Seattle Times Headlines

Colorado’s battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:18

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s battle over who should regulate fracking — and how much — now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules. The court ruled Monday that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are […]

Italian court: homeless man stealing hot dogs did no crime

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:16

ROME (AP) — Italy’s top criminal court has ruled that a hungry homeless man who took a package of hot dogs from a supermarket committed no crime. The man had been about to leave the store after paying for breadsticks but not for the hot dogs and some cheese he had in his pocket. He […]

Afeni Shakur, mother of rap legend Tupac Shakur, dies at 69

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:12

Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rap star Tupac Shakur, has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Department confirmed her death on Twitter. No details were provided. Born Alice Faye Williams, Shakur changed her name as an adult when she became a political activist and joined the Black Panther movement. […]

San Francisco tree could get landmark status or the axe

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:06

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fate of a tall and slender pine tree in the backyard of a San Francisco house that’s at the center of a dispute among neighbors is now in the hands of San Francisco city leaders. The Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to grant landmark status to a 100-foot-tall […]

Driver in fatal duck boat crash cited 10 times for speeding

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:03

BOSTON (AP) — The driver of an amphibious sightseeing vehicle that collided with a scooter in Boston, killing a woman, has a history of driving violations. According to records released by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, the driver has been cited for speeding 10 times, was found at fault in a 2003 accident and […]

Lawmakers injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka parliament

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:03

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Several lawmakers were injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka’s Parliament after a protest over the removal of military security for former President Mahinda Rajapakasa. One of them was hospitalized. The fracas occurred Tuesday after the session commenced following an argument between opposition and government lawmakers over the removal of army […]

What to do about auntie’s incessant phone calls

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:00

Dear Carolyn Adapted from a recent online discussion. DEAR CAROLYN: My wife’s great aunt lives in a retirement village. She has medical issues and is also lonely. Our problem is that she talks incessantly once she gets one of us on the phone. It is impossible to end the conversation. She says, “This will only […]

Officers who used stun guns on Virginia man won’t be charged

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:56

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A county prosecutor in Virginia says she won’t seek criminal charges against police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death. In a report released Tuesday, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said there’s no evidence to suggest the officers “deliberately caused or wanted” […]

Lawsuit accuses Connecticut rabbi of sexual abuse

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:55

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut rabbi is accused in a lawsuit of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times from 2001 to 2005 when the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven. The lawsuit by Eliyahu (el-ee-YAH’-hu) Mirlis, now 28, of New Jersey, was filed Tuesday in […]

Daryl Hall drops plans for outdoor stage at New York venue

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:20

PAWLING, N.Y. (AP) — Musician Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates has dropped plans to host outdoor concerts at his music venue and restaurant in upstate New York. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports ( ) the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was unable to obtain the required approvals in time from the Dutchess County town […]

Rio de Janeiro Olympic torch relay kicks off 3-month journey

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:12

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian torch relay for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics has kicked off with volleyball player Fabiana Claudino running the first leg after the torch was ignited by embattled President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff says “Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history.” The Olympic flame arrived in a […]

Cross-bearing ‘Jesus’ arrested at Apple store for trespass

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:07

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who calls himself “Philly Jesus” has a new cross to bear: He was arrested at a Philadelphia Apple store on a trespassing charge. Philly Jesus’ real name is Michael Grant. He dresses like Jesus, carries a large cross, preaches on sidewalks and poses for photos. He also performs baptisms in […]

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:04

When Dish technicians aren’t busy installing satellite TV services in people’s homes, they’ll be making house calls to replace iPhone batteries and broken screens. The new program represents Dish’s latest effort to diversify its business as it faces a decline in TV subscribers — currently at 13.9 million, down 1 percent from a year ago. […]

Microdairies find a market for high-end milk

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:04

Add milk to the long list of traditional foods that are being rediscovered by young entrepreneurs and reintroduced in small-batch — and often high-priced — form.

Toddler stabbed to death, mother wounded in Los Angeles

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:03

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are searching for a man they say stabbed a woman and her 2-year-old daughter in their home, killing the little girl and critically wounding her mother. Officer Liliana Preciado says officers responding to a call late Monday found both victims with multiple stab wounds on the floor of […]

Washington vs. Massachusetts: How college affordability compares

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:02

College in Washington is more affordable than it is in Massachusetts because most of our students go to two-year colleges and because the state offers generous financial aid packages, a new report says.

Beyonce goes from ‘Lemonade’ to watermelon water

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:02

NEW YORK (AP) — WTRMLN WTR, a startup beverage company that makes cold-pressed watermelon juice, announced Tuesday that Beyonce has joined as an investor. Co-founder and creative director Jody Levy said in a statement that the entertainment icon, whose latest album is “Lemonade,” is “aligned with many of our company’s core values, especially our commitment […]

EU to move on ending visas for Turkish citizens

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:01

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is poised for a big step Wednesday toward ending visa requirements for Turkish citizens as a widely criticized deal to get Turkey to stop migrants entering the EU gathers pace. The EU’s executive Commission is expected to invite member states and lawmakers to vote before the end of June […]

Backhoe hit by train west of Welsh, driver injured

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:01

WELSH, La. (AP) — State police say a Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury employee received minor injuries when an Amtrak train struck the backhoe he was driving, just west of Welsh. Sgt. James Anderson tells the American Press ( the unidentified employee was preparing to cross the railroad tracks about 1:20 p.m. Monday when the […]

Senator alarmed by Philippine candidate’s plan on guerrillas

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:18

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator has expressed alarm over a presidential front-runner’s plan to allow communist guerrillas to participate in government if he wins, saying this would cause rumblings within the military. In his latest controversial remark, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told reporters his administration could be an all-inclusive one where communist guerrillas can […]