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Yellen: Too early to determine impact of global developments

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is cautioning that global economic developments have created risks for the U.S. economy but says it’s too early to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the course of the Fed’s interest-rate policies. Yellen says the Fed will determine at its next meeting in March […]

Police: Cop killed wife, son, torched home then shot himself

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:38

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer with no prior history of domestic violence fatally shot his wife and son and set the family’s suburban Albany house on fire before killing himself. Police revealed details Thursday about 44-year-old Israel Roman’s actions at his home on Tuesday in Colonie, where he served the past […]

UK health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:34

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England. Jeremy Hunt’s decision Thursday comes after the junior doctors rejected the Conservative government’s final offer. The British Medical Association has pledged […]

5 Things to Know about the pope’s trip to Mexico

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:32

VATICAN CITY (AP) — History’s first Latin American pope travels to Mexico on Friday for a weeklong tour of some of the most violent, poverty-stricken and peripheral places in the Americas. He’ll be bringing a message of hope and solidarity to victims of drug violence, trafficking and discrimination — a message the Vatican hopes will […]

Photos of the Day: Feb. 11, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:31

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:29

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman. The measure cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday. The committee action is the latest effort by abortion opponents to […]

Taylor Swift to kick off the Grammy Awards with performance

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift will open the 58th annual Grammy Awards with a performance from her nominated album, “1989,” while Alabama Shakes, Miguel and 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander will also perform. The Recording Academy on Thursday announced the final round of performers for Monday’s awards show in Los Angeles. LL Cool J […]

5 indicted in 2015 New York City gas explosion that killed 2

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:28

NEW YORK (AP) — A building owner and four others have been indicted on charges that include manslaughter in connection with a gas explosion last year that killed two people and leveled three New York City buildings. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and other officials said Thursday that the charges also include criminally […]

German police say death toll from train crash rises to 11

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:28

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany say the death toll from Tuesday’s head-on train crash in Bavaria has risen to 11. Bad Aibling police say a 47-year-old man from the Munich area died of his injuries in the hospital Thursday. Police say 20 people were seriously injured, some of whom are in a grave […]

Scientists say they have detected gravitational ripples, just as Einstein predicted a century ago

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say they have detected gravitational ripples, just as Einstein predicted a century ago.

Woven of dignity: Black seamstress’ legacy on display

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:38

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an instant heirloom. Throughout much of the 20th century in North Carolina, the black seamstress worked in silk, satin and lace to design original wedding and debutante gowns worn by wealthy white women and by Kay’s black […]

Feds accuse prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:28

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state’s prisons. Since September, about 130 people — including prison employees, inmates, former inmates and others […]

NY man, 70, charged with murder in death of wife of 51 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:25

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A 70-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife of 51 years inside their upstate New York apartment. Police in Gloversville say Thursday that Frank Ostrander was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 70-year-old Sally Ostrander. Officials say Frank Ostrander called 911 on Wednesday […]

US markets dive amid global selloff

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:23

U.S. stocks moved sharply lower early Thursday following steep market declines all around the world as concerns about global economic weakness intensified. Financials stocks were among the biggest decliners as investors worried that interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere would remain low. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 173 points, or 1.1 […]

43 prison guards in Georgia indicted on charges of accepting bribes, drug trafficking

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:22

ATLANTA (AP) — 43 prison guards in Georgia indicted on charges of accepting bribes, drug trafficking.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.65 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the sixth straight week as markets around the globe continued the whipsaw trading that has marked this year so far. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.65 percent this week, down from 3.72 percent […]

IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term. The IMF executive board said Thursday that Lagarde was the only candidate nominated. In 2011, Lagarde was named the IMF’s 11th managing director. She is the first woman to hold the position. Lagarde, 60, formerly the French […]

TransCanada takes 4Q hit after Obama blocks Keystone XL

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:16

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Energy company TransCanada Corp. says it lost US$1.79 billion (CA$2.5 billion) in the fourth quarter, mostly because of its stalled Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The Calgary-based company reported Thursday that it took a US$2.08 billion (CA$2.9 billion) non-cash charge related to Keystone XL, which President Barack Obama blocked late last year. […]

Young adults swipe right on Tinder, but is it just a game?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating. Credit mobile dating apps such as Tinder, which incorporate fun elements and are dead simple to use. Swipe right on a profile picture to approve and swipe left to reject. No awkward messages to each other unless […]

$500 bill sent to Tamir Rice’s estate for EMS services

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 22:39

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland is asking Tamir Rice’s estate to pay $500 for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer. The city requested the money as the 12-year-old boy’s “last dying expense” in a creditor’s claim filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Probate Court. The claim […]