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Your guide to July 4 fun around the Sound

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:30
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate the nation’s birthday.

Kids’ shop: Turn your child into an action figure

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:24
A Bellevue company is turning ordinary people into personalized superhero action figures.

Locavore: A comfy dress gets an active makeover

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:19
You’re familiar with the loose-fitting, roomy muumuu. Now meet the active Seattle woman’s version: the Nuu-Muu.

Gamblers’ abuse claims test sovereignty of US tribal casinos

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:00
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America’s tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse. Casino bosses everywhere have ways of making so-called “advantage players” feel unwelcome, regularly tossing and blacklisting them. But gamblers have […]

Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:28
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air. The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them […]

Obama: US embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans and Cubans alike are ready to […]

2 convicted murderers practiced night before prison breakout

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:25
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — One of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison in June told police that they conducted a practice run the night before their daring escape, a district attorney said. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said David Sweat, 35, told police from his Albany Medical Center hospital bed […]

GM stops production at its single plant in Russia

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:24
ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn. Sergei Lepnukhov, GM’s spokesman in Russia, said Wednesday the plant in St. Petersburg stopped work “in the framework of the company restructuring its business model in Russia.” GM announced the plant’s […]

Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:21
NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson’s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stations looking to add a little […]

Photos of the Day: July 1, 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:16
Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

Macy’s dumps Trump clothing line in response to comments

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s is the latest company to end its relationship with Donald Trump as the fallout from the real estate mogul’s remarks about Mexican immigrants continues. Companies have been cutting ties with Trump left and right after his presidential campaign kickoff speech last week in which he declared that some Mexican immigrants […]

Motorhome driver killed in crash at NY racetrack

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:24
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) — State police say the driver of a motorhome has been killed in a crash during an upstate New York racetrack’s annual “Eve of Destruction” event. Troopers say the accident occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Lebanon Valley Speedway in the Columbia County town of New Lebanon, on the Massachusetts border, […]

Columbia River water temperature is hottest since 1950

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:18
Not only is the weather unusually hot, but the water of the Columbia River is also much hotter than normal. On the Lower Columbia River at Bonneville Dam the water temperature was nearly 71 degrees on Monday, June 30. It’s the hottest temperature to-date since at least 1950, and the recent 10-year average on June […]

Woman’s parking citation tossed because of missing comma

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:08
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma. Andrea Cammelleri (kah-meh-LEHR’-ee) says she shouldn’t have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West […]

Columbia River water temperature is hottest in more than 65 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:08
Not only is the weather unusually hot, but the water of the Columbia River is also much hotter than normal. On the Lower Columbia River at Bonneville Dam the water temperature was nearly 71 degrees on Monday, June 30. It’s the hottest temperature to-date since at least 1950, and the recent 10-year average on June […]

Cooking outdoors for July Fourth: Rub it, sauce it, spice it

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:05
Six recipes for getting your grilling game right.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:56
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.” Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution. They run on the power created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air to make water. […]

Toyota’s top female executive resigns after arrest in Japan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:56
TOKYO (AP) — Julie Hamp, Toyota’s most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp tendered her resignation through her attorneys on Tuesday, and Toyota Motor Corp. accepted it because of “the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders,” […]

Ace buying Chubb in cash-and-stock deal valued at $28.3B

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:56
WARREN, N.J. (AP) — Insurer Ace is buying The Chubb Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.3 billion that will boost its international presence. Chubb shareholders will receive $62.93 per share in cash and 0.6019 shares of Ace Ltd. stock. The price is a premium of about 30 percent over Chubb’s Tuesday closing […]

Survey: U.S. businesses step up hiring in June to 237,000

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May. That is the most since December, according […]