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Idris Elba: Lack of diversity is not just a US problem

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:17

LONDON (AP) — A lack of diversity in films and television is not just an American problem, according to actor Idris Elba. Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is facing boycott calls and promising change after nominating an all-white roster of performers for the Oscars for the second year running. Elba, the London-born […]

UK consumer price inflation inches

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:08

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s consumer price inflation rate rose to 0.2 percent in the year ending in December, up from 0.1 percent in the year ending in November. The Office of National Statistics put the increase to a rise in air fares over the Christmas holidays. That was offset partially by downward pressure from the […]

China’s slowdown challenges government, companies

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:56

BEIJING (AP) — China’s slowdown is ratcheting up financial stress on companies while the country’s leaders scramble to avoid a spike in job losses. Full-year 2015 growth of 6.9 percent was the lowest in 25 years, posing different challenges for investors, companies and the Chinese government. ___ GOVERNMENT Chinese leaders want to replace a worn-out […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:40

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHINA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH WANES TO 25-YEAR LOW IN 2015 The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015, the government says, down from 7.3 percent in the previous year. 2. WHY U.S. CONGRESSMEN ARE IN GERMANY Most […]

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:24

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. The report documented a wide range of human rights abuses, including the IS […]

Iran’s top leader expresses ‘pessimism’ after nuclear deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:24

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader on Tuesday called for vigilance in insuring that world powers meet their commitments under a newly implemented nuclear deal while expressing “pessimism” about U.S. intentions, state media reported. In his first public remarks since international sanctions were lifted following a U.N. report that Iran had fully complied in […]

Still no luck in hunt for 12 Marines after Hawaii crashes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:20

HONOLULU (AP) — Teams searching the waters off Hawaii where two Marine helicopters crashed have had no luck so far in their hunt for 12 missing crew members. Three of the four life rafts aboard the helicopters have been recovered and efforts were being made to retrieve the fourth. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara […]

Sting, Peter Gabriel announce ‘Rock, Paper Scissors’ tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:16

LONDON (AP) — Sting and Peter Gabriel are joining forces, bands and songs for a joint headline tour across North America and Canada. The artists will perform each other’s songs for a tour that they hope will have a playful vibe. They joke that they’ll be making all decisions by playing the game “Rock, Paper, […]

Glitch disrupts Twitter service

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:08

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twitter Inc. was only sporadically available to users on Tuesday, suffering technical problems that have lasted more than two hours. The company, which has 320 million active users, tweeted that it is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it. The announcement was sent at 0841 GMT. Users […]

Afghan woman has nose cut off by husband

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:04

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A young woman in a remote northern region of Afghanistan had her nose cut off by her husband, officials in the region said on Tuesday. Fawzia Salimi, a hospital director in Maymana, capital of Faryab province, said 22-year-old Reza Gul was brought in early Monday having lost a great deal of […]

Star of dolphin-killing film detained at Tokyo airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:08

TOKYO (AP) — The star of an Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” about a dolphin-killing village in Japan, was detained Tuesday by immigration authorities at Tokyo’s Narita international airport. Ric O’Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series, said immigration officials told him he wasn’t a tourist, the visa he was using to enter […]

First lady, school meal directors may be headed for truce

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate agreement would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation’s schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line. While legislation released by the […]

Consumer products giant Unilever: 2015 sales rose 10 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:06

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Lipton and Dove, says sales in 2015 rose 10 percent compared to the previous year, to 53.3 billion euros ($58 billion). Net profit was to 5.3 billion euros, down 5 percent from 2014 when profit was boosted by […]

Study: Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study says. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground. And they’ve seen ocean heat content rise in […]

Iraq’s Sunnis boycott Cabinet, parliament to protest attacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:00

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Sunni lawmaker says the community’s ministers and lawmakers are boycotting Cabinet meetings and parliament sessions to protest attacks on Sunni mosques last week. Raad al-Dahlaki says Sunnis will only boycott Tuesday’s sessions, demanding government action against the perpetrators. The announcement Tuesday comes after angry Shiite mobs attacked several Sunni mosques and […]

Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics amid cold, flu seasons

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s cold season, and the miserable continue to trudge in, seeking antibiotics because of mucus turned green, or a cough that has nagged for weeks. Despite years of warnings, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections even though most are caused by viruses that those drugs cannot help. Now doctors are […]

Renault recalls 15,000 cars for emissions fixes, France says

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:53

PARIS (AP) — France’s environment minister says Renault will recall 15,000 cars to update their emissions filters because the current filters were inadequate in warm weather. Segolene Royal told RTL radio the French carmaker had agreed to the recall and she acknowledged that previous tests, which weren’t conducted in real driving conditions, were insufficient, especially […]

Cruz super PAC prepares for millions of dollars in TV ads

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — A well-funded outside group helping Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fight for the Republican presidential nomination has purchased $2.5 million of television advertising time — an investment that catapults it to the top tier of spenders in the 2016 race. Keep the Promise I, one of more than half a dozen Cruz-themed super […]

As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: Does Trump have fans, or voters?

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:50

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s the No. 1 question headed into the primary season: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have voters who will mobilize come Iowa caucus day? The definitive answer won’t arrive until first-to-vote Iowa heads to the polls on Feb. […]

AP EXPLAINS: What Congress can do about Puerto Rico’s debt

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt crisis has forced congressional leaders to pay attention to a U.S. territory that’s usually on the sidelines of American politics. The island has been mired in economic stagnation for nearly a decade. The governor now says Puerto Rico’s debt is unpayable and needs restructuring. The White […]