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Seahawks’ honest approach won over cornerback Cary Williams in free-agency tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:49
Williams, 30, appreciated the Seahawks’ honesty and eventually signed a three-year, $18 million deal that all but assures he will be the starting corner opposite Richard Sherman this season.

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Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:44
Port oil-rig lease Seattle becoming SF? Editor, The Times: Thank you, Jonathan Martin, for highlighting port politics regarding the Foss lease [“Wayward policy and the Port,” Opinion, May 29]. The mayor has obviously not been listening very closely to the maritime industry. In order to be competitive and to create jobs, the Port has to […]

Shocking sloppiness won’t doom health reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:38
How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns — both the political and medical kind — agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big. But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the final product included four words that cast doubt on a cornerstone of the […]

Let market demand solve GMO labeling

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:36
Companies that want to market food as free of genetically modified organisms should have the option of U.S. Department of Agriculture verification.

This has been a month of extreme weather around the world

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May seems stuck on strange. Torrential downpours in Texas that have whiplashed the region from drought to flooding. A heat wave that has killed more than 1,800 people in India. Record 91-degree readings in Alaska, of all places. A pair of top-of-the-scale typhoons […]

Navy, Coast Guard investigate Arizona Memorial dock mishap

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:34
HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy command overseeing the hospital ship involved in a mishap that damaged the USS Arizona Memorial’s dock has sent investigators to Hawaii to probe what happened. Investigators will arrive this weekend and begin working immediately, Tom Van Leunen, a spokesman for the Military Sealift Command said in an email. The command’s […]

Zimmerman shooter will try a Stand Your Ground defense

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:34
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a “Stand Your Ground” defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon […]

Teacher fired over accusation of student sex in closet

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:34
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Metro Atlanta school officials have voted to fire a teacher accused of letting students have sex in a storage closet in his classroom. DeKalb County schools officials said Friday that the officials voted to affirm the superintendent’s recommendation to fire 25-year-old Quentin Wright, who taught math at The Champion School […]

Obama: ‘Handful of senators’ standing in way of Patriot Act

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a “handful of senators” for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions. Without action by midnight Sunday, a number of tools that permit law […]

Interpol: Islamic State group gains support in Africa, Asia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A growing number of extremist groups from Africa to southeast Asia are shifting their allegiance to the Islamic State group, leading to greater risks for “cross-pollination” among conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq, the head of Interpol said Friday. Juergen Stock cited this shift as an emerging trend at a U.N. Security […]

Thousands view B.B. King on eve of Mississippi funeral

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:31
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Blues guitarist Buddy Guy says he always intended to tour the B.B. King Museum while its namesake, his longtime friend, was still living. The 78-year-old Guy was among more than 4,000 people who filed past King’s open casket at the museum Friday, the eve of the blues legend’s funeral in the […]

UW men’s crew win all five of their heat races at IRA championships

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 06:24
The Washington men’s crew began defense of its four consecutive Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles, finishing first in all five of its heats Friday on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

Two words missing from spelling bee: sudden death

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:38
For the love of big winners and sacred principles, let’s give a boot to this troubling trend of co-champions.

Your voices: 15 ideas on how school discipline could work better

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:38
Parents, teachers, students and community members who attended our recent public meeting on school discipline used postcards to write down their ideas at the end of the event.

Lights! Camera! Action! Staging homes fattens sale prices

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:23
To help speed deals along and incite the inevitable bidding wars, today’s home sales are staged by designers.

Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:22
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment was handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban […]

Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dennis Hastert’s career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others. Now, eight years after leaving Congress, Hastert’s own legacy is threatened by an indictment charging financial misdeeds — and cryptically referring to “misconduct” against an unnamed person. It’s a stunning development for the former pol, who […]

Video: Sigi Schmid breaks down the New York Red Bulls matchup

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:20
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid addressed the media following Friday’s practice at Starfire Sports Complex and looked ahead to Sunday’s matchup with the New York Red Bulls at CenturyLink Field.

Ex-Speaker Hastert’s payments linked to report of sexual abuse

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:04
Dennis Hastert was paying a man to not say publicly that Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation into the payments.

Catch rising star Simone Porter while you can | Classical review

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 05:01
Review of Seattle Symphony’s Thursday night concert, which featured hometown talent Simone Porter’s skillful playing of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Mikhail Agrest’s passionate conducting.