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Trump not backing down from Fox debate boycott

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:41

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t backing down Wednesday from his threat to boycott this week’s GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a pair of television interviews Wednesday that Trump, […]

Obama to seek $12B from Congress for child nutrition

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. The White House says the request will be in the 2017 budget proposal Obama plans to send lawmakers next month. Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free and reduced-price […]

Illinois man to be sentenced in terror plot with cousin

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:36

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man who prosecutors say plotted with his cousin to carry out a terrorist attack in the United States is due to be sentenced. Jonas Edmonds, of Aurora, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and making a materially false statement to law enforcement. […]

Stock indexes fall on weak forecasts from Apple and Boeing

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:36

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are down Wednesday morning as a shaky forecast from Apple takes tech stocks lower. Disappointing outlooks from aircraft makers Boeing and Textron hit industrial stocks. The Federal Reserve is holding its first meeting of the year and investors are waiting to see what it says about interest rates and […]

The Latest: FBI checkpoints around refuge where some remain

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:34

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 7:35 a.m. The FBI has established checkpoints around a national wildlife preserve in Oregon where some armed activists still are believed to be holed up, saying the decision came out of […]

Police: Man killed woman who rejected his advances at a bar

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:32

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man shot and killed a woman just moments after she rejected his advances at a bar. Charles McKinney is accused of killing 29-year-old Janese Talton outside a Pittsburgh bar early Friday. Talton is the sister of Pittsburgh Democratic state Rep. Ed Gainey. Police say McKinney led authorities on […]

Springsteen reschedules NYC show after snowstorm, adds dates

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:32

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band said Wednesday their New York City show that was canceled because of the recent snowstorm will now take place in March. Springsteen had been set to perform his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The show was canceled and will […]

Puccini’s last opera next up for Met HD broadcast

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:38

NEW YORK (AP) — You won’t hear Nina Stemme singing in Act 1 of Puccini’s “Turandot,” but watch closely and you’ll spot her — looming over Franco Zeffirelli’s massive set on a 12-foot-high platform placed 65 feet back from the orchestra pit. “It’s really me!” the Swedish soprano said with a laugh during an interview […]

Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in TV drama

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:37

LONDON (AP) — Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a TV drama set to broadcast later this year. The white British star of “Shakespeare in Love” plays the late King of Pop in “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. The script is based […]

The Latest: Gov. Snyder, Flint mayor to discuss city’s water

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:30

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Flint’s water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver have scheduled a news conference to address the actions the Michigan city has taken and the next steps it […]

PM says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:23

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s prime minister on Wednesday announced constitutional amendments that would result in more opposition politicians in Parliament, long dominated by his ruling People’s Action Party. Lee Hsien Loong, who is also secretary general of the party, said the changes will ensure the government is “always kept on its toes.” The PAP has […]

Federal pain panel rife with links to pharma companies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers “horrible,” have drug-industry ties. The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee is a government advisory panel of federal scientists, outside academics and patient representatives. Of the 18 committee […]

Clock ticking on advanced courses at Rainier Beach, while students fill more I.B. classes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:15

As the final year of funding approaches for a popular advanced-learning program at one of Seattle's poorest high schools, a community goes into overdrive to find answers.

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe’s students go on to teach

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:14

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ’86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted […]

Def Leppard to debut new music video in ‘Guitar Hero’ game

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:13

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Def Leppard is pouring some video into “Guitar Hero.” The rock band will be the first artist ever to debut a new music video through the long-running video game series. The music video for “Dangerous” from the band’s recently released self-titled album will premiere Wednesday on “Guitar Hero Live,” the latest […]

The Latest: Maldives-related Zika case found in Finland

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:50

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. (All times local): 12:30 p.m. Health officials in Helsinki say that a Finnish tourist was infected by the Zika virus after visiting the Maldives last summer. Epidemiologist […]

Families of 2 killed in train-car collision file lawsuits

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:45

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The families of two New York men killed last year when a Metro-North train struck an SUV have filed negligence lawsuits against the railroad and its engineer. The Journal News ( ) says lawyers for Joseph Nadol of Ossining and Robert Dirks of Chappaqua are seeking an unspecified amount in […]

Court to weigh practice of Christian prayers at meetings

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:42

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court is poised to examine whether county commissioners in North Carolina should be allowed to open their meetings with Christian prayers. Wednesday’s arguments before a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will be the first time a federal appeals court considers government prayer practices since […]

Federal court to hear arguments in transgender restroom case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:33

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a Virginia transgender student’s lawsuit challenging his school’s restroom policy. The hearing before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set for Wednesday morning. A ruling is expected several weeks later. Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm was […]

Image of Asia: Demanding resignation of Indian minister

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:31

In this photo by Altaf Qadri, a student shouts slogans demanding the resignation of India’s education minister while being detained by police at a protest in New Delhi. The protesters accuse Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor along with two federal ministers of unfairly demanding punishment for five lower-caste students involved in a clash last year with […]