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Trump releases first political attack ad against rival Cruz

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:14

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is out with his first attack ad aimed at rival Ted Cruz. The ad paints the Texas senator as an inconsistent politician who once supported allowing the millions of people living in the country illegally to remain. It also features footage of Cruz stumbling […]

Both sides will seek to end GM ignition switch trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:13

NEW YORK (AP) — A trial that was supposed to help settle hundreds of lawsuits stemming from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches was headed for a premature dismissal Friday, a day after the judge raised questions about the truthfulness of the plaintiff. Both sides in the dispute said they would ask a judge to dismiss […]

Former Olympic downhill champ Bill Johnson dies at age 55

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:48

Bill Johnson, the brash American who became the first U.S. skier to win an Olympic downhill title, died after a long illness, the U.S. ski team said Friday.

Ex-Monroe officer gets prison time for child sex crimes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:46

A former Monroe police officer convicted of possessing sexually explicit material of a minor was sentenced Thursday to more than a year in prison.

Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew amid spreading unrest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:44

KASSERINE, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia imposed a nationwide overnight curfew Friday in response to growing unrest as protests over unemployment across the country descended into violence in some cities. A curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. has been put into place because the attacks on public and private property “represent a danger to the […]

Gorilla gives birth to baby at Amsterdam’s Artis zoo

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:36

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam zoo Artis is celebrating a new arrival after its western lowland gorilla Sindy gave birth to a healthy baby. Mother and newborn were both doing well Friday, with Sindy protectively cradling her baby as it was drinking her milk. The new arrival adds to the zoo’s gorilla group, which is made […]

Syrian government thanks Russia for help capturing key town

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:17

SALMA, Syria (AP) — Pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad hang on nearly every building in the town of Salma, which government troops captured last week in one of their most significant advances since Russia intervened militarily on their side. The Syrian government offensive has given Assad a stronger hand going into peace talks planned […]

Serena’s midriff, naval ring take center stage at Aust Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:15

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams’ latest on-court fashion statement is an attempt to “push the envelope” with a nod to classic tennis style. So says Williams, the No. 1-ranked player who is baring her midriff and naval ring at this year’s Australian Open. Williams designed the bright yellow outfit that features a T-shirt top […]

APNewsBreak: UK gov’t ordered embassies to lobby for Coe

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:11

LONDON (AP) — The British government ordered ambassadors around the world to lobby athletics leaders to vote for Sebastian Coe in the IAAF presidential election, aiming to ensure “British interests are protected,” diplomatic messages obtained by The Associated Press reveal. After a “Dip-Tel” — a diplomatic telegram described as “sensitive” — was sent to embassies […]

Iraqi PM expresses doubts that 3 Americans were kidnapped

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:07

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister has expressed doubts that the three Americans who went missing from a Baghdad neighborhood last week have been kidnapped. Haider al-Abadi says no demands have been made for the three and that they were most likely taken by “criminal gangs.” Al-Abadi spoke on Friday from Davos, Switzerland, where he […]

What to Watch on Saturday at the Australian Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:06

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka aim to continue their quests for a third Grand Slam singles title when they play their third-round matches Saturday at the Australian Open. Up-and-comers Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic and Garbine Muguruza hope to remain in contention for their first. No. 2-seeded Murray, who won […]

Police: Women suspected of drugging men, stealing Rolexes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:06

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say they’re looking for two women suspected of drugging two men and stealing their Rolex watches after they met at a bar. Local media outlets report that the men told detectives they met the women the night of Jan. 7 at the Porterhouse Bar & Grill in Sunny […]

IS affiliate claims bomb attack in Giza, Egypt that killed 6

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:45

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s affiliate of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Cairo’s twin city of Giza that killed at least six people, including three policemen. The Associated Press could not independently verify the claim, which was issued via a statement circulated by the group’s sympathizers on social media […]

Aiming for downhill win record, Vonn leads Cortina training

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:44

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn led the final training session for a World Cup downhill Friday and can break the career record for wins in skiing’s signature event on Saturday. Vonn clocked 1 minutes, 37.48 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course for a 0.38-second lead over Verena Stuffer of Italy. Tina Weirather […]

Leopard enters Nepal suburb, injures 1 person

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:44

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say a leopard has wandered into a suburb south of Nepal’s capital and attacked a man who was walking along a road. The man was not seriously injured in Friday’s attack. Police official Megh Bahadur Khatri said forest guards and police were quickly called to the suburb, Kirtipur, and found […]

No charges after homeless man is paid to pour coffee on head

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:43

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say no charges will be filed after a stranger paid a homeless man $5 to pour coffee on himself twice. Police say that’s because Ronald Leggatt consented even though he was embarrassed. The 65-year-old tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) he let a stranger videotape him […]

Germany’s Lufthansa, union agree to arbitration talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:43

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Lufthansa and the union representing its cabin crew say they’ve agreed to arbitration in a long and bitter labor dispute that has cost the airline millions. The UFO union has staged multiple strikes to press its demands, including transition payments for its 19,000 members if they retire early. The contract dispute […]

Buttons as contemporary art, reimagined in NYC exhibition

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:38

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no denying buttons are an important clothing item, but can they rise to the level of art? A new exhibition at a Manhattan gallery proves they can. In the hands of 11 artists, the everyday, mundane objects are used to create sculptures, portraits and amazing wearable art — some political, […]

Ruling communists in Laos promote VP as country’s new leader

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:26

BANGKOK (AP) — The ruling communist party of Laos has chosen a new leader, putting Bounnhang Vorachit in charge of the single-party country as it takes its turn as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The Lao state news agency KPL reported that the 10th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party […]

Portugal to pick a new president but govt calls the shots

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:22

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A record 10 candidates are running for president of Portugal on Sunday, but voters don’t appear to share their enthusiasm for a job that holds no executive power in Western Europe’s poorest country. An unmemorable election campaign and an apparent runaway favorite have combined to bore the electorate. “Turnout will undoubtedly […]