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Pennsylvania governor bars LGBT discrimination in contracts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:45

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor is barring state contractors and grant recipients from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order Thursday. He says he can’t wait any longer for Republican lawmakers to move on legislation that would ban such discrimination in employment, housing and public […]

Detroit school board names Gov. Snyder in federal lawsuit

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:43

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit school board has named Gov. Rick Snyder in a federal lawsuit that in part blames the district’s deep financial troubles on Michigan’s emergency manager law. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit and seeks class-action status on behalf of about 58,000 students enrolled since 2011. Also named […]

Man says he didn’t get recall notice before air bag death

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:37

HOUSTON (AP) — The brother of a Texas teenager killed when an exploding Takata air bag sent a shard of metal into her neck says he never received a recall notice about his 2002 Honda Civic. Huma Hanif died when she rear-ended a vehicle and the air bag deployed while driving her brother’s car last […]

2 men trampled by bull on the loose in Texas; animal killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:34

ALVARADO, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas have shot and killed a bull that ran loose across Interstate 35 before trampling two people at an auto parts business. Alvarado (al-var-AY’-doh) police on Thursday said officers shot the bull because it posed a deadly threat. Authorities didn’t say who owns the bull or how it got […]

UNC president: Campuses must follow transgender law

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:28

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring all bathrooms to be designated for use by people based on their biological sex, the system president wrote in a memo to chancellors. President Margaret Spellings said in the memo […]

UK’s Cameron says he did profit from dad’s offshore holdings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:28

LONDON (AP) — After days of headlines about his family’s financial affairs, British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Thursday that he profited from shares in an offshore firm set up by his father. Cameron told ITV news that he and his wife, Samantha, sold shares worth 31,500 pounds (currently $44,300) in an offshore fund named […]

Cruz’s ‘New York values’ jab comes back to haunt him

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Ted Cruz’s attempt to upset native son Donald Trump in the Empire State primary has so far turned on three words: “New York values.” Cruz’s use of that phrase as a putdown in a GOP debate in January has hung around his neck like an anchor, particularly in New York City, […]

Workers removing graffiti from exterior of historic mission

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:27

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Vandals spray-painted on the walls of an 18th century Catholic mission, desecrating what it is regarded as a significant architectural remnant from the Southwest’s Spanish colonial era. The vandalism at the San Xavier Mission south of Tucson was discovered in the morning and comes as the church is undergoing multimillion-dollar, yearslong […]

‘Ribbon of colors’ brings joy in Tulip Town

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:24

There was a time when the DeGoede family simply grew flowers — tulips, daffodils and irises. But they saw that people would park on the road shoulders to view their ribbons of color. So, co-owner Jeannette DeGoede thought, why not have parking and let people come to the fields? Back then, nearly four decades ago, […]

Give him a 10: Big debacle for Big Easy at start of Masters

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:51

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters. Twenty-four measly inches. Then, the unimaginable happened. One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. Most Read Stories6 things Costco shoppers need to know before new credit cards arriveStunning photos capture workers who built Space […]

U.S. gymnast and Rio 2016 medal hopeful Simone Biles to debut new floor routine in Everett at Pacific Rim Championships

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:48

Simone Biles, who won a third-consecutive all-around World championship in Scotland last fall, has already been named to the national team and will be competing in her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September.

Google to test self-driving cars in Phoenix area

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:41

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Google is bringing its self-driving vehicles to Phoenix to see how the SUVs perform in Arizona’s sweltering summer. Four of Google’s self-driving vehicles are being driven around Phoenix this week, mapping portions of the metro area ahead of letting the cars loose. Google officials say they will begin having the cars […]

UNC president: Campuses must follow transgender law

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:40

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The president of the University of North Carolina system says the 17 campuses will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring that all bathrooms be designated for use by people based on their biological sex. President Margaret Spellings said in a memo to chancellors that the 16 college […]

Police look for man after Texas student found dead on campus

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:39

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A first-year University of Texas dance student was the victim of a homicide and police are searching for a man seen near the heart of campus, where her body was found. Campus President Greg Fenves identified the victim Thursday as 18-year-old Haruka Weiser from Portland, Oregon. Assistant Austin Police Chief Troy […]

UNC president: Campuses must follow transgender law

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:39

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The president of the University of North Carolina system says the 17 campuses will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring that all bathrooms be designated for use by people based on their biological sex. President Margaret Spellings said in a memo to chancellors that the 16 […]

Arizona rule restricts reporters who reject background check

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:39

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House of Representatives has imposed new security policies that restrict access for journalists who refuse to submit to extensive background checks, drawing objections from news organizations that they are being stifled in trying to do their jobs. The Associated Press and other media organizations objected to the sudden imposition of […]

UN: Over 130 countries will sign climate agreement April 22

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:35

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says a record number of more than 130 countries will sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change at an April 22 ceremony at U.N. headquarters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the ceremony on the first day that the agreement reached in Paris in December opens for signature. The […]

Las Vegas Sands antes $9M to settle corruption case with SEC

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:28

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Sands is paying a $9 million fine to settle a regulatory investigation that painted a sordid picture of the casino owner’s expansion into a gambling mecca in China. The resolution announced Thursday closes a Securities and Exchange Commission probe that began more than five years ago. The corruption case […]

Why Sanders keeps winning but may not be Democratic nominee

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — The standard line in Bernie Sanders’ campaign speeches goes like this: “Despite what the corporate media is telling you, there is a path to the nomination.” If such a track exists, it’s far from clear what it is. Sanders is far behind Hillary Clinton is the race for delegates that will decide […]

Manafort taking on expanded role in Trump campaign

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 02:50

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump is expanding veteran operative Paul Manafort’s role in his campaign amid the increasingly likelihood of a contested Republican convention. The campaign said in a statement Thursday that Trump is “consolidating the functions related to the nomination process” and assigning them to Manafort, who last week was named convention […]