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Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:46
Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:46
Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:46
Nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of a town neighboring the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday, as the government battled to gain control of a major railroad and highway linking the area to Russia.

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:46
Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:31
Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:31
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:16
Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:16
Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.

Global stocks drift ahead of Fed minutes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:16
Asian stocks got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower ahead of Federal Reserve minutes.

US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:16
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:16
U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.

Wednesday Memo: Yay, 99 to close, again … Woman trapped under car … Tree sitter down

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:00
Uh, oh … Be prepared for a traffic mess with Highway 99's four-day closure When is that tunnel thingy supposed to be finished?

More minorities aim for college, but academic preparation lags

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:00
First, the good news: In just four years, the number of Hispanic students taking the ACT college entrance exam in Washington state has nearly doubled, suggesting that significantly more minority youth here aim to pursue higher education. And overall, Washington students scored two points higher

Fire crews rescue woman trapped under car

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:40
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US officials: Video shows American's beheading

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:16
A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

His 101st birthday present? Another day at work

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:16
Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:46
Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said.

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:31
When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:16
Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:16
Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed groups in Syria and could easily be diverted to extremist factions.