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Kerry says no direct meetings to start Syria peace talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 02:05

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says opposing sides will not initially meet face-to-face in planned Syria peace talks in Geneva next week. The top U.S. diplomat says the first U.N.-brokered meeting in the Swiss city will be “proximity talks” in which representatives of the government and opposition will gather separately. […]

Ennio Morricone music has starring role in Tarantino film

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 02:03

NEW YORK (AP) — All Ennio Morricone asked of Quentin Tarantino, after committing to score his new Western, “The Hateful Eight,” was that the director feature his music prominently and give it the space needed to convey its message. Given how Tarantino feels about the award-winning composer, he hardly needed to ask. “Ennio Morricone, as […]

Oops! NFL refs forget balls at hotel before Patriots game

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:42

BOSTON (AP) — This ball controversy can’t be blamed on the Patriots. Massachusetts State Police came to the rescue before Saturday’s NFL playoff game between New England and the Kansas City Chiefs by delivering footballs that game officials left at their hotel. A state police spokesman said at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, league officials contacted […]

Bills owner credits Kathryn Smith for earning her promotion

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:41

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills co-owner Kim Pegula is congratulating Kathryn Smith for becoming the NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach by saying she earned the promotion. Pegula said in a statement released to The Associated Press on Thursday that Smith “has proven that she does excellent work” during seven years on Rex Ryan’s […]

NY group cancels 2016 music festival founded by Pete Seeger

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:40

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — The annual Hudson Valley music festival that folk singer Pete Seeger staged for decades has been canceled this year because of financial difficulties, the environmental conservation group that hosts the event said Thursday. The board of directors for the Beacon-based Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization decided during a meeting Wednesday night […]

Ohio still looking into fatal overpass collapse year later

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:32

CINCINNATI (AP) — A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later, and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man’s family struggles with his loss. The Jan. 19 collapse during demolition to remove an Interstate 75 bridge north of […]

US, coalition looks to boost propaganda war on Islamic State

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:29

PARIS (AP) — U.S. and coalition forces are battling Islamic State militants in the skies and on the ground across Iraq and Syria. The allies are also increasingly targeting the airwaves, where they are losing the propaganda war. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the coalition must get better at communicating its own messages and touting […]

Officials: Armed travelers trying to board planes set record

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say a record number of airline passengers were caught last year trying to take guns on planes, and most of the weapons were loaded. The Transportation Security Administration says 2,653 firearms were found in carry-on bags in 2015, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, which had been a […]

F-16 fighter jet crashes in Arizona; cause unknown

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:23

BAGHDAD, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say an F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix has crashed in northwestern Arizona. There’s no immediate word on the condition of the pilot after the crash Thursday in Yavapai County. Luke officials said the jet was assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing. The crash scene is […]

Seat license holders sue Rams over access to LA seats

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:19

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed over the Rams’ move to Los Angeles, this time by holders of personal seat licenses who say they should retain their right to seat licenses and season tickets, even in California. The suit said the PSL agreement in St. Louis granted holders “the right to […]

Feds say Georgia inmates carried out fraud scheme from cells

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:19

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say Georgia prison inmates used contraband cellphones to carry out financial fraud schemes from their cells. In 13 indictments unsealed this week, federal prosecutors accuse 51 people of participating in the scheme. Among those indicted are 15 current or former correctional officers and 19 current or former inmates […]

Washington State Ferries gain more riders

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:16

Ferry ridership is up for the third year in a row, which officials attribute to a rebounding economy and lower gas prices.

Sundance fest promises films on race, sexuality, violence

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:40

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The culmination of the Sundance Institute’s year-round work developing fresh perspectives in drama and documentary films is taking over Park City, Utah, for the next 11 days. Among themes filmmakers are exploring this year: Sexuality, identity, race and gun violence. Both a showcase and marketplace for independent film, the Sundance […]

Nespresso sues Israeli coffee company over Clooney lookalike

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:39

JERUSALEM (AP) — A George Clooney doppelganger is brewing up tensions between two coffee companies in Israel. Nespresso is suing the Israeli Espresso Club for using an actor with a striking resemblance to the Hollywood star in one of its ads. Clooney is the face of Nespresso. The ad shows the Clooney lookalike being schooled […]

Migrants, refugees still flow to Greek islands’ shores

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:38

CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Half buried in the fine yellow sand of one of this Greek island’s most popular beaches lies one of the few signs of the drama that has played out over the past year: The remains of two torn and deflated dinghies by the water’s edge. Far from the spotlight, local residents, […]

Key findings from British report into former agent’s killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:37

LONDON (AP) — Judge Robert Owen’s report into the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was published in Britain Thursday. Here are some of the key findings from the report: THE POISONING — Litvinenko, a former security agent turned Kremlin critic, died on Nov. 23, 2006, from a heart attack resulting from a ingesting […]

Army secretary nominee worried about cuts to Army’s size

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s nominee to be the Army’s top civilian official said Thursday he is worried about plans to reduce the Army’s size to about 450,000 active-duty troops. Eric Fanning told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that improving the Army’s state of readiness is challenging because of the threat posed […]

Crocodile takes morning dip in Florida Keys swimming pool

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:35

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A crocodile apparently decided a morning dip in a Florida Keys swimming pool was just the thing. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says an Islamorada homeowner called about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to report the croc in his pool. A photo provided by the sheriff’s office shows the large reptile […]

New ads of club for Hartford elite take aim at stuffy image

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:33

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford Club, a social hub for the Connecticut city’s upper crust that counts Mark Twain among past members, is launching its first modern advertising campaign to as it tries to overcome damage from the recession and a stuffy public image. With its Georgian Revival architecture and elaborate chandeliers, the club […]

Rules to protect smaller waterways survive

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands have survived the latest Republican effort to block them. Congress last week sent President Barack Obama a “resolution of disapproval” that would scrap the rules, a measure he promptly vetoed. On Thursday, the Senate voted 52-40, falling short of the three-fifths threshold […]