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The Latest: Sweden says UN statement has no legal effect

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:20

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. panel’s determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Britain’s Foreign Office has rejected the United Nations panel’s finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention. Officials said in a statement Friday morning that Britain will formally contest […]

Why pensions are the new flashpoint in Greece’s crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:16

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Combine a rapidly aging population, a depleted work force and leaky finances and any country’s pension system would be in trouble. For debt-hobbled, unemployment-plagued Greece, it’s a nightmare. Hemmed in by a grim economic reality and tough-talking bailout creditors, the leftwing-led government in Athens is now attempting the seemingly impossible: to […]

Woman charged in teen’s death says she, too, was bullied

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:16

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Natalie Keepers told a judge that she was bullied — just like the 13-year-old girl she is accused of plotting to kill. And like seventh-grader Nicole Lovell, the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student had endured health challenges, though Keepers’ were of the emotional variety: suicidal thoughts, cutting herself, stress and anxiety that […]

Activists: Syrian government closes in on Daraa

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:13

BEIRUT (AP) — A Britain-based monitoring group reports that the Syrian Army and allied militias have retaken a town at the doorstep of Daraa, a contested city that lies between Damascus and the Jordan border. The conquest opens several supply routes to Daraa, which is divided between government and opposition fighters, the Syrian Observatory for […]

Japan to deport star of Oscar-winning dolphin documentary

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:05

TOKYO (AP) — The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village is to be deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks. Ric O’Barry’s lawyer and his son, Lincoln O’Barry, said […]

Super Bowl ads go for the safety

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday. Skittles will showcase Steven Tyler’s high range on “Dream On,” Budweiser is enlisting Helen Mirren to chide drunk drivers, and Audi will […]

Pakistan commemorates ‘Kashmir Day’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:43

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for resolution of lingering issue of Kashmir in accordance with the U.N. Security Council resolution, saying the credibility of the global organization will be at stake if it fails to implement its own resolutions. Sharif spoke to lawmakers Friday in Pakistan’s part of Kashmir as […]

Experts say launch won’t bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:35

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch. Whatever […]

UN panel: Assange detained arbitrarily, should be freed

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:27

GENEVA (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” by Britain and Sweden since December 2010, and should be freed and compensated, a U.N. human rights panel says. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which falls under the offices of the U.N. human rights chief, made the call in an 18-page document […]

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute is erupting among police organizations over new proposals that would govern when officers should use force during violent arrests, amid national outrage over questionable shootings. Groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers are pushing back against proposals announced last week by the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading Washington-based research […]

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:12

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned against each other with a velvet touch, eager to distinguish their race for the Democratic presidential nomination from the combative contest taking place in the Republican primary. No more. The pair tangled again and again during their first one-on-one debate of the […]

AP FACT CHECK: Dems in New Hampshire

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:10

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign — despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. Bernie Sanders once again mischaracterized the share of the wealth taken by the very richest Americans. A look at some of the claims in their latest […]

‘Right fit’ is the sell in B10 recruiting, sideshow or not

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:09

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Urban Meyer has the cache and the national championship rings. Jim Harbaugh mixes a khakis-wearing sensibility with a sense of panache. When it comes to recruiting in the Big Ten, Ohio State’s Meyer and Michigan’s Harbaugh are the heavyweights. For the Big Ten’s big two and the other teams, one of […]

TRAIL TRANSLATOR: Dems prefer ‘progressive’ to ‘liberal’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back up a moment from the brawl between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the real progressive and whether one can be that and be pragmatic at the same time. What IS progressivism in 2016, anyway? There is no universally agreed-upon contemporary definition of progressivism, so the […]

Dems up the decibels in NH debate; Wall Street a common foe

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:07

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — It was the sharpest, most caustic debate yet for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. A fiery Clinton went after Sanders for his suggestions that she is a captive of Wall Street interests, calling on him to end a “very artful smear that you and your campaign are carrying out.” Sanders didn’t […]

Analysis: Clinton moves aggressively to hold of Sanders

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:06

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged. So on Thursday, she took matters into her own hands. In the first head-to-head debate between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the former secretary of state tried to systematically undermine […]

Friday’s jobs report could ease US recession fears. Or not.

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing is shrinking, corporate profits are declining and goods are piling up on warehouse shelves. Those trends have elevated concern that a U.S. recession may loom in the next year or two. Yet in the one area that matters most, the economy has continued to shine: Hiring. Over the final three […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:03

“I call this money blood money … coming out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.” — Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland to Martin Shkreli as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee grilled the entrepreneur over skyrocketing drug prices. ___ “It’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been […]

4 questions for the next CEO of Delta Air Lines

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:02

NEW YORK (AP) — On May 2, Ed Bastian takes over as the new CEO of Delta Air Lines, replacing the retiring Richard Anderson. Bastian has been Anderson’s close deputy, helping to turn around the airline from bankrupt carrier to one of the world’s leading airlines, one whose playbook is often copied by others. Bastian […]

Ex-49ers owner DeBartolo anxiously awaits Hall of Fame fate

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:24

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Edward DeBartolo Jr. played no favorites. When it came to the way he treated his employees, from the stars on the field to the office workers behind the scenes, nobody argued how much he cared. It hasn’t changed since he left the NFL behind more than 15 years ago. “I still […]