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California man pleads not guilty to lying about Syria trip

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:44

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi-born man living in California has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge that he lied to investigators about traveling to Syria two years ago to fight against the government there. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab faces up to eight years in prison if he’s convicted. Prosecutors and defense attorney Ben […]

Running back the Seattle Sounders offseason in five key dates

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:24

If you went into MLS hibernation the moment FC Dallas' decisive penalty kick knocked Seattle out of the playoffs, catch up with five important dates that summarize what you've missed.

3 charged in San Francisco public corruption case

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco city commissioner and two other people accepted $20,000 from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political access and preferential treatment in the awarding of city contracts, prosecutors said Friday. District Attorney George Gascon said his office charged former city commissioner Nazly Mohajer, former city employee Zula […]

‘Hana’s Suitcase’ packs a powerful tale of the Holocaust

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:20

Seattle Children’s Theatre is staging “Hana’s Suitcase,” the true story of a Tokyo museum coordinator whose detective work reunited a man in Canada with an artifact belonging to his sister, who perished in the Holocaust.

Travel poll: Buy food on the plane or bring a meal aboard?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:16

This week’s Travel Poll follows you to your plane seat in coach to ask about your eating habits. When you fly, are you satisfied to pop for $8 or $10 for the airline meal? Maybe you prefer to pick up something from the airport food court, prompting covetous glances from your seatmate who settled for […]

Who needs environmental protections?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:16

Imagine a governor of a large state deciding to cut costs and appointing a staff of bureaucrats who change the water supply for 100,000 people to save money but don’t bother to have it treated properly for contaminants. For more than a year, the people drink dangerous water without knowing it. When doctors start seeing […]

The Seattle Fund For The Needy still accepting donations

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:15

Donations are still being accepted to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, which closes its 2015-2016 campaign next week.

How to diagnose, fix slow Internet connection

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:11

Patrick Marshall answers readers’ questions about personal technology.

Albertsons settles Haggen’s $1 billion lawsuit for $5.75 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:43

The settlement was reached on Thursday, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. It would eliminate one of the legal uncertainties hanging over the dismantling of Haggen’s failed West Coast empire.

Education funding: Funds are needed, but so are new funding sources

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:42

A recent Times editorial [“4 things the Legislature must tackle now,” Opinion, Jan. 11] included some excellent examples for needed funding of very worthy programs — services for homeless youths, mental-health services, firefighting. But we all know that currently there are projected revenue deficits with current obligations to support, the biggest being public education as […]

Health insurance: There’s no need for additional legislation on billing

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:40

This week, the Legislature took up HB 2447, which would prohibit balance billing for out-of-network care in an emergency setting [“Insurance commissioner targets ER’s ‘surprise’ medical bills,” Local News, Jan. 19]. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who requested the legislation, testified that the proposal would protect patients from unexpected medical bills. What many people don’t know […]

Feds: California reservoirs only half full after big storms

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:33

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The recent onslaught of El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that now stand at half of historic depths for this time of year, federal officials said Friday while releasing an initial water outlook for 2016. The federally operated reservoirs that supply farms and cities throughout the […]

Shivering homeless man finds warmth in strangers’ kindness

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:33

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A teenage girl hopped out of a car at a red light as the snow pelted down, and handed a red wool blanket to a stranger. “God bless you,” said Shawn Harmon, who held his dog’s leash in one hand and a sign that read “need work!” in the other. “You […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 5 dead, 2 others injured in school shooting in Saskatchewan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:29

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 5 dead, 2 others injured in school shooting in Saskatchewan.

Phoenix school district outraged over photo of racial slur

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:26

PHOENIX (AP) — A suburban Phoenix school district is taking disciplinary action after a photo of students spelling out a racial slur with T-shirts showed up on social media. Tempe Union High School District spokeswoman Jill Hanks said Friday that the discipline process remains ongoing but six girls will be punished in accordance with district […]

Marijuana group wins free speech lawsuit against Iowa State

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:23

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that Iowa State University administrators violated the constitutional free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner issued an order granting members of the ISU chapter of the National […]

Report: Mariners agree to minor-league deal with first baseman Gaby Sanchez

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:21

The Mariners have agreed to terms with veteran first baseman Gaby Sanchez on a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league spring training. Sanchez will compete for the backup first-base job.

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 07:11

___ Weak growth and shaky markets put pressure on central banks WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s central banks are under pressure to do something about slumping economies and panicky stock markets. The question is, can — or will — they do much that would help? The head of the European Central Bank signaled this week […]

2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor Seattle theaters

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 06:48

The Seattle Theater Writers Critics’ Circle has announced its 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, which recognizes performances from the previous year at professional Seattle theaters.