the latest American freed through the sultanate’s quiet diplomacy. In a statement posted online late Friday, Oman’s Foreign Ministry said it helped coordinate “the release of an […]

Russia defends selling arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:06

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s prime minister has defended Moscow’s policy of selling arms to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, whose military forces have faced off in a sharp escalation of fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh. Speaking in an interview broadcast Saturday, Dmitry Medvedev said if Russia stopped selling arms, other suppliers would soon step in and this could […]

Property-tax break for needy seniors granted to some pretty pricey homes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:00

Many lower-income homeowners 61 and older haven’t tried to take advantage of a King County program for property-tax relief. But some better-off homeowners have.

Rant & Rave: Wonderful, delightful theater staff

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:00

Readers rave about Benaroya Hall staff, rant about parking in loading zone

Angry ex-party worker hurls shoe at New Delhi’s top official

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:51

NEW DELHI (AP) — First it was eggs and ink, and now a shoe. New Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had to duck out of the way Saturday when a shoe was flung at him as he spoke at a news conference in the Indian capital. Kejriwal, New Delhi’s top elected official for just over […]

Ted Cruz adds 21 delegates with Colorado sweep

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:51

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz has locked up the support of 21 total Colorado delegates to the Republican National Convention, representing a majority of the delegates the state will send to Cleveland in July. Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in Colorado’s seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated […]

Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan on 2 trips

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:29

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will make two trips this year to the often-volatile Caucasus region. The Vatican said Saturday the pontiff will visit Armenia on June 24-26. He will travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for cease-fire violations in separatist Nagorno-Karabakh. The recent […]

In latest claim, N. Korea says it tests new rocket engine

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:25

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s latest belligerent declaration — that it successfully tested a new long-range rocket engine that could allow nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland — leaves outsiders in a familiar predicament. With only a few details and no independent confirmation of what happened, there’s the usual skepticism. But if even […]

Rescue workers retrieve 23 bodies buried under a landslide

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:57

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A national disaster management official says rescue workers have retrieved 23 bodies buried under a landslide in northern Pakistan. Latif ur Rehman says the bodies, buried for the last six days, were retrieved Saturday and handed over to their families. He says there could be another seven or eight bodies still […]

UK foreign minister urges China to cut steel capacity

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:36

BEIJING (AP) — British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has called on China to accelerate its push to cut steel production as the failing steel industry continues to hobble both economies. Hammond said in Beijing on Saturday that the British government was seeking a “long-term, sustainable future” for the Port Talbot steelmaking plant in Wales, which […]