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Wednesday TV picks: Dead, corrupt sheriff gets ‘Second Chance’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 23:00

Also airing Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016: “Face Off” on Syfy and “blackish” on ABC.

Gardening trends for 2016 focus on eco-sensitive ways to save water and pets

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 23:00

Garden Media Group’s 2016 trends report suggests creating nurturing habitat by planting trees, shrubs and perennials chosen for function as well as beauty.

White House to ramp up transition planning in early spring

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff says planning for the transition to the next president will ramp up in early spring. Denis McDonough says the process so far has been limited to “getting paper and process in place” to start the transition effort. He says he hasn’t yet spoken to President Barack […]

Russia warns cuts needed to avoid repeat of ’98 crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:44

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s leaders are warning the government will need to make more cutbacks if the nation is to avoid a repeat of the 1998 financial crash, the country’s biggest post-Soviet economic trauma. The economy, which is heavily reliant on its massive oil and gas industry, is getting hammered by the plunge in global […]

Germany charges 4 with forming far-right terror group

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:41

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged three men and one woman with forming a far-right terror group and planning an attack. Federal prosecutors say the four are accused of establishing a “terrorist organization” that went by the name Oldschool Society. In a statement Wednesday, prosecutors said the group planned to use explosives […]

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:34

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has won the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize for work that “epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect.” The award was announced on Wednesday by Tom Pritzker, chairman and president of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize. Aravena, 48, is the first Pritzker […]

Tableau confirms big Kirkland expansion, plans to hire 1,000

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:00

The fast-growing data-visualization company has been busy finding space in Seattle and Kirkland to house its expanding roster of employees.

Mother of ‘advanced’ children fears relatives feel uneasy

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:00

Don’t get caught up in your offspring’s achievements if you want extended family to relax, columnist Carolyn Hax advises.

Widow sues theater employee, company over shooting death

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:59

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — The widow of a Florida man shot and killed during an argument over texting during movie previews has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theater, its developer and one of its employees. Nicole Oulson seeks more than $15,000 and a jury trial. According to the lawsuit filed in Pinellas-Pasco […]

The Latest: Hungary: We can’t take back migrants who left

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:55

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the influx of asylum seekers and other migrants in Europe. All times local: 2:45 p.m. Hungary’s spokesmen says it is “probably going to be impossible” for the country to take back migrants who passed through on their way to Germany. Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told the Associated Press on Wednesday […]

Indian actor arrested for imitating popular religious leader

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:54

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian comic actor has been arrested after he imitated the hugely popular but controversial leader of a religious sect. The Press Trust of India news agency said Kiku Sharda appeared before a magistrate in the northern state of Haryana on Wednesday. He was accused of hurting religious sensibilities, which can […]

Waffle House fires 2 workers for styling hair in kitchen

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:48

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Waffle House says it has fired two employees at one of its Arkansas restaurants after video emerged showing a worker dipping her hair into a pot of water in the restaurant’s kitchen. Antonio Robinson tells Memphis, Tennessee, television station WREG ( ) that his friend found hair in his food […]

Hackers attack Thai court websites to protest sentences

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:37

BANGKOK (AP) — Hackers protesting Thailand’s justice system have attacked official websites in the Southeast Asian nation for the second time this year, replacing or disabling the home pages of many sites affiliated with the court system. A posting on a Facebook account associated with the loosely organized hacker group Anonymous said Wednesday’s attacks were […]

Connecticut man’s body to be removed from veterans’ cemetery

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:13

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — The remains of a Vietnam-era Army veteran are being removed from the Connecticut state veterans’ cemetery because he was convicted of killing three people. State officials acknowledge that Guillermo Aillon, convicted in 1984 of killing his estranged wife and her parents in North Haven in 1972, had no right to be […]

Some Detroit schools closed because of absence of teachers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:09

DETROIT (AP) — Some Detroit schools are closed for the day because of an absence of teachers, although the number is lower than in previous days. The district reported at least five closings Wednesday, compared to about two dozen on Tuesday and more than 60 on Monday, affecting tens of thousands of students. The so-called […]

Ex-patient leaves $2.3M donation for Buffalo-area hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:09

KENMORE, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo-area hospital has received a $2.3 million donation bequeathed by a former patient who lived near the facility. Officials at Kenmore Mercy Hospital say the bequest came last month from the late John Repetski, who died a year ago this week at age 86. The Buffalo native lived for many […]

Cosby seeks to keep court records sealed in defamation suit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:06

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers want materials gathered in a civil defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago kept out of the public eye. A federal magistrate in Massachusetts will hear arguments Wednesday on a confidentiality agreement proposed by lawyers for Cosby, who denies the allegations. […]

Activision taps ‘Hateful Eight’ producer for studio venture

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:02

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Activision Blizzard Inc. is enlisting the producer of “The Hateful Eight” to help lead its TV and film studio as the “Call of Duty” publisher prepares to take on Hollywood. The Santa Monica, California-based video game company announced Wednesday that veteran producer Stacey Sher has been hired to serve as co-president […]

General Motors ups dividend, share buyback on strong outlook

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:02

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will add $4 billion to its stock buyback program and raise its quarterly dividend 6 percent to 38 cents per share. The dividend increase starts in the first quarter, and the share buybacks will run through 2017. Company executives also announced Wednesday that GM expects to make an […]

Police: 2 killed in fight with Burundi security forces

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:00

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Police in Burundi said an army captain and a police brigadier who defected from the security forces have been killed in a gunfight with security forces in the capital. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said Capt. Idi Omar Bahenda and Brig. Jean Claude Niyongabo were killed in in the Kiyenzi zone of […]