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Photos of the Day: Aug. 11, 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 23:15
Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Sumitomo Life to buy Bellevue insurer Symetra for $3.8B

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:55
Insurers in Asia have been looking to the U.S. as growth slows at home.

91-year-old Sydney man charged with importing cocaine

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:44
SYDNEY (AP) — A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware they are not tricked into becoming drug mules. Victor Twartz, of Sydney, was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court charged with importing a commercial […]

Ex-unpaid intern sues Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s company

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A former intern has sued Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s licensing and manufacturing company, saying she worked 50 hours a week but wasn’t paid. Shahista Lalani filed a class-action lawsuit against Dualstar Entertainment Group in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court. Lalani says she worked from May to September 2012. The Daily News reports […]

‘Downton Abbey’ to get special tribute at star-studded event

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:43
LONDON (AP) — The cast and crew of “Downton Abbey” will be awarded a special tribute from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for its outstanding success in Britain and around the world. Actress Julie Walters will present the award to the cast of the hugely popular TV period drama in front of […]

Cuba’s tourism boom leaves some worrying they’ll be left out

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:42
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbor promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal benches. Missing are the tourists. As foreign visitors flood Havana and a select group of other colonial cities and beach resorts, […]

33-year-old man arrested for the 32nd time

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:15
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A 33-year-old man has logged his 32nd arrest in Florida after deputies found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The Northwest Florida Daily News ( ) reports Willie Goldsmith was stopped Sunday. Walton County Sheriff’s deputies say he was driving with a suspended driver’s license. According to an […]

Police say dogs seeking cupcakes caused small stove fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:15
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Police say dogs trying to get at a box of cupcakes left on top of a stove apparently started a small fire in a central Pennsylvania home. The landlord tells police in Logan Township that he stopped by his tenants’ home to let out the dogs about 8 p.m. Sunday. That’s […]

Police ID clown-dressed man accused of swinging ax at woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:15
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Police in western North Carolina have identified a man accused of swinging an ax at a woman while wearing a clown costume. Multiple media outlets report that the woman has obtained an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Jimmy Raybon of Connelly Springs on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Hickory […]

Paraglider prompts strange sky chase after jail flyover

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:14
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — A midair traffic stop? Almost, as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter pursued a powered paraglider that had just flown past a jail, raising concern. A KABC-TV ( helicopter captured the brief chase that took place when the man in the paraglider flew near Los Angeles County’s Pitchess Detention Center Monday. […]

Al Roker’s ‘The Storm of the Century’ dives into 1900 storm

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Roker’s new book, “The Storm of the Century,” reads like a blockbuster movie script, but the “Today” show weatherman said the drama, heartache and strife of the Great Hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas, is all too real. “This is still the greatest natural disaster to hit the United […]

Scorsese, DiCaprio to adapt ‘Devil in the White City’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Larson’s “The Devil in the White City” is finally headed to the big screen, with Martin Scorsese directing and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in it. Paramount Pictures confirmed Monday that it has optioned Larson’s best-seller. The screenplay will be adapted by Billy Ray, who scripted “Captain Phillips” and “The Hunger Games.” […]

British actor John Hurt ‘optimistic’ about cancer treatment

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:12
LONDON (AP) — Veteran British actor John Hurt has said that his cancer treatment is going “terrifically well” and he is optimistic. The 75-year-old actor said in June that he had been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment. In an interview with the Radio Times published Monday, Hurt said: “I can’t […]

Bunk on a battleship during pope’s Philadelphia visit

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:11
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Visitors looking for a place to stay during Pope Francis’ trip to Philadelphia have an unusual option. The Battleship New Jersey is offering 400 bunks for $75 per person for a night between Sept. 22 and Sept. 26. Those are the same bunks where sailors slept. The price includes breakfast and […]

4th night of Ferguson protests brings confrontation, arrests

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:10
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested nearly two dozen people in Ferguson during a protest that stretched into early Tuesday marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, although there was no repeat of the violence that scarred weekend demonstrations. There were no shots fired and no burglaries, looting or property damage […]

Community service for 2 men after World Trade Center jumps

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:09
NEW YORK (AP) — Two men convicted of parachute-jumping from the top of One World Trade Center were sentenced on Monday to community service and each ordered to pay $2,000 in fines. A judge sentenced James Brady to 250 hours of community service and Andrew Rossig to 200 hours. The men were convicted in June […]

Sen. Marco Rubio in Washington state to raise money

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:12
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is in Washington state to raise money for his presidential bid.

Tacoma railway to get makeover with new bridge

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:09
Railways in Tacoma will see improvements as Sound Transit plans to replace a wooden trestle with a concrete-and-steel bridge.

Washington company recalls Precious Cargo onesies

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:08
A Washington clothing company has recalled 479,000 Precious Cargo onesies over a choking risk.

Aug. 25: Free Day in Washington state parks

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:07
Aug. 25 will be a free day for visitors to Washington state parks in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service.