Seattle Times Headlines

Debt collectors beware: Judge’s ruling could change the game

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 00:08

HAWTHORNE, N.J. (AP) — Ever had a debt collector on your back for money you knew you didn’t owe? Listen to the story of Steven Psaros and take heart. The Great Recession forced Psaros into foreclosure on the house he had bought in this northern New Jersey town in 1999. Then, another blow. A debt […]

Plan to build backwoods hut in White Mountains fuels debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:53

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than five decades since a backcountry hut for hikers was last built in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a plan to put one less than 2 miles into the woods has stirred passions among some outdoor lovers who say the mountains are already overrun by wealthy out-of-staters who are trampling on […]

Philadelphia’s former police chief to advise Chicago force

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:53

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago Police deputy superintendent who left to head police departments in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia is returning to Chicago to help make changes to the police force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office issued a news release Sunday saying Charles Ramsey will be a senior adviser to the department and will help […]

Problems in Detroit, Flint show rift over emergency managers

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:48

DETROIT (AP) — Darnell Earley didn’t come up with the plan to channel corrosive river water into Flint’s old lead-lined water pipes, causing a health emergency. And he certainly can’t be blamed for the Detroit school system’s decaying facilities and wrecked finances, which have prompted teacher boycotts this month. But the 64-year-old budget expert was […]

Obama says he doesn’t yearn for third term

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wouldn’t run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office “should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas.” Obama says in an interview airing on CBS he’s not yearning for a third […]

Italian comedian who started political party back to stage

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:23

MILAN (AP) — Italian comic Beppe Grillo is returning to the stage with a new show next month, but will continue his involvement in politics with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement that he founded. Grillo, 67, was quoted by the daily Corriere della Sera on Sunday as saying the show will address how he arrived at […]

Figure Skating program uses picture of wrong Twin City

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:18

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The event program for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minnesota gained a bit attention on social media for all the wrong reasons after St. Paul’s mayor noticed it features a photo of the other Twin City. The program, which includes a welcome letter from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, […]

The Latest: Alaska hit with aftershock after earthquake

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:09

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An early morning earthquake that rattled Alaska has been followed by a second aftershock in the Cook inlet region. The Alaska Earthquake Center says preliminary reports put the latest aftershock at a magnitude-4.7. A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck early Sunday knocked items off shelves and walls in south-central Alaska and jolted the […]

Ex-Wisconsin cop accused of killing 2 women to stand trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:04

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Wisconsin police officer accused of killing an Oregon woman and another from Minnesota and ditching their bodies in suitcases along a highway is set to stand trial this week in the first woman’s death. Here’s what you need to know: THE CHARGES Steven Zelich, 54, is charged with first-degree intentional […]

Oregon lawmakers consider liquor tax ahead of Nov. ballot

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:02

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians have many options for places to buy wine and beer. Hard alcohol, however, requires a separate trip to one of the limited state-owned liquor stores. But that could change if voters pass a ballot measure proposed for November that would allow hard alcohol to sit alongside beer and wine on […]

Win a stay in Hemingway’s home in Key West

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

One lucky writer will win a chance to write in Ernest Hemingway’s studio — surrounded by six-toed cats.

Sunday Best: Lucy Liu

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

Lucy Liu in an anything-but-basic Little Black Dress.

The Week Ahead: GroundFrog Day, author Eric Weiner and ‘Salt/Water’

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

The week of Jan. 24 is packed with music, visual arts, and theater.

Nick Licata is done with Seattle City Council, but not with activism

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

Former longtime Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata retired in December, but he still has plenty to say; he does so in his new book, “Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Our Changing World.”

Don’t get trapped in husband’s moral tar pit

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

Husband won’t change bad behavior so it could be time to leave the moral tar pit he is creating. Plus, how to help children talk instead of lashing out when something is bothering them.

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully return for six-episode revival of landmark sci-fi series

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

“Galavant” and “Downton Abbey,” head the TV menu for Sunday, Jan. 24.

Does garlic help ward off or reduce severity of a cold?

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 23:00

People’s Pharmacy looks at colds, eczema, and liquid cayenne.

The Latest: Sanders: I’d win if Bloomberg runs as 3rd party

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local. ___ 8:30 a.m. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he’ll win the race for president if former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg becomes an independent candidate for the White House. […]

‘Splinter the Silence’: Longtime friends track a crime

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:00

Scottish crime fiction writer Val McDermid’s “Splinter the Silence,” two longtime friends confront personal issues of addiction as they track a cyber bully who may be harassing opponents of sex trafficking. .

‘The Cabaret of Plants’: plant mysteries, down the millennia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:00

In “The Cabaret of Plants,” prolific writer and naturalist Richard Mabey writes about the many mysterious ways plants interact with their environments.