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Medicare plan on payment for cancer drugs stirs battle

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor’s office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment. The vehement reaction is raising questions about the government’s ability to tackle high drug costs, the […]

Warrant: Ex-Saints player Will Smith was shot in back, torso

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:41

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot in the back and side, according to a warrant read in court Sunday night before a magistrate set a $1 million bond for the man accused of killing him. Police said Smith, 34, was killed in a case of road rage by […]

Voters embrace Trump for speaking out on unpopular topics

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:35

Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants, Muslim refugees and women who get abortions may eventually be his campaign’s undoing, some analysts say. But don’t tell that to the many supporters such as Titus Kottke, attracted to the Republican front-runner specifically because he shoots from the lip. “No more political correctness,” said Kottke, 22, a […]

UK’s Cameron to take tax plan to Parliament; faces grilling

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:11

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is expecting to face harsh questions in Parliament about his personal investments after releasing some tax information over the weekend. Opposition leaders plan to challenge Cameron Monday over his explanation of his past investment in an offshore account set up by his late father. The fund was […]

Panel to hold clemency hearing for Georgia death row inmate

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:07

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week was neglected and mistreated as a child and has substantial intellectual impairments that have affected his ability to act appropriately, his lawyers wrote in a clemency petition. Kenneth Fults, 47, is set to be put to death Tuesday by injection of the […]

Obama to meet with Fed chair Yellen to discuss US economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. economy improving, President Barack Obama will meet with the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve to discuss the longer-term economic outlook. The White House says the Oval Office meeting Monday with Fed chair Janet Yellen will focus on the state of the American and global economy as well as Wall […]

Greece, creditors in new bid to strike deal in bailout talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:55

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials and representatives of the country’s bailout creditors will have another go at overcoming disagreements on austerity measures, after all-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough. The new meetings are scheduled for Monday afternoon. Greece had been hoping to wrap up the talks with its European creditors and the International […]

Seoul: Senior North Korea military officer defects to South

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:53

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday. The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the […]

Senate poised to vote on judicial nominee for Tennessee

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to vote on one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees — for a court in Tennessee. Amid the election-year fight over filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Senate is moving ahead on the nomination of Waverly Crenshaw to be U.S. district judge for the Middle District […]

Candidates with the muscle could alter GOP convention rules

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-two rules govern the Republican Party and how it picks a presidential candidate. Yet with the nomination potentially up for grabs at July’s GOP convention, one reality prevails: Delegates can change their procedures to help or hurt any candidate they want. Front-runner Donald Trump has 743 of the 1,237 delegates needed to […]

‘Cuban Twitter’ fallout found relief in FOIA’s glacial pace

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. officials dealt with the fallout of the government’s once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program, they had one thing on their side: notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act. The government didn’t have copies of the documents, which formed the basis of an Associated Press investigation detailing a program on which […]

Trump cries foul over process as he presses campaign forward

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:30

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is blasting the way the country chooses presidential party nominees as “corrupt” and “crooked” as he grapples with the potential of a brokered convention that he risks losing. Speaking to thousands packed in a frigid airport hangar in western New York on Sunday, Trump ripped the […]

Forget the drought, Thailand’s national water fight is on

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:25

BANGKOK (AP) — Drought? What drought? Bring out the water guns! Thailand may be going through its driest period in 20 years. But the country’s military government wants visitors from around the globe to know that the biggest water fight in the world is still on. So, get your buckets, hoses and other gear ready […]

Police continue searching for slain woman’s 2-year-old girl

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:24

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The search is ongoing for the missing 2-year-old daughter of a San Francisco woman found slain last week. Police said Arianna Fitts is considered at risk because she’s so young and because her 32-year-old mother Nicole Fitts was a homicide victim. Police released photos about the toddler on Saturday, a day […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:08

“What they’re trying to do is subvert the movement with crooked shenanigans. We’re supposed to be a democracy.” — Donald Trump to supporters in Rochester, New York, lamenting that the delegate process is unfair. ___ “It is a dirty war which is unpleasant for France, for Belgium, or for the other nations in western Europe, […]

AP-GfK Poll: Clinton has edge over Trump on range of issues

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stark warning for Donald Trump as he eyes a possible general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, Americans trust the Democratic front-runner more than the Republican businessman to handle a wide range of issues — from immigration to health care to nominating Supreme Court justices. Even when asked which of the […]

Police hunt suspects in India temple fire that killed 110

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:41

PARAVOOR, India (AP) — Medical teams on Monday tended to hundreds of people injured in a massive fire that killed at least 110 people, while authorities searched for those responsible for illegally putting on the fireworks display that caused the weekend blaze at a Hindu temple in southern India. Amid the burnt out wreckage of […]

Bombing of Afghan government employee bus kills 1 in Kabul

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:37

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least one person has been killed when a bomb ripped through a bus carrying education ministry employees to work in the capital, Kabul. Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi of the Interior Ministry says five people were wounded in Monday’s blast. He says the explosion was caused by a […]

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China alarms 2 other Asian nations

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:32

Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors who all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China’s recent construction of artificial islands complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing’s vast territorial […]

Suit: US grouse protections driven by politics, not science

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:26

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rural Nevadans suing to block the Obama administration’s greater sage grouse protection plan say a trail of internal government documents they cite in a new federal court filing shows politics was the driving force behind a pre-determined policy that flies in the face of its experts’ own best science. The latest […]