Seattle Times Headlines

US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:26

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations’ response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Lute’s appointment as special coordinator follows reports of dozens of cases […]

Studies examine habitat restoration for salmon, steelhead

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations. The federal government lists 28 populations of salmon and steelhead on the West Coast that need protections due to low numbers […]

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:05

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A terse letter from Andrew Clyde’s credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business “no longer met our underwriting guidelines.” In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too. After hearing from Clyde and others in the gun business who reported […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:54

___ Yellen will testify amid predictions of slower rate hikes WASHINGTON (AP) — Things looked so clear back when the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate from record lows, and it signaled the likelihood of four more hikes in 2016. Panicky financial markets, global weakness and slumps in key U.S. economic sectors have since […]

Activists to demonstrate against sexual violence at Baylor

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:51

WACO, Texas (AP) — Activists planned a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the home of Baylor University’s president to protest what they regard as the university’s weak policing of sexual misconduct, particularly by student athletes. The prayer vigil follows an ESPN report earlier this month about three students who said the Southern Baptist-affiliated university in […]

Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:47

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month was recaptured Monday in Nevada, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives learned earlier in the day that Steven Lawrence Wright might be hiding in a Boulder City hotel and requested assistance from the FBI and local police departments. Wright was taken […]

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says mistakenly released jail inmate recaptured in Boulder City, Nevada

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:40

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says mistakenly released jail inmate recaptured in Boulder City, Nevada.

Prosecutors to seek death in Memphis officer’s shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:38

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer last year. The Shelby County district attorney’s office filed notice of its intent to seek death in the trial of 30-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, an ex-convict accused of killing Officer Sean Bolton. Wilbourn was […]

Seattle Times’ boys basketball rankings, Feb. 9

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:34

Garfield, Federal Way still on top.

Seattle Times’ girls basketball rankings, Feb. 9

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:34

Central Valley tops 4A, Bellevue No. 1 in 3A.

Prosecutors to seek death in Memphis officer’s shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:22

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer last year. The Shelby County district attorney’s office Monday filed notice of its intent to seek death in the sentencing phase of the trial of 30-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, an ex-convict charged with murder in the […]

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:03

U.S. stocks closed sharply lower on Monday following a steep sell-off in materials, financials and technology stocks. The market pared its losses by the end of the day but still ended down for the second day in a row. The Nasdaq composite index closed almost 20 percent below its record high last year. On Monday: […]

Gap reports 7 pct drop for a key sales figure for 4Q

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc. is reporting slumping sales at all three brands for the crucial fourth quarter, which covers the holiday season. The company, which operates Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores, said Monday that a key revenue measure fell 7 percent in the November-January period. It fell 3 percent for the […]

Box Office Top 20: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ roars past the Coens

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could punt “Kung Fu Panda 3″ from the top spot at the box office over Super Bowl weekend, where the 20th Century Fox animated sequel hauled in $21.2 million in its second week of release. A trio of new releases didn’t come close to challenging. Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1950s […]

City of Rocky Top settles suit with song copyright holders

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:48

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Rocky Top has settled a lawsuit with the copyright holders of the bluegrass song the town is named after. Rocky Top changed its name from Lake City in 2014 after developers promised the new name would entice them to build a massive tourist complex in the former […]

Man on trial for chain-reaction crash that left officer dead

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:48

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor urged a jury Monday to convict a suburban New York man of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other charges in the death of a police officer, despite the fact that another driver was actually the one who struck and killed the highway patrolman. Nassau County Police Officer James Oliveri’s […]

Prosecutor visits NY city he called ‘cauldron of corruption’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:46

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York’s most powerful lawmakers has paid a visit to a capital city he once described as a “cauldron of corruption.” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) traveled to Albany on Monday to address a meeting of the state Conference of Mayors and […]

UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel says it is proposing greenhouse gas emissions standards for planes that fly internationally beginning in 2020 for new aircraft designs and three years later for designs already in production. The International Civil Aviation Organization said the agreement reached by 170 international experts sets a cutoff date of 2028 for […]

City of Rocky Top settles suit with song copyright holders

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:43

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Rocky Top has settled a lawsuit with the copyright holders of the bluegrass song their town is named after. House of Bryant Publications sued what was then the town of Lake City in 2013 in an effort to prevent the name change. A federal court allowed the […]

Small town New Hampshire prepares for midnight voting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:40

DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) — The first votes of the first-in-the-nation primary will be counted in three tiny communities where primary day lasts all of five minutes. Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters […]