Seattle Times Headlines

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 […]

A few things to watch at the women’s championship game

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

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some things to watch for Tuesday night when UConn meets Syracuse for the national championship: FOUR-PEAT The Huskies have a really good chance to win a fourth consecutive title, a feat never done before in women’s basketball. UConn won three straight titles from 2002-04 and Tennessee did it from 1996-98. If UConn […]

A historic regular season without a title often rings hollow

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:20

MIAMI (AP) — Golden State, take note. Putting together a historic regular-season is only half the battle for teams trying to etch out a spot in the annals of sports immortality. It doesn’t guarantee a title. If the Warriors break the Chicago Bulls’ single-season win record of 72 set back in the 1995-96 season, they’ll […]

California woman gives up home to care for thousands of cats

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:20

PARLIER, Calif. (AP) — It started with a few kittens. But nearly a quarter century later, a California woman has transformed her 4,000-square-foot home into what’s believed to be the largest no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the U.S. An estimated 24,000 cats have been saved by the sanctuary, which houses up to 1,000 […]

Tax hike vote considered key to Ferguson deal with Justice

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:18

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Implementation of Ferguson’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is at stake Tuesday as voters in the St. Louis suburb consider two tax hike proposals. Mayor James Knowles III said last week that the passage of both a sales and property tax increase is crucial if Ferguson is going to […]

Uncertainties shadow California plan for nation-leading wage

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s decision to push its statewide minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 comes with uncertainties that could see the pay jumps postponed if the economy sours or the state budget slumps, while the overall goal of helping the working poor might be lessened if some employers cut jobs or, worse, leave […]

Myanmar’s former president leaves office, joins monkhood

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 14:06

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s former president Thein Sein has shed his formal attire and his hair to join the Buddhist monkhood. Thein Sein’s ordination as a monk took place Monday, officials said, four days after he presided over a historic transition of power to the former opposition party headed by Aung San Suu Kyi. […]

Cambodian parliament passes disputed trade union law

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:37

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian lawmakers have approved a trade union law that rights groups decried as designed to curb workers’ rights and limit their ability to stage strikes. The law sets rules for creating and running a union and has been fiercely contested by rights groups and garment workers, who have staged repeated […]

Monday’s prep results

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:30

Teagan Eldridge scored a hat trick for the Hornets in an SPSL match up against Lakes.

Jay Wright gets his first national championship with ‘Nova

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:24

HOUSTON (AP) — Jay Wright may still be the best dressed coach in college basketball. Now he has a national championship to go with those expensive suits. Not since Jim Valvano ran around looking for someone to hug has a coach had an ending to a season like this. Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer went through the […]