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In Iraq battle, IS prevents Fallujah residents from fleeing

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:15

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is preventing people from fleeing Fallujah amid a military operation to recapture the city west of Baghdad, a local Iraqi official and aid groups said on Wednesday. Thousands of civilians are estimated to remain inside Fallujah, located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, which IS has […]

Yemeni officials: Airstrike kills 11 from same family

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:14

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The death toll of a suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a family’s house in southern Yemen has been raised to 11, including four children from one family, security officials and witnesses said Wednesday. The officials said that warplanes, thought to be Emirati, fired two missiles at the family’s house in […]

Swedish court denies detention hearing request by Assange

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:14

HELSINKI (AP) — A Swedish court has turned down a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Stockholm District Court says it made the decision because Assange is still wanted for questioning in a case of suspected rape and there is a possibility he might evade prosecution. The court said […]

If something feels wrong about a relationship, pay attention

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:00

If a boyfriend’s once-a-week “casual date” feels cheap and wrong, then think that through and possibly take action, writes advice columnist Carolyn Hax.

Fun new ways you can make roses part of your garden

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:45

Gardeners are placing roses into beds and borders, growing them up screens and fences, and potting them up. New varieties can be used as hedges and ground covers, mingle in borders or live in containers.

Cyclists need to change gears

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:41

One might hope that the cyclists gathering at City Hall protesting the city’s “inadequate” response to their demands for expanded bike facilities will be a wake-up call for city officials and the public [“Advocates push for action on bike plan,” Local News, May 18]. The city’s citizens have, over the past few years, had their […]

EU: 2 arrested for suspected spying in Rome

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:18

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s agency for judicial cooperation says a Portuguese national and a Russian have been arrested in Rome on suspicion of being involved in espionage for hire. Eurojust agency officials said Wednesday they couldn’t provide the suspects’ names, or specify which foreign intelligence service the two are believed to have sold […]

Azerbaijan court orders release of investigative journalist

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:18

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan on Wednesday ordered a prominent, award-winning investigative journalist to be released on probation following a storm of international protests about her case, which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical voice. Khadija Ismayilova has become a symbol of defiance, praised by human rights […]

Instagram account for Iranian general no longer accessible

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:17

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Instagram account associated with a powerful general who leads an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is no longer on the photo-sharing application. The account featuring images of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who heads the elite Quds Force focusing on foreign operations, was inaccessible Wednesday on Instagram. It’s unclear whether the […]

Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:17

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government on freedom of expression and the media. The reporter, Remy Pigaglio, who worked for several publications including Catholic daily La Croix since 2014, was returning […]

Pennsylvania county jail kept inmate 17 months too long

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:17

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials at a county jail in Pennsylvania say they mistakenly kept an inmate locked up 17 months too long. The Lancaster County commissioners tell LNP ( ) the inmate doesn’t want to be identified. But they say the inmate was supposed to be released in November 2014, but wasn’t released until […]

Tyson calls proposal to allow pros in Olympics ‘ridiculous’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:17

BEIJING (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says a proposal to let professional fighters compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics is “ridiculous” and “foolish.” In Beijing to promote professional boxing in China, Tyson says any pro boxers going to the Olympics should be prepared to lose because the amateurs could prove too fast […]

Final of contrasts: Little in common for Madrid and Atletico

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:16

MADRID (AP) — Besides being from the same city and vying for the Champions League title, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid don’t have much in common. Real Madrid is the rich and powerful club filled with some of the world’s biggest stars. Atletico is the humble, down-to-earth team that thrives on the hard work of […]

Marijuana charges against rapper Twista, others dropped

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:14

SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against Chicago rapper Twista and two others also arrested in northwestern Indiana in March have been dropped. The (Munster) Times ( ) reported Tuesday that Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel says the charges were dropped when the vehicle’s driver admitted it was his marijuana and pleaded […]

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, reveals tattoo tribute

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:14

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, is showing off another tattoo honoring her late father. In a tweet Monday with a picture of the new ink , Paris Jackson writes, “Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from.” The tattoo copies part of the cover art of Michael Jackson’s 1991 album, “Dangerous,” […]

AP PHOTOS: Highlights of the 2016 race for the White House

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:14

The candidates in the race for the White House are making the case to voters across the country in a fight to win the Republican and Democratic nominations. Here’s a look, as seen in images made by Associated Press photographers on the campaign trail. ___ See the latest AP photo galleries: The Archive: Top […]

Giggs’ dilemma: Fly solo or keep waiting at Man United?

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:24

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A banner draped over one of the giant stands at Old Trafford reads: “Giggs — Tearing You Apart Since 1991.” His face is ubiquitous on merchandise sold in the club store at Old Trafford and by the scarf-sellers just outside. He part-owns a soccer-themed hotel in the shadow of the iconic […]

High school student charged in teen’s drug-related death

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:22

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police say a high school student in northern Virginia has been charged with giving drugs to a classmate who died. Authorities say 18-year-old David Evers turned himself in to Fairfax County police last week and was charged with drug distribution in connection with the death of 17-year-old Alexia Springer. The medical […]

Detroit-area cop delivers pizza after takeout driver hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:21

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police officer stepped in after a pizza delivery driver was injured in a car crash to make sure a still-warm order made it to its destination. Lincoln Park police Cpl. Joe Sparks tells The Detroit News that Monday’s collision sent the Jet’s Pizza driver to a hospital […]

4 Central European countries ready to send troops to Baltics

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:20

LIBLICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Four Central European countries say they are working on a plan to deploy their troops in the Baltics states as part of NATO forces. In a declaration signed Wednesday, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland say that their defense leaders will work out details of the plan to be […]