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Meldonium’s creator: Drug used to improve sexual performance

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:12

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latvian scientist who developed meldonium says some male athletes who have taken the recently banned drug have used it in order to improve sexual performance. The drug, which is typically recommended for heart disease patients, was banned for 2016, prompting at least 172 failed tests worldwide, including Maria Sharapova. Ivars Kalvinsin, […]

Thailand says Songkran holiday road deaths rose 21 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:11

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand said Monday that 442 people died in traffic accidents during the just concluded traditional New Year holiday — a 21 percent rise over the same period last year despite stern efforts to curb drunken and unsafe driving. It was the highest number of Songkran holiday deaths since 476 were […]

GameStop to launch video game publishing division

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:04

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — GameStop is diving into the video game publishing business. The retailer best known for selling games announced plans Monday to launch a new division called GameTrust that will help distribute and market them. GameTrust will initially publish games from a lineup of developers that includes the creators of the “Trine,” ”Deadlight” […]

Rent Due: Florida landlord fatally shoots tenant over $550

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:01

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida landlord is accused of fatally shooting a tenant following an argument over rent. Police say that late Saturday, 76-year-old Reineiro Espino Caballero went to collect the $550 that 46-year-old Ramon Emilo Gutierrez Castillo still owed him for this April. Local news outlets report that after the two men […]

Flash floods in north Afghanistan kill 38 people overnight

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:01

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say flash floods in northern provinces have killed at least 38 people overnight. Remote, northern areas of Afghanistan often see flash floods triggered by heavy rains, which also cause landslides. The officials said Monday that the flash floods struck the provinces of Takhar, Badghis and Samangan. Heavy rains have […]

What would it cost to leave EU? UK slaps a price tag on it

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:55

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Treasury chief has put a price tag on it: Leaving the European Union would cost each household the equivalent of $6,100. The estimate is based on a 200-page analysis of the long-term costs and benefits of EU membership and its alternatives that George Osborne published Monday ahead of the June 23 […]

2 Syracuse football players stabbed in campus altercation

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:51

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Two Syracuse football players were stabbed several times in an altercation at the university’s south campus, and a former teammate has been charged in the assault. Police said redshirt junior defensive backs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum, both 21, were injured in the attack at about 6 p.m. Saturday and hospitalized […]

Queen Elizabeth II to mark 90th birthday at Windsor Castle

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:36

LONDON (AP) — The longest-reigning monarch in British history turns 90 on Thursday, but Queen Elizabeth II is not planning a major, fireworks-filled celebration to mark the happy occasion. Just a gentle stroll outside the grounds of Windsor Castle, the lighting of a beacon, and a night at home with family are all that are […]

Report: 500 kids sick at Chinese school built on toxic soil

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:31

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating a report that close to 500 students became sick with illnesses including cancer at a school built near former chemical plants in eastern China. State broadcaster CCTV said Sunday that high concentrations of some toxic chemicals may have caused cases of lymphoma and leukemia among the students. The […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:07

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FIGHTS LOOM AFTER BRAZIL’S LOWER CHAMBER OKS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS The measure now goes to the Senate, which must decide if it will try democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff for alleged fiscal irregularities. 2. QUAKE DEATH TOLL ABOVE […]

Spanish rival launches 2nd takeover bid for Portuguese bank

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:28

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s Caixabank is making its second attempt in just over a year to take control of Banco Portugues do Investimento, launching a crossborder takeover bid Monday that valued the Portuguese bank at 1.62 billion euros ($1.83 billion). Caixabank, S.A., which is the Portuguese bank’s largest shareholder with 44 percent of its […]

German Muslim leader draws nationalist party Nazi parallel

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:28

BERLIN (AP) — A German Muslim leader drew a parallel between a nationalist party and the Nazis on Monday after a prominent party member said that Islam is incompatible with Germany’s constitution. Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has seen its support swell on opposition to the migrant influx to Europe. It also has talked tough […]

South Korea’s president to visit Iran for 1st summit talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:33

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president is to visit Iran early next month for what would be the two countries’ first summit talks, her office said Monday. Iran has been seeking to integrate into the global financial system and improve ties with other countries since nuclear-related sanctions were lifted in January. Tehran last […]

Israeli army says it discovered tunnel from Gaza into Israel

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:23

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has discovered and destroyed a tunnel burrowing from Gaza into Israel. Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the tunnel is the first discovered since Israel’s 2014 war with the militant Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip. Lerner said on Monday troops detected the tunnel’s exit, still […]

South Africa: Pistorius to be sentenced in June for murder

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:16

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius appeared briefly in a Pretoria court where a judge scheduled five days in June to determine his sentence for the conviction of murdering his girlfriend. The sentencing hearing for Pistorius will be held from June 13 to 17 at Pretoria High Court. […]

Everyone lies, but politicians do it more often

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — This is the season of lies. We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump routinely calls rival Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Cruz retorts: “Falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie and something Donald does daily.” […]

‘Innovation Center’ tries to reinvent Medicare

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:10

WASHINGTON (AP) — They work for the government and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It’s not because they’re spies or nuclear scientists, but because their jobs are so arcane: trying to reinvent Medicare to improve it, and maybe save taxpayers money. In a sprawling, nondescript office park near Baltimore, some […]

Scorecard: Which candidate is most authentic New Yorker?

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:08

NEW YORK (AP) — In a rare, competitive New York presidential primary, three candidates are promoting their ties to the Big Apple. But who among them is the most authentic New Yawker? It’s a tough test, measured in time and roots but also in investment and affection. Locals say you know it when you see […]

Tax time: More than 5M returns expected by midnight deadline

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time —a six-month extension. The filing deadline on Monday was delayed three days beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Some things […]

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:04

Two nights of terrifying earthquakes struck southern Japan’s Kyushu island within 28 hours, flattening houses, crumpling roads and causing a giant Shinto shrine to collapse to the ground. Photos captured the destruction inflicted by the quakes that hit late Thursday and early Sunday. They killed at least 42 people, caused landslides and forced some 180,000 […]