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What to watch for in 2016: Rising Michigan; Texas hot seats

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:21

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There is no reason to ask whether Alabama can contend for another national championship under Nick Saban in 2016. It is practically a foregone conclusion. Alabama has become the surest thing in sports. In the last seven years, Nick Saban’s team has won more national championships than it hasn’t and only […]

Obama reaches for upbeat outlook in final State of the Union

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver a final State of the Union address Tuesday brimming with optimism — far more than most Americans possess. After six years of pitching ambitious proposals in his annual speech to Congress, Obama plans to take a rhetorical step back this year as he opens the final stretch […]

Questions and answers about the State of the Union address

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the tradition of a State of the Union address began in the late 18th century, only a few presidents have not delivered their final speech in person. Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter all sent written copies of their speeches to Congress. Barack Obama doesn’t want to be No. […]

Wanda, buyer of studio behind Batman, is new leisure power

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:17

HONG KONG (AP) — Wanda Group’s takeover of the U.S. studio behind hit films such as “Batman” and “Inception” is the latest in a slew of acquisitions for its billionaire chairman Wang Jianlin, who has ambitious plans to turn the company into a global leisure and entertainment powerhouse. Besides film studio Legendary Entertainment, Wanda has […]

Canadian held by Taliban released in remote Afghan district

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:10

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official described on Tuesday the dramatic scene surrounding the release the previous day of a Canadian hostage held by the Taliban for five years — a scene that involved a helicopter landing to scoop the captive to freedom as fighter jets flew overhead in a remote district in Afghanistan. […]

Bowe Bergdahl court hearing set at North Carolina Army base

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:02

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returning to a military courtroom in North Carolina as he faces charges stemming from walking off his Army outpost in Afghanistan. An Army judge is holding pre-trial hearing Tuesday at Fort Bragg ahead of an expected court-martial this summer on charges of desertion and misbehavior before […]

AP News Guide: A look at the record Powerball drawing

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:29

Buying a Powerball ticket now offers the chance to daydream about spending the largest lottery jackpot in the world — some $1.4 billion. Ticket sales were brisk before Saturday’s $949.8 million drawing, and the interest has only grown since then in the 44 participating states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin […]

Powerball prize invites myths, misconceptions about lottery

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:26

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday’s Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant as the convenience-store kiosks offering tickets for the record-breaking jackpot. The inquiries include many myths and misconceptions about the winners, the prize money and the system that decides them. A look […]

Latest: Release of ‘affluenza’ teen’s mom expected Tuesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:17

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The latest on Tonya Couch, the mother of a Texas teen who used an “affluenza” defense in a drunken wreck (all times local): 1 a.m. The mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense after killing four people in a drunken wreck has posted a reduced bond and […]

Detroit mayor to tour schools after teachers’ complaints

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:10

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s mayor will tour some of the city’s public schools amid so-called sick-outs by teachers that at times have forced some schools to shut down. Mayor Mike Dugan will visit the schools with city health and buildings officials on Tuesday morning after complaints from the district teachers union that some have mold […]

Indonesian court begins hearing for jailed radical cleric

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:10

CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has heard the start of an appeal by jailed radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to have his conviction overturned. The 77-year-old leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network filed a judicial review of his 2011 conviction when he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for setting […]

Philippine court OKs pact allowing US troops in local camps

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:10

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ Supreme Court has declared as constitutional a 2014 defense pact that allows American forces, ships and planes to temporarily station in local military camps. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te says a majority of the justices also ruled Tuesday that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement is an executive agreement that […]

The Latest: Detroit mayor to tour schools after complaints

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:08

DETROIT (AP) — The latest on teacher complaints about Detroit public schools (all times local): 1 a.m. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan plans to tour some public school buildings following complaints by a teachers union about rodent infestations and mold. Duggan says in a statement that based on what is found during Tuesday’s tour, “the city […]

Putin: too early to speak about sheltering Assad in Russia

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:01

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that it would be too early to speak about granting political asylum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Putin ally and arguably the main obstacle in the Syrian peace process. Russia began carrying out air strikes on the positions of Islamic State fighters in September […]

Final Top 25: Alabama wins 10th AP national title

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:00

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alabama won its 10th Associated Press national championship following its 45-40 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game on Monday night. The Crimson Tide have now won four national titles in the past seven years, all under coach Nick Saban. His other titles at Alabama came in 2009, […]

Vancouver Canucks end Florida Panthers’ winning streak at 12 games

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:58

Daniel Sedin scored his second goal of the night on a power play at 2:21 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks stopped the Florida Panthers’ winning streak at 12 games with a 3-2 victory.

Chinese stocks fluctuate, fueling Asian market volatility

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:50

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks seesawed Tuesday as worries lingered over the country’s financial markets and its economic outlook, fueling volatility in other Asian benchmarks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 reopened after a holiday, falling 2.7 percent to 17,214.87 as the index caught up with losses the previous day on other Asian markets. […]

Jury selection to start in real estate agent killing trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:44

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged in the killing of a central Arkansas real estate agent says he doesn’t expect to have trouble seating jurors despite extensive media coverage of the case. Jury selection is to begin Tuesday in the trial of 35-year-old Arron Lewis, who pleaded not guilty to […]

Starvation suspected in massive die-off of Alaska seabirds

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:42

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seabird biologist David Irons drove recently to the Prince William Sound community of Whittier to check on a friend’s boat and spotted white blobs along the tide line of the rocky Alaska beach. He thought they were patches of snow. A closer look revealed that the white patches were emaciated common […]

Nurses reunite, with roles switched, decades later

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:35

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lynn Bartos always had a good feeling about the soft-spoken nurse who would greet her warmly at the Milwaukee-area infusion clinic where she got treatments for rheumatoid arthritis pain. It turned out the two had a far deeper connection. “I think somewhere inside of me there was something saying, ‘There’s something familiar […]