Seattle Times Headlines

Military brass to gather in Vermont to highlight ROTC origin

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:33

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Almost 200 years after Vermont native Alden Partridge set up the nation’s first private military college on the banks of the Connecticut River, thousands of young women and men across the country are perpetuating his dream of having civilian-educated officers leading the nation’s military. On Thursday, some of the nation’s top […]

Obama’s power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally. The court is weighing the fate of Obama administration programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and grant them the […]

Poll: Americans happy at home, upset with federal government

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:21

CHICAGO (AP) — All that talk of an angry America? An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that most Americans are happy with their friends and family, feel good about their finances and are more or less content at work. It’s government, particularly the federal government, that’s making them see red. Almost 8 in 10 Americans say […]

101-year-old Florida woman gets second chance at prom

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:07

MIAMI (AP) — A 101-year-old Florida woman is getting a second chance at prom. Eleanor Bessin says she attended her prom on a boat in Boston with a man she had been planning to marry. However, he went off to serve in World War II, and when he returned, he developed cancer and died. She […]

Rule targets prosecutors who don’t reveal innocence evidence

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:02

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As four men sat in prison for a murder they didn’t commit, records show that state investigators sent proof of their innocence to a North Carolina prosecutor but he never revealed it to the convicted men. That’s not unusual: Just 13 states have a rule requiring prosecutors to come forward if […]

How Trump can lock up GOP nomination before the convention

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — To all the political junkies yearning for a contested Republican convention this summer: not so fast. It’s still possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. His path is narrow and perilous. But it’s plausible and starts with a big victory Tuesday in […]

Rant & Rave: Cash returned, cynicism cured

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 21:00

Readers rave about returned forgotten store change, rant about businesses not hiring retired people.

Spain’s rescue services search for boat with 27 aboard

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 20:44

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has deployed ships and aircraft in a search for a boat believed to be carrying 27 people in the southern Mediterranean Sea. The service said a Spanish Navy ship joined in the search Saturday for the boat that is thought to be transporting migrants trying to […]

Looking sharp, Semenya does 400-800 double at nationals

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 20:28

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya won national titles in the 400 and 800 meters and ran Olympic qualifying times in both events at the South African championships. In between Semenya’s victories Saturday, world champion Wayde van Niekerk retained his 400-meter title in 44.99 seconds, also going under the South African qualifying mark for […]

Merkel criticized, lauded for allowing comic’s prosecution

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 20:11

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow the possible prosecution of a TV comic for writing an intentionally offensive poem about Turkey’s president has prompted a mixed reaction in Germany. Some commentators are praising her, saying Friday’s decision to let prosecutors and courts decide whether comedian Jan Boehmermann insulted a foreign head of […]

Bhutan holds elaborate naming ceremony for new crown prince

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 20:04

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Bhutan’s new crown prince was bestowed with a name Saturday at a solemn religious ceremony at a majestic 17th century palace that houses the relics of a famous Buddhist master. The 2 1/2-month-old son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema was given the name Jigme Namgyal Wangchuck […]

Experts give new details of IS destruction of Syrian museum

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:25

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Experts back from assessing damage at the museum in Palmyra offered grim new details Saturday about the extent of the destruction caused by the Islamic State group during the 10 months it ruled the ancient town. The museum was trashed and some of its best-known artifacts and statues were smashed by […]

Head of UK spy agency apologizes for prejudice to gays

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:20

LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain’s digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization’s historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the human rights group Stonewall that a ban on homosexuals had caused […]

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 18:46

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s gallery features a mural of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson in Philadelphia, a land mine detonating amid the ruins of Syria’s ancient city […]

London mayor accuses Barack Obama of hypocrisy

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 18:21

LONDON (AP) — London Mayor Boris Johnson has accused U.S. President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for supporting those who want Britain to stay in the European Union. Speaking just days before the American leader travels to London, Johnson told the BBC there is no way the United States would share sovereignty the way EU membership […]

Iraqi lawmakers launch new bid to oust parliament speaker

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 18:19

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers have gathered at parliament in defiance of the speaker, saying they have enough votes to replace him after he postponed a session. The lawmakers were gathering Saturday in hopes of holding another vote, after an earlier attempt on Thursday failed because of a lack of quorum. Parliamentary spokesman Imad al-Khafaji […]

AP-NORC Poll: That’s rude: More say GOP is discourteous

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 18:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ask Americans about bad manners in the 2016 presidential campaign and the conversation shifts immediately to Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner who has branded his critics, “little,” ”lyin,” ”low-energy” and worse. “I don’t recall anyone stirring up as much of a fuss as Mr. Trump,” says Sidney Waldman, 81, a retired book […]

AP PHOTOS: The path of destruction from Japan’s earthquakes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 18:07

TOKYO (AP) — Back-to-back deadly earthquakes on successive nights near the city of Kumamoto in southern Japan have toppled buildings and triggered landslides. Residents are on edge as strong aftershocks jolt the region. Officials were warning that rain expected Saturday night could cause more landslides. Nearly 200,000 homes were without electricity, and drinking water systems […]

Following Diana’s footsteps, British royals visit Taj Mahal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 17:03

AGRA, India (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invoked nostalgia Saturday as they sat and smiled for photos on the same marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal where Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, had posed alone for a memorable 1992 photo. Winding down their weeklong royal tour of India and […]

Officials say Afghan forces have repelled attack on Kunduz

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 16:51

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say Afghan forces have repelled a Taliban assault on the northern city of Kunduz, which the insurgents had briefly seized last year. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh, the provincial police chief, said Saturday that security in Kunduz city has improved and that the Taliban were defeated in other parts of Kunduz province. […]