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Russians with foreign currency mortgages protest at banks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:37

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians who took out mortgages denominated in a foreign currency are protesting at their banks to demand that the loans be restructured. They chose foreign currency mortgages years ago to take advantage of lower interest rates abroad, but when Russia’s currency collapsed, the cost of repaying those mortgages skyrocketed. Groups of a […]

Russians with foreign currency mortgages protest at banks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:37

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians who took out mortgages denominated in a foreign currency are protesting at their banks to demand that the loans be restructured. They chose foreign currency mortgages years ago to take advantage of lower interest rates abroad, but when Russia’s currency collapsed, the cost of repaying those mortgages skyrocketed. Groups of a […]

Celebrities are going to be huge in Super Bowl ads

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:33

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Game is more than a week away, but Super Bowl advertisers are already out in force online, playing up celebrity cameos to drive buzz for their brands. First-time advertiser Amazon on Wednesday teased its ad with Alec Baldwin. On Thursday, Hyundai revealed that Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds will […]

Celebrities are going to be huge in Super Bowl ads

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:33

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Game is more than a week away, but Super Bowl advertisers are already out in force online, playing up celebrity cameos to drive buzz for their brands. First-time advertiser Amazon on Wednesday teased its ad with Alec Baldwin. On Thursday, Hyundai revealed that Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds will […]

GameStop, Insomniac Games will duet with ‘Song of the Deep’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:32

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — GameStop is dipping a toe into the video game publishing business. The retailer is partnering with Insomniac Games to release the studio’s upcoming underwater-set adventure “Song of the Deep.” The Grapevine, Texas-based company will also sell “Song of the Deep” merchandise. The venture marks GameStop’s first dive into console game publishing. […]

GameStop, Insomniac Games will duet with ‘Song of the Deep’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:32

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — GameStop is dipping a toe into the video game publishing business. The retailer is partnering with Insomniac Games to release the studio’s upcoming underwater-set adventure “Song of the Deep.” The Grapevine, Texas-based company will also sell “Song of the Deep” merchandise. The venture marks GameStop’s first dive into console game publishing. […]

Victim’s mental health an issue in Florida police killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:21

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for a Florida sheriff’s deputy charged with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting of a man carrying only an air rifle is seeking access to the dead man’s mental health records. A hearing is set Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court on the records issue. Deputy Peter Peraza’s attorney […]

Victim’s mental health an issue in Florida police killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:21

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for a Florida sheriff’s deputy charged with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting of a man carrying only an air rifle is seeking access to the dead man’s mental health records. A hearing is set Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court on the records issue. Deputy Peter Peraza’s attorney […]

Rihanna releases new album, ‘ANTI,’ on Jay Z’s Tidal service

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns. Rihanna released “ANTI” on Thursday on the streaming service. The album was teased Wednesday with the single “Work,” featuring Drake. The standard version of her eighth album includes 13 tracks. It wasn’t clear when, […]

Rihanna releases new album, ‘ANTI,’ on Jay Z’s Tidal service

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns. Rihanna released “ANTI” on Thursday on the streaming service. The album was teased Wednesday with the single “Work,” featuring Drake. The standard version of her eighth album includes 13 tracks. It wasn’t clear when, […]

US durable goods orders fall 5.1 percent in December

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods tumbled in December, with a key category that tracks business investment plans falling for a second straight month. The Commerce Department says durable goods orders dropped 5.1 percent in December following a 0.5 percent decline in November. Durable goods orders have fallen in four […]

South Sudan: Peace accord falters, refugees remain in camps

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:49

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — When a delegation of South Sudanese rebels returned to the government-controlled capital Juba last month after two years of war, Nyajok Koat thought she would finally return to the home she fled when the fighting began. But more than a month later, prospects of her leaving the U.N. base where […]

Applications for US jobless aid fall to 278,000

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that employers aren’t cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped […]

A coffee named Death Wish wins a Super Bowl commercial

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:46

NEW YORK (AP) — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50. Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New […]

Dominic West plays the cad in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:43

LONDON (AP) — Dominic West would like to be the next James Bond. But he’s worried you think of him as a cad. The British star of “The Affair” and “The Wire” nurtures a dream of playing 007, but in the meantime he’s relishing the chance to be a smooth-talking sexual schemer onstage in “Les […]

Orders for durable goods drop 5.1 percent in December; business investment down sharply

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for durable goods drop 5.1 percent in December; business investment down sharply .

Police: 6 dead in apparent domestic murder-suicide

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:40

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say six people are dead in an apparent domestic murder-suicide in Chesapeake. News outlets report that Chesapeake police said in a news release that officers were sent to a home Wednesday afternoon to check on a person and found one person dead. Police say their investigation led them […]

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall from 6-month high in sign of stable job market

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits fall from 6-month high in sign of stable job market.

Top US General in Iraq warns Mosul Dam could collapse

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:36

BAGHDAD (AP) — The top U.S. general in Iraq has warned of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country’s north, saying that such an event could prove “catastrophic,” despite preparations already in place. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said Thursday the U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam will […]

Homesick and fed up: Iraqi refugees in Germany head home

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:30

BERLIN (AP) — It’s a change of heart that Iraqi immigrant Sekvan Agho never saw coming. Agho was among the wave of nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers who came to Germany last year seeking a new life, making his way from his native Iraq to Turkey, then across the seas to Greece before tramping north and […]