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1 fisherman dead, 2 missing off Oregon coast near Coos Bay

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:56

The captain of a boat that capsized more than a mile off Coos Bay was able to make it to shore, while one fisherman died and two others were missing.

Russian ruble slides to record low in Moscow trading

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:54

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble slid to a record low against the dollar Wednesday under pressure from the low oil price. The ruble traded above 81.8 to the dollar in Moscow on Wednesday evening, down by around four percent. That beat the mark of 80.1 set when the currency crashed in value in December […]

Kazakhstan moves up parliamentary election to March 20

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:27

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kazakhstan has called an early election for parliament, moving up the vote to March 20 instead of waiting until next year. In setting the new date Wednesday, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it would help the Central Asian country deal with the economic pressures resulting from the low oil price and slowdowns […]

Violent crime up 18% in Vancouver, FBI reports

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:24

Vancouver, Wash., saw more reports of violent crime in the first six months of 2015 than in that period the year prior, and the growth was much faster than the U.S. rate.

With aid nixed, Atlantic City to consider bankruptcy filing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:17

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City officials are considering asking New Jersey to let the troubled gambling resort file for bankruptcy. Mayor Don Guardian and City Council President Marty Small met Wednesday with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, asking him to oppose a proposed state takeover of the city. Guardian says the council will meet next […]

Mother of murdered journalist: Hostages’ return gives hope

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:13

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The mother of slain journalist James Foley said Wednesday the family was “delighted” to see the return of four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States and is hopeful that the U.S. government will make hostages more of a priority. Foley, 40, went to Syria […]

UK asylum-seekers: Red doors ‘mark’ us as abuse targets

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:07

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government has ordered an investigation into alleged discrimination against asylum-seekers amid reports that many of the homes being provided for them have red front doors that mark them out for abuse. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says the Home Office will launch an inquiry after an investigation by the Times newspaper found […]

Bombing close to Russian embassy in Kabul kills 7

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 00:04

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomb attack close to the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least seven people and wounded around 25 others, an Afghan official said Wednesday. The police chief for Kabul, Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said the seven civilians included two women. The attack targeted a […]

Who’s your co-pilot? Pope’s Fiat going up for auction

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:56

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of the two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his September visit to Philadelphia is going up for auction. The car will be up for bid as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie gala on Jan. 29. Bids will be accepted in person and online. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia […]

FAA’s air traffic control operations questioned

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says that despite a doubling of spending on air traffic control operations over two decades, productivity has declined and reform efforts have been ineffective. The report by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General may boost efforts by some lawmakers, airlines and others to remove air traffic operations from the […]

Americans who thwarted terror attack have book deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:52

NEW YORK (AP) — The three Americans who prevented a terrorist attack on a train from Brussels to Paris last summer have a book deal. The Perseus Books Group announced Wednesday it will publish “The 15:17 to Paris” by Anthony Sadler, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone. The book is scheduled for […]

Photos of the Day: Jan. 20, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:51

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:29

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans plan to call for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno […]

In survey, mayors say they worry about aging infrastructure

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayors across the U.S. say they worry about their cities’ aging infrastructure and they’d like more state and federal support, according to a survey released Wednesday. The 89 mayors from 31 states also said they get policy ideas by studying other cities, with New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles receiving […]

Ex-casino exec, waitress and gambler charged in slot scheme

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:27

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a former casino vice president conspired with a cocktail waitress and a gambler to steal over $400,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania casino. Court documents show Robert Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, was charged Tuesday along with server Rochelle Poszeluznyj and patron Mark Heltzel. They […]

AP source: Josh Gordon applies to the NFL for reinstatement

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:23

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the process says suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Gordon was banned for a year in February for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to allow him back, said the person who spoke […]

Justices say Kansas court wrongly overturned death sentences

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Kansas officials seeking to reinstate the death penalty for three men, including two brothers convicted in a crime spree known as the “Wichita massacre.” In an 8-1 ruling, the justices say the Kansas Supreme Court was wrong to overturn the sentences of Jonathan and […]

Canada’s central bank keeps key interest rate unchanged

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:18

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s central bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged. Some analysts thought the Bank of Canada might cut the rate as the economy continues to be dragged down by the plunge in oil prices. But the Canadian dollar has plummeted along with the price of oil, and the bank may not […]

Germany, Turkey arrest 35 in raids against traffickers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:18

BERLIN (AP) — German and Turkish police said Wednesday they broke up a sophisticated smuggling ring that had been trafficking primarily Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean in freight ships into Europe. In a series of early-morning raids coordinated across both countries, authorities arrested 35 suspects — five in Germany and 30 in Turkey, officials from […]

New Mexico rescue worker discovers fallen climber is ex-wife

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 23:17

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A member of a New Mexico rescue team received a shock when he discovered the climber’s body he was sent to recover belonged to his ex-wife. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1PEY0UG ) that Scott Hicks was volunteering with the Santa Fe County Fire Department technical rescue team Monday […]