Seattle Times Headlines

Viewer’s Guide: Trump drama, closing arguments before Iowa

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s one thing to attack Donald Trump when he’s standing on the presidential debate stage. But what about when he’s not? It’s a complicated question for the seven presidential candidates in the seventh prime time Republican presidential debate, who expect a no-show from the front-runner who has eclipsed the contest for months […]

Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation’s historic gains in coverage are slowing. The survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that: — Only 15 percent of […]

At 19, Ekblad heading to his second All-Star Game

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:49

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad bought a PlayStation 4 console a few months ago, hardly an uncommon purchase for a 19-year-old. Except in his case, the games sit around and collect dust. “Haven’t used it once,” Ekblad said. “Big waste of money.” That sums up Ekblad. The kid has no desire to act like […]

Al-Jazeera journalists released after abduction in Yemen

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:43

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Jazeera says three of its journalists who were abducted in the war-ravaged Yemeni city of Taiz have been released. In an online statement Thursday, the network said that reporter Hamdi al-Bokari and crew members Abdulaziz al-Sabri and Moneer al-Sabai were freed. Taiz sits in the country’s rugged interior mountains and its […]

Widow of Illinois officer accused of assisting in scheme

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:41

CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the wife of a disgraced northern Illinois policeman who embezzled money from a youth program and then staged his own suicide to look like a homicide. Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, turned herself in Wednesday at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office when she learned of the grand jury indictment […]

Sweden to deport up to 80,000 asylum-seekers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:38

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says Sweden could deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum-seekers in coming years. Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent of asylum applications are currently rejected, the country must get ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter in Sweden last […]

Oregon armed standoff: What’s going on?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:36

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Ammon Bundy and six others others arrested for occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon had their initial court appearances Wednesday. A judge ordered them to remain in jail until at least Friday as authorities and Bundy himself worked to convince the few remaining people at the remote refuge to stand […]

3 more arrested as Bundy urges refuge occupiers to leave

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:32

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Hours after the jailed leader of an armed anti-government group urged remaining militants to abandon the Oregon wildlife refuge they have occupied for more than three weeks, the FBI said they arrested three more suspects at one of the checkpoints they’ve established near the refuge. The FBI and Oregon State Police […]

Day hopeful of defending title at Torrey Pines

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:30

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The best season of Jason Day’s career began at the Farmers Insurance Open when he won a four-man playoff, the first of his five victories that for a brief time took him to No. 1 in the world. Before he can defend his title, however, Day has to get to the […]

California wrestles with making self-driving cars public

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is wrestling with how to keep the public safe as an imperfect technology matures — but not […]

Michigan set to OK $28M more to address Flint water crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:28

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature is poised to approve $28 million in additional funding to address the lead contamination of Flint’s water. The emergency spending bill up for final voting Thursday includes money for more bottled water and filters and services to monitor for developmental delays in young children. The funds also will […]

Broncos accustomed to pulling out wins in tight situations

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:24

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As confetti cannons showered the Denver Broncos with a blizzard of orange and blue, Methodist minister Don Bird of Aurora, Colorado, expressed the feelings of so many sweat-drenched, fingernail-nibbling fans. “I am convinced that Broncos fans are the most well-conditioned fans in the NFL,” Bird wrote on Facebook after Peyton Manning […]

Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid legal marijuana

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:43

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say illegal drug traffickers are seeking refuge in Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace, growing their crops among the state’s pot warehouses and farms and shipping large amounts out of state to places where it is still illegal. In one case, the owner of a skydiving business crammed hundreds of pounds of Colorado […]

Texas driver fatally shot in apparent road rage incident

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:32

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A Fort Worth woman has been fatally shot in what police say was an apparent road rage incident on a Texas highway. Authorities say 26-year-old Brittany Daniel was driving on Interstate Highway 30 in Arlington around 7 p.m. Wednesday when a suspect in the rear passenger seat of another car opened […]

Waving goodbye to a piece of Americana — the lumberjack

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:25

GREENSBORO, Vt. (AP) — In the snowy woods of northern New England and other forested parts of the country, the lumberjack is an endangered species. As high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, which themselves replaced the ax, a generations-old way of life is disappearing, one that historically saw fathers pass on to their sons their love […]

Bret Michaels’ childhood home destroyed in fire, 7 escape

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:22

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a central Pennsylvania home where Poison lead singer Bret Michaels once lived as a child. Upper Allen Township Fire Chief Jim Salter says firefighters had trouble battling the Mechanicsburg fire Wednesday afternoon because nearby fire hydrants were buried in snow. Mechanicsburg is about 8 miles southwest of […]

Asian stocks fluctuate as investors mull latest from Fed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:19

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets wavered Thursday after the Federal Reserve sounded a note of caution on the world economy and its effect on U.S. growth but left the door open for rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index gave up early gains to slip 0.4 percent to 17,098.60. South Korea’s […]

Want to feel better? Move to Hawaii, Alaska

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:18

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the Lower 48. A new report ranking all 50 states based on residents’ sense of well-being puts Hawaii at No. 1, followed by Alaska, which held the top spot last year. Hawaii has been No. 1 in the poll five times […]

Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber advance to Australian Open final

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:08

Serena Williams provided another reminder of her dominance in women’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the Australian Open semifinals against Agnieszka Radwanska, who is soon to move to the No. 3 ranking.

Authorities: Three more people arrested in connection with an armed group that seized a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:08

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities: Three more people arrested in connection with an armed group that seized a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.