Seattle Times Headlines

Defense publisher leaving Hong Kong over safety concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:23

BEIJING (AP) — The publisher of a leading magazine on Chinese and regional defense issues says he’s leaving Hong Kong out of concern he could be targeted by China’s state security bodies. Kanwa Asian Defense publisher Andrei Chang said Thursday that the suspected abductions to China of five men tied to a Hong Kong publisher […]

China’s HNA to buy Radisson operator Carlson Hotels

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:22

HONG KONG (AP) — A unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy Carlson Hotels, which owns brands including Radisson and Country Inns and Suites. The companies did not disclose the purchase price in a joint statement released Wednesday. They said that Carlson’s headquarters would remain in Minnetonka, Minn., after the deal is […]

Japan’s central bank leaves monetary policy mostly unchanged

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:21

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central bank left its unprecedented monetary stimulus mostly unchanged in a policy meeting Thursday, defying speculation it would open the taps further to boost growth. The Bank of Japan did offer up to 300 billion yen ($2.75 billion) in support for disaster recovery financing on the southern island of Kyushu, where […]

Thunderbirds, Kelowna Rockets clash in game 4 of WHL Western Conference finals

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:20

The Thunderbirds can clinch their first trip to the WHL finals in 19 years with a victory over Kelowna Rockets in game four of the Western Conference finals.

Japan central bank leaves monetary policy mostly unchanged, boosts support for quake recovery

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:11

TOKYO (AP) — Japan central bank leaves monetary policy mostly unchanged, boosts support for quake recovery.

Mariners sale: How John Stanton’s Seattle group struck a deal with Nintendo of America

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:01

The Mariners’ dramatic announcement Wednesday that a 17-person local group led by John Stanton bought a majority interest in the baseball team culminated more than two years of behind-the-scenes drama. Here’s how it happened.

US honors Puerto Ricans who fought, died in segregated unit

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:48

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Angel Acevedo looked down at the Congressional Gold Medal in his hands as his eyes welled with tears during a ceremony held Wednesday to honor Puerto Ricans like him who faced discrimination and waited decades to be recognized for fighting several wars under the last segregated unit in combat. […]

City Hall officials subpoenaed amid campaign finance probes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:42

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor’s campaign fundraising operation. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (dih BLAH’-zee-ohz) counsel says in a statement issued Wednesday that City Hall has been subpoenaed by the Manhattan district attorney and the U.S. attorney in […]

State gets B+ in government spending transparency

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:41

A new report gives Washington state a B+ for how transparent it is in disclosing government spending.

Chinese consumers fall out of love with iPhones

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:06

Apple’s second-quarter earnings report Tuesday showed how hard it can be to keep the attention of China’s fickle and increasingly hard-to-impress consumers.

Georgia executes man convicted of the 1998 killings of a trucking company owner and his 2 children

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:06

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia executes man convicted of the 1998 killings of a trucking company owner and his 2 children.

Russia asks UN to blacklist 2 powerful Syrian rebel groups

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:03

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia said Wednesday it has asked the U.N. Security Council to blacklist two powerful Syrian rebel groups that it considers “terrorist organizations,” one which is playing a key role in political negotiations aimed at ending the five-year conflict. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters the two hardline Islamic groups — […]

Creating scenery for Portland’s “The Magic Flute”

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:52

At Seattle Opera's Scenic Studios in Renton part of Maurice Sendak's scenery design for Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" is being painted and assembled for the Portland Opera's production that is opening May 6.

Seattle labor-office boost should come from general fund, not employers, mayor says

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:43

The Seattle City Council will consider whether to increase funding for the Office of Labor Standards by tapping the general fund or by taxing businesses. Mayor Ed Murray has proposed the former.

Employers tweak work hours, encourage telework during viaduct shutdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:36

To avoid traffic jams during a two-week Highway 99 closure, Seattle-area commuters and truckers will start their shifts earlier — or work from home.

Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:31

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday before Game 5 of the playoffs against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, who said Walton could interview once […]

AP Source: Knicks interview Blatt for coaching job

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:23

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have interviewed former Cleveland coach David Blatt for their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday. Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson met with Blatt this week, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the […]

Seahawks enter NFL draft with more holes to fill than in past

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:22

As the Seahawks have begun to lose some key players in free agency, the opportunities for younger players to step into the lineup should be greater this year and beyond.

UW’s Travis Feeney on NFL draft: ‘Whoever passes on me, they’re going to regret it’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:16

Projections have former UW linebacker Travis Feeney going anywhere from the second to the seventh round in the NFL draft.

Japan gloomy data reinforce expectations for more BOJ easing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:06

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s factory output rose in March while core inflation and consumer spending fell, underscoring a lack of confidence among households whose buying power remains the key to sustained growth. The date released Thursday raised expectations that the Bank of Japan may tweak its already lavish monetary stimulus to better support the recovery […]