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Erdogan hints Turkey won’t revise terror law for visa deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 21:03

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey won’t change its anti-terrorism legislation for the sake of visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens. Erdogan’s statement on Friday came a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who had negotiated the deal, stepped down over a rift with the president. Addressing European countries, […]

Official: Afghan raid frees 60 from Taliban-run prison

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 21:03

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local official says that Afghan special forces troops have liberated more than 60 prisoners from a Taliban prison in the southern province of Helmand. Provincial Governor Hayatullah Hayat said Friday that Afghan Army commandos and members of the country’s elite counter-terrorism unit raided a private home in the Nawzad district, […]

Nevada company to pursue purchase of unfinished nuke

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:51

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Nevada company says it will try to purchase an unfinished nuclear power plant in northern Alabama. Managing partner Michael Dooley of Phoenix Energy of Nevada says the company wants to use the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site to produce electricity through a new technology. The Tennessee Valley Authority decided Thursday to […]

Egypt official blames ‘Tom and Jerry’ for spreading violence

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:49

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated “Tom and Jerry” series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence. The accusations by Salah Abdel-Sadek, head of State Information Service, which is affiliated with the presidency, came at a forum held in Cairo this week. Abdel-Sadek told academics, media specialists, and public figures […]

Murray beats Berdych to reach Madrid Open semifinals

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:48

MADRID (AP) — Playing on clay and under a closed roof, Andy Murray did just fine. The second-ranked Murray advanced to the semifinals at the Madrid Open on Friday, beating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last four for the second consecutive Masters tournament on clay. The match at the “Magic Box” was played […]

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi makes first official trip, to Laos

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:45

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader and foreign minister, has visited neighboring Laos in her first official trip abroad. Myanmar and Laotian state media reported that Suu Kyi accompanied Myanmar President Htin Kyaw on an official visit Friday at the invitation of the president of Laos, Bounnhang Vorachit. The […]

Colton Haynes: ‘Terminal anxiety’ led to ‘Teen Wolf’ break

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:45

Former “Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes says “terminal anxiety” is what prompted him to take a break from television. The 27-year-old tells Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday that he asked to step away from MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and the CW’s “Arrow,” on which he had a recurring role, because he cared more about […]

2 Atlanta police vehicles crash while responding to call

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:45

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Atlanta police vehicles crashed while officers were responding to the same call. Atlanta police spokesman Officer Lukasz Sajdak tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( the officers were responding to a call of shots being fired behind a nightclub about 9 p.m. Thursday when the police SUV and patrol car collided. Carolyn Royal, […]

Female coach leads champion men’s team in Hong Kong

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:40

HONG KONG (AP) — At age 27, Chan Yuen-ting is younger than several of the players she coaches at Eastern Sports Club yet she has already secured a unique place for herself in soccer history by becoming the first woman to lead a men’s team to a top-division national championship. Chan took charge at Eastern […]

Truck dumps 50,000 pounds of raw potatoes, closing down road

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:39

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Potatoes are everywhere on a North Carolina road, but these spuds aren’t loaded or mashed and ready to eat. A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 77 in Charlotte about 2 a.m. Friday, spilling 50,000 pounds of raw potatoes and closing the road for hours. Troopers say the truck driver told them he […]

Pope seeks to renew European dream as he accepts unity prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:37

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on Friday bemoaned that the continent’s people “are tempted to yield to our own selfish interests and to consider putting up fences.” “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime, but a summons to a greater commitment […]

Herbalife says it is in advanced talks with FTC

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbalife’s stock is surging 12 percent in premarket trading Friday after the seller of supplements and weight-loss products disclosed that it’s in advanced talks to potentially settle a federal investigation into claims that it’s a pyramid scheme. Herbalife Ltd. said in a regulatory filing that the possible settlement with the Federal […]

Keith Urban explores rhythmic roots on diverse new record

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:51

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban was on a cross-country flight last year trying to finish a new song about living in the moment and not holding onto regrets. But he was also thinking about two men close to him that had recently passed away. “I was thinking about my dad who had passed away […]

4 Radford University students arrested on hazing charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:51

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia announced that they’ve arrested four Radford University fraternity members on hazing charges. News outlets report that school officials previously said a student was injured in an incident involving the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in April. University spokesman Joe Carpenter says the student was hospitalized for five days and […]

Australian cancer con woman faces lawsuit for deception

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:39

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Officials say Australian author and blogger Belle Gibson faces a possible government lawsuit after admitting that she lied about beating a normally deadly brain tumor through healthy eating and natural therapies. The 24-year-old social media entrepreneur and author of “The Whole Pantry,” a cookbook that detailed her purportedly life-saving diet, admitted […]

Ex-leader of private school accused of stalking teacher

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:33

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The former administration of a private high school in Florida is accused of stalking a teacher he had been dating. Matthew Joseph Kearney III was arrested Thursday in Gainesville. The Florida Times-Union ( ) reports the teacher at Episcopal School of Jacksonville filed an injunction against 55-year-old Kearney on Monday. The […]

FIFA life bans for 2 South American officials for bribery

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:28

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics judges have imposed life bans on two South American football officials who have pleaded guilty in the United States to corruption charges. The FIFA ethics committee judging chamber says it found Luis Bedoya, a former FIFA executive committee member from Colombia, and Sergio Jadue of Chile guilty of wrongdoing including […]

US jobs report will show if hiring is still defying slow GDP

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have been hiring at a healthy clip for six months even as the economy has slowed to an anemic pace. Friday’s jobs report for April will help answer a key question: How long can this go on? At least a while longer, most economists think. They have collectively forecast that […]

Baby sitter who wrote love letter to 9-year-old sentenced

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 19:05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who authorities say wrote a letter expressing his love for a 9-year-old autistic boy he was hired to baby-sit has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for having child pornography. Federal prosecutors in Rochester say the boy’s parents fired 26-year-old Joseph Lamica, of Brighton, after […]

Man accused of killing family makes shrine in jail cell

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 18:57

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A “Santeria” shrine was discovered in the Florida jail cell of a man accused of killing his wife and her two young children. Local news outlets are reporting that Daytona Beach jail officials found drops of apparent blood on pictures of Luis Toledo’s wife, Yessenia Suarez and her children, 8 […]