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The Latest: Rain delays outdoor play at Australian Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:21

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local): 11:07 a.m. Light rain is falling at Melbourne Park, delaying the start of play on side courts at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Tournament officials said play would not start on those courts until at least 11:30 a.m. Ball boys and […]

Latest: Gov. Rick Snyder pledges to fix Flint water crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:15

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State speech, which will be devoted mostly to Flint’s drinking water crisis (all times local): ___ 7:15 p.m. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pledging in his annual State of the State speech to fix the water crisis gripping Flint. Most […]

Obama vetoes legislation scrapping smaller stream regulation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation that would nullify a federal rule intended to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution. Obama says the rule is needed to protect waters that are vital for the health of communities. He says pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes and […]

Through DNA, family finds missing woman’s remains, closure

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:09

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — As a county gravedigger, Andrew Trejo has helped numerous families bury their loved ones. Neary 28 years after his mother disappeared, he will finally get to do the same. Last year, he and four other relatives gave DNA samples to be checked against unidentified human remains recovered by law enforcement […]

Water, logged: four photographers use lake salt, found wood and pollutants to document waterways

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:08

Four photographers make portraits of waterways by using the elements — including pollutants in the developing process and salvaged wood for the frames — now on display in Photo Center Northwest’s “Salt/Water.”

UW’s Dejounte Murray reaping rewards from hard work

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:04

Following a 1-for-10 shooting display that included 1 for 5 showing on three-pointers nearly a month ago, Washington freshman guard Dejounte Murray returned to the court after the game for a two-hour impromptu workout that ended just before 1 in the morning. Despite struggling on three-pointers in the next two games when he was a […]

Sarah Palin’s oldest son arrested in domestic violence case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:03

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been arrested in a domestic violence case in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle. Court documents say 26-year-old Track Palin is charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime […]

Court won’t review ex-FBI agent’s murder conviction

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:54

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court will not review the murder conviction of a former FBI agent in a decades-old case linked to imprisoned New England mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The court declined Tuesday to hear appeals of ex-agent John Connolly. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2008 in the 1982 slaying […]

Keep clam: Long Beach and Copalis opening this week for razor clam digging

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:45

Coastal razor clam lovers can begin making plans to head to two beaches opening soon for digging. “We got good (marine toxin) test numbers for Long Beach and Copalis,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. Copalis opens Friday (Jan. 22) only, and Long Beach will be open Thursday (Jan. 21) through […]

Sarah Palin jumps into 2016 race, endorses Donald Trump

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:45

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost with some voters less than two weeks before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses. “Media heads are spinning,” Palin said after taking the stage at a Trump rally at […]

Petco drops small-animal supplier amid federal probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:20

Petco has severed its relationship with a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer amid a federal investigation into conditions at the facility where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and other species. The pet retailer said in a statement Tuesday that Holmes Chinchilla Ranch and Other Small Animals Inc. is no longer a supplier after the […]

Duckworth to challenge Kirk on national security issues

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:16

CHICAGO (AP) — Fighting to hold on to his political career, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk turned a recent Republican luncheon into a crash course on the Islamic State group, complete with a map of Syria he brought with him to western Illinois. He pointed out Russian maneuvers and ISIS territory, called for more U.S. air […]

Questions remain as Baltimore police roll out body cameras

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:09

BALTIMORE (AP) — As the Baltimore Police Department prepares to equip 3,000 officers with body-worn cameras amid increasing scrutiny of police interactions with the public, questions remain about how the footage will be handled and who will have access to it. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Tuesday that officers soon […]

‘American Pie’ singer McLean’s arrest shakes his Maine town

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:09

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The picturesque town of Camden was reeling on Tuesday from the arrest of “American Pie” singer Don McLean, a fixture in the community. Police arrested McLean on a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge on Monday, and he later posted $10,000 bail and was released from jail. Police and court officials didn’t say much […]

Microchip Technology to buy Atmel for $3.56B

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microchip Technology Inc. says it has a deal to acquire rival chipmaker Atmel for roughly $3.56 billion in cash and stock. Atmel Corp., which is based in San Jose, California, said it broke off its merger with Dialog Semiconductor from September. It called Microchip’s offer “superior.” Microchip and Atmel say their agreement […]

Box office top 20: ‘Ride Along 2? and ‘The Revenant’ on top

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:59

NEW YORK (AP) — “Ride Along 2″ finally dethroned “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, taking in $41 million in its four-day debut. That was less than the 2014 original made over the same weekend ($48.6 million), but the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy still put an end to the […]

Conservation groups demand end to refuge occupation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:53

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Ammon Bundy and his group are still trying to muster up broad community support — so far without much luck. Bundy has drawn a lot of attention to the dissatisfaction of ranchers and local townsfolk […]

Authorities say Georgia woman lied about how daughter died

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:53

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia woman lied when she told police her 8-year-old daughter was killed by a bullet from a gun that accidentally discharged when it fell off a table. Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ashley Henson said Tuesday that 45-year-old Marsha Lynch and her son, 23-year-old Quincy Lynch, face charges […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:44

___ Latest gauge on China slowdown brings relief it wasn’t worse BEIJING (AP) — The slowdown of China’s once-sizzling economy has fueled anxiety over its impact on the rest of the world. Yet when Beijing reported Tuesday that its economy grew last year at the slowest pace in a quarter-century, the reaction seemed to be […]

Court won’t stop Alabama execution scheduled for Thursday

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:40

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to stop an upcoming execution in Alabama. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied an emergency stay sought by inmate Christopher Eugene Brooks. Brooks is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the 1992 rape and murder of Jo Deann Campbell. […]