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‘The Miniaturist:’ a tiny house harbors big secrets

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:16
Jessie Burton’s fine historical novel “The Miniaturist” is a drama with a mystery, about a 17th-century teenager in Amsterdam whose wedding gift — a dollhouse replica of her own home — is more than just a toy.

Handcrafted Uighur knives leave China on edge

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:16
Uighur craftsmen have elevated knife-making to a high art, and their ornate knives are prized by tourists. But Chinese authorities, who blame Uighurs for recent terrorist attacks, have cracked down on their knife industry, even banning sales and closing stores for a week.

Ukraine’s battered military inspires citizens to pitch in

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:16
As casualties have mounted in the war, Ukrainian citizens and support groups for wounded soldiers and their families have begun to rally behind their long-neglected, resource-starved army in a rush of patriotic feeling.

For polar bears, a climate-change twist

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:01
The earlier retreat of ice in the Arctic Sea has had a surprising effect in Manitoba, Canada. Without that ice, polar bears, no longer able to hunt seals — their main food source — for as long as before, have gone ashore and added a new menu item: snow geese.

Daily Rant&Rave: Pigeons are flying rats -- don't feed 'em

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:01
RAVE To the 100-plus Microsoft employees who spent the United Way “Day of Caring” at Whitman Middle School, working tirelessly on much-needed projects, cleaning up the area around the school collecting weeds and debris, re-striping the parking lot, painting an outside wall and a new ther

Volcano erupts in Japan; 250 trapped, 11 hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and trapping more than 250 people. At least 11 people were injured, including seven who were unconscious.

HK police arrest protesters at government complex

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
Riot police in Hong Kong on Saturday arrested dozens of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles to protest China's refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semiautonomous city.

Iran leader: time not right for another phone call

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the time isn't right for another phone conversation or a meeting with President Barack Obama "because of the sensitivity that still exists between the two countries."

Police: Trooper ambush suspect plotted for years

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
Police say the hard drive of a computer used by the suspect in the deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state police troopers provides evidence he has been planning an attack for years and preparing to avoid arrest.

Illinois air traffic center fire disrupts flights

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
Airlines were scrambling to accommodate travelers whose flights were canceled after a contract employee allegedly set fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked, halting flights at two of the nation's busiest airports.

US-led strikes hit IS group as coalition grows

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:31
American warplanes and drones hit Islamic State group tanks, Humvees, checkpoints and bunkers in airstrikes Friday targeting the extremists in Syria and Iraq, as the U.S.-led coalition expanded to include Britain, Denmark and Belgium.

Why rate hikes are good news for stocks

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:01
It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

Activist investor pushes Yahoo to buy rival AOL

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:01
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting some unsolicited advice on how to turn around the long-struggling Internet company, just like some of her predecessors who tangled with investors dissatisfied with management's performance.

'Bond King' Bill Gross leaves Pimco, joins Janus

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:01
The biggest star in the bond market shocked the financial world Friday by leaving the huge money management firm he has led for four decades and joining a much smaller rival.

Economy's Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:01
The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

US stocks end rocky week with a surge; Nike gains

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:01
Good economic and corporate news helped the stock market stage a rebound at the end of a turbulent week of trading. Nike jumped after turning in higher profits, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher.

Britain joins fight against Islamic State group

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:31
Britain, Belgium and Denmark on Friday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, committing warplanes to the struggle against the extremists.

No charges in toxic tea incident at Utah eatery

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 18:16
No charges will be filed in the case of a customer who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a suburban Salt Lake City restaurant, prosecutors said Friday.

Virus probed in paralysis cases in 9 Colorado kids

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 18:16
Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.