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China passes law to tighten controls on foreign nonprofits

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:34

BEIJING (AP) — China passed a law Thursday to tighten controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, the latest move by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to national security. The law, adopted by the national legislature, states that foreign NGOs must not endanger China’s national security and ethnic […]

AP Interview: Fukushima plant’s new ice wall not watertight

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:26

TOKYO (AP) — Coping with the vast amounts of ground water flowing into the broken Fukushima nuclear plant — which then becomes radiated and seeps back out — has become such a problem that Japan is building a 35 billion yen ($312 million) “ice wall” into the earth around it. But even if the frozen […]

Lego’s founding family in leadership handover

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:04

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The family that founded and owns Lego, the maker of the popular multi-colored toy building bricks, is reshuffling its top leadership to create a “smooth handover of active ownership to the next generation.” Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the company founder’s grandson, said Thursday he will leave his position as deputy chairman to […]

Migrants: UN secretary general critical of European curbs

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:48

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon on Thursday criticized increasing restrictions on safe have for refugees in Europe, saying they “negatively impact” commitments to international law. Ban did not name any country in his speech to Austria’s lower house of parliament. But considering the venue, his comments appeared to allude at least in part […]

Volkswagen CEO lays out plan to focus on low emissions cars

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:28

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen’s CEO sketched out a wide-ranging transformation of the company on Thursday that will see it focus more on electric vehicles and services like car-sharing as it seeks to get past its scandal over cheating on diesel emissions tests. Matthias Mueller said Thursday that recalling and fixing the cars that were […]

Turkey: 15 detained in connection to suicide bombing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:26

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 15 people in connection with a suicide bomb attack in the northwestern city of Bursa which wounded 13 people, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said. The female attacker blew herself up near an Ottoman-era mosque in Bursa’s historic district on Wednesday. None of the wounded was in […]

LG Electronics’ profit jumps on strong appliance sales

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:18

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. reported a stunning jump in its first-quarter earnings as its high-end home appliance sales offset a loss for its smartphone business. The South Korean company said Thursday it earned 191 billion won ($168 million) in the January-March period, compared with 2 billion won a year earlier. The […]

Home long thought to be Monroe’s turns out to be guest house

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:18

For decades, a modest farmhouse in central Virginia was thought to be what remained of President James Monroe’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia. It turns out, historians were wrong. New evidence suggests the building that has long been billed as the home that the Founding Father lived in beginning in 1799 was actually a guest house […]

Electrolux sees strong rise in first quarter profit

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:15

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux says its first-quarter income rose 158 percent to 875 million kronor ($108 million), citing increasing demand in Europe and North America. Electrolux, the world’s second-largest appliance maker after U.S rival Whirlpool, says sales for the period ending March 31 dropped 3 percent to 28.1 million kronor ($3.5 […]

Bill Tilden: A US tennis hero, but with a morals clause

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:08

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the 1920s and 1930s, Bill Tilden was to tennis what Babe Ruth was to baseball. Honoring him with a historical marker should be an ace — if not for questions about his conduct with teenage boys. Tilden’s athletic accomplishments are hard to overstate. He became the first American to win Wimbledon […]

Republican donors deny Cruz, Kasich needed funds, data show

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential hopefuls sticking it out to keep him from the nomination. Yet such a financial cavalry never arrived for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ignoring their impassioned pleas for financial help. Donors who gave as much as […]

Trump’s mention of ‘woman’s card’ draws backlash

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:50

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton is playing “the woman’s card” has drawn intense backlash, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media. “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ […]

Family of man killed in police shooting leery of grand jury

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:49

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Relatives of a legally armed black musician who was fatally shot by a police officer while waiting for a tow truck said they are “leery” of a local prosecutor’s decision to present the case to a grand jury. The family of Corey Jones issued a statement Wednesday, saying that […]

Gov’t launches new website for student loan borrowers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Education has launched a new website to help people with student loans find a repayment option that best suits their needs. The move is part of an effort the Obama administration is undertaking to enroll an additional 2 million people into repayment programs such as the Pay As You […]

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama’s health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer. Insurers say the law’s coverage has been a financial drain for many of them, and they’re setting the stage for 2017 […]

Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:41

BEIJING (AP) — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions. The monk, Fu Hou, who died in 2012 at age 94 after spending most of his life at the Chongfu Temple on a hill in […]

Video shows British family getting attacked in Thailand

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:40

BANGKOK (AP) — An elderly British couple and their son were savagely attacked during a family vacation in Thailand in the latest blow to the country’s image as a welcoming tourist paradise. Police said Thursday they have arrested three alleged attackers and are looking for one more. A video of the attack was captured by […]

Cruz makes VP pick as GOP race takes another unusual turn

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — An astonishing Republican presidential primary season has taken another unusual turn, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate — even though he’s mathematically unable to become the GOP nominee through the regular voting process. It was the move of a candidate desperate to block Donald Trump, a […]

Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does its stand?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months, and there’s no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety. The administration has already transferred almost $600 million of […]

Warriors reach second round with MVP Stephen Curry sidelined

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:37

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: “Strength in Numbers.” They are bought into this mantra, all right. Now more so than ever with Stephen Curry on the sidelines. Poll a few Warriors and they surely will bring up the defending champions’ […]