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Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:54

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has blocked Houston from enforcing tougher clean-air laws over the hub of industrial pollution that makes it one of the smoggiest cities in the U.S. Friday’s ruling is a victory for ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries that sued in 2008 after the nation’s fourth-largest city […]

Pullman’s ‘Independence Day’ call-to-arms lives on

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:53

NEW YORK (AP) — President Thomas J. Whitmore, famed speech-maker and defender of the planet from aliens, has the kind of poll numbers Hilary or Donald dream about. In “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Bill Pullman will reprise his much loved president from the 1996 original. His Whitmore was a relatively small piece of the movie, which […]

Former US Naval Academy instructor faces new charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military is filing new charges against a former U.S. Naval Academy instructor convicted in 2013 of committing indecent acts, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer. The Marine Corps Installations Command announced in a statement Thursday that Maj. Mark Thompson is charged with making a false official statement and conduct unbecoming an […]

Former Allrecipes, Cheezburger execs raise $6 million to build food websites

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:43

Mercer Island-based Fexy Media is building a portfolio of food websites and apps to appeal to millennials.

Photos of the Day: April 29, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:42

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

State Fish and Wildlife northern Olympic coast river steelhead catch data

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:28

BOGACHIEL/QUILLAYUTE RIVER DECEMBER Dec. 1-3: Six bank anglers caught one hatchery steelhead and released one hatchery steelhead for 14.0 hours fished. Dec. 4-6: No effort. River out of fishing shape. Dec. 7-10: Two bank anglers caught one hatchery steelhead and released one hatchery steelhead for 1.3 hours fished. Dec. 11-13: 28 bank anglers caught 10 […]

2 behind Planned Parenthood videos rejecting plea deals

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:27

HOUSTON (AP) — Two anti-abortion activists arrested in connection with making undercover Planned Parenthood videos are rejecting plea deals offering them probation. Sandra Merritt’s attorneys said Friday she won’t settle the case through pretrial diversion, a form of probation that would keep her out of prison and ultimately have the charges dismissed. Attorneys for fellow […]

California man says brother is innocent of parents’ deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:24

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The elder of two sons suspected of killing their parents tells a San Francisco newspaper that his younger brother was not involved in the killings that have unnerved their tight-knit Muslim community. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) that 22-year-old Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi said in a jailhouse interview […]

Pilgrims trace Jesus’ footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:59

JERUSALEM (AP) — Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox pilgrims are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem’s Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross. The Good Friday procession passes along the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, the route believed to have been […]

Board renames Virginia school that honored segregationist

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:58

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia middle school that was named in honor of a prominent segregationist will be renamed for a local historically black village. News outlets report that the Henrico County School Board voted 3-0 Thursday to change the name of Harry F. Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin (kwee-ock-a-sin) Middle School. The board […]

Amazon stock rockets 10 percent after earnings crush expectations

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:56

Amazon’s share price climbed as high as $677.74 Friday.

Report: SC firefighter killed after trying to jump on truck

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:55

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A report from state troopers says a South Carolina firefighter who died last month had tried to jump onto a fire truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol’s incident report said 42-year-old Christopher Ray of Green Sea slipped as he tried to leap onto the truck as it backed up at about […]

NJ Weedman: Officials ‘exaggerated big-time’ in pot charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:54

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities “exaggerated big-time” in charging him with distributing pot. Ed Forchion (FOHR’-chuhn) told The Trentonian ( ) on Thursday that his arrest has given him a platform to continue with his goal of legalizing marijuana. Forchion was arrested Wednesday along with 10 […]

SUV crashes into day care center, pinning toddler

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:53

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say a driver having a medical episode struck several cars and crashed through the wall of a day care center, pinning a toddler beneath the vehicle. Billerica Deputy Police Chief Roy Frost says an SUV driven by a 38-year-old Billerica woman hit the cars, jumped a curb and struck […]

University: Paying $17,570 for dining hall table was mistake

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:44

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef’s table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake. Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques. But word soon got […]

US stocks skid on weak health care results; Europe slumps

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:30

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Friday morning, while markets in Europe and Asia take hefty losses. Health care companies are falling after some weak first-quarter reports and technology companies continue to trade lower after a late plunge a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 104 points, or 0.6 […]

Police criticize BYU investigations into sex assault victims

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:25

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University’s practice of investigating students who have reported being sexually assaulted for violations of the school’s strict code of behavior. Provo’s police chief said Thursday that he’s pleased the Mormon-owned school based in his city is considering changing […]

US consumer sentiment slips in April

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were a bit more downbeat in April. The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid to 89 in April from 91 in March. It is the lowest reading since September and the fourth straight drop. The index stood at 95.9 a year ago. Consumers’ assessment […]

Sister-in-law flips over conflict with son’s birthday

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:00

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax: Her losing her mind over her own mistake does not obligate you to scramble to accommodate her shifting expectations.

Survivals of the US airstrike on the hospital want justice

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:59

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Survivors and the families of those killed in a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz are dismayed that those responsible will not face criminal charges. Zabihullah Neyazi, a nurse who lost his left arm and eye and […]