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Lawsuits: Kansas State ignores off-campus fraternity rapes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 03:19

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two female students have sued Kansas State University, alleging it has refused to investigate their rapes at off-campus fraternity houses. The two civil rights lawsuits filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas contend the university’s practice endangers students and violates federal law by creating a hostile learning environment for victims. […]

WE Day inspires youth in Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 03:18

WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities.

Man faces charges connected to missing, possibly dead priest

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 03:08

ATLANTA (AP) — Multiple charges have been filed against a man described as a “career criminal” who led authorities to a body believed to be that of a missing Florida priest, authorities said Wednesday. Steve James Murray, 28, of Jacksonville, Florida, is charged with possession of firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a […]

Senate bill would promote wide variety of energy sources

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 03:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — From boosting solar and wind power to encouraging greater efficiency in new buildings, a bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday makes extensive changes to U.S. energy policy. The bill is the first far-reaching energy bill approved by the Senate since 2007. It would: — Boost renewables such as solar and wind […]

GOP senator blocks nominee responsible for terrorism fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator has blocked an effort to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee for a key Treasury post responsible for leading the battle against terrorism and financial crimes. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas objected on Wednesday when Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio tried to move ahead on the long-stalled nomination of […]

Regional leaders consider who should access Great Lakes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:33

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A push for expanded access to water from the Great Lakes is at a key point as a regional regulating group meets in Chicago this week to consider a request from a Milwaukee suburb to draw from Lake Michigan. The upcoming recommendation from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional […]

US warns of links between Islamic State, Boko Haram

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:33

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — At “Ground Zero” in Africa’s counterterrorism fight, senior U.S. officials warned of deepening links between the Islamic State and Boko Haram and prodded Chad’s ruling strongman to introduce reforms for the sake of long-term stability. But in a rare appearance before foreign journalists at his presidential palace, Chadian President Idriss Deby […]

Abortion procedure challenged as ‘torture’ in Alabama

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:32

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure would be illegal under a new bill filed in the Alabama legislature. The House Health Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on a bill that would prohibit a medical procedure called dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The bill refers to the procedure as “dismemberment […]

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:30

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state’s business community, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team. The Thunder is among more than two dozen businesses, […]

Senate GOP drafts Zika funding bill for Thursday panel vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say top GOP lawmakers are proposing to partially fund President Barack Obama’s request for money to fight the Zika virus. The $1.1 billion measure faces a possible Appropriations panel vote on Thursday and could enjoy support from Democrats. Top Appropriations Committee Democrat Barbara Mikulski said the Zika issue is “in play” […]

800-yard-long drug tunnel found between Mexico and San Diego

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:24

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal officials in San Diego say they have discovered an 800-yard-long secret tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in the seizure of more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana. The U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday that the tunnel extends from a house in Tijuana, Mexico, to a […]

Canada to introduce marijuana legislation in spring 2017

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:19

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Canada’s health minister says legislation to legalize marijuana will be introduced next spring. Jane Philpott told the United Nations at a special session on drugs at the General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that Canada’s approach to legalization will ensure marijuana is kept out children’s hands, and will address the […]

Anchorage fire chief: 4 dead in fiery Alaska airplane crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:19

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four people were killed Wednesday when a small airplane crashed just north of Anchorage, the fire chief said. The Cessna 172 crashed shortly after 9 a.m. near Chugiak, a bedroom community about 20 miles north of downtown Anchorage, fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said. The plane was carrying four people when it […]

Sushi Kappo chef Taichi Kitamura offers a delightful trout recipe in our first Seafood Recipe of the Week

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:18

More than a million trout have been planted in 560 statewide lowland lakes, and thousands of anglers will be bringing home their catch and looking for ways to cook them up. In this week’s seafood recipe of the week, Seattle sushi chef Taichi Kitamura, owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura on Eastlake and winner of Beat […]

The Puget Sound region’s not-so-green economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:32

Sizzlin' Seattle likes to think it's one of America's most environmentally conscious cities. But the economic reality shows how hard it is to turn consciousness into action.

Teen survivor of mass shooting leaves rehabilitation center

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl shot in the head during a deadly shooting rampage in southwestern Michigan has left a rehabilitation center. Mary Free Bed Hospital spokeswoman Betsy Musolf says Abigail Kopf was released Wednesday. Abigail spent six weeks at the Grand Rapids facility and a couple of weeks in another hospital […]

Police: Man fakes disappearance to escape child-porn charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:21

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a kayaker reported missing off Georgia’s coast is believed to have faked his disappearance to escape a court appearance on child-porn charges. Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Sonny Cohrs said Wednesday that 38-year-old Cody Magee was found alive in Oklahoma, after fleeing 1,000 miles to avoid a hearing Monday on […]

Derrick Henry hoping to follow recent Bama backs in draft

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:21

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Derrick Henry is set to become the latest Alabama running back to parlay collegiate success into a sizable NFL paycheck. The Heisman Trophy winner is also hoping he’ll consistently produce big numbers on the field, which hasn’t been the case with his recent Alabama predecessors. Henry is expected next week to […]

Feds want 10-plus years in prison for former top NY lawmaker

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:18

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to send former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to prison for over a decade while his defense lawyers say he deserves little or no time behind bars. The arguments were made in submissions Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The Democrat was convicted last year of […]