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The Latest: FBI checkpoints around refuge where some remain

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:34

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 7:35 a.m. The FBI has established checkpoints around a national wildlife preserve in Oregon where some armed activists still are believed to be holed up, saying the decision came out of […]

Police: Man killed woman who rejected his advances at a bar

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:32

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man shot and killed a woman just moments after she rejected his advances at a bar. Charles McKinney is accused of killing 29-year-old Janese Talton outside a Pittsburgh bar early Friday. Talton is the sister of Pittsburgh Democratic state Rep. Ed Gainey. Police say McKinney led authorities on […]

Springsteen reschedules NYC show after snowstorm, adds dates

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:32

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band said Wednesday their New York City show that was canceled because of the recent snowstorm will now take place in March. Springsteen had been set to perform his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The show was canceled and will […]

Puccini’s last opera next up for Met HD broadcast

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:38

NEW YORK (AP) — You won’t hear Nina Stemme singing in Act 1 of Puccini’s “Turandot,” but watch closely and you’ll spot her — looming over Franco Zeffirelli’s massive set on a 12-foot-high platform placed 65 feet back from the orchestra pit. “It’s really me!” the Swedish soprano said with a laugh during an interview […]

Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in TV drama

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:37

LONDON (AP) — Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a TV drama set to broadcast later this year. The white British star of “Shakespeare in Love” plays the late King of Pop in “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. The script is based […]

The Latest: Gov. Snyder, Flint mayor to discuss city’s water

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:30

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Flint’s water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver have scheduled a news conference to address the actions the Michigan city has taken and the next steps it […]

PM says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:23

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s prime minister on Wednesday announced constitutional amendments that would result in more opposition politicians in Parliament, long dominated by his ruling People’s Action Party. Lee Hsien Loong, who is also secretary general of the party, said the changes will ensure the government is “always kept on its toes.” The PAP has […]

Federal pain panel rife with links to pharma companies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers “horrible,” have drug-industry ties. The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee is a government advisory panel of federal scientists, outside academics and patient representatives. Of the 18 committee […]

Clock ticking on advanced courses at Rainier Beach, while students fill more I.B. classes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:15

As the final year of funding approaches for a popular advanced-learning program at one of Seattle's poorest high schools, a community goes into overdrive to find answers.

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe’s students go on to teach

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:14

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ’86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted […]

Def Leppard to debut new music video in ‘Guitar Hero’ game

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:13

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Def Leppard is pouring some video into “Guitar Hero.” The rock band will be the first artist ever to debut a new music video through the long-running video game series. The music video for “Dangerous” from the band’s recently released self-titled album will premiere Wednesday on “Guitar Hero Live,” the latest […]

The Latest: Maldives-related Zika case found in Finland

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:50

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. (All times local): 12:30 p.m. Health officials in Helsinki say that a Finnish tourist was infected by the Zika virus after visiting the Maldives last summer. Epidemiologist […]

Families of 2 killed in train-car collision file lawsuits

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:45

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The families of two New York men killed last year when a Metro-North train struck an SUV have filed negligence lawsuits against the railroad and its engineer. The Journal News ( ) says lawyers for Joseph Nadol of Ossining and Robert Dirks of Chappaqua are seeking an unspecified amount in […]

Court to weigh practice of Christian prayers at meetings

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:42

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court is poised to examine whether county commissioners in North Carolina should be allowed to open their meetings with Christian prayers. Wednesday’s arguments before a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will be the first time a federal appeals court considers government prayer practices since […]

Federal court to hear arguments in transgender restroom case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:33

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a Virginia transgender student’s lawsuit challenging his school’s restroom policy. The hearing before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set for Wednesday morning. A ruling is expected several weeks later. Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm was […]

Image of Asia: Demanding resignation of Indian minister

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:31

In this photo by Altaf Qadri, a student shouts slogans demanding the resignation of India’s education minister while being detained by police at a protest in New Delhi. The protesters accuse Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor along with two federal ministers of unfairly demanding punishment for five lower-caste students involved in a clash last year with […]

The Latest: Ai Weiwei withdraws works from Danish museums

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:25

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the continuing influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe: All times local: 3:25 p.m. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is withdrawing his works from two museums in Denmark to protest a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from migrants. Ai announced on social media […]

Norfolk Southern misses Street 4Q forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:19

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $361 million. The Norfolk, Virginia-based company said it had profit of $1.20 per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.28 per share. The railroad posted […]

Shell shareholders approve deal to buy UK rival BG

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:17

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the 34 billion pound ($49 billion) bid to buy BG Group, despite a slide in oil prices that have had some critics wondering about the wisdom of the mega-deal. More than 80 percent of shareholders approved the move on Wednesday. The deal will boost Shell’s […]

Boeing adjusted 4Q profit beats, 2016 outlook disappoints

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:10

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing’s fourth-quarter performance beat analysts’ estimates, but the company’s 2016 outlook came in well below Wall Street’s expectations. Shares fell more than 6 percent in Wednesday premarket trading. For the period ended Dec. 31, Boeing earned $1.03 billion, or $1.51 per share. A year earlier the Chicago company earned $1.47 billion, or […]