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‘The Cabaret of Plants’: plant mysteries, down the millennia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:00

In “The Cabaret of Plants,” prolific writer and naturalist Richard Mabey writes about the many mysterious ways plants interact with their environments.

‘Criminals’: Unpredictable love stories go the distance

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:00

Seattle author Valerie Trueblood’s new story collection, “Criminals: Love Stories,” focuses on what happens when inexplicable attractions and romantic impulses have their way. Trueblood reads Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘The Portable Veblen’: two lovers, one observant squirrel

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:00

Elizabeth McKenzie’s irresistible new novel, “The Portable Veblen,” is the story of two lovers, their dysfunctional families and a very handsome squirrel. McKenzie reads Jan. 28 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

Serena-Sharapova rivalry comes again to Australian Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 21:17

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams says she doesn’t remember much about the first time she played Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open. It was 11 years ago, after all, way back in 2005. But she does remember the outcome. “I was down a match point. I remember hitting it as hard as I could,” […]

Vietnam PM nominated to panel in key move to seek leadership

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 21:15

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Supporters of Vietnam’s prime minister have nominated him for a key Communist Party panel, a necessary step to contesting the post of the party chief, in a last-minute maneuver to secure the top job in the country. Delegates at a Communist Party congress nominated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the […]

Another day, another record for Lindsey Vonn in Cortina

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 20:52

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Another day, another record for Lindsey Vonn. The American won a World Cup super-G Sunday for her 11th career victory in Cortina, breaking the resort record of retired Austrian standout Renate Goetschl. With another near-perfect run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, Vonn beat Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.69 […]

Official: Possible Saudi IPO wouldn’t include oil reserves

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 20:21

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The chairman of Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco was quoted as saying a possible initial public offering would not include the kingdom’s oil reserves. Chairman Khalid al-Falih made the comments to Saudi privately owned broadcaster Al-Arabiya in an interview from Davos, Switzerland. The Dubai-based broadcaster reported the comments Sunday. […]

Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 20:07

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has her eyes set on her next big dream: being a Bond girl. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach returned home to the Philippines for the first time since her crowning — and that awkward moment when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of her. […]

The Latest: Greek police keep protesters away from border

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:50

ORESTIADA, Greece (AP) — The latest developments in Europe’s immigration crisis (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Police in northern Greece have blocked protesters from reaching a border post on the Greek-Turkish frontier. Riot police set up the blockade in the border village of Kastanies, where several hundred activists burned a European Union flag and chanted […]

Moldova: 15,000 gather in capital to demand early elections

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:32

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — More than 15,000 people gathered in the Moldovan capital Sunday to protest against the government and demand early elections in the impoverished East European nation. Protesters shouted “We want the country back!” and “Unity, citizens!” in Romanian and Russian as the temperature fell to -10 Celsius (14 F).The rally was organized […]

Egypt sends 8 to trial over botched repair of King Tut mask

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:31

CAIRO (AP) — Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for “gross negligence.” Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with […]

Syrian official: State will make no concessions during talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:25

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior official in Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ruling Baath party says the government will not make any new concessions in future peace talks. Hilal al-Hilal’s comments come ahead of scheduled peace talks in Geneva in the coming days to work on ending Syria’s nearly five-year conflict, which has killed more than […]

Center-right candidate favored for Portugal’s next president

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:16

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese voters are electing a new president, with a veteran center-right politician who became a popular television personality strongly favored to capture the mostly ceremonial post. Opinion polls suggest Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will collect more than 50 percent of the vote against nine rivals. His strong poll lead in recent […]

Magnitude-6.8 earthquake hits Alaska, jolting nerves

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:04

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-6.8 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in south-central Alaska and jolted the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The earthquake struck about 1:30 a.m. Alaska time and was centered 53 miles west of Anchor Point and 160 miles southwest […]

Track Palin is Sarah’s latest political opportunity

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:03

The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture. Apparently, the young man and his girlfriend got into an argument over her ex-boyfriend. At some point, things became physical. When police arrived, they say they found the young man outside his parent’s home, where he lives. He was belligerent, evasive and stank of alcohol. He […]

Federal agency: 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit southern Alaska early Sunday morning

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 18:44

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal agency: 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit southern Alaska early Sunday morning.

Malaysia detains 7 suspected IS members plotting attacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 18:35

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have detained seven men suspected of being an Islamic State militant cell that was plotting attacks, authorities said Sunday. The seven Malaysians were detained over the past three days in a follow-up operation after the Jan. 15 detention of a man who was planning a suicide attack in […]

Large metal chunk investigated after washing onto Thai beach

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 18:16

BANGKOK (AP) — A large metal chunk has washed ashore in southern Thailand, but Malaysian authorities are cautioning against speculation of a link to a Malaysia Airlines flight missing almost two years. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Sunday he has instructed Malaysian civil aviation officials to contact Thailand about the newly found wreckage. […]

Taliban reaffirms authority of its Qatar ‘political office’

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 17:49

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Afghan Taliban says its “political office” in Qatar is the only entity authorized to carry out negotiations on its behalf, reinforcing the authority of the man who took over amid a tussle over command following the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar. The Taliban made the declaration in a […]

Inmates rappelled from roof to escape California jail

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 16:49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are continuing to search for three inmates who escaped from a Southern California maximum-security jail by cutting through half-inch steel bars and rappelling from the roof by a makeshift rope. “It was very well-thought-out and planned,” Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday at a news conference. The inmates […]