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Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a ‘fixed game’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:34

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York’s attorney general says that’s probably because more than half of tickets to many events are held for industry insiders or otherwise unavailable to the general public. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a report released Thursday […]

Executive director of Seeger’s environmental group resigns

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:59

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — The executive director of New York’s Hudson River environmental conservation group founded by the late folk singer Pete Seeger has resigned. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater says Peter Gross announced his resignation Wednesday, a week after he said the Beacon-based nonprofit organization was cancelling its annual music festival this year because […]

Former NYPD officer pleads not guilty in machete killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:57

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A former New York City police officer who authorities say jumped in front of a train after killing his former girlfriend with a machete has pleaded not guilty. Arthur Lomando, of Centereach, New York, appeared in court in Hackensack, New Jersey, on Thursday to enter the plea for a murder charge […]

In face of Zika virus, women ponder abortion, childlessness

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:54

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Maria Erlinda Guzman desperately wants a baby, and has been undergoing fertility treatments at El Salvador’s largest women’s hospital. But now, she fears her dream of motherhood may be dashed by Zika. After her country took the extraordinary step of advising women to avoid pregnancies for two years due […]

Senate committee approves North Korea sanctions bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion. The bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act expands on legislation that passed the House two weeks ago, which aims to deny Pyongyang hard currency for its weapons programs. Republican committee […]

The Latest: Oregon holdouts willing to leave if no arrests

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:52

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 9:50 a.m. A video posted by the holdouts occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge says the remaining five members of the armed group will leave if none of them face arrest. The […]

Woman dead in Pennsylvania hotel likely killed mom in NY

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:50

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say it appears a woman killed her 85-year-old mother inside her New York home before killing herself inside a hotel room in Pennsylvania. Police in Pennsylvania’s Cranberry Township say a 55-year-old woman was found dead in the Red Roof Inn early Wednesday afternoon. Police say she had self-inflicted wounds that didn’t […]

Apple recalls power adapters sold outside United States

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:47

Apple is recalling some AC power adapters that it sold for use in Europe, South Korea and several other countries, after concluding that the two-pronged wall plugs may break and cause an electric shock. The company said it’s aware of 12 “incidents” of malfunctioning adapters that were shipped with Mac computers and some iPhones and […]

UK police arrest suspect with 38 phones in his trousers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:45

LONDON (AP) — British police have arrested a suspected thief with 38 mobile phones stuffed down his trousers. West Midlands Police say they believe the man stole the phones from concertgoers at a show by band The Libertines in Birmingham, central England. The 30-year-old and a second man, who was also arrested, were spotted at […]

A look at the scheduled Syrian peace talks in Geneva

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:45

GENEVA (AP) — The peace process the U.N. hopes to begin in Geneva is the first attempt to bring together Syria’s rival groups since 2014, but few harbor any hope that the talks will achieve a quick breakthrough in the 5-year-old civil war. In fact, there are big questions about whether the main opposition group […]

TRIPLE CROWN: Baffert leads all trainers with 35 nominations

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:43

Bob Baffert is ahead of the pack again, leading all trainers with 35 horses nominated to the Triple Crown races. The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has nearly 10 percent of the 368 early nominations released by Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday. Business is good after American Pharoah became the first […]

UK police seek identity of mystery man found dead on moor

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:58

LONDON (AP) — One day last month, an elderly man took a train from London to northwestern England, trekked up an isolated hillside, and died. The man’s identity and cause of death are a mystery that has stumped police and intrigued Britain, as detectives probe whether the man’s final journey is linked to a deadly […]

Chris Pine on his accidental career and ‘The Finest Hours’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:53

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Looking at Chris Pine’s career, it’s hard to imagine that he hadn’t always harbored a lifelong passion to be an actor. In a little over a decade since his first big screen role (the sequel to “The Princess Diaries”), Pine, 35, has established himself as one of the most recognizable […]

Springsteen’s tour showcases new way of serving fans

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia. It’s a telling example of how veteran artists are adjusting to the new realities of the music business by super-serving their longtime fans. The 66-year-old superstar is performing an album he made when he was […]

Freed reporter Rezaian feted by paper, top diplomat Kerry

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY’-ahn) has triumphantly returned to his company at a ceremony that included Secretary of State John Kerry. Rezaian was released from a Tehran jail in a prisoner swap this month. He says his Iranian interrogators told him over 18 months that his newspaper didn’t know of […]

The Latest: Iran signs deal to buy 118 Airbus plans

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:47

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Iran Air has signed a deal to buy 118 aircraft from Airbus in the first of an expected host of commercial deals expected to be announced during the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Paris. Rouhani […]

Man arrested with 2 handguns at Disneyland Paris hotel

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:33

PARIS (AP) — A man found to be carrying two handguns was arrested Thursday at a hotel at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction, police said. No one was injured during the arrest, a police official said. The official, who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named according to police policy, couldn’t provide further details on […]

Councilman sparks outcry with musician, DJ registry proposal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:31

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia city councilman is hearing boos for a proposal that would seemingly give police the authority to approve which bands, rappers and DJs can perform in certain venues. The bill proposed by Councilman Mark Squilla (SKWIL’-ah) last week would require venues accommodating 50 people or more to collect the contact information […]

Paris taxi drivers protest for 3rd day

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:30

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers waving flags and shouting angrily marched through central Paris Thursday in a third day of protests against rival services such as Uber. The demonstrators were prevented from reaching the Champs Elysees by a police roadblock. Some swarmed around taxis that weren’t participating in the strike, yelling at the […]

Maine council considers bill inspired by the late Peter Falk

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:25

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill inspired by the late actor Peter Falk of the hit TV series “Columbo.” The bill was crafted by Falk’s daughter, and it protects family members’ rights to visit ailing or incapacitated loved ones. Catherine Falk became an advocate for family members’ rights after taking legal […]