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Hastert judge won’t consider support letters unless public

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:42

CHICAGO (AP) — The judge in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case says that if the former House speaker wants letters of support considered during his sentencing, they must be made public. Hastert is to be sentenced April 27 after pleading guilty last year to breaking federal banking laws. Prosecutors say he paid to conceal sex abuse […]

US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:42

ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS (AP) — For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the region. With a key Asia Pacific ally at his side, Carter’s visit […]

Amnesty calls for release of 35 men detained in South Sudan

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:36

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Amnesty International is calling for the release of 35 men it says are being held illegally and without charge by South Sudan’s National Security Service. The group said Friday that the detained men include a journalist and a dean at the University of Juba. It said that none of the […]

Blood sprayed into audience at Austria refugee protest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:31

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say they have laid assault charges against eight suspects after a scuffle with audience members at a play sympathetic to refugees. Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger said Friday about 30 people claiming membership in the Identitarian group were involved in Thursday evening’s protest, with group members on stage spraying artificial blood […]

Son convicted of driving SUV into mother’s house to kill her

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:20

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been convicted of trying to kill his mother by ramming his SUV into her upstate New York home. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/1Ns22j1 ) a Sullivan County jury on Thursday found 51-year-old Vincent Ryan Jr. guilty of attempted murder, assault and related offenses. Prosecutors […]

Woman fights Russian law on organ removal without consent

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:18

When Elena Sablina’s daughter Alina was killed in a car crash in Moscow two years ago, she was devastated. One month later, Sablina accidentally discovered from a forensic report that six of her 19-year-old daughter’s organs, including her heart and kidneys, had been removed for transplant. “I was shocked that organs were taken from my […]

Fans relishing Leicester’s pursuit of Premier League title

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:16

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester fans never expected to see their modest team have a shot at winning the Premier League this season. A year ago, fans were enduring the anguish of seeing their team in a relegation scrap and were relieved to see them survive. Now, the anxiety is all about ensuring the Foxes […]

Police: Man stinks up Georgia bar using flatulence spray

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:00

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been arrested after police say he unleashed a bottle of flatulence spray inside an Athens bar. The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/1Mx8avn ) reports that a woman told officers 20-year-old Blake Leland Zengo sprayed her in the face with a product designed to smell like flatulence. An Athens-Clarke County […]

China 2nd ranking general visits disputed islands

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:40

BEIJING (AP) — China’s second-ranking general has recently visited the country’s man-made islands in the South China Sea that the U.S. and others have criticized for raising tensions in the region. The Defense Ministry said in a brief statement Friday that Fan Changlong led a group of military commanders to the Spratly island group to […]

Tiger countries agree to preserve big-cat habitats

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:40

NEW DELHI (AP) — Countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to do more to protect tiger habitats that are shrinking drastically because of deforestation and urban sprawl, conservationists said Friday. Representatives from the 13 Asian countries with tigers, meeting this week in New Delhi, issued a resolution acknowledging that the forests in which tigers […]

Problems fixes all over Russia after appeals on Putin’s show

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:26

MOSCOW (AP) — In just one day, roads of a Siberian city were repaired, swindled fishery workers got wads of cash and a child prodigy was invited to go a Crimean summer camp. The one thing that made it possible was President Vladimir Putin’s call-in show where distressed Russians appealed to the country’s leader to […]

Obama backs effort to give consumers options on cable boxes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is throwing his weight behind an effort to give consumers more choice when it comes to the cable boxes that control which television channels they watch. Most TV subscribers lease boxes from their cable service provider. The Federal Communications Commission is pursuing new regulations giving consumers more options to […]

Earnings schedule for the week of 4/18/2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:13

MONDAY PepsiCo Inc. reports earnings before the market open. Netflix Inc. reports earnings after the market close. TUESDAY Most Read StoriesMan charged with slaying of Ingrid Lyne tells police: I’m ‘not a normal person’Man driving with suspended license injures 6 boys in Maple Valley crashAmazon to set up temporary homeless haven on downtown campusBellevue High […]

Refugees, rights groups buoyed by papal spotlight

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:03

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Municipal crews were pressure-hosing streets, pruning trees and touching up building facades on this Greek island where Pope Francis will visit Saturday, a mission human rights groups hope will highlight the plight of refugees who fled their war-ravaged homes only to be denied entry to Europe. The Vatican insists Francis’ five-hour […]

Syrian government delegation arrives in Geneva for talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:00

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says a government delegation has arrived to join the new round of U.N.-mediated peace talks with an umbrella opposition group that began this week in Geneva. The arrival of the Damascus team, led by Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, comes amid an escalation in northern Aleppo province that has […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:58

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. NEW YORK DELIVERS ROWDY NIGHT OF CAMPAIGNING A wild night in politics culminates with a fierce Democratic debate, as all five presidential candidates converge in New York ahead of the state’s crucial Tuesday primary. 2 WHO IS […]

Madrid gets City, Atletico faces Bayern in Champions League

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:54

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Real Madrid will play Manchester City for a place in the Champions League final, and Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich. The first legs of the semifinals will be played on April 26 and 27. The return matches will be played May 3 and 4. Real Madrid is a record […]

Belgian minister resigns after airport security criticized

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:50

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s transport minister has resigned after a secret European Union report detailing lapses in airport security oversight was leaked in the wake of the March 22 bombings at Brussels Airport and subway. Prime Minister Charles Michel said Friday that, after talks with Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant, “the minister presented her resignation to […]

Spain: Princess Cristina’s accuser arrested by police

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:40

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish police official says the leader of the anti-corruption group that brought criminal tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina has been arrested by financial crimes officers. The official says Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) chief Miguel Bernad was detained at his Madrid home on Friday but declined to elaborate. The group has […]

School band director found hiding in teen’s closet arrested

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:20

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A high school band director in Louisiana has been arrested after authorities say he was found hiding in a 16-year-old girl’s closet. News outlets report officials say 30-year-old Jeremy Conner was charged Wednesday with indecent behavior with a juvenile. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said in a statement Thursday […]