Seattle Times Headlines

Site for neighborhood groups moves to stop racial profiling

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 02:41

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A popular San Francisco-based website meant for neighborhood groups across the country to share recommendations on dog-sitters or pass along used baby clothes said it is stepping up efforts to block people from using the tool for racial profiling. Residents of racially diverse Oakland say the website that allows communities to […]

School official gets diversion in failure to report rape

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 02:38

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The assistant principal at a Tennessee high school where basketball players are accused of raping younger teammates has been sentenced to community service and a class on mandatory reporting for failing to report the abuse. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/27dSeVS) the judge on Wednesday approved a pre-trial diversion plan […]

Mariners vs. Rays: Live coverage as Taijuan Walker, Seattle go for home sweep of Rays

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 02:32

Can the red-hot Mariners snag their second sweep of the season? Follow live updates from Wednesday's matinee against the Rays.

Ohio fights order to return tigers, baboons to farm owner

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is fighting a court order to return five tigers, two pumas, two baboons and one chimpanzee to a farm in Massillon (MAS’-ih-luhn). The state asked the Ohio Supreme Court in a motion Wednesday to stop action in the case in which a Stark County judge ordered the animals returned to […]

Illinois Senate campaign targets ‘war hero’ veterans record

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:42

CHICAGO (AP) — Rep. Tammy Duckworth lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq, then went on to hold leadership roles in the Illinois and U.S. Veterans Affairs departments. Yet, the Democratic Senate hopeful now finds her record on helping military veterans under attack by her opponent, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, as […]

Samsung Gear expands virtual-reality arsenal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:32

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to its Gear virtual reality headset as it attempts to turn a technological curiosity into a cultural phenomenon. The new selections announced Wednesday include “Nomads,” a three-dimensional video series examining different lifestyles in remote parts of the world. […]

Alexa now can help users track Amazon parcels

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:32

Shoppers obsessively tracking their Amazon packages can put the smartphones back in their pocket and ask Alexa, the tech giant’s voice-powered digital assistant, instead.

Sounders to host West Ham United in international friendly on July 5

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:31

The Seattle Sounders will host West Ham United of the English Premier League in an international friendly on July 5 at CenturyLink Field, the club announced Wednesday in a release. The match will mark the 10th such exhibition since Seattle joined MLS in 2009, and the fifth against EPL competition. Following its upset of Manchester […]

Seattle Beer Week 2016: These are the best events on tap

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:30

The city’s biggest beer festival kicks off Thursday, May 12. Here is where to drink during these glorious 11 days.

Passenger’s quest for beer, flight attendants’ hugs forced Alaska flight to divert, feds say

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:29

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A passenger who authorities say forced an Alaska Airlines flight to be diverted after he didn’t get a beer has pleaded not guilty in Portland, Oregon, to a charge of interfering with a flight crew. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday says 32-year-old Luke Watts of Portland threatened to become violent if […]

Columbia River mainstem reopens Friday through Sunday for hatchery spring chinook fishing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:29

The Columbia River mainstem below and above Bonneville Dam will reopen for hatchery-marked spring chinook fishing this Friday through Sunday, and fishing should be fairly good. “There should be some fish in the lower river, and the best catches will likely be up toward Bonneville and from the Cowlitz downstream,” said Joe Hymer, a state […]

Fitness star Tracy Anderson: stop aspiring to a celeb body

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:28

MIAMI (AP) — She’s sculpted the bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez and runs a multimillion-dollar fitness empire with 218,000 Instagram followers, but Tracy Anderson is tired of talking about how to achieve the perfect celebrity body. Anderson has turned down several offers for reality shows and says she no longer accepts new celebrity […]

New Orleans sheriff: Federal jail action like coup attempt

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:25

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for New Orleans’ sheriff say a federal move to strip him of his authority to run the city’s jail amounts to an illegal coup attempt. U.S. Justice Department attorneys and lawyers for inmates last month filed a motion seeking to have a third-party “receiver” run the jail, which has long […]

Timberlake, Kendrick preview ‘Trolls’ with a Lauper tune

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:47

CANNES, France (AP) — “Anna and Garfunkel” is how Justin Timberlake introduced himself and Anna Kendrick for an acoustic performance of Cindi Lauper’s “True Colors” at the Cannes Film Festival. The pair was in Cannes on Wednesday to promote the DreamWorks Animation release “Trolls,” for which they voice the main characters. Timberlake is also executive […]

Father: Missing teen fisherman’s phone can’t be fixed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:46

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The father of a missing teen fisherman says Apple could not retrieve any text messages or other data from his son’s recovered cellphone. Blu Stephanos issued a statement Wednesday saying the iPhone owned by his son Austin was damaged beyond repair after being at sea since last July. Austin and his […]

Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore company

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson said she had an offshore company for privacy reasons only. The company, Falling Leaves Ltd., was named in the so-called Panama Papers, a series of leaked documents that revealed how some politicians and celebrities hide money. More files were made available this week […]

Alabama inmate asks appeals court to halt execution

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for an Alabama inmate are asking an appellate court to halt his upcoming execution. Attorneys for Vernon Madison filed the stay request Wednesday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers said the 65-year-old inmate’s mental decline from strokes and dementia has left him without a rational understanding of […]

Ex-CBC radio hosts apologizes; sex assault charge dropped

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

TORONTO (AP) — A criminal charge against a former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host was dropped Wednesday after he reached an agreement with prosecutors that included an apology for thrusting his hip into a former colleague’s backside. Jian Ghomeshi, the former host of “Q,” a popular radio show on culture heard in Canada and many […]

$3M of opium seized from Minnesota women at Chicago airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

CHICAGO (AP) — Customs officials seized nearly 70 pounds of opium from three Minnesota women arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on a flight from Southeast Asia. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the three women arrived at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday on a flight from Laos, via Japan. Officers found 470 packets of […]

AP Explains: Bias complaints on Facebook’s ‘trending’ tool

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:36

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s behind the accusations that Facebook is manipulating its “trending topics” feature to promote or suppress certain political perspectives? According to the technology blog Gizmodo , which is owned by Gawker Media, a former Facebook contractor with self-described conservative leanings said Facebook downplayed news that conservatives are interested in and artificially […]