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New federal rules give patients easier access to health records

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 06:48

In new guidelines, the Obama administration says doctors and hospitals cannot require patients to state a reason for requesting their health records and cannot deny access out of a concern that patients might be upset by the information.

Actor, California lawmaker fight bogus memorabilia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 06:33

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has seen it time and time again: “Star Wars” fans with movie posters and other memorabilia that they believe were signed by him. The autograph often turns out to be bogus. Weary of seeing fans victimized by unscrupulous dealers, Hamill has teamed up with California Assemblywoman […]

NFL Latest: Pats center Stork out with ankle injury

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 06:07

The Latest from NFL wild-card games Sunday. (All times EST) 5:20 p.m. New England center Bryan Stork is questionable to return against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ankle injury. Backup David Andrews took Stork’s place early in the second quarter. Most Read StoriesRussell Wilson’s sister, Anna, makes her own name as a Bellevue High […]

Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 06:03

DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big […]

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman makes tackling a bigger part of his game this season

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 06:00

Of all the things Sherman has been associated with over the years, tackling usually has not been high on the list. But this year he has made it a priority.

Five Seahawks to watch against the Carolina Panthers Sunday: Marshawn Lynch leads the list

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:37

Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor and Jermaine Kearse are on our list of five Seahawks particularly intriguing to watch against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Texas chemical plant explosion leaves 1 worker dead, 3 hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:37

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Officials say an explosion at a Houston-area chemical plant has left one worker dead and three hurt. Pasadena police say the tank accident happened Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant. A statement from Philadelphia-based PeroxyChem says the workers were doing a routine function when the contractor’s equipment exploded. A contractor […]

How your members of Congress voted

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:26

WASHINGTON — Here’s how the state’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 15. House Mountaintop-removal coal mining By a vote of 235 for and 188 against, the House on Jan. 12 passed a GOP-sponsored bill (HR 1644) that would shelve a new federal rule aimed at protecting streams and […]

Who let the dog out? Chihuahua from Texas found in Georgia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:20

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Humane Society says a lost dog from Texas has been reunited with its owner after being found 800 miles away in Georgia. Local news media report that the five-pound Chihuahua named Coco was reunited Friday evening with his owner Amanda Benton, who traveled from Arlington, Texas. A volunteer from the […]

Obama signs emergency order over Flint water

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:18

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Saturday that clears the way for federal aid for Flint, Michigan, which is undergoing a drinking water crisis. The White House also said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will coordinate all disaster relief efforts to “alleviate the hardship and suffering” on residents. FEMA has been […]

Aerosmith drummer’s new coffee shop to open in April

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:17

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A rock ‘n’ roll-themed coffee shop owned by Aerosmith’s drummer is on schedule to open in the spring. The Sun Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1P6r39i ) Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ & Roastin’ Cafe is expected to open its doors in April. It will be located in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, about 40 miles outside […]

Cher donates thousands of bottles of water to troubled Flint

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:15

NEW YORK (AP) — Cher is donating water to the residents of Flint, Michigan, as the city struggles with a drinking water crisis linked to lead contamination. More than 180,000 bottles will be shipped to the city starting Monday, according to a statement Cher released to The Associated Press on Saturday. “This is a tragedy […]

Trump slams Cruz as a hypocrite

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:10

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is slamming Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz as a “great hypocrite” for tapping big financial institutions for loans while portraying himself as an anti-establishment outsider. Trump kept the new feud between the two front-runners alive in New Hampshire and on Twitter before a tea party convention in South […]

GOP candidates praise prisoner release, hit Obama on Iran

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:09

The release of four Americans detained by Iran won praise on Saturday from several Republicans running for president, along with condemnation of the Obama administration for its dealings with the Islamic Republic. There were exceptions, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul saying he was pleased “our government did not sit idly by” as Iran held pastor […]

Seahawks’ playoff win, Marshawn Lynch, Ken Griffey Jr.: Times readers sound off

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:08

Seattle Times letters to the sports editor for the week.

Celine Dion’s brother dies just days after her husband

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 04:45

MONTREAL (AP) — Pop singer Celine Dion has suffered another loss just days after the death of her husband, Rene Angelil, from cancer. Celine Dion’s representative Kim Jakwerth released a statement that the singer’s brother, Daniel Dion, 59, died Saturday surrounded by his family after battling cancer for several years. The statement said he died […]

Kings lock up center Anze Kopitar with 8-year, $80M contract

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 04:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Kings on Saturday, keeping Los Angeles’ franchise center with the club through the 2023-24 season. After months of negotiations, Kopitar’s agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the terms of the contract, which makes Kopitar one of the NHL’s highest-paid players. Kopitar […]

The Latest: Cher donates bottled water to Flint

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 04:14

The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Cher is donating bottled water to the residents of Flint struggling to obtain safe water amid a lead contamination crisis. The entertainer and Icelandic Water are contributing more than 181,000 bottles of water to help alleviate what she called a […]

Rescuers search for 12 Marines from downed helicopters

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 04:09

HONOLULU (AP) — The latest in the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local): 10 a.m. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Timothy Irish says the search continues for 12 Marines missing after their helicopters went down off Oahu late Thursday. He said Saturday that the search will likely last for several more days. […]

Rules vary for alcohol on Grand Canyon river rafting trips

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 04:09

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A huge sense of accomplishment rushes over rafters as they conquer the last big rapid on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Hands fly in the air. Fists pump. Screams echo through the canyon walls. Then someone breaks out the tequila for a celebratory drink on the aptly named Tequila […]