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‘The Dig’: a timeless tale of ancient English treasure

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 21:00

“The Dig,” a beautifully understated novel by British author John Preston, is based on the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure in 1939 England.

7 ways to ‘spring-clean’ your diet

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 21:00

Tips include cutting down on red meat, adding more vegetables, swapping out rich desserts and eating fruit instead.

Pedestrians take over Champs-Elysees as Paris goes green

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 19:55

PARIS (AP) — Pedestrians have taken over the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees as part of a new tradition to ban traffic from the famous Paris avenue once a month. The scheme for what is usually one of the busiest roads in the French capital was launched by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and is aimed […]

For tired Pyongyang workers, beer’s on tap at stand-up bars

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 19:20

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Putting on a major political event can be pretty exhausting in North Korea, where everyone is expected to pitch in. Ahead of the ongoing congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, North Koreans were called upon to put in massive overtime to boost production and show their devotion to leader Kim […]

Russia says construction stopped at World Cup stadium

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 19:17

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Sports Minister says construction work has stopped on a stadium that will host 2018 World Cup games in the city of Samara. Vitaly Mutko, who also sits on FIFA’s governing council, tells the R-Sport agency that “in Samara, the stadium has come to a halt; this issue must be resolved.” Mutko […]

Filipinos set to vote: Slow reform or promise of big change?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 19:11

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thirty years after emerging from a brutal dictatorship, Filipinos will face a dilemma when they pick a new leader on Monday: Should they choose a sharp-tongued mayor with an audacious promise to wipe out crime and corruption within months, or back reformists who aren’t regarded as a threat to democracy? It’s […]

US struggles to convince Iraqis it doesn’t support IS

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 18:28

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly two years, U.S. airstrikes, military advisers and weapons shipments have helped Iraqi forces roll back the Islamic State group. The U.S.-led coalition has carried out more than 5,000 airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq at a total cost of $7 billion since August 2014, including operations in Syria. On Tuesday […]

Afghanistan executes 6 militants, signaling tougher policy

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 18:04

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan on Sunday hanged six men convicted of terrorism, signaling a tougher approach toward the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani’s office said he “approved executions of six terrorists who perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and security personnel.” The executions were the first approved by Ghani since he took office in 2014 promising […]

Republicans are architects of their misfortune

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 18:02

So it has come to this: Trump 2016. What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then a troubling likelihood, became a grim certainty last week as Donald Trump, real-estate developer turned reality-show ringmaster turned would-be president, won an emphatic victory in Indiana’s Republican primary. His last remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John […]

Report: Turkey attacks IS in Syria; 55 militants killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 18:00

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish artillery has fired at the Islamic State group across the border in Syria, killing 55 militants and destroying three rocket launchers and three vehicles, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday. Meanwhile, Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes struck positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq, […]

Storms bring tornadoes to Colorado, icy roads to Arizona

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 17:16

A series of tornadoes swept across eastern Colorado, causing several minor injuries and damaging motorhomes and buildings. Another spring storm brought deadly driving conditions to northern Arizona. The National Weather Service said at least four tornadoes hit in Yuma County Saturday, about 100 miles east of Denver, near Colorado’s borders with Nebraska and Kansas. One […]

Afghan official: Death toll from crash involving buses, fuel tanker rises to 50

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 17:03

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official: Death toll from crash involving buses, fuel tanker rises to 50.

3 reporters released from captivity in Syria return to Spain

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:37

MADRID (AP) — Three Spanish journalists who were held captive in Syria for nearly 10 months returned safely to Madrid on Sunday after being freed, Spain’s government said. Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre were flown back from Turkey to Torrejon de Ardoz air base on Madrid’s northeastern outskirts aboard a Defense Ministry […]

As Nazis bomb London, class prejudice lives on in Chris Cleave’s novel

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 15:03

In his novel “Everyone Brave is Forgiven,” acclaimed British author Chris Cleave tells the story of an upper-crust young woman assigned to teach forgotten children during the bombing of London. Cleave appears May 10 at Seattle Public Library.

‘Trout Quintet’: the world through a fisherman’s eyes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 15:00

Whidbey Island author Steve Raymond’s new short story collection “Trout Quintet” draws on his 50 years as a writer and a fisherman.

United Nations intruder disappears after jumping into river

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 14:51

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they are unsure what happened to an intruder on United Nations property who disappeared after climbing over a wall and jumping into the East River. The New York Police Department says officers responded to a Saturday morning call from UN security workers about a man who had gotten onto […]

Afghan official: 52 dead after buses collide with tanker

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 14:49

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two buses and a fuel tanker collided Sunday on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing 52 people, officials said. Another 73 people who had been on the buses were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, said Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province. […]

Police: no remorse from man charged in shooting spree

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 14:45

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Police say they’ve seen no signs of remorse from a federal police officer accused of a two-day shooting spree in a string of suburban parking lots in Maryland that left three people dead and three wounded. Eulalio Tordil, 62, of Adelphi is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday in […]

Trump says GOP unity would be nice, not essential

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 14:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a growing number of prominent Republicans refusing to fall in line, Donald Trump is standing firm in his assertion that the Republican Party doesn’t have to be unified because he will gain Democratic votes to win in the fall. “I think it would be better if it were unified, I think […]

Landslide buries 34 builders in southeast China; 7 rescued

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 14:37

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday searched for 34 construction workers missing in a landslide at the site of a hydropower project following days of heavy rain in southern China. Seven other workers were pulled out alive, officials and state-run media reported. Rocks and mud with a volume of 100,000 cubic meters (3.5 million cubic […]