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Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:39

PATNA, India (AP) — With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people. The eastern state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented […]

French politicians decry violence at Nuit Debout protest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:31

PARIS (AP) — French politicians have decried the violence which erupted at the margins of anti-labor reform protests in Paris and other French cities. At least 150 people have been detained nationwide following protests against reforms, including 24 detained overnight after officers evicted demonstrators from “Nuit Debout” (“Night Rising”) from their encampment in Paris’ Place […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:00

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. 2. WHY […]

Portugal awaits crucial news for its financial future

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:53

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Debt-heavy Portugal is waiting to find out whether it will continue being eligible for vital financial help from the European Central Bank. International ratings agency DBRS is due to announce Friday whether it is keeping its investment grade classification for Portugal’s sovereign debt. Toronto-based DBRS is the only main agency that […]

Spain: Park workers hit on huge Roman coin trove by accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:46

MADRID (AP) — Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum says the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of […]

Nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland sees loss widen

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:41

LONDON (AP) — Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened in the first quarter as the taxpayer-owned bank made its final 1.2 billion-pound ($1.7 billion) payment to the U.K. Treasury as part of a deal to give the government first crack at any profits. The bank, which is 73-percent taxpayer-owned, on Friday reported […]

Michel Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:40

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini has begun his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter. The UEFA president did not speak with reporters Friday after arriving for an 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) closed-door hearing expected to last at […]

Proposed rule would delay questions about criminal history

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a rule that would prohibit federal agencies from asking certain job applicants questions about criminal and credit history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. The administration said that early inquiries about criminal history can unnecessarily narrow the pool of qualified candidates and make it […]

Protests break out as Trump speaks in Southern Cal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:29

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Raucous crowds of protesters took to the streets in California as Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries. Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful Thursday as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration […]

California brothers arrested in parents’ shooting deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:24

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers were arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh. Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother were taken into custody Thursday, after their parents […]

Large graffiti carved at Arches National Park in Utah

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:22

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rangers at Utah’s Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said. The carvings discovered earlier this month measure about 4 feet across and 3 feet high, park Superintendent Kate Cannon […]

China charges brokers, fund manager with insider trading

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:20

BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Chinese investment manager and three managers of a major stock brokerage have been formally arrested on insider trading charges following a collapse in share prices last year. The charges announced Friday are the latest aftershock from the market rout. Authorities launched an investigation of securities traders in what was seen […]

Doubts about honesty led to university chancellor’s removal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:19

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano felt compelled to remove the chancellor of UC Davis after documents contradicted the campus leader’s contention that she did not have any dealings with contractors that were hired to bolster the school’s image online, a university spokeswoman said. Napolitano put Chancellor Linda Katehi on paid […]

Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:41

PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box. The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals […]

Officer arrested over video of him hitting handcuffed woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:18

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Florida has fired and arrested an officer they say hit a woman who was handcuffed. Undersheriff Pat Ivey said in a news conference Thursday that authorities arrested 26-year-old probationary patrol officer Akinyemi Borisade on a battery charge. Footage released by the sheriff’s office shows Borisade striking […]

Punishments but no criminal charges in US attack on hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — Administrative punishments but no criminal charges have been leveled against U.S. military personnel for mistakes that resulted in 42 people dying in last year’s attack on a civilian hospital in Afghanistan operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, officials said. The Pentagon was expected to release the full report on the […]

AP Newsbreak: SF official releases more police racist texts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s police chief has ordered “effective immediately” that all officers attend an anti-harassment class, even as he released more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages. Investigators found the text messages on the personal phones of during criminal probes of former officer Jason Lai […]

After days of carnage, Syrian city of Aleppo mostly calm

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:05

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say the northern city of Aleppo is mostly calm after days of intense shelling and airstrikes that killed dozens. The carnage has propelled the city — contested since the summer of 2012 when opposition fighters stormed it and took over several neighborhoods — once again as a main battlefield […]

Residents of Iraq’s IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:58

BAGHDAD (AP) — Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family — usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a small portion of flat bread. “We are experiencing the agony of starvation for the first time in our life,” said Abu Jassim, […]

Congressional GOP beginning to accept Trump as nominee

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are beginning to accept, and even embrace, an outcome that was once unthinkable: Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. In the wake of the businessman’s commanding wins in five Eastern states this week, a growing number of lawmakers say that Trump is taking on an air of inevitability. Some […]