Seattle Times Headlines

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 […]

In Australia, surfing soothes asylum-seekers’ fears of sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:10

SYDNEY (AP) — They gather under the blazing sun and blue skies of an Australian beach, looking out at the water that once symbolized so much misery: Terrifying boat trips marked by sickness and death and the constant dread that their own lives might be nearing the end. But today, the sea will become their […]

Arcidiacono grew up Villanova fan, becomes Final Four MVP

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:09

HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Arcidiacono grew up outside of Philadelphia as a Villanova fan, and then played more games than any else ever has for the Wildcats. In his last game, with his last pass, he became a national champion and a Final Four MVP. The unselfish point guard was dribbling toward the basket with […]

Officials: Amtrak engineer hit brakes seconds before crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:09

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The engineer of an Amtrak passenger train applied the emergency brakes five seconds before it struck a backhoe sitting on the same track, killing the backhoe operator and a track supervisor, federal officials said. The train was going 106 miles per hour in a 110 mph zone, the National Transportation Safety […]

Boy, 15, charged in Ohio school shooting set for hearing

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:06

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in an Ohio school cafeteria is set for a pretrial hearing on charges including attempted murder. James Austin Hancock is due in court Tuesday. His attorney entered pleas of not guilty on the boy’s behalf last month in Butler County Juvenile […]

Court to hear appeal from condemned Ohio serial killer of 11

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is set to hear arguments that defense attorneys wasted time challenging evidence against a Cleveland man who killed 11 women and hid the remains in and around his home, and should have focused instead on sparing him from a death sentence. New lawyers for Anthony Sowell say […]

Villanova wins title on Jenkins’ 3 at buzzer

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:55

Kris Jenkins overcame the shock of watching North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch three-pointer to tie it by spotting up behind the right side of the arc and draining a three-pointer of his own at the buzzer to lift Villanova to a 77-74 victory and the national championship Monday night.

Fire latest blow to NYC area’s once-thriving pigeon keepers

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:51

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn fire last week that wiped out a pigeon keeper’s flock of 500 birds was the latest blow to a working-class pastime that has dwindled from the days it was a passion of a young Mike Tyson and Marlon Brando’s character in “On the Waterfront.” Rising rents and gentrification have […]

NOAA accepting final comments on new illegal seafood rules

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:33

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators who are hoping to crack down on illegal fishing imports are closing the public comment period on proposed new rules. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has supported changes that would create a new system to collect data about commercial fishing catch. The new rules would also track […]

China squelches Panama reports on hidden wealth

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:28

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Internet censors and state media outlets are squelching reports on hidden wealth drawn from documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm that name relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians, including President Xi Jinping. Searches for articles on websites and social media postings featuring the words “Panama documents” could not be […]

Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:07

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network. The feature rolling out Tuesday on Facebook’s iPhone app interprets what’s in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence that […]

Panama rejects money-launder label following documents leak

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:05

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanians have long shrugged off their country’s checkered reputation as a financial haven for drug lords, tax dodgers and corrupt oligarchs. If they’re crooks, they’ve learned from the world’s wealthy nations, they like to joke. That same defensiveness has re-emerged amid the fallout from the leak of 11.5 million confidential documents […]

Israel protest UN ban on exhibition

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:59

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is protesting the U.N.’s decision to ban panels on Jerusalem and Arab Israelis from an exhibition at the United Nations on various aspects of the country and the heritage of the Jewish people. Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon initially protested that three panels with photos and text had been barred […]

Cougars center Izundu to transfer to new school

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:51

Izundu played only his redshirt junior season for the Cougars, having first transferred from the University of Houston prior to the 2014-15 season, which he sat out per NCAA transfer rules.

Washington men lead Redhawk Invitational by 12 strokes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:50

Frank Garber leads at 7over-par 149 and teammate Jonathan Sanders is tied for second at 8 over.