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US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in March, while incomes post solid 0.4 percent gain

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in March, while incomes post solid 0.4 percent gain.

6 officers cleared of doing cavity search without warrant

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:21

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A jury has cleared six Connecticut police officers of allegations that they conducted an illegal body cavity search on a man in 2011. The federal civil rights suit was decided Thursday. The suit filed in 2013 by Derrick Bryant, who had been held on drug charges. He alleged Meriden police performed […]

AP Exclusive: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ coat is up for auction

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:06

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince’s 1984 classic film “Purple Rain” is hitting the auction block. Prince donned the black-and-white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero. “It’s definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that’s ever come up for auction,” said […]

Lawyer: Hole in wall burglary was ‘crime of stupidity’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:03

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to what his attorney called a “crime of stupidity”: burglarizing a neighbor’s home by cutting a hole in the wall between his basement and the neighbor’s. Public defender Anthony Rybak told a Northampton County judge he didn’t see how anyone could think he’d get away […]

Scandal-plagued, Rome is becoming a ‘do it yourself’ city

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:57

ROME (AP) — Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome’s residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber’s banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their […]

Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:54

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages. The lawsuit, filed April 20 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, names JBM Management Inc., which does business as Thee Dollhouse, and its owner William Bullard as […]

Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist’s killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:44

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists have protested to demand Sri Lanka’s government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country’s civil war. Those demonstrating in front of Colombo’s main railroad station on Friday said Dharmeratnam […]

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith join Obama youth initiative

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:20

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are adding their star power to President Barack Obama’s initiative to boost opportunities for vulnerable young Americans. The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation said Friday it will launch a “Careers in Entertainment Tour” to support Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative on its two-year anniversary. In […]

Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per […]

Students upset over school paper’s racially charged cartoon

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:08

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Students at Wesley College in Delaware have expressed outrage over two racially charged cartoons that appeared in the student newspaper last week. The News Journal of Wilmington ( ) reports that one of the cartoons depicted an African-American woman saying she was getting an abortion. The other depicted a black man […]

NYC police: Man offers boy up for sex in Central Park

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:01

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City are looking for a man who they say offered a boy up for sex to a passerby in Central Park. The NYPD says it happened just before midnight Thursday. Police say a 50-year-old man was approached by another man in the park who asked if he […]

4 young girls run away from Florida foster home

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:59

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for four foster children who were discovered missing from their beds during head count at a private foster care home near Tampa. In a news release, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said officials at A Kids Place believe the girls — ages 13, 11, 10 and 4 […]

Helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in western Norway

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:43

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead. Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the helicopter “has crashed, it is totally smashed.” He later said that police could not confirm that they had found […]

Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:39

PATNA, India (AP) — With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people. The eastern state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented […]

French politicians decry violence at Nuit Debout protest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:31

PARIS (AP) — French politicians have decried the violence which erupted at the margins of anti-labor reform protests in Paris and other French cities. At least 150 people have been detained nationwide following protests against reforms, including 24 detained overnight after officers evicted demonstrators from “Nuit Debout” (“Night Rising”) from their encampment in Paris’ Place […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:00

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. 2. WHY […]

Portugal awaits crucial news for its financial future

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:53

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Debt-heavy Portugal is waiting to find out whether it will continue being eligible for vital financial help from the European Central Bank. International ratings agency DBRS is due to announce Friday whether it is keeping its investment grade classification for Portugal’s sovereign debt. Toronto-based DBRS is the only main agency that […]

Spain: Park workers hit on huge Roman coin trove by accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:46

MADRID (AP) — Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum says the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of […]

Nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland sees loss widen

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:41

LONDON (AP) — Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened in the first quarter as the taxpayer-owned bank made its final 1.2 billion-pound ($1.7 billion) payment to the U.K. Treasury as part of a deal to give the government first crack at any profits. The bank, which is 73-percent taxpayer-owned, on Friday reported […]

Michel Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:40

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini has begun his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter. The UEFA president did not speak with reporters Friday after arriving for an 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) closed-door hearing expected to last at […]