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Austria wants to reduce migrant flow to 30,000-40,000 a year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:57

VIENNA (AP) — The latest news on the influx of asylum-seekers and other migrants in Europe. All times local: 8:50 a.m. Ahead of a refugee summit of national and regional government leaders, a senior minister says Austria wants to reduce the number of migrants entering the country to no more than 40,000 a year. Deputy […]

Greenpeace: Air in China 10 percent less polluted last year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:57

BEIJING (AP) — Greenpeace East Asia says average concentrations of air particulates in 189 Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, a sign of decreasing pollution overall even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads. Overall pollution levels in Beijing were down for the second […]

Israeli police arrest Jewish suspect in church vandalism

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:55

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli police say they have arrested a Jewish youth suspected of scrawling anti-Christian graffiti this week at a famous Jerusalem church. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday the 16-year-old was arrested just two days after the vandalism was discovered on Sunday at the Dormition Abbey, where Christian tradition says the […]

Pakistani official says the death toll in attack on a northwestern university has risen to 19

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:49

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani official says the death toll in attack on a northwestern university has risen to 19.

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:36

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State’s relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical. St. Elijah’s Monastery stood as […]

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq is razed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:24

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State’s relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, […]

Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in Indian state

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:21

PANAJI, India (AP) — Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in the Indian state of Goa, where authorities have reclassified them in order to allow farmers to more easily cut them down. Officials say they dropped the cocus nucifer from Goa’s official list of trees in order to help coconut farmers cull old or […]

At least 5 Detroit schools to close amid teacher sick-out

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:21

DETROIT (AP) — At least five schools in Detroit will be closed Wednesday due to a high volume of teacher absences. Detroit Public Schools made the announcement late Tuesday. The Detroit News reports it came shortly after a group called Detroit Teachers Strike to Win warned of school closings Wednesday as teachers continue a so-called […]

Woman killed in bus crash moved to US to be with sons

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:19

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of two women killed when a Greyhound bus overturned on a San Jose highway had recently moved to the United States from the Philippines to be close to her three sons, a family member said. Antonio Olivera said his mother, Fely Olivera, was traveling back home to San Francisco from […]

Kerry visits Switzerland for talks with Russian counterpart

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:19

ZURICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Switzerland for talks with Russia’s foreign minister on Syria and Ukraine. Kerry arrived in Zurich early Wednesday and is hoping to resolve differences with Russia on who is eligible to join U.N.-mediated peace talks for Syria that are due to begin next week. Kerry […]

Russia shows military might in Syria ahead of peace talks

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

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian warplanes are taking off from their base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia as Moscow continues pressing its air blitz days before scheduled peace talks. A pair of Su-25 jets flew past, returning from a mission shortly after sunrise on Wednesday, and air force crews readied combat jets […]

Pakistan police: Death toll in university attack rises to 6, including teacher, student

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

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police: Death toll in university attack rises to 6, including teacher, student.

Oregon standoff leader attends meeting, hears chants of ‘go’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:59

The leader of an armed group who took over a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon weeks ago joined hundreds of area residents at a tense community meeting — listening quietly as many loudly chanted at him to “go.” Ammon Bundy, who has been trying to drum up support for his cause, didn’t speak at […]

Vietnam warns China over oil rig activities

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:54

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam said China has moved an oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea in a move that could result in a repeat the 2014 stand-off between the communist neighbors. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website late Tuesday that Vietnam […]

Q&A: Details about the latest round of bird flu

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:52

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In just a few days, a bird flu virus has led to the deaths of more than 400,000 turkeys and chickens on 10 farms in a southwest Indiana county that’s the state’s largest turkey producer. Here are some questions and answers about the bird flu virus outbreak in Dubois County, about 70 […]

Tuesday’s prep girls basketball results

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:19

Jackie Gutierrez led Spanaway Lake with 17 points and 27 rebounds as the Sentinels defeated Graham Kapowsin in a league match up.

Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas to skip Pro Bowl to rest body

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:17

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night that he will skip the Pro Bowl to get a head start on getting his body healthy for the 2016 season.

Pakistan police say gunmen killed a professor, student in attack on northwestern university

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:13

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police say gunmen killed a professor, student in attack on northwestern university.

Asian stocks sink on US turbulence, weak China growth

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:05

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock prices tumbled Wednesday after the IMF’s lower growth forecast added to anxiety over Wall Street turbulence and a weaker Chinese economy. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 3.7 percent to 16,420.81 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng retreated 3.5 percent to 18,953.96. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.3 percent to 2,968.92 […]

Sam Cunliffe and Keith Smith each score 20 points to pace Rainier Beach past West Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:03

Vikings overcome slow start, and lack of varsity players, to post a 75-59 victory