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‘The best squash casserole on the planet Earth’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 23:03
Summer squash, white bread, Ritz crackers, eggs and cheddar combine in mysterious, marvelous ways to deliver a perfect accompaniment to a grilled chicken or weekend roast.

Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:59
BAGHDAD (AP) — It’s a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad’s al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 126 degrees on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity. Scorching temperatures are normal this time of year, but an unprecedented heat […]

Perry dials back Christian appeal in Iowa, cites job record

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:56
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry bragged to an Iowa barbeque crowd about the strong economy back in Texas, drew laughs comparing President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and won applause vowing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. But in a state where evangelicals wield political influence, he didn’t mention religion until 25 minutes into […]

Stallone puts ‘Rocky,’ ‘Rambo’ memorabilia up for auction

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvester Stallone is parting with memorabilia from the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movies, but he’s keeping the two characters alive onscreen. The 69-year-old entertainer announced Thursday that he’ll put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year career up for auction in October, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military charities. […]

Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 30 people

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:54
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages in Nepal on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said. Rescuers pulled out 19 bodies after the landslide in the village in Lumle, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, according […]

Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:30
CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing appeared at his arraignment wearing a striped jail suit, with his hands cuffed behind him. He was indicted Wednesday […]

King County deputy fired for sleeping on the job

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:19
A King County sheriff’s deputy is being fired for sleeping on the job.

Stocks open lower in US after some weaker company results

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks declined in early trading Thursday, following disappointing results from several big companies including Procter & Gamble and Facebook. A positive report on U.S. economic growth did little to help the market. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 97 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,654 as of 9:55 a.m. […]

China accuses US of ‘militarizing’ South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs. Spokesman Yang Yujun’s remarks were prompted by comments last week from the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, […]

UVa grads sue Rolling Stone over retracted campus rape story

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross […]

Afghan Taliban: ‘family’ of Mullah Omar confirm his death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday, didn’t say when he died. It followed an announcement from the Kabul government the day before. Senior Taliban figures have […]

Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence that her husband is truly gone. Not believing could allow her to keep alive the hopes of many relatives that […]

Ex-‘Top Gear’ trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
LONDON (AP) — The former hosts of the BBC’s popular “Top Gear” program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime. Amazon said Thursday that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have committed to three series of the show, with the […]

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices. Shell expects to eliminate 6,500 staff and contractor positions this year as it seeks to reduce operating costs by 10 percent, the Netherlands-based company said Thursday. […]

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:02
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate’s life, even if the prisoner refuses. […]

Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:36
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were […]

1 dead, 2 injured in Federal Way shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:32
One man is dead and two others wounded after a shooting in Federal Way early Thursday morning.

Rant & Rave: Wait your turn at baggage claim

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:00
Readers thankful for bike repair, scold about baggage-claim crowding.

US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. It also ended up squeezing out some growth in the first quarter, reversing an earlier […]

T-Mobile beats Street 2Q forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:46
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $361 million. On a per-share basis, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had profit of 42 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents […]