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Obama going back to school on Garland nomination

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stalled nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is giving President Barack Obama a chance to do what he says he’s missed: go back to school. Obama was returning to the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday to argue his case for why the Senate should give Garland […]

AP PHOTOS: The ephemeral beauty of Japan’s cherry blossoms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:31

TOKYO (AP) — The blossoms are out, in an explosion of pink, a drab day transformed. Japan’s cherry blossoms, or “sakura” in Japanese, never cease to inspire. The gnarled trees bloom before they have leaves, their thin branches spilling over with delicate pink-white blossoms and nothing else. For more than a week, they have brightened […]

Cruz’s winning ways have yet to win over fellow GOP senators

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz is increasingly winning over voters to his presidential bid. He’s still not winning over fellow Republican senators. The Texas Republican is notorious for alienating his colleagues with tactics including pushing a fruitless government shutdown in 2013 and accusing the Senate majority leader of lying. They’re now paying it back […]

2 finalists set for last ‘American Idol’ showdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:14

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” is down to the last two finalists in the show’s history. La’Porsha Renae or Trent Harmon will be crowned this season’s winner as the Fox singing contest ends its 15-year-run Thursday. A third contestant, Dalton Rapattoni of Dallas, received the fewest number of viewer votes and was eliminated from […]

Offshore accounts are for more than laundering money

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:07

Offshore accounts conjure images of bad behavior by the rich and shady, and for good reason: they have been used to dodge taxes, fund organized crime and facilitate corruption. But many people use offshore accounts for more than just hiding bribes and laundering money. Really. And offshore accounts can be financial tools for more than […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:02

“There will be more and more meat on the bone as we go forward.” — Barry Bennett, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, on how the billionaire businessman would soon begin to deliver a series of speeches on his policy priorities if elected president. ___ “I’m happy. America is the country of freedom and democracy, […]

‘Hardcore Henry’: GoPro puts you, the superhero, in the action

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:00

Movie review of “Hardcore Henry”: This action film was shot with GoPro cameras, making you the protagonist — a souped-up hyper-athletic killing machine.

‘Demolition’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s eyes say it all in powerful look at grief

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:00

Movie review of “Demolition”: Thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a man trying to cope with the sudden death of his wife, this drama is a powerful meditation on the unhinging effects of deep grief. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.

Who’s ‘The Boss’? Melissa McCarthy — sorta

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:00

“The Boss”: Melissa McCarthy plays a disgraced billionaire getting back on her feet in this disappointing comedy. 1.5 stars out of 4.

Just for you, readers: 5 books to put a library hold on — now

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:00

Take note of these five books coming out in May and June by Don De Lillo, Richard Russo, Annie Proulx, Mary Roach and Siddhartha Mukherjee.

State lawmakers don Alaska Native garments to honor culture

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:21

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Every Friday during the Alaska legislative session, a growing group of state lawmakers trades suit coats and sweater sets for a loose-fitting traditional Alaska Native garment commonly called a kuspuk (KUH’-spuhk). The kuspuk cuts vary almost as much as the trim chosen by the seamstress. Some have long sleeves, or are […]

Two men escape from Western State Hospital, believed to be threat to public

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:12

Authorities urge anyone who sees the men to not contact them and immediately call 911.

Fire on California-Arizona border leads RV parks to evacuate

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:03

NEEDLES, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire driven by gusty winds erupted in western Arizona on Wednesday and jumped the Colorado River into California, devouring more than 2 square miles of brush and prompting the evacuation of a resort and RV parks before the flames began to ease, authorities said. The fire that began before dawn […]

Panama Papers leaks name prominent China political families

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:00

BEIJING (AP) — The Panama Papers document leak reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists names family members of eight present or past members of China’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, including the brother-in-law of president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and a distant relative of the founder of the communist state, Mao Zedong. […]

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street, oil gains

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:46

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a losing streak and oil prices surged. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.9 percent to 3,023.64 points while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 was unchanged at 15,727.81. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng held steady at 20,204.11 and Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.2 percent […]

Fort Hood soldier arrested in assault of fellow soldier

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:44

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (AP) — A Fort Hood soldier has been arrested after police say he and another man assaulted a female soldier at an off-post party. The soldier turned himself in Tuesday. Copperas Cove police say they responded Sunday morning to a Fort Hood medical center after an assault was reported. Police say the […]

Student activist hacked, shot to death in Bangladesh

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:41

NEW DELHI (AP) — Three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked and shot a student to death as he was walking with a friend in the capital of Bangladesh, police said Thursday. The killing on Wednesday night follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed allegedly by the […]

Wednesday’s prep results

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:27

Brandon Gonzalez supplied a pair of assists and a goal of his own to power the Ravens past Peninsula.

How high? How fast? How much? 5 questions about jetpacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:09

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Some things about jetpacks that you didn’t know you needed to know: WHAT IS A JETPACK, EXACTLY? The word “jetpack” is really a misnomer when it comes to the device being developed by the Martin Aircraft Co. That’s because the Martin Jetpack gets its lift from twin ducted fans — […]

A jetpack nears liftoff, but creator fears dream is grounded

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:05

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Glenn Martin was sitting in a bar with his college buddies 35 years ago when they got to wondering: What ever happened to flying cars and jetpacks? The next day, the New Zealander began looking for answers in the science library, triggering a lifelong quest to build a jetpack. But […]