Seattle Times Headlines

Death penalty to be sought in 1980 murders of mother, teen

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:51

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a man charged in the murders of a mother and her teenage daughter during a burglary in Pennsylvania more than 3 decades ago. Fifty-five-year-old Abraham Cruz Jr. was charged in August with criminal homicide, conspiracy, burglary and arson in the August 1980 […]

AP source: Chen, Johnson agree to terms with Marlins

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:49

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have fortified their rotation and bench by adding left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and infielder Chris Johnson. Both players agreed to terms, a person close to the negotiations said Tuesday. The person confirmed the deals to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been announced. Chen, who accepted […]

Gaza journalist says he was tortured in Hamas jail

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:48

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul frequently writes about the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip, and is one of the few voices willing to publicly criticize the rule of the Islamic Hamas movement. But after nine days in jail, al-Aloul says he won’t be writing about politics anymore. He […]

Tom Douglas going straight to $15/hour, adding 20% service charge at 3 restaurants

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:48

Say goodbye to tipping at Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen and The Carlile Room.

Crashes block Indiana highways as snow squalls cross state

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:47

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Crashes have closed sections of several highways in Indiana after snow squalls and winds up to 40 mph moved across the state. Indiana State Police say three people were injured in a pileup Tuesday involving nine semitrailers and four passenger vehicles on westbound Interstate 70 near Richmond. Among other highway troubles reported […]

APNewsBreak: IAAF officials explored hush up of Russia bans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:44

PARIS (AP) — Six years before the IAAF banned Russia, track and field’s governing body knew of doping so out of control it feared Russian athletes could die from abusing blood-boosting drugs and transfusions, and officials considered collaborating with Russians to hide the extent of cheating before the 2012 London Olympics, according to internal documents […]

Alaska police can force out village leaders who won’t leave

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:43

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday allowed police to use force if needed to remove former officials of an Alaska tribal village who have refused to leave the offices of the community embroiled in a long-running leadership dispute. The new sanctioned tribal leaders of the Yup’ik Eskimo community of Newtok asked U.S. […]

Benigni on Pope Francis: A fountain, waterfall of mercy

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:54

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni gave Pope Francis two thumbs up Tuesday, delivering one of his rapid-fire monologues and praising the pope as a fountain of mercy who is “dragging the whole church toward Christianity.” At perhaps the most unusual Vatican book launch ever, Benigni was joined by the Vatican […]

Laws, contracts can give police buffer after fatal shootings

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:53

CHICAGO (AP) — After fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times, white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke had the option of taking a day or two before internal investigators could interview him. Many cities stipulate a 48-hour wait. Officers in Baltimore get more — 10 days. The waiting periods are among the shields specially […]

Jan. 12 TV Picks: ‘MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:51

Also airing Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016: “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC and “Finding Your Roots” on KCTS.

Huskies links: UW a popular top-25 pick entering 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:38

Also, UW's Myles Gaskin is named to the FWAA's Freshman All-America team.

APNewsBreak: IAAF officials explored covering up Russia bans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:36

PARIS (AP) — Six years before the IAAF banned Russia, track and field’s governing body knew of doping so out of control it feared Russian athletes could die from abuse of blood-boosting drugs and transfusions, and officials considered collaborating with Russians to hide the full extent of the cheating before the 2012 London Olympics, according […]

Swedish foreign minister calls for Israeli killings probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:35

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s foreign minister has called for an investigation into allegations that Israeli forces have carried out extrajudicial killings in clashes with Palestinians. The last three and a half months have seen near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers that have killed 24 people. At least 140 Palestinians have been killed by […]

Tacoma history teacher is finalist for national award

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:26

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, who teaches at Lincoln High, is one of four finalists for national teacher of the year.

Ex-Guantanamo detainees thank Ghana for taking them in

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:26

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Two former Guantanamo prisoners thanked Ghana for allowing them to settle in the country following their release, as the president of the West African nation sought to quell fears that the men posed any danger. The two Yemenis, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, were held at […]

What’s new in Italy for 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:19

In Italy this year: expect tight security, long lines — and a newly restored Trevi Fountain.

Amazon faces OSHA fine for failing to report warehouse injuries

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:16

Amazon failed to report at least 26 work-related illnesses and injuries in a New Jersey warehouse last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

New Jersey may be second state to raise smoking age to 21

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

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey could become the second state to raise the smoking age to 21, as part of a movement that comes amid a sharp increase in electronic cigarette use among young people. The state’s Legislature on Monday passed a bill that would fine retailers up to $1,000 if they sell cigarettes […]

State Police charge man with 4th DUI

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 01:47

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man has been charged with his fourth DUI after multiple people reported him sleeping inside his vehicle at a gas pump. Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz says troopers responded Sunday morning to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a Wawa convenience store in south Dover. Witnesses said […]

Door-to-door effort underway in Flint water crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 01:45

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Volunteers and law officers are knocking on doors in Flint to distribute bottled water, filters and lead test kits to residents in the Michigan city that’s confronting a water crisis. The Michigan State Patrol is coordinating the effort with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department. They began escorting eight teams of volunteers […]