Seattle Times Headlines

South Carolina Senate committee OKs bill to track refugees

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:26

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill requiring state police to track refugees coming to South Carolina and to hold their sponsors liable for damages if they commit an act of terrorism is on its way to the floor of the state Senate. A Senate committee approved the measure on Wednesday. A spokesman for an organization […]

Heavy rain on way to Seattle area, but at least it will be warm

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:39

The approach of a warm, wet storm prompts concern about flooding on the Olympic Peninsula and in Northwest Washington.

Clinton presses for debate before New Hampshire primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:37

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton pressed the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday to add a presidential debate before next month’s New Hampshire primary, seeking another high-profile exchange with rival Bernie Sanders. The push by Clinton for more debates — and Sanders’ resistance to adding another forum — underscores his strength in Iowa and New […]

Couple plead not guilty to killing 2 kids found in storage

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:27

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple has pleaded not guilty to killing two young children and abusing a third in the woman’s care. Tami Huntsman and her 17-year-old boyfriend are accused of abusing to death a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, stuffing their bodies in a plastic bin and storing them in […]

Seahawks LT Russell Okung to have shoulder surgery as he enters free agency

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:26

Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung will have surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder suffered in the divisional playoff loss against Carolina as he gets set to enter free agency.

Voters conflicted on relevance of Clinton marriage drama

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton’s past behavior with women is becoming something of an issue in his wife’s campaign for president. And potential voters seem conflicted over whether it should be. In dozens of AP interviews across the U.S., people reveal strong and opposing views about how — and whether — Hillary Clinton should be […]

No charges for LA officers in mistaken manhunt shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:24

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors are declining to file charges against eight Los Angeles police officers who injured two women after mistakenly riddling their pickup truck with bullets during a manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner in 2013. In a letter released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors say there’s insufficient evidence […]

Crime, a food fight and the Nepal quake shake up Wednesday’s TV picks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:20

Airing Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016: “American Crime” on ABC, “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox and “Suits” on USA.

Brazil: 270 of 4,120 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:16

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,120 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But so far, only 270 of the cases have been confirmed by lab tests […]

State fishery managers to announce Wednesday the Columbia River spring chinook fishing seasons

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:14

Washington, Oregon and other federal and tribal fishery managers are meeting Wednesday to discuss options for the Columbia River spring chinook seasons and other fish like smelt and sturgeon. This comes on the heels of a forecast of 188,800 upriver-bound Columbia River adult spring chinook, compared to last year’s forecast of 232,500 (actual return was […]

Cleveland cops’ consequences for 2012 chase, shooting linger

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:08

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland fired six officers for their roles in a 137-shot barrage of gunfire that killed two unarmed people in 2012 after a high-speed chase, but the potential consequences of that day for police still aren’t fully resolved. Cleveland’s largest police union says it already filed grievances to appeal the firings announced Tuesday. […]

Cable-industry disruptor is back with new Internet service

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:43

NEW YORK (AP) — Cable’s pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court. The new service is called Starry, and it’s expected to launch in Boston this summer. The founder, Chet Kanojia, decried the lack of […]

Seasoned veteran of Afghan war picked for top command

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Obama administration has chosen a seasoned veteran of the Afghanistan war to succeed Gen. John F. Campbell as the top American commander in Kabul. The selection of Lt. Gen. John W. “Mick” Nicholson Jr. is expected to be announced by the Pentagon on Wednesday. It comes amid growing concern […]

Lexus IS gets its first turbocharged engine for 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:34

The Lexus IS got its first turbocharged engine in 2016, making the luxury brand’s smallest and least expensive sedan more powerful and fuel efficient. The compact IS 200t — as the new turbo model is called — carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $38,275. This is $785 more than last […]

Huskies links: UW putting together ‘the most underrated’ recruiting class in the nation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:31

A rival Pac-12 recruiter also says running back Sean McGrew is "the steal of the class" for Washington.

The Legislature, school funding and Washington’s economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:29

A contempt of court order and fines don't light a fire under Washington lawmakers to improve education outlays. What about economic consequences from inaction?

Garbage truck fueled by natural gas explodes in New Jersey

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:27

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say no one was injured when a garbage truck fueled by natural gas exploded “like a missile” in New Jersey. Tuesday’s blast in Hamilton damaged four homes. One of the truck’s four natural gas tanks blasted a hole in a nearby home and debris tore a hole in the roof […]

Raccoon attacks New Jersey boy, bystander beats it to death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:25

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say a raccoon jumped on a 6-year-old and attacked him as he walked to school with his mother in northern New Jersey. A witness told officers the animal ran across the street, jumped on the boy’s back and crawled onto his face Wednesday morning. Police Chief Michael Foligno tells […]

AP Exclusive: Officials say France wants more Iran sanctions

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:22

France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions against Iran over recent missile tests, in a request made just days after the EU ended sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, officials have told The Associated Press. Two officials from European Union nations told AP that the request came last week at a meeting of […]

Florida deputy charged with violating suspect’s rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:17

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida deputy sheriff has been charged with violating the rights of a suspect by excessive force. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Terrell was indicted by a federal grand jury. The indictment says that 33-year-old Terrell hit and kicked the unidentified suspect in the head, neck and shoulders in […]