Seattle Times Headlines

Scientific basis for laws on marijuana, driving questioned

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six states that allow marijuana use legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws. The study commissioned by AAA’s safety foundation said it’s not possible to set a blood-test […]

Judge to hold hearing ahead of trial in Gray case

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:32

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge will rule on several motions ahead of the trial for one of the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hold a hearing Tuesday on several crucial motions that will influence the scope of the proceedings for Officer Edward Nero, and […]

After 2012 stunner, ex-con makes another White House run

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:30

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned in West Virginia this month before thousands of voters, ex-convict Keith Judd slipped into the state unnoticed. There were no campaign rallies. No preplanned speeches. No organized public events. Just a chance for the Democratic presidential candidate who received 41 […]

Treasury Secretary Lew says time is now to help Puerto Rico

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:30

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As Congress debates how to help Puerto Rico with its $70 billion debt, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is trying to prod lawmakers into action with stories of crumbling infrastructure on the island and a lack of basic services. On a one-day trip to the U.S. territory Monday, Lew toured […]

With Trump as GOP nominee, Dems eye North Carolina comeback

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:28

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Four years ago, North Carolina was the one that got away for Democrats. It was the only battleground state President Barack Obama didn’t win in his resounding re-election. But now Donald Trump is at the top of the Republican ticket and state GOP officials are embroiled in a contentious fight […]

Muslim student misidentified as ‘Isis Phillips’ in yearbook

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:27

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — A Muslim high school student who was mistakenly identified in her Southern California yearbook as “Isis Phillips” says she’s hurt not only by the error, but by her classmates who blasted her for denouncing it. Bayan Zehlif, a 17-year-old high school senior, said at a news conference with Muslim community […]

Congressional Republicans grapple with new Trump reality

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are returning to Capitol Hill to confront an awkward new reality: Donald Trump is their presumptive presidential nominee. But instead of uniting behind him, leading figures like House Speaker Paul Ryan are withholding their support. That highly unusual state of affairs is creating a tricky situation for Republicans in the […]

San Francisco officials take up immigrant sanctuary policy

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:17

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly a year after a shooting death along a San Francisco pier sparked a national debate on how the city handles criminal suspects in the country illegally, officials are considering a proposal that would clarify the guidelines under which federal deportation authorities could be contacted. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board […]

Hawaii plan would offset cost of organic farm certification

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:08

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — On a farm tucked under the lush Koolau Mountains, Sean Anderson tends his passion fruit, kale and salad greens using only what nature provides. He creates his own compost and fertilizers, and doesn’t use chemicals. But he’s not certified as an organic farmer because the cost of getting certification is too […]

2 Kentucky governors, past and present, in acrid public feud

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s two most recent governors are feuding, but they can agree on one thing: the FBI is investigating. While peaceful transitions of power are a longstanding U.S. tradition, the handoff in Kentucky from Democrat Steve Beshear to Republican Matt Bevin has been ugly. The two men have argued loudly over health […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:03

“If we go forward pretending that we’re unified, then we are going to be at half-strength this fall.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan to The Journal Times newspaper, defending his stunning decision last week to refuse to endorse Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive presidential nominee. ___ “What this law does is inflict further indignity on […]

Texas lawmakers champion local control, to a point

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:02

DALLAS (AP) — Texas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times, costing millions of dollars, for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states’ rights. But when cities across Texas have attempted to pass laws on issues from fracking bans to regulating ride-hailing companies, state lawmakers time and again […]

Under reform mantle, Shiite cleric fractures Iraqi politics

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:30

BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than a decade of dipping in and out of Iraqi politics, Muqtada al-Sadr, the young Shiite cleric who first made his name fighting U.S. forces in post-2003 Iraq, is leveraging his enduring popular appeal to again roil Iraq’s political order. On April 30, when his supporters invaded the highly fortified […]

Planned Parenthood shooting defendant returning to court

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:26

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who admitted killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is returning to court for the continuation of a hearing on whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial. A psychologist who examined 57-year-old Robert Dear is scheduled to testify Tuesday. Dear is charged with 179 counts including […]

4 months later, no sign of California Powerball winner

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:22

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As officials in New Jersey await the winner of Saturday’s $429.6 million Powerball game, a California Lottery representative said he’s losing hope that his state’s ticket-holder for a world-record January jackpot will ever come forward. Winners in Florida and Tennessee took just days to claim their shares of the $1.6 billion […]

Official: No indication of ride malfunction when girl hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:22

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska official says investigators haven’t found any indication that a spinning carnival ride was malfunctioning when an 11-year-old girl’s hair got caught in it, ripping her scalp. The Omaha World-Herald ( ) reports Grace Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Labor, also said Monday that investigators have no […]

Kansas detective fatally shot; suspect in custody

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kansas, police detective helping respond to a report of a suspicious person near a racetrack was fatally shot, and a parolee sought for questioning in that and an ensuing string of reported carjackings was wounded after a shootout with police in neighboring Missouri. The detective was shot […]

Nokia sees fall in Q1 profits, gives cautious outlook

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:10

HELSINKI (AP) — Hit by a lower demand in mobile networks, Nokia has reported a first-quarter net loss of 513 million euros ($584 million) since it acquired Alcatel-Lucent, down from a stand-alone profit of 177 million euros a year earlier and warned of a further decline. Nokia Corp. says combined net sales were 5.5 billion […]

New Philippine leader seen as emancipator, looming dictator

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:56

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern Philippine city, was poised Tuesday to become the nation’s president-elect after an incendiary and populist campaign that projected him alternatively as an emancipator and a looming dictator. Sen. Grace Poe, one of his biggest rivals, was the first to concede Duterte’s victory […]

Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers’ school aid changes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:46

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for Kansas hope to persuade the state Supreme Court that recent changes in the state’s education funding system are fair enough to poor districts that the justices can abandon a threat to shut down public schools. The high court was set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether the technical changes […]