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Federal agencies review North Carolina law’s impact on aid

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 02:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is reviewing whether a new North Carolina law curbing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people could affect the flow of federal aid to the state. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says federal agencies are leading the review of the new law’s impact on federal policies. He says the White House […]

AP DERBY TOP 10: It’s still Nyquist, of course

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 02:10

NEW YORK (AP) — And now, a few words about undefeated horses running in the Kentucky Derby — Nyquist, specifically. After the 3-year-old colt blew away now once-beaten Mohaymen in winning the Florida Derby on Saturday, Nyquist boosted his record to 7-for-7. The son of Uncle Mo again proved more than worthy of his No. […]

San Francisco again ranked most expensive US city for business travel

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 02:09

Daily spending of $547 average in trade report.

Mississippi chamber opposes religious-exemptions bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:32

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious-objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk. Mississippi Economic Council President Blake Wilson sent a statement to The Associated Press saying House Bill 1523 conflicts with the organization’s non-discrimination policy. Businesses including Nissan North America, Toyota, Chevron, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and […]

Pregame notes: The Mariners finally open the 2016 season

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:24

Mariners manager Scott Servais discussed the lineup, the American League West and his readiness for opening day. Also video, lineups, game notes and starting pitcher vs. hitter matchups

Obama says NATO alliance remains key to collective security

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday called NATO “the linchpin” of U.S. security policy and a critical ally in the fight against terrorism, indirectly countering Republican Donald Trump’s recent claims that the 67-year-old alliance is obsolete. Speaking after an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Obama praised the alliance’s contributions […]

California court mulls whether employers must offer seating

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:16

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s Supreme Court is set to clarify the state’s rules for determining when employers must provide workers with a place to sit. The court’s opinion, expected Monday, stems from lawsuits brought by cashiers at the CVS drugstore chain and tellers at Chase Bank who said they were wrongly not provided with […]

Senegal takes in 2 Libyan prisoners from Guantanamo

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:14

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal has agreed to take in two Libyans who spent nearly 14 years in custody at the U.S. base in Cuba without charge, becoming the second country in West Africa to accept former detainees, officials said Monday. Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby, 55, and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour, who records […]

Lawsuit challenges approval of Montana copper, silver mine

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:10

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and potentially harm a species of trout protected under federal law. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Missoula challenges […]

Greece, creditors resume bailout talks amid leak dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:09

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government started a new round of austerity talks with bailout creditors Monday amid a dispute over a wiretapped and leaked conversation between foreign officials involved in the Greek rescue negotiations. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos met representatives of Greece’s European creditors and the International Monetary Fund, following a two-week Easter break. […]

AP source: Pirates, outfielder Polanco agree to extension

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:08

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up promising outfielder Gregory Polanco well into the next decade. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the 24-year-old right fielder has agreed to a contract extension that will begin at the start of the 2017 season. The deal includes two club options for […]

A $150 fee to “redeposit” my miles? Come on, American Airlines

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:02

Diane Downs wants to change her flight after the location of her son’s Army promotion ceremony changes. Why does she have to fork over an extra $150? .

AP Interview: Turkish Cypriot head: Gas may fund peace deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 01:00

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ potential wealth from newly-found offshore gas reserves could be used to partly fund a costly deal reunifying the ethnically-divided island, the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots said Monday. Mustafa Akinci said natural gas could boost energy cooperation between Israel, Cyprus and Turkey and foster peace in a tumultuous region, […]

Microsoft will power Toyota venture for auto data

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:22

Microsoft’s network of data centers will power Toyota’s new venture for connected cars, the company’s latest inroads in the realm of next-generation automotive technologies.

Indiana University: Sexual misconduct review finds no bias

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:22

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University says a review of sexual misconduct cases handled by its former student ethics director has found that they were conducted without “bias or undue influence.” A retired Indiana University law professor reviewed 17 sexual misconduct cases presided over by Jason Casares during the past academic year. Casares resigned in February […]

Duke’s Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft after 1 season

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:19

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Brandon Ingram has made it official — he’s the latest one-and-done player to come through Duke. The freshman announced his decision Monday in a first-person story posted on The Players’ Tribune website. Duke spokesman Cory Walton said Ingram is hiring an agent and is staying in the draft. The Kinston, North […]

MGM bets on live events with T-Mobile Arena, new theater

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:18

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest multi-million dollar development on the Las Vegas Strip features a leafy outdoor pedestrian area, 20,000 seat arena and small theater. It’s a move to double-down on events and live entertainment that marks yet another significant pivot away from gambling in Sin City. This week, MGM Resorts International begins unveiling […]

Newly found footage shows notorious British spy Kim Philby

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:16

LONDON (AP) — Notorious British spy Kim Philby is shown in newly uncovered footage telling members of East Germany’s intelligence service that stealing top-level secrets and betraying your country is as simple as having a few drinks with the right person. The film of his 1981 talk was posted online by the BBC on Monday […]

Kenya set to burn 106 tons of ivory and rhino horn

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:09

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan wildlife authorities Monday started moving at least 105 tons of ivory and 1 ton of rhino horn in preparation for the torching of the items at the end of the month to discourage ivory and rhino horn trade believed to be fueling poaching of elephants and rhinos. In a musty […]

Leaks about offshore accounts leave Russians unimpressed

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 00:06

MOSCOW (AP) — In the list of presidents, prime ministers, sheikhs, billionaires and other magnates cited in a sweeping worldwide investigation into hidden assets in offshore accounts, there was an odd man out: A Russian cellist. Up until now, 64-year-old Sergei Roldugin was known only in the Russian music community — as a People’s Artist […]