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Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:48

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping . The delay, naturally, has sparked […]

Hawaii awards 8 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries but not to actor Woody Harrelson

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:45

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii awards 8 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries but not to actor Woody Harrelson.

2016 NFL Draft: Live Seahawks coverage and analysis of the second and third round

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:37

The Seahawks have four picks on day two of the 2016 NFL Draft. Follow along live for complete coverage and analysis as the second and third rounds unfold.

Postman steals $443,000 in tax refund checks along his route

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:27

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing income tax refund checks worth more than $400,000 from people along his New Jersey mail route. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says Willingboro resident Earl Champagne pleaded guilty Friday to theft of U.S. mail and theft of government money. Champagne delivered mail in […]

First widely available Zika test OK’d for emergency use

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week. The Food and Drug Administration granted the authorization Thursday to the test’s developer, Quest Diagnostics, which said it would make it widely available to doctors for patient testing. […]

Human remains found where ex-pastor said he buried woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 05:01

OCEAN CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have found human remains where a former Florida pastor said he buried a woman’s body nearly five years ago. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Card told The Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/1SUKNhX ) the remains were found Friday in James Ty Flanders’ former backyard in Ocean City. The […]

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:55

U.S. stocks fell Friday as health care and technology companies continued to report weak first-quarter results, but thanks to some late buying, they managed to avoid major losses. On Friday: The Dow Jones industrial average sank 57.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,773.64. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gave up 10.51 points, or 0.5 […]

Ex-sergeant jailed over locked computer in child-porn probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:53

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A now-fired Philadelphia police sergeant has spent seven months in solitary confinement after a judge held him for contempt for failing to unlock his computers in a child-porn investigation. Computer privacy advocates say the government has no right to force Francis Rawls to potentially incriminate himself. But federal prosecutors armed with a […]

Pop classic ‘Baby Baby’ gets Tori Kelly reboot

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:50

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pop classic from the early ’90s, Amy Grant’s hit “Baby Baby,” is getting a reboot 25 years later thanks to Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly. A new version of the song featuring original vocals from Grant and new vocals from the “Should’ve Been Us” singer was released Friday digitally as the […]

Professor puts CV of his failures online to give perspective

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:48

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged. Johannes Haushofer (YO’-hawn HOWS’-haw-fer) writes atop the CV that most of what he tries fails, but those failures are often invisible. The assistant professor of psychology says […]

Lug nuts and $35,000 fine still the talk around Tony Stewart

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:41

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — It’s been an action-packed week for Tony Stewart following his return to a race car after a back injury sidelined him the first eight races of the season. Upon his return, he was promptly fined $35,000 by NASCAR for criticizing the series about safety surrounding lug nuts. He then ran his […]

Navy commander sentenced to 78 months in bribery scandal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:36

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a U.S. Navy commander to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of a prostitute, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor who overbilled the maritime branch by more than $34 million. Captain-select Michael Vannak Khem […]

US places 5 countries on trade monitoring list

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has placed five countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan — on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States. The action was disclosed in a report to Congress, which did not designate any nation as a […]

Parents of boy who vanished in 1997 charged with murder

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:32

HONOLULU (AP) — The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence. The boy’s parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old “Peter Boy” Kema, but prosecutors said there hadn’t been enough […]

60,000-pound whale carcass removed from California beach

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:29

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — It literally was a whale of a job. Crews on Friday finished removing the 60,000-ton carcass of a rotting whale from a Southern California beach. A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off to […]

4 more added to jury pool in trial of boy’s death in hot SUV

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 03:53

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge has approved four more jurors for the jury pool for a trial to decide the fate of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1TjWw3P ) that Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley on Friday […]

Prince death investigation focuses on flight, drugs, doctor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 03:52

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments: ___ INQUIRY INTO EMERGENCY LANDING Questions about Prince’s health surfaced April 15, when his […]

Cleveland Browns owner loses round in deposition fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 03:46

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the truck stop chain where he is president and CEO. Haslam has denied any knowledge of the fraud that has cost Pilot Flying J $177 million in settlements with customers and the government. He […]

Oh smack: Garbage truck hits Alaskan Way Viaduct

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 03:41

A garbage truck hit the Alaskan Way Viaduct around noon Friday, causing police to block off a few blocks to both cars and pedestrians in Belltown.