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Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:35
Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Couple wants middle names to include 'Seamonster'

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:53
Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination, but a Massachusetts couple wants to make them part of their names.

Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:51
Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off.

Photos: Picturing the devastation of fire country

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:44
Southern Okanogan County, devastated by wildfire over the last two weeks, has the look of a war zone right after the combat has finished. The front has moved on, leaving ruined homes, blackened earth and the smell of smoke.

Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
Florida-based testing software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said a processing issue has caused delays for bar exam takers in multiple states who were submitting their answers.

PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
Think you're in control? Think again.

Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

Europe shares drift ahead of data; Asia gains

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks.

Observers turned back from Ukraine crash site

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:46
International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:31
Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders.

Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:16
When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.

UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:16
The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:16
The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough.

Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:46
The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.

Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:33
Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said.

Senate tires of patching highway programs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:31
The Senate has delivered an unexpectedly strong vote in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs.

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:24
China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.

Senate likely to come up short on border bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:19
A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis.

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:16
Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.