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Use of bat boys suspended after 9-year-old’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:27
WICHITA, Kan. — The National Baseball Congress is suspending the use of bat boys and girls during its World Series in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a bat. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday after he was hit in the head with a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during […]

Skunk saved by police officer — sans spray

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:24
ROCHESTER, Mich. — A hungry skunk whose head was stuck in a yogurt container has a hero: a suburban Detroit police officer. Rochester Officer Merlin Taylor’s encounter Sunday was recorded from his police car. The video shows Taylor putting on a rubber glove and cautiously approaching the skunk, which was running in circles. Taylor removed […]


Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:22
A Washington State University Vancouver researcher has helped develop a model aiming to predict the number of birds that would be killed by a wind farm if it’s built. The study, led by WSUV assistant professor of statistics Leslie New, uses three basic parameters — hazardous footprint, bird exposure to turbines and collision probability — […]

Alaska bush pilot flies into the wild

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:11
A job with a view (of bears and more) for a Southeast Alaska seaplane pilot.

Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:08
ATLANTA — The Carter Center says former President Jimmy Carter has undergone a medical procedure to remove a small mass in his liver, and that he’s expected to make a full recovery. A statement released by Carter’s spokeswoman Deanna Congileo described Monday’s operation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta as an elective procedure. It said […]

Turkey, Kurd rebels gear up for return to all-out conflict

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:01
LICE, Turkey  — The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire — igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the […]

Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:00
U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians and more than 15,000 militants over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group says.

Party on, Abe: Illinois named top party school in the US

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:53
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp. But students at the central Illinois campus don’t just bury their heads in books, they also party — so much so that they’ve earned the top […]

Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:49
Many big-game hunters believe that what they do is a legitimate sport, conserves wildlife by funneling funds back into game reserves and can be the ultimate personal challenge in a natural setting.

9/11 memorial visitor carried 2 loaded handguns, police say

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:07
NEW YORK  — Authorities say a tourist has been arrested on charges she carried two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City. A criminal complaint says Elizabeth Enderli was visiting the site Saturday in lower Manhattan when she informed a police officer she had the weapons in her backpack. She was […]

Forrest Bird, inventor of medical respirators, dies at 94

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:06
BOISE, Idaho — Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94. His wife, Pamela Bird, said he died Sunday of natural causes at their Idaho home in Sagle. Forrest Bird is credited with creating the first low-cost, reliable medical respirators in the […]

House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the […]

Seahawks’ decision shows faith in Brandon Mebane, and the team’s Superstar Strategy

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:04
Seattle's decisions over the weekend further accentuated what many around the league are now calling the team's "Superstar Strategy."

Police: Messages for No. 1 Mafioso hidden in Sicilian soil

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:04
The No. 1 Cosa Nostra fugitive communicates using written messages buried in dirt or hidden under boulders on sheep ranches and comes and goes from Sicily, investigators said after nabbing 11 of his alleged accomplices.

Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:24
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary  — Hungarian soldiers started building a fence Monday on the border with Serbia, an effort meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. On the outskirts of the southern village of Asotthalom, soldiers were using heavy machinery to drive metal rods into the ground, the first steps […]

Texas’ attorney general charged with securities fraud

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:19
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton turned himself in Monday to face charges that he misled investors and didn’t disclose money he made for referring financial clients as part of his private business before becoming the state’s top lawyer in January. Paxton, a 52-year-old Republican, was fingerprinted and photographed at the Collin […]

Sheriff: Man fatally shoots defendant waiting at courthouse

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:18
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A man fatally shot a defendant waiting in a small courtyard outside a county courthouse in a historic Mississippi town Monday morning, and a suspect is in custody, law enforcement officials said. The suspect has been arrested and is in jail, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said, but he declined to […]

Prosecutors: Woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about it

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:15
TRENTON, N.J. — A woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family’s dog, then bragged about it, authorities said. Mercer County prosecutors say 19-year-old Hightstown resident Michelle Wankoff faces several counts, including animal cruelty and tampering with evidence. The charges stem from an investigation that […]

U.N. states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:13
UNITED NATIONS — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change. The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with […]

Creators of destroyed hitchhiking robot consider rebuilding hitchBOT

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:09
The talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in Philadelphia might be given another chance at life.