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US, China spar over North Korea, South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:36

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China sparred Wednesday on how to deal with North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test and ease rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. After meeting for more than four hours in Beijing in what they both termed “constructive” and “candid” discussions, U.S. Secretary of State […]

Malaysian anti-graft agency to appeal move to clear PM Najib

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:30

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency says it will appeal against the attorney general’s decision to clear Prime Minister Najib Razak of criminal charges over a $681 million financial scandal. The agency’s move disrupts Najib’s call to put to rest the scandal that has been the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership. […]

Analysis: There or not, Donald Trump drives the GOP debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:14

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Once again, Donald Trump steals the show. The billionaire Republican’s decision to tangle with Fox News and skip the final presidential debate before Iowa’s kickoff caucuses all but ensures that he — and he alone — will dominate the conversation in the closing moments of campaigning in 2016’s leadoff state. It’s […]

Fed faces a messier economic picture 6 weeks after rate hike

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, Federal Reserve policymakers now face a more perilous global picture that could alter their plans for further raising rates this year. Since the Fed increased rates Dec. 16 from record lows, stock markets have plunged, oil prices have […]

Tips for filling out FAFSA

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:00

Both new and returning college students should complete a FAFSA to qualify for federal, state and school-based financial aid. Even if you think your family’s income disqualifies you from monetary help, it is still a good idea to submit the application.

Danish hospital says case of Zika virus discovered

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:50

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish hospital officials say that a Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America. In a statement Tuesday, the Aarhus University Hospital said the patient ran a fever, had a headache and muscle aches and was discovered as having the virus on Tuesday. There hospital […]

At least 6 confirmed dead in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:49

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A church deacon says a landslide of mining waste has killed at least six people in northern Myanmar, the sixth deadly accident in the jade mining region since a November disaster killed more than 100 people. Baptist deacon Dut La, who is organizing funerals for the victims, said Wednesday that six […]

Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Vietnam Communist Party chief for second term, cementing hold on power

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:46

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Vietnam Communist Party chief for second term, cementing hold on power.

UN launches appeal for $393M humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:37

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations has launched an appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to reach millions of vulnerable people this year. The U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, and the country’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, launched the appeal on Wednesday in a live national television broadcast. The 2016 […]

Escaped California inmate had been ordered deported in 1998

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:29

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An inmate who along with two others escaped from a California jail had been ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but has been in this country running up a long police record, immigration officials said. Bac Duong, 43, came to the United States legally in 1991 but was ordered removed […]

IMF makes another $137m available for bailed-out Cyprus

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:28

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The International Monetary Fund says it has made another 126.3 million euros ($136.87 million) available to Cyprus after completing what it said was its second-to-last review of the Eurozone country’s rescue deal. The IMF said Wednesday the amount brings to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) its share of disbursements to the […]

FBI: Man who plotted attack also wanted to kill Israelis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:26

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man arrested on a charge of trying to buy machine guns to carry out an attack on a Masonic temple also wanted to travel to the Middle East and kill Israelis but abandoned that plan as unworkable, federal agents said in court documents. Federal prosecutors charged 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh […]

Bikram yoga founder ordered to pay $7.4M for sex harassment

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:23

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who made an empire out of his high-heat brand of yoga has been ordered to pay well over $7 million to a former legal adviser who said he sexually harassed her. A Los Angeles jury ordered Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury to pay $6.5 million in punitive damages Tuesday […]

Houston prosecutor has angered anti-abortion groups before

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:23

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Houston prosecutor handling the only criminal case to date over stealth video of Planned Parenthood clinics around the U.S. has infuriated anti-abortion activists before: In 2013, a grand jury on her watch cleared a doctor accused of ending late-term pregnancies. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, a Republican originally appointed […]

Driver: Principal fatally hit by bus pushed kids out of way

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis elementary school principal was seen pushing several students out of the way an oncoming bus before the vehicle fatally struck her, authorities said Tuesday. Susan Jordan, the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School on the city’s far northeast side, was killed and two 10-year-old children were hospitalized with serious but […]

No appeals planned for man set to die for officer’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:09

HOUSTON (AP) — No late appeals are expected for a man who is set to be executed for a Texas game warden’s death during a 2007 shootout. James Freeman’s scheduled lethal injection would be the second in as many weeks in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state. The U.S. Supreme […]

Chinese national to be sentenced for illegal exports to Iran

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:01

BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese national faces sentencing for supplying Iran with devices that can be used to make nuclear weapons-grade uranium. Prosecutors will recommend a 15-year prison term for Sihai Cheng, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit export violations and smuggle goods from the U.S. to Iran and illegally exporting U.S.-manufactured […]

Street free agent Shiloh Keo helped secure AFC title

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:01

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Safety Shiloh Keo made a bad first impression when he joined Denver’s dominant defense. He’s more than made up for it with big plays that helped the Broncos reach the Super Bowl. Five days after joining the league’s top-ranked defense, Keo made a big blunder, surrendering the winning touchdown in the […]

Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:36

TOKYO (AP) — The online commerce site of Yahoo Japan is defending its sales of ivory from growing criticism. A spokeswoman for the company said Wednesday that it does not allow sales of ivory that breach a 1989 treaty largely banning the trade. Nearly 1.1 million people have endorsed an online petition by environmental groups […]

Road project puts Israel, EU on collision course

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:33

JERUSALEM (AP) — A narrow country road outside Jerusalem has turned into a new battleground between Israel and the European Union, deepening a dispute between the allies over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. The EU is financing the paving of the dirt road by Palestinians as part of a broader effort to help […]