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World stocks higher after Fed as Scotland votes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:23
World stocks were mostly higher Thursday as Scotland voted in an independence referendum that could shake the U.K. economy and markets. Sentiment was underpinned by the Federal Reserve's signal it is not rushing to raise interest rates.

Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:20
Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers -- partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:16
Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.

Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:03
President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured.

Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:03
Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election.

Prep girls soccer: Top-ranked Maria Carrillo braces for No. 25 Issaquah

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:01
On Saturday, Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., the No. 1 team in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 and co-No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings, hosts Issaquah in a 4 p.m. showdown of nationally ranked prep girls soccer teams.

Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:16
An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week.

Police trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:16
Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, are gathering in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:16
San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:16
Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly increased their estimate of what the Fed's benchmark interest rate should be at the end of 2015 compared with their estimate three months ago.

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:16
Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.

Americans back teacher 'bar' exam, divided on school change

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:03
The question of how best to train, and evaluate, teachers has become a proverbial third rail in the politics of education.

Syrian air force attacks IS-held northern town

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:01
Activists say Syrian government helicopter gunships have attacked a northern town held by Muslim militants, killing at least a dozen people and wounding dozens more.

Vikings reconsider, put Peterson on paid leave

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:28
Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target.

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:28
Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.

Scots decide whether to declare independence

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:28
The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on whether to become an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:28
Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.

AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:01
Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.

46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:46
Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.