Seattle Times Headlines

Hearings set in 2 cases in Charleston church shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 16:26

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge is holding hearings in two cases stemming from the shooting deaths of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Tuesday discusses with attorneys the status of the cases against both Dylann Roof and Joey Meek. No date for either […]

Azerbaijan says 16 killed in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 16:23

TERTER, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan says 16 troops have been killed and more injured in the past two days of fighting against separatists in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Fighting in what was a dormant conflict for over two decades erupted over the weekend with each side blaming the other for the escalation and using […]

Funeral to be held for Virginia trooper slain at bus station

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 16:16

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Mourners will gather to remember a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a Richmond Greyhound bus station. A funeral for Trooper Chad P. Dermyer will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton. A private burial will follow in Gloucester County. Authorities […]

IMF chief Lagarde: Global economy losing momentum

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 16:01

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the global economy is losing momentum and urging governments to take action to preserve the recovery. Christine Lagarde said in a speech Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, that “the recovery remains too slow, too fragile.” She said that the global economy isn’t […]

India’s central bank cuts key lending rate to 6.5 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:47

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Tuesday cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point and hinted at other measures to boost liquidity and spur economic growth. The Reserve Bank of India reduced its repo rate to 6.5 percent. This is the rate at which the central bank lends […]

GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama’s health care law and tax credits for children of immigrants living in the country illegally. But cuts to programs like food stamps are on hold and a drive […]

Cruz aims to extend Trump’s bad week with Wisconsin win

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz aims to use Wisconsin’s presidential primary to extend Donald Trump’s recent rough stretch on the campaign trail. Bernie Sanders would like to administer some tough medicine of his own to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the state. At the end of the night, the two parties’ front-runners still will be […]

Mobile chat apps Line, Kakao flourishing among young Asians

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:38

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Forget Facebook and Twitter. Two of Asia’s biggest social media players, Kakao Talk and Line, are growing by making mobile messaging apps an integral part of the lives of young Asians who prefer to communicate more privately instead of shouting out in virtual arenas and risking troubles with trolls — […]

US says Iran forces pulling back in Syria; others say no

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said Monday it has […]

Germany: factory orders unexpectedly lower in February

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:33

BERLIN (AP) — Factory orders in Germany, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy, fell unexpectedly in February because of lower foreign demand and a below-average number of bulk orders. The Economy Ministry said Tuesday orders were down 1.2 percent compared with the previous month. Economists had expected a 0.2 percent gain. However, the January […]

Asian stocks fall after Wall Street decline

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:24

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Tuesday following a decline on Wall Street, as falling oil prices and a stronger yen hurt regional investor sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 2.4 percent to finish at 15,732.82. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.8 percent to 1,962.74. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.5 percent […]

1 good shot deserves another, and Villanova comes out on top

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:14

HOUSTON (AP) — Some plays you can’t draw up. Other plays you can. The double-clutch 3-pointer North Carolina’s Marcus Paige made came right off a playground. It might go down as college basketball’s most spectacular footnote ever. The buzzer-beating 3 that Villanova’s Kris Jenkins poured in on top of that was the result of months, […]

Detroit man accused of sex trafficking, producing child porn

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:11

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused a Detroit man of producing and distributing child pornography and running a sex trafficking operation involving four women, including one victim authorities say they found chained inside a home. Ryon L. Travis, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment in U.S. District Court and was returned to […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 15:03

“We hope that it will galvanize political leadership to actually walk the talk. … You can now see the names of the people.” — Casey Kelso, advocacy director at anti-corruption organization Transparency International in Berlin, after a leak of millions of documents from a Panama-based law firm raised questions about the use of shell companies […]

A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:52

HOUSTON (AP) — The NCAA Tournament started on March 15 with Florida Gulf Coast handing Fairleigh Dickinson a 96-65 beatdown. It ended three weeks later with a game that will be talked about for decades — Villanova’s 77-74 victory over North Carolina on Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer at the buzzer. Exactly 33 years after North Carolina […]

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:39

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2 1/2 year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. A commission […]

Afghan warlord changes his conditions for peace with Kabul

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:31

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A representative of a notorious Afghan warlord who lives in hiding says he has dropped his key condition for ending his war of more than 40 years with Kabul. Amin Karim, an official of the Hezb-i-Islami Party, says its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is no longer demanding that all foreign troops leave […]

Things to know: The next step in California’s drought

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:30

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some residents of drought-stricken California who let their lawns turn brown and took shorter showers could soon get some relief, while others may continue to feel the pain. In the coming months, state officials will undertake a monumental task of rewriting conservation orders for a fifth year of drought. The challenge […]

San Francisco poised to vote on full paid leave for parents

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:28

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is voting on whether to require six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — a move that would be a first for any jurisdiction. The state already allows workers to receive 55 percent of their pay for up to six weeks to bond […]

Taylor improbably returns to Augusta with a new appreciation

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:25

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The last time Vaughn Taylor was at Augusta National, he needed a ticket to get through the gates. With his career in shambles, he had just about given up on the idea of returning to the Masters as a player. So, he attended with his young son. “We thought it would […]