Seattle Times Headlines

Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Museum faces closure threat

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:07

HONG KONG (AP) — The operators of the world’s only museum chronicling the Chinese government’s brutal 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square say it faces closure because of a legal dispute. The pro-democracy group behind the tiny Hong Kong museum said Friday that they have decided to look for another space rather […]

Russia’s top diplomat in Japan to discuss leaders’ meetings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:04

TOKYO (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat is holding talks with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo to discuss preparations for meetings between the two leaders this year. Sergey Lavrov’s trip comes days after Japan hosted foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations. Russia is barred from G-7 because of its annexation of Crimea in […]

Scandal-hit VW brand sees sales drop in German market

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:02

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen AG saw sales fall in its home market as it struggles to overcome a scandal over cars that cheated on diesel emissions tests. Sales figures out Friday for the Volkswagen brand fell 8.2 percent in Germany to 53,400 vehicles. That was part of a worldwide drop of 2.7 […]

Saudi confirms ‘genuine’ $681M donation to Malaysian PM

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:58

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says $681 million banked into the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank accounts was a “genuine donation.” Najib’s office said Friday that the confirmation by Adel Al-Jubeir vindicates Najib against allegations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB. Al-Jubeir says Saudi […]

Bird strike causes plane to make emergency landing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:46

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a plane flying from New York to Tennessee made an emergency landing in West Virginia after striking a bird. News outlets report the 57 passengers onboard the Delta flight had an unexpected layover Thursday at Charleston’s Yeager Airport. The aircraft was headed to Nashville, Tennessee, from New York’s LaGuardia […]

Attorneys seek permission to film hearing in slain teen case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:42

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to allow defense attorneys to film a preliminary hearing for a former Virginia Tech student charged with plotting a teenager’s slaying. Natalie Keepers is charged with helping plan the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell and with illegally disposing of her body. Another former Virginia Tech student, […]

British royal couple trek to Bhutan’s cliff-side monastery

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:38

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge trekked through blue pine forests to visit a famed Buddhist monastery in Bhutan on Friday during their weeklong tour of South Asia. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, clings to the side of a cliff. Once Prince William and his wife, the former Kate […]

Seoul says North Korean missile launch apparently fails

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:16

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate its founder’s birthday has apparently failed, South Korean and U.S. officials said Friday, an embarrassing setback in what was reportedly the inaugural test of a new, powerful mid-range missile. The U.S. and South Korean officials provided few details, including the type of […]

Indian capital starts restricting cars to clear air

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:02

NEW DELHI (AP) — The New Delhi government on Friday began a second round of a two-week car restriction to reduce air pollution that has made the Indian capital the world’s most polluted city. The city’s top elected official Arvind Kejriwal said private cars will be allowed on the streets on alternate days from Friday […]

AP FACT CHECK: Clinton vs. Sanders on Wall Street

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Her intent was to mar the voting record of her rival. But Hillary Clinton also cast aspersions on the presidential record of her husband in testy exchanges with Bernie Sanders over Wall Street regulation. A look at some of the claims in Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate and how they compare with […]

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders show their fighting side

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:52

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders let loose with a series of combative accusations on Wall Street, the minimum wage and guns in a rough-and-tumble debate Thursday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The contentious, fast-paced back-and-forth between the two Democratic presidential candidates was proof of how much is at stake entering Tuesday’s […]

Spokesman: More than 30 dogs rescued from hoarder house fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:46

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 30 dogs were rescued from a fire at what authorities in South Florida called a hoarder house. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles told The Associated Press the fire was reported just before 10 p.m. Thursday in Dania Beach, north of Miami. Jachles says firefighters went inside […]

Spanish minister linked to offshore firms resigns.

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:44

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s acting industry minister, whose name has been linked to offshore companies, has resigned, the ruling Popular Party said Friday. Jose Manuel Soria’s resignation from Parliament and his ministerial posts came days before he was due to appear in Parliament to explain his claim that he never ran or owned a Bahamian […]

Has China’s slowdown bottomed out? Growth at 6.7 pct in 1Q

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:38

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economic growth slowed in the first quarter to 6.7 percent, largely in line with expectations, but its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. Data reported Friday showed that the annualized growth rate for the world’s second-largest economy ticked lower from the previous quarter’s 6.8 percent. But carefully targeted stimulus […]

Vatican conference reflects Sanders’ admiration for Francis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:38

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican conference drawing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders away from the campaign for New York delegates is steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice and reflects his admiration for Pope Francis. The self-described democratic socialist departed New York for Rome after Thursday night’s debate with front-running rival […]

House GOP to miss budget deadline amid divisions in caucus

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are departing Washington having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and not appearing to be trying very hard to revive it. Continuing divisions between tea party lawmakers and House GOP leaders also shelved an effort to address an economic crisis in Puerto Rico. The White House is amping […]

Global finance officials seeking ways to boost growth

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a shaky world economy and political attacks on free trade, global finance leaders meeting in Washington are searching for ways to increase cooperation to battle a variety of economic threats. The International Monetary Fund is urging countries to launch a new round of public works projects to improve roads and other […]

French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:20

PARIS (AP) — The fight between Russia’s government and magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s dismantled Yukos oil company has spread to courtrooms across Europe — and even into space. The Russian state has won three court cases recently in France that had entangled rocket builders in Yukos’ efforts to recover money it says the Kremlin unfairly appropriated. […]

New York delivers rowdy night of campaigning

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats brawled in Brooklyn while Republicans in black tie threw sharp elbows at a Manhattan gala in a rowdy New York night of politics ahead of the state’s Tuesday presidential primary. As protests raged outside a state GOP dinner, Republican front-runner Donald Trump delivered an impassioned defense of the city he […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:12

“I don’t let myself off the hook. I don’t find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself.” -Charles Manson cult follower Leslie Van Houten, who was recommended for parole from prison after serving 46 years for participating in the 1969 murder of wealthy grocer and his wife. […]