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Jordan king, Iraqi, Saudi officials expected at Munich meet

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 20:41

MUNICH (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah, Iraq’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister are among those expected at a conference opening in southern Germany, after diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war. The Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign and defense policy leaders, runs Friday […]

Massive New Jersey warehouse fire burning out of control

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 20:39

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) — A massive warehouse fire in central New Jersey burning out of control for more than half a day has generated enough smoke to be detected by weather radar and forced some school closures. Schools are closed Friday in Hillsborough because of the blaze that started around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Veterans […]

Portugal’s PM vows to press ahead with anti-austerity plans

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 20:38

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prime minister says he has taken note of European Union concerns about his debt-heavy country’s spending plans but is determined to make his anti-austerity program work. Prime Minister Antonio Costa says his center-left government’s budget for this year lays the foundations for new growth, job creation, better welfare benefits and […]

113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 20:35

FENNER, N.Y. (AP) — An energy company says it’s trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( that officials in the Madison County town of Fenner say it appears the blade fell off Wednesday morning at Enel Green Power-North America’s wind farm. […]

Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:43

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others. Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali, said shelling hit the camp in Kidal early Friday. Resident Ibrahim Ag Mohamed said that after the explosions U.N. helicopters […]

Thai police say slain Spaniard’s DNA found in suspect’s home

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:22

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him. Police Gen. Panya Mamen said Friday the investigation of the death of David Bernat is 80 percent complete and police […]

Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia; tsunami unlikely

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:20

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake has hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but no injuries or serious damage was reported immediately. The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the temblor Friday had a magnitude of 6.6 and was unlikely to trigger a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured […]

Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:18

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed too. The threat of attack from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home. Now the capital’s largest Muslim cemetery has […]

Man killed by police had 20 gunshot wounds, drugs in system

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:13

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An autopsy report says a black man had 20 gunshot wounds and there were drugs in his system when he was killed by San Francisco police in December, a shooting that sparked protests and calls for the police chief’s removal. The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) says the report, released Thursday, […]

Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:06

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s capital. Carter made the comment after meeting Friday at his Brussels hotel with his […]

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:03

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From a decline in arrests to the number of visitors, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hailing the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success. On Thursday, the city released numbers on arrests, the cleanup and the number of visitors. Landrieu also thanked city workers for their efforts at making the festivities […]

Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:59

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber says that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees. The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made U.S. […]

Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:54

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen’s attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated. Nehemiah Griego was […]

Key events in the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:51

Here is timeline of events in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon: — Jan. 2, 2016: A protest takes place in Burns, Oregon, amid mounting tension over prison sentences for two local ranchers. Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 46, said they lit fires on federal land to reduce […]

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:50

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:50

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT LATEST DEBATE UNCOVERED How far are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders willing to go to advance a Democratic agenda if elected to the White House. 2. CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM ON SYRIA TRUCE Most Read StoriesFemale tiger killed […]

UK competition authorities fine GSK $54.5 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:48

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s competition authority has fined drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plc 37.6 million pounds ($54.5 million) for stalling the potential entry of generic competitors of an anti-depressant drug Seroxat into the marketplace. The fine levelled Friday is the largest since the Competition and Markets Authority’s inception in 2014. The authority fined the pharmaceutical company for […]

Protesting Greek farmers clash with riot police

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:47

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek farmers wielding shepherd’s staffs clashed with riot police in central Athens on Friday as thousands headed to the Greek capital for a two-day protest against the government’s plans to impose new tax hikes and reform the pension system. About 800 farmers from the island of Crete who arrived by ferry […]

Feds plan major announcement about California island foxes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:44

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction. But after decades of effort to save them, the island fox is now thriving, officials say. Federal wildlife officials may even be ready to remove the bushy-tailed, housecat-sized animal from the endangered species list. The U.S. […]

George and Amal Clooney meet Merkel to discuss refugees

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:41

BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal have had a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe’s efforts to help refugees. The actor, who is currently attending the Berlin Film Festival to showcase his new movie “Hail, Caesar,” was accompanied to the 40-minute […]