Seattle Times Headlines

UConn receives grant to exhibit collection of 2 million ants

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 03:06

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to preserve and exhibit a collection of 2 million dead army ants and other critters. The collection represents the life work of former UConn biologist Carl Rettenmeyer and his wife Marian, who made more than 20 expeditions to Central […]

Bears emerging early have run-ins with Montana residents

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 03:04

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The chicken-killer had been caught red-pawed, but because he was a first-time offender, he was released on his own recognizance. Montana wildlife officials trapped a 211-pound grizzly bear Monday that reportedly killed chickens at a home near Columbia Falls, west of Glacier National Park. The 3-year-old bruin had no known previous […]

Pregame: Can the Mariners salvage a win on this homestand?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 03:01

Mariners manager Scott Servais discussed the team's player-only meeting and playing at Safeco Field during his pregame media session.

Laws decried as LGBT discrimination proposed across country

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 03:01

Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who — due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from […]

Anti-Semitic task force formed at Western Washington University after 3 incidents

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:54

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard is forming a task force after several anti-Semitic incidents involving students at the Bellingham school.

Amid violence, Israel promotes Arab police officer

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:53

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel promoted an Arab police officer to deputy commissioner on Wednesday, making him the highest-ranking Muslim ever to serve in the force at a time when authorities are battling a wave of attacks by Palestinians that has frayed relations between Jews and Arabs. In his new position, the 59-year-old Gamal […]

Washington, Gonzaga renew men’s basketball series Dec. 7 in Spokane

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:51

Washington and Gonzaga will renew their men’s basketball series Dec. 7 at Spokane's McCarthey Athletic Center.

Fed survey finds US economy expanding at modest pace

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy was expanding at a modest to moderate rate in late February and March. This growth occurred despite weakness in the energy sector, as well as a slowdown in exports of some manufactured goods and farm products because of global weakness and the strong dollar. The Fed’s […]

US cites global governance crisis for declining human rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says human rights protections around the world declined last year — the result of crackdowns by oppressive governments and abuses by violent extremists. That’s the conclusion of the State Department’s latest annual report on human rights. The report says countries pushed back with “increasing vigor and viciousness” in 2015 […]

Seattle-area unemployment edges down; state’s rate unchanged

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:01

The Seattle region’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in March to 4.9 percent as new jobs are snapped by a growing workforce.

Chicago police task force recommends wide range of reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 02:01

CHICAGO (AP) — A task force that reviewed Chicago police practices in the wake of several police shootings of young black men has issued recommendations for sweeping changes, including hiring an inspector general and overhauling union contracts. The panel, established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the department must acknowledge decades of entrenched racism within its […]

Arrest made in killing of Rutgers student in New Jersey

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:59

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a Rutgers University student in New Jersey last weekend. The Essex County prosecutor’s office says 25-year-old Marcus Feliz has been charged with murder and other offenses related to the Newark shooting. He’s being held on $750,000 bail. Twenty-one-year-old Toms River resident […]

An Iraqi tank, dubbed ‘The Beast,’ is on a battlefield tear

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Beast” is running wild on the streets in Iraq. That is the nickname given an American-made, Iraqi-operated tank taking on Islamic State fighters in the western city of Hit. A U.S. military spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Wednesday the U.S.-trained tank crew has been “tearing it up” in the city for […]

Reports: Details on sex encounters at prep school differ

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:56

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Police reports say a student who had a sexual relationship in the 1970s with a teacher at an elite New Hampshire prep school described it as consensual, while another student said she was sexually abused by the teacher in the 1980s. Documents by the Exeter Police Department were released Tuesday to […]

Intelligence agencies consider striking ‘confidential’ label

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence agencies are considering eliminating the government’s lowest category of classified information — a step a top official has said could simplify the system used to guard intelligence and could prevent unnecessary secrecy. In a memo circulated to intelligence agencies in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper proposed abolishing the “confidential” […]

Judge won’t block passport marker law involving sex crimes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge won’t immediately block a law that requires authorities to place a marker in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton said Wednesday that federal authorities have yet to begin marking passports, so it would be premature to decide whether […]

Rescued calf is now companion for blind cow who lost pig pal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:46

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A calf that spent several days on the loose in Massachusetts is now a companion for a blind cow that recently lost a pig playmate. The cow, Baby, lives at the Don’t Forget Us Pet Us animal sanctuary in Dartmouth. The unnamed calf had escaped from Robinson’s Livestock and was returned […]

Outside groups deal themselves in for GOP delegate game

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — After burning through millions of dollars in a mostly failed attempt to sway Republican primary voters, big-money outside groups opposing Donald Trump have turned to a far smaller target audience: the delegates who will actually choose the presidential nominee. Our Principles, which is devoted to keeping Trump from winning, and super PACs […]

World Bank pledges $2.5 billion for teenage girls’ education

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank has pledged $2.5 billion to educate and empower adolescent girls in low-income countries. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that “Unleashing the full economic potentials of half the population can drive the growth and prosperity of nations.” Kim spoke Wednesday at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank […]

Judge ends CeeLo Green’s supervised probation in drug case

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has removed CeeLo Green from supervised probation in a felony drug case that involved him giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner. Superior Court Judge David Herriford ended the singer’s supervised probation on Wednesday during a brief hearing in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer pleaded no contest in […]