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Photos of the Day: Jan. 20, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:51

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:29

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans plan to call for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno […]

In survey, mayors say they worry about aging infrastructure

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayors across the U.S. say they worry about their cities’ aging infrastructure and they’d like more state and federal support, according to a survey released Wednesday. The 89 mayors from 31 states also said they get policy ideas by studying other cities, with New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles receiving […]

Ex-casino exec, waitress and gambler charged in slot scheme

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:27

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a former casino vice president conspired with a cocktail waitress and a gambler to steal over $400,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania casino. Court documents show Robert Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, was charged Tuesday along with server Rochelle Poszeluznyj and patron Mark Heltzel. They […]

AP source: Josh Gordon applies to the NFL for reinstatement

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:23

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the process says suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Gordon was banned for a year in February for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to allow him back, said the person who spoke […]

Justices say Kansas court wrongly overturned death sentences

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Kansas officials seeking to reinstate the death penalty for three men, including two brothers convicted in a crime spree known as the “Wichita massacre.” In an 8-1 ruling, the justices say the Kansas Supreme Court was wrong to overturn the sentences of Jonathan and […]

Canada’s central bank keeps key interest rate unchanged

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:18

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s central bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged. Some analysts thought the Bank of Canada might cut the rate as the economy continues to be dragged down by the plunge in oil prices. But the Canadian dollar has plummeted along with the price of oil, and the bank may not […]

Germany, Turkey arrest 35 in raids against traffickers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:18

BERLIN (AP) — German and Turkish police said Wednesday they broke up a sophisticated smuggling ring that had been trafficking primarily Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean in freight ships into Europe. In a series of early-morning raids coordinated across both countries, authorities arrested 35 suspects — five in Germany and 30 in Turkey, officials from […]

New Mexico rescue worker discovers fallen climber is ex-wife

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:17

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A member of a New Mexico rescue team received a shock when he discovered the climber’s body he was sent to recover belonged to his ex-wife. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) that Scott Hicks was volunteering with the Santa Fe County Fire Department technical rescue team Monday […]

Supreme Court rules against business in class-action case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a business cannot end a class-action lawsuit by offering the person who first sued everything that was asked for. The 6-3 ruling on Wednesday comes in case of interest to business and consumer groups. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes that a settlement offer cannot end a suit if […]

Low oil complicates struggle to raise eurozone inflation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:13

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Low oil prices are complicating life for the European Central Bank in its struggle to push up the worrisome low inflation in the 19 nations that use the euro currency. It was bad enough when oil dipped below $50 per barrel. That slide helped keep the eurozone annual inflation rate down […]

Documents: Ex-Alabama deputy to plead guilty in assault

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:22

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Court records show that a former Alabama sheriff’s deputy plans to plead guilty to charges of beating a motorist during a roadside stop in 2012. A federal judge scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for Wednesday for former Madison County deputy Justin Adam Watson in Huntsville, Alabama. Watson was charged with two civil […]

Man convicted of stealing $240 from double homicide scene

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:20

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who happened upon a double homicide, didn’t report the deaths and stole $240 cash from the home has been sentenced to two years in prison. The Cape Cod Times ( ) reports that Darryl Green, of Falmouth, was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of larceny. Prosecutors say the […]

Jillian Michaels takes on farm life, parenting in new show

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t get Jillian Michaels started on the chickens. There were supposed to be six but only five showed up when her partner, Heidi Rhoades, cajoled her into collecting them from a loading dock for their farm, where they live with their two kids near Malibu, California. “I was 20 minutes late […]

For Sanders, Iowa is chance to turn revolution into reality

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:11

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders was halfway through his opening statement — a stern, 45-minute lecture on domestic policy leavened with a dash of political pep talk — when he realized the crowd had missed one of his rare attempts at humor. “That was a joke!” he bellowed. Laughter briefly rippled through the […]

Feds probe complaints that Ford Focus doors won’t latch

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:10

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that doors won’t latch properly on about 400,000 Ford Focus compact cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the probe covers cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The agency says 73 drivers have reported problems with latches including […]

Chocolate wars: Nestle loses bid to trademark KitKat shape

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:03

LONDON (AP) — Nestle has lost a long-running court battle to trademark the four-finger shape of its KitKat chocolate bar in Britain. The food giant first tried to register the trademark in 2010, but the application was opposed by rival chocolate maker Cadbury U.K. Ltd. The case was previously dismissed by other courts including the […]

To save its salmon, California turns to genetic matchmaker

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:03

Geneticist John Carlos Garza has become a key figure in California’s effort to preserve its decimated salmon stocks. Using the latest genetic techniques, he and his team decide which individual fish should be bred together.

Rant & Rave: Thanks for a great season, Seahawks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:00

Readers thank Seahawks, complain about 5 a.m. traffic helicopter

US consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in December

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 21:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices fell in December and for 2015 overall, rose by the smallest amount in seven years, reflecting a big drop in energy prices. Consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent last month after a flat reading in November, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. For the entire year, overall inflation was up just […]