Seattle Times Headlines

South Korea’s central bank cuts growth forecast

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:06

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s central bank lowered its growth forecast for Asia’s fourth-largest economy on Tuesday, citing the country’s weak first-quarter economic performance and a downgrade in the global economic outlook. But it kept its policy rate steady for this month. The Bank of Korea said that South Korea’s economy will likely […]

Arabic-speaking student says he was victim of Islamophobia

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:03

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A college student and Iraqi refugee yanked from a Southwest Airlines flight after mentioning a terrorist group’s name during a phone conversation in Arabic says he was degraded and humiliated and wants a public apology. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, who arrived in the U.S. in 2010 as an Iraqi refugee, was removed from […]

After push and pull, last hearing set on Ferguson settlement

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:45

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set for Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with Ferguson that calls for sweeping changes in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police. Giving people […]

Alaska university teacher in hospital after bear mauled him

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:44

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man who teaches classes on the outdoors has been hospitalized after he was mauled by a bear during a mountaineering class in the Alaska Panhandle. Forest Wagner, 35, of Fairbanks, was with a group of 12 students Monday on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to […]

Michigan woman whose baby died in garage faces sentencing

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:41

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A young Detroit-area woman whose newborn baby was left to die in a cold garage faces sentencing. A jury last month convicted 25-year-old Angela Alexie of murder. She faces life in prison with no parole when sentenced Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens. Investigators say Alexie gave […]

Monday’s prep results

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:41

Archbishop Murphy continues its undefeated season with a 5-0 shut out over South Whidbey, and five different Mount Si baseball players hit home runs in the victory over Redmond.

China sets aside rancor, offers Japan condolences for quakes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:08

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended his condolences to Japan’s Emperor Akihito over the country’s recent deadly earthquakes in a brief respite from the usual rancor between Beijing and Tokyo. Reports Tuesday of Xi’s comments said he also expressed “sincere wishes” that the Japanese people might speedily overcome difficulties and rebuild their […]

South Korea’s central bank cuts growth forecast

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:41

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s central bank has lowered its growth forecast for Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The Bank of Korea said Tuesday that South Korea’s economy will likely expand 2.8 percent this year over a year earlier, down from the 3.0 percent expansion predicted in January. Governor Lee Ju-yeol blamed the economy’s weaker-than-expected […]

Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:36

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A religious organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic […]

Q&A on adults who care for unaccompanied immigrant children

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:25

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Government statistics show 8 of every 10 immigrant children arriving in the country alone are released to adults who are in the United States illegally. Here are answers to common questions about who these adults, called sponsors, are and how the program works: WHEN DID THE PROGRAM FOR THESE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN […]

Judge to hear challenge to Arizona presidential primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:25

PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County judge is set to hold a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to have the results of Arizona’s presidential primary thrown out. The hearing set for Tuesday before Judge David Gass comes as the Arizona attorney general’s office want the case dismissed. It argues state law doesn’t allow the March […]

Ex-NYPD officer to be sentenced in stairwell shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:14

NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer will find out whether he will be spared prison time following his manslaughter conviction in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell. Peter Liang was fired from the police force shortly after the February jury verdict in the death of Akai Gurley. […]

3-day UN special session on drug policy starts Tuesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:08

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first U.N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly 20 years is expected to feature a debate over whether countries should emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights. Hundreds of government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations and individuals from civil society will attend when the General […]

Funeral services set for slain Ohio police officer

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:08

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Funeral services are set for an Ohio police officer who was fatally shot when a man opened fire on a SWAT team that was trying to arrest him. Columbus SWAT officer Steven M. Smith was shot in a standoff April 10 and died two days later. Forty-four-year-old Lincoln Rutledge is charged […]

Rescuers race to find survivors from Ecuador’s big quake

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:07

MANTA, Ecuador (AP) — Rescuers are in a race against time to find survivors from a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake as the death toll from Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades has risen above 400. On Monday, teams from Ecuador and neighboring countries fanned out across the country’s Pacific coastline to look for the dozens of people […]

Drugstore chain CVS pushes convenience with curbside pickups

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:07

CVS Health will spread its curbside pickup service to drugstores nationwide this year, as traditional retailers continue to hone their reputations for convenience and fight fierce competition online. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain has partnered with the technology firm Curbside to create CVS Express, a program that lets shoppers buy products with an app and […]

Brazil president defiant after impeachment vote, won’t quit

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:05

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Expressing outrage over the congressional vote to open impeachment proceedings against her, President Dilma Rousseff says she will not resign and vows to keep fighting the forces arrayed against her. The defiant comments came at a Monday news conference at the presidential palace, which was Rousseff’s first public appearance since the […]

Foundation names 33 Andrew Carnegie Fellows winners

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:04

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Corporation of New York on Tuesday announced 33 winners of its prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellows in recognition of their proposed research on an array of topics in the social sciences and humanities. Each of the 2016 winners of the so-called “brainy awards” will receive up to $200,000 to fund one […]

Eradication of Zika-spreading mosquito in Brazil unlikely

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:03

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — In the 1940s and 1950s, Brazilian authorities made such a ferocious assault on Aedes aegypti — the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus — that it was eradicated from Latin America’s largest country by 1958. But Aedes aegypti returned, and now Brazil has launched another offensive against the pest, employing hundreds […]

Immigrant kids placed with adults who are in US illegally

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the U.S. border are placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show. The government has long said that it places the children with family and friends regardless of immigration […]