Seattle Times Headlines

Image of Asia: Collecting alms from ferry riders in Myanmar

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 22:13

In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, novice Buddhist monks collect alms from passengers on a ferry in Yangon, Myanmar. Close to 89 percent of Myanmar’s population are believed to be Theravada Buddhists. Giving alms is a daily ritual that provides food for the monks and is a way for a Buddhist believer to make merit.

Man dies after Federal Way shooting; 3rd fatal shooting there this week

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 22:12

Federal Way police are investigating the city's third fatal shooting this week.

Man hit boy, 11, with whiffle bat but says boy hit him first

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:41

NEMACOLIN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man hit his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son with a whiffle ball bat but told authorities he only did it because the boy “hit him first.” The (Washington) Observer-Reporter ( ) reports that Cumberland Township police charged 34-year-old Adam D. Smith on Monday with simple assault, harassment and disorderly […]

US appeals court to hear Maryland gun-control case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:38

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines is back before a federal appeals court in Virginia. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond raised concerns about the constitutionality of the restrictions in February. The panel sent a lawsuit challenging those provisions back to […]

Home of wealthy French family member searched in Belgium

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:38

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have searched the home of a member of one of France’s wealthiest families in what local media reports is an investigation into suspected tax fraud and money laundering. Assistant prosecutor Frederic Bariseau told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “the search took place at the residence of Patrick Mulliez.” The […]

Putin inaugurates final power link to Crimea

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:35

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian power. The line from the Russian mainland that Vladimir Putin inaugurated on Wednesday brings Russia’s electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day. […]

Closings set for mom accused of killing son, 5, in 1991

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:34

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the murder trial of a Florida woman charged with killing her son in New Jersey in 1991. Prosecutors have presented evidence they say proves Michelle Lodzinski was lying when she told authorities Timmy Wiltsey disappeared while they were at a carnival. They say a […]

SpaceX Dragon departs space station, heads home with cargo

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:33

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule is headed back to Earth with precious science samples from NASA’s one-year spaceman. The Dragon left the International Space Station on Wednesday morning, bound for an afternoon splashdown in the Pacific. The station’s big robot arm set the Dragon free over Australia. The capsule had been at […]

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei travels to Gaza for refugee project

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:29

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is visiting the Gaza Strip as part of a documentary he is making about Middle East refugees. The activist crossed into Gaza through Israel with a crew of 10 people on Tuesday. The film will highlight the plight of millions of Syrians who fled the […]

Foreign ministers seek to revive stalled Ukraine talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:29

BERLIN (AP) — Russia, Ukraine and France sent their top diplomats to Berlin on Wednesday to discuss how to move ahead with the peace agreement for eastern Ukraine amid a fragile cease-fire and little progress on political issues. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who hosted the talks at a lakeside retreat, said a previous meeting […]

Canadian fire chief asks for patience in returning residents

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:29

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — The fire chief for Canada’s evacuated oil sands town is asking for patience and vowing to get residents home as soon as possible after a devastating fire. Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen says Wednesday the wildfire is mostly out in the city but not yet in areas south of […]

Home Minister: Bangladesh executes leader of Islamist party

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:22

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The head of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party was executed early Wednesday for his role in acts of genocide and war crimes during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971, a government official said. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Motiur Rahman Nizami, the 73-year-old leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged […]

Young girl finds gun under pillow in Detroit, kills self

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:39

DETROIT (AP) — Police say a young girl has fatally shot herself in Detroit after finding a handgun under her grandmother’s pillow. Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody says in an email that police responded around midnight Tuesday to a home on the city’s northwest side and the girl was taken by medics to a hospital, […]

Vendor faces plea hearing in Detroit schools corruption case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:39

DETROIT (AP) — A 74-year-old businessman charged in a kickback scheme involving a dozen Detroit Public Schools principals and an administrator is due in federal court. Norman Shy’s arraignment and plea hearing are scheduled Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Shy, of Franklin in suburban Detroit, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and […]

US gears up missile defense system in Europe to Russia’s ire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:35

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S. missile defense system aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats is moving into higher gear this week, with a site in Romania becoming operational on Thursday and officials breaking ground at another site in Poland a day later. The system has been under development for years and is, […]

Macy’s struggles go on … outlook slashed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:30

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s is slashing its full-year profit and sales outlook with its shoppers in an extended funk. First-quarter net income tumbled 40 percent, to $115 million, or 37 cents per share. Adjusted per-share earnings were 40 cents per share, 4 cents better than Wall Street had expected, according to FactSet. Revenue fell […]

‘I was one of the lucky ones’: The struggle to get guns out of domestic abusers’ hands

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:30

Authorities in Washington are reviewing the way cases of domestic-violence offenders with protective orders against them are handled, to ensure that the offenders surrender their weapons.

Amputee from 9/11 attacks wins 7 medals at Invictus Games

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:18

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg. But she has come back from that setback to thrive on another stage, winning seven medals through Tuesday in two days […]

NTSB: Tail broke off first in fatal Long Island plane crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:17

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — A preliminary report by the NTSB says a small plane that crashed on Long Island last week tore apart piece by piece in mid-air, killing the pilot and two passengers. Newsday reports ( ) that the National Transportation Safety Board says pieces of the tail and the interior overhead panel were […]

Soccer star Zidane’s childhood home in Marseille demolished

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 20:12

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Soccer star Zinedine Zidane’s childhood home in Marseille is being demolished, part of an urban renewal project aimed at rehabilitating a blighted area of the southern French city. Journalists and neighbors crowded around as construction vehicles on Wednesday went to work tearing apart “Building G,” unofficially referred to as the “Zidane […]