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Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 22:00

Kiernan Shipka at the Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend, looking lovely in an embroidered purple Erdem gown.

‘When Breath Becomes Air’: a doctor’s quest to find meaning

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 22:00

Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air,” a memoir of his experience with brain cancer, recounts a doctor’s quest to find meaning in both work and life in the face of mortality.

‘This Was Not the Plan:’ Widower’s life takes a detour

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 22:00

In Christina Alger’s delightful novel “This Was Not the Plan,” a young widower has to figure out how to raise his eccentric 5-year-old son alone.

Lara Gut wins Super-G World Cup race, Vonn comes in 3rd

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 21:38

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is getting some competition for the overall World Cup title although she is still comfortably ahead. Lara Gut of Switzerland won her first Super-G race of the season on Sunday to cut into Vonn’s overall World Cup lead. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany edged Vonn for second place as the […]

An exploding bus movie stunt sparks concerns in London

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 21:32

LONDON (AP) — A bus has exploded in central London — but this time it’s only for a movie. City officials Sunday reassured the public that the explosion was a movie stunt for “The Foreigner” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The sight of the bus in flames and the twisted wreckage afterward caused consternation […]

How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 21:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what drew 60 young women to the Trump Tower in early January of that year. The women had come to audition for the Brig-A-Dears, the cheerleading squad of the New […]

Italian autopsy on student slain in Egypt: neck blow fatal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 21:05

ROME (AP) — An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered “inhuman, animal-like” violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni’s death as a murder. Italian media, reporting on the autopsy completed […]

Duchess of Cambridge: Support children’s mental health

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 20:25

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge says in a new video that she and Prince William want all children to get support during difficult times to help them overcome mental health challenges. The content of the video was revealed Sunday to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. The former Kate Middleton says […]

Afghanistan hopes to meet with Taliban this month

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:59

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan expects to hold direct talks with the Taliban by the end of this month, an official said Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mostaghani told reporters that Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States had agreed on a roadmap toward peace talks at a meeting in Islamabad the day before. […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders call for UN help on 4,000 missing

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:53

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil leaders on Sunday asked the top U.N. human rights official to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in the country’s long civil war amid the government’s assertion that most of them are probably dead. The U.N. official, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, met […]

UAE says it’s prepared to send ground forces to Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:44

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the comments in the federal capital of […]

Light quake shakes buildings in Tokyo; no injuries or damage

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:40

TOKYO (AP) — A light earthquake struck north of Tokyo on Sunday, shaking buildings in the Japanese capital. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no tsunami risk. The magnitude-4.6 quake struck at around 7:30 Sunday evening at a depth of 50 kilometers (30 miles) in Ibaraki prefecture, according to […]

Hut fire kills all 10 family member on Pakistani island

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:32

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani police official says fire has killed all 10 members of a fisherman’s family on an island in southern Pakistan. Mohammad Javed said Sunday that the incident took place late Saturday night on Kharo Chan island in the southern province of Sindh. He said initial reports suggest that an oil lamp […]

Islamic authority rejects new Jerusalem Jewish prayer area

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:23

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall. The Waqf’s rejection may present an obstacle for Israel which has tried to defuse tensions with more liberal streams of Judaism who have demanded the right to […]

Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:07

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m always ready to play my heart out,” Flea told The Associated Press backstage on Saturday night before the band took the stage at a San […]

Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:04

So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. That’s the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn’t even have to be a particularly good sitcom. To judge, at least, from a screening of its first two episodes, the Canadian sitcom on […]

Bosnian first-graders reach out to deaf schoolmate

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 17:42

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it. Then September came and 6-year-old Zejd was there, silently sitting on one of the school’s benches, his eyes wide open. At the time, no […]

Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 17:38

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, Turkey’s deputy premier said Sunday as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border, where tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught have arrived. Turkish authorities say up to 35,000 […]

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 17:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn’t get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under “Obamacare” or what might happen if that law is taken away. Among other fumbles: —Marco Rubio seemed unaware that Kurds are Sunnis. —In […]

Demolition of famous LA bridge ahead of schedule

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 17:37

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demolition of a portion of a downtown Los Angeles bridge is ahead of schedule, and officials say they could reopen a portion of the U.S. 101 Freeway early. A 2.5-mile section of the freeway was closed Friday so crews can bring down 220 feet of the 6th Street Bridge. Mary Nemick […]