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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison to a stature approaching that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States. The Senate gave final approval to the bill […]

Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:32

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is asking the United Nations to prevail upon the United States to uphold the principal of state immunity after an American court ruled that $2 billion of frozen Iranian assets be paid to victims of terrorist attacks. In a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Minister […]

Economic recovery’s two sides: weak growth even as hiring surges

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:31

Gross domestic product advanced at a mere 0.5 percent annual growth rate in the first quarter, while the job market appears to be at its healthiest point since the boom of the late 1990s. How can both be true? The explanation is the apparent lack of improvement in productivity.

Coastal razor clam digs happening soon at Long Beach and Mocrocks, and more digs offered later in May

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:29

Dig this news. State Fish and Wildlife has approved another round of coastal razor clam digs at two beaches after latest test sample for marine toxins came back under the cut-off threshold. “We got approval for the latest digs at Long Beach, and added some weekdays to Mocrocks,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish […]

UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:29

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council that the total number of casualties now stands at 30,729 including 9,333 people killed […]

Former defense secretaries push for trade pact

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security. The bipartisan group has penned a letter stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strengthen alliances with regional powers such as […]

Trump, Cruz face early test at California GOP conclave

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:26

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the party’s presidential nomination. Trump, who has seized front-runner status as a political outsider, will be speaking Friday outside […]

State fines ex-Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon for campaign violations

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:23

The state Public Disclosure Commission has fined former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon $4,200 for violating state campaign laws during his 2011 re-election campaign.

2016 NFL Draft: Live Seahawks coverage and analysis of the first round

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:20

Draft day is finally here! Follow along live as we break down the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, along with the Seahawks' No. 26 pick.

California Democrats will meet to choose national delegates

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While much of the political attention is focused on the California GOP convention this weekend, Democrats are holding important meetings around the state to select delegates to the national convention in Philadelphia. The party business is drawing outsize interest as California’s presidential primary — the last in the nation — is […]

EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:17

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. government says the owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the blaze. Environmental Protection Agency regional chief Mark Hague said Thursday that Republic Services will install temperature monitors and cooling loops, which are […]

NBA says Wade wasn’t fouled in final seconds of Game 5 loss

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:12

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA says Dwyane Wade was not fouled on Miami’s final offensive play of the Heat loss to Charlotte in Game 5 of the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series. Wade thought he was fouled with 2.6 seconds left as he tried to tie the game while being defended by the Hornets’ Cody […]

Seahawks waive Phillip Sims, one of only two quarterbacks on roster

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:09

Seattle on Thursday waived backup QB Phillip Sims, leaving the team with just one QB on the roster --- Russell Wilson.

Zoo defends decision not to kill tiger that attacked keeper

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:06

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The president of a Florida zoo defended Thursday the decision to tranquilize and not kill a rare Malayan tiger that had fatally attacked a keeper and was preventing rescuers from giving her aid. Palm Beach Zoo President Andrew Aiken told a news conference rescuers feared a bullet could ricochet […]

Illinois school settles separation of church and state case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:59

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois public school that requires students who ride the bus to arrive early for optional religious instruction at a Roman Catholic parish has agreed to discontinue the practice in response to a legal challenge. For generations, most students at the Teutopolis Grade School in central Illinois have started the day […]

How to become a homeowner when you don’t qualify for a mortgage

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:50

Lease-to-own contracts and land contracts are different legal ways to transfer occupancy of a property from an existing owner who does not want to occupy it to someone else who does but cannot immediately qualify for the financing required to purchase it outright.

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:45

___ US economy struggles at start of election year WASHINGTON (AP) — It was not a great start for the U.S. economy. With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy’s fitful recovery. Gross domestic […]

NCAA overturns satellite camp ban, so Cougars will get to run camps in California after all

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:44

On Thursday, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded the proposed ban on satellite camps, effectively immediately.

US beefs up surveillance over Islamic State in Libya

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has moved surveillance drones into the skies over Libya to gather intelligence and get a better picture of what’s going on in case additional military strikes against Islamic State militants are authorized. The top U.S. military officer told a Senate committee that the Pentagon has shifted assets to Libya, based […]

Amplifying youth voices through music mentorship

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:21

Totem Star recording studio, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, provides a place for young people to tell their stories through music.